My children have been at this school for seven years. I love the school up until the second grade. After the second grade it seems as though the teachers do not take time with the students, they are expected to catch on the first time. Teachers do not allow the students to ask many questions. It is very unorganized after the second grade. Students who bully other kids or talked to and have to sit in the office. This method does not seem to work because the same kids are still bullying. The school is very espensive and prices rise every year for every activity. The registration fee is $400.00 every year and you still pay for and supply everrything else that is needed for your children. The classes get smaller as the grade levels increase because we are finding better options these days.
I highly reccomend Arden Cahill Academy. I went there for seven years, and durign those seven years I learned more then any other school could have taught me. I visited many differnt schools throught my years at cahill and none of them compared to its quality. When I got to high school I was prepared and above most people in Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior class. I am graduating this year and I still use the things instilled in me from Cahill towards my education in highschool. more than just a school it taught me to be a respectful young lady and well mannered. It taught me about life lessons and everything that you need to go ahead with in life. So if you are thinking about sending your child there. I suggest you should. its quiet incredible.
This summer my children attended the first session of Arden Cahill Academy. Everyday, my children would jump in the car excited to tell me about their day. I think the staff works hard to make sure the children have the best experiences. My children have been able to ride horses, ride paddle boats, and attend a sock hop, among other activities such as swimming, competitions such as blue and white day, and help put on a play. They have been learning, exploring, and having a great time in Discovery Science and Language Arts. They have been using their imagination creating in Art. They also enjoy the food and the kind staff in the cafeteria. They have been introduced to new games during gym. It is exciting to see my children so motivated.
Unorganized. Have to get multiple sheets every Friday from each subject in different piles and compile them together yourself for signature. My children's new school is not over-enrolled and it comes from all classes as a packet from the home room teacher. Was just always unhappy re; disorganization. Carpool is a parking lot!!!
I have a 4 y.O. And he is doing great. The teachers are all wonderful, great activities.
My son is in kindergarten at ACA, and we are very pleased with the school so far. This is his first year, and we were concerned that he would not be at the same level as the other children who had been there for Pre-3 and Pre-4. We are so excited that he has done very well and is thoroughly enjoying school. He has the best group of teachers we could have imagined. We must be lucky so far as I have not observed any over-crowding or after-care problems. There are 16 children in his class, and he has first-class after-care workers. I know each family has a different experience, so I'm sure there is some truth to those comments and appreciate knowing what to look out for in the future. However, to those considering the school, please visit, talk to other parents, and meet the teachers.
This school is great and I can not believe that some people think and write differently, they believe that just because it is a private school that it and it's staff need to cater to their every need the school prepares the children so well, I my self attended the school and now my two children attend also. Anyone looking for a good education for their child should at least see the school and try it I do not think that it is a school for every child because it is advanced and not all children can handel the work. Just try it and see!
Well rounded school with high academic standards, art, sports, music, language!
This is a beautiful school. The school has a very friendly staff and clean grounds. The extras the school boasts, like the swimming pools, air conditioned indoor gym, and on site petting zoo make it a delight for students. Clearly the best choice for a private school on the westbank.
I had two children attending (3yr and 8yr olds) I had to unenroll the youngest. He was moving up from the infant center to the main building where he was going to change classes 5x throughout the day. The problem was that my child is potty trained and still requires assistance with hygiene post bowel movements as I expect that most 3 yr olds would. The teachers were not willing to help wipe these kids at all, several stated that they should have already acquired this skill. The teachers I spoke with were not at all concerned and quite frankly had a hands off attitude. These are toddlers and still require nurturing. They expect to much independence. I spoke with Arden Cahill and she offered no acceptable resolution. In fact I was told that there are 103 3 yrs olds and they could not give that type of attention.
I had several children go through this school from Infant Centre to graduation of 8th grade. The school was good prior to change in principals. The school is overcrowded and they can't handle it.
It is a good school for very serious students. If your child has any trouble with schoolwork or organization skills it might not work out. a A child who responds to a challange will do well.
My daughter went to Cahill when she was three. I wasn't pleased with the teachers.They push way to hard.
My kids attended ACA from pre-4 to the third grade, when we unfortunately had to leave. There is just no comparison to any school we have seen. Arden Cahill is the most complete school you'll find in that area. You go there for an Academically sound education and you get a lot of lagniappe. The theatre and drama teachers are first class! You do not have to run around town to find extras. There is chess, swimming, music, multiple sports, a farm with animals, beautiful grounds, horse back riding, and Mrs. Cahill. I am still amazed at how disciplined the kids are. I get compliments daily on how well behaved my kids are, and I thank Cahill for that. If we should return to that area, we will be right back at ACA.
Too crowded.Not enough individual attention for the price. Other private schools in the area a lower teacher to student ratio. School as overgrown over it's limits and can't handle the daily functions throughout the day.
I attended Cahill from elementary to middle school.I enjoyed extracurricular activities. I left with low self esteem and held it until college when I joined a sorority. I believe that kids should get graded on tests, quizzes and homework instead of binder checks, cover sheets and supplies brought in.It was unfair to me that I was intelligent (scholarship for college) and made the same grade as a kid who had F's on tests, but had a binder in better condition than mine. My other siblings have all been taken out of the school.
My child has been attending Arden Cahill Academy since Pre- k4. Up until this year he has enjoyed his education and so have we. I am seeing some of the unfortunate things that past parents warned me about. Standards based teaching says that you teach to every type of learner and this school does not.
I started out with 4 kids at this school and removed 2 of them because the childcare is very substandard. As soon as my younger 2 kids are old enough to leave, they will be leaving also. The education is great between 8AM and 3PM. After that, it is a nightmare. It is very expensive for the quality of the aftercare. There is no consistency. I have had many problems with the adminstration and the aftercare help. The regular teachers are great.
We have been at Cahill for over 14 years.Things have changed since.The classes were smaller and more personal. You get the feeling that there is always someone behind you who will jump in your spot.
My daughter attended Arden Cahill Academy from the time she was 14 months old until she graduated from there in 8th grade. I would not trade this education for anything! She is now a student at Dominican, which is very touch academically, and is doing great. The organizational skills ALONE were well worth it, not to mention their emphasis on public speaking! They were involved plays yearly, which were always phenomenol! They have a swim team that practice in their olympic sized swimming pool and an equestrian program. What an opportunity. The price you pay may be a bit higher than most schools but isn't it worth it? Your best education should begin in preschool years and that is what Cahill strives for -- the BEST education!
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