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Brighton, MI
Students enrolled: 388

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1021 Karl Greimel
Brighton, MI 48116

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February 12, 2015
This is our first year at CSA and we couldn't be happier. The parents are incredibly involved and so are the older kids with the younger kids. The teachers that I've come in touch with have all been amazing. My daughter was having a hard time transitioning in the mornings and her teacher figured out a clever way to engage her immediately so she wasn't sad when I left the classroom. I days we have had a sub she has let the sun know exactly what my daughters morning ritual is so there is no anxiety in my daughters part. The school focuses on the whole child and not simply academics. Although the testing results shows that they are leading in academics too. I couldn't be happier with our decision to send our daughter to this school of choice charter school. It has such a comforting "private school" feel with out the tuition that comes with a private school.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2014
I just wanted to clarify that Charyl Stockwell Preparatory High School offers other foreign languages besides Spanish. You can take any on-line language class and the school pays for it. Also, they offer several AP classes with a passing rