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Chesapeake Academy

Private | PK-5 | 239 students


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Posted January 13, 2012

Our children attend Chesapeake Academy and we are beyond delighted with all the school has to offer. We receive weekly communications from the teacher about current and upcoming classroom activity, frequent updates (with pictures sometimes!) about a given lesson, and are in awe of the way our kids' teachers deliver. We get tons of info in a weekly newsletter from school and have found the PTA to be really committed and generous with supporting events at the school. We love that there is not only a head of school, but a highly qualified academic director working to continually update the curriculum with teachers. Our kids LOVE Spanish, art, music, PE in the full-size gym, and the tight-knit community. Most importantly, the character development and respect displayed by the students here is absolutely genuine and such a huge part of what makes Cheasapeake Academy so special.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 25, 2011

I feel so blessed to have our two children attending Chesapeake Academy. We were so impressed with the school that my husband and I made the decision to enroll our youngest child in pre-school along with our First Grader. To date, my children's teachers have been exceptional and truly know how to reach each child to bring out their best academically and socially while teaching character and balance. It's a great feeling dropping off our children each morning at Chesapeake Academy!!
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Posted April 23, 2011

We have had 2 children attending CA over the last 6 years and have really loved the school. The faculty are enthusiastic, caring, and all around above average to excellent. We had only one teacher in 6 years that I would consider average, and she is no longer teaching at the school. They use a very hands on approach and encourage kids to explore and try new things. The playground is amazing and the parent involvement is great making the relationships between educators and parents very supportive. Teachers are generally very communicative--sending notes and graded work home regularly, providing personalized feedback, and general grade level updates and reminders. The curriculum is rich and engaging and the school uses a lot of special projects and events to tie the thematic units together. The faculty promotes good social skills and addresses any sign of disruptiveness, like teasing or cliques, directly. All in all, we feel that our children have had a wonderful experience and that the investment was worth it.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 20, 2011

We have had children at Chesapeake Academy for 10 years. That alone is indicative of how wonderful we thing the programs are. Our oldest who graduated 3 years ago thrived in middle school due largely to the solid foundation he was given at Chesapeake. We truly didn't appreciate how well he was prepared for middle school until he got there. In fact we had to pick his middle school carefully as many 6th grade programs would have been merely a repeat of what he had already learned and mastered at Chesapeake. Our youngest is finishing his 3rd year and is coming on strong. He struggled at first but due to the caring and nurturing teachers he has caught up and is now racing ahead. This could never have happened without some pretty fantastic teachers. The principal is fabulous as well. He is a caring and supportive individual whose door is always open to discuss the school and move it forward. If you want your child to gain the solid foundation that is needed to succeed in middle school, high school and beyond then you owe it to your children to send them to Chesapeake. It is a wonderful school.
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Posted April 19, 2011

Our three children have had a wonderful experience at CA. I cannot imagine a better group of teachers at any school. The school has a great balance of academic excellence and character development. I think being a elementary only school not directly comnected to an upper school allows the teachers and administration to focus solely on educating young children. CA also seems to prepare children for all types of middle schools, instead of just one. My daughter was accepted to every middle school she applied, including schools in Baltimore. I would guess kids from her 5th grade went to eight or nine different middles schools and they all seem to be doing great. We have been at the school 7 years and could not be happier.
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Posted December 20, 2010

This school is simply not worth the money. Check out the many other private and public school options in the area. The communication is poor, some teachers are great and some are sub-par, and we have found that much of school's claims about diversity, individualized learning, and respect are just marketing claims. If you want your kids in an elitist, non-diverse, academically average, expensive school, this is the school for you. Otherwise, look elsewhere. Notice that many of the positive comments about the school were all posted the same week - did someone at a PTA meeting ask parents/grandparents to post positive comments?? Too bad this kind of organization doesn't find its way into the classroom on a regular basis.
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Posted September 28, 2010

When my daughter's public school third grade teacher tearfully told me she did not have a challenging curriculum for my daughter (and several others in her class), I knew it was time to check out a private school education. Cheasapeake Academy provided that challenging curriculum and did so in a nurturing environment that champions individuality, excellence and kindness. Both of my children were prepared for an equally challenging Middle School and High School experience at Severn School. And to this day, I have not heard a single unkind word (let alone foul language) from any of their CA peers. CA graduates know they don't need to "go there" to feel confident or succeed. I'm not surprised enrollment at Chesapeake Academy is up this year (despite difficult economic times). It's worth every penny.
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Posted September 15, 2010

Chesapeake Academy is the BEST! My husband and I have had all three of our children attend Chesapeake Academy. Our children have received the finest academic education to prepare them for the rigors of middle school and beyond. They have had the privilege to work with caring, nurturing teachers who have provided both extra challenge and extra support, as needed. Chesapeake Academy has reinforced the value of respect, the importance of character, and has inspired excellence which we believe will take our children far in life. We are so thankful to this school for the wonderful, well rounded education it has provided our children.
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Posted September 13, 2010

My grandson is a 5th grader at Chesapeake Academy, having started in kindergarten. He loves his school! The school instills core values in addition to delivering a quality elementary education. Our family is thankful to the school for our child's/grandchild's development academically, socially and his respect for others. I've personally observed classrooms and met with members of the administration. The teachers are proficient in their subjects, patient, caring and understanding. The administration is professional and exemplifies the sense of community that they encourage. I reviewed 5 other elementary schools before recommending Chesapeake Academy and I'm confident that I made the right choice.

Posted September 7, 2010

My grandchildren attended Chesapeake Academy. Their experience was extremely positive. They came away with a love of learning, solid academic skills, an appreciation of the arts, and a strong sense of respect for themselves and others. They continued in independent schools, and were extremely well-prepared.

Posted September 7, 2010

Our children and our family love Chesapeake Academy. The staff is commited to providing the best academic and social environment to support them in reaching their fullest potential. Our children love coming to school everyday and are engaged in learning throughout the school day. We appreciate the time, care and attention that the school provides to make this happen.
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Posted September 7, 2010

Chesapeake Academy has provided a top-notch education to our children for over 10 years. The changes made to the school since the new head of School has arrived have been simply amazing - he has expanded the learning opportunities for both children and educators. He HAS had to make some difficult decisions due to the recent down-turn in the economy, but never at the risk of lowering the educational standards for our children. In fact, he has maintained high standards of admission, while improving the Math and Language Arts curiculums.
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Posted September 7, 2010

A great school with a small community feel and top-quality teachers. We sent our daughter there for 3 years (2-5th grade). The school's wide range of social cultural experiences, extracurricular activities and (very) challenging academics prepared her well for her current success at one of the areas best (and selective) middle/high schools (Severn). CA continues to draw applicants despite the overall down economy mainly because of its small class sizes, close community feel and individual attention to student learning. They are one of the very few independent schools in the area with a full-range learning services department and counselor.
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Posted September 7, 2010

Our daughter graduated from CA as a confident student and was accepted to one of the most well-respected 6-12 independent schools in the State. Students run through the doors of CA smiling with excitement to learn because they feel teachers and staff truly care about their well-being! Teachers at CA are of the highest quality and love to teach!
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Posted September 7, 2010

My two daughters had wonderful experiences while attending Chesapeake Academy. The program was rigorous; yet fully supported and individualized for students with different learning styles. The teachers and staff were superior. My daughters' educational and social foundation at CA was instumental in their success in later grades.

Posted September 7, 2010

Having visited most of the private schools in the area, we chose Chesapeake Academy nearly 7 years ago and have been repeatedly pleased with our decision. They have the smallest class sizes with personalized instruction, an atmosphere that instills great character, and an impressive and ever-advancing cirriculum. My children have truly blossomed as individuals with confidence and ability to speak effectively and with authority in any setting --something that I couldn't have imagined given how shy they were before. Plus my Chesapeake Academy graduate is among the brightest and best prepared as evidenced from his middle school experience.
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Posted May 19, 2010

Education is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child. We found this gift in Chesapeake Academy. Our two children are thriving in this school, because they are getting the love and attention that they need and desire. This is our fifth year at Chesapeake Academy, and I remember getting my son's very first report card in preschool. Not only was this report 3+ pages long, but it encompassed every aspect of my son's learning abilities. It demonstrated his citizenship, independence, time management skills, and communication skills. I remembering thinking...these teachers really know my son. Here's a school that takes the time to get to know your child and helps him/her achieve academic excellence. For us, Chesapeake Academy means SUCCESS. Superior teaching staff. Unwavering dedication to the children. Challenging curriculum. Cohesive environment. Economically sound. Strong leadership. Supportive and active parent community.
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Posted May 18, 2010

My three children currently attend Chesapeake Academy and we have beeen thrilled with this school. The talented teaching staff and small class sizes ensure that each child is nurtured as an individual. The school employs a highly experienced faculty who are specialists in early childhood and elementary education. Children are given individualized attention at every grade level, so that each child s talents and challenges are identified. Parents and teachers are mutually supportive of each other in the determining the learning path that is right for each child.
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Posted May 17, 2010

Creativity. Character. Confidence. Chesapeake Academy is totally focused on young children - how they think, how they learn and what makes them happy. Awesome playground, advanced science and computer labs, performing arts theater, and 10,000-volume children's library. Small classes of 16 students. Outstanding faculty celebrate intellect, imagination, and energy of preschool and elementary school students.

Posted May 14, 2010

I pulled my children out of this school after seeing how the admin staff runs the school! Both of my children now attend a private school in Millersville. This has been a great change for our family. I have to say that my childrens teachers were great! However the head of the school has never been in charge of a school and it shows. People are leaving in big numbers! This is NOT the place to send you child!
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 42%
Black 9% 35%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 6%
Two or more races 4% 4%
Hispanic 3% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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1185 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard
Arnold, MD 21012
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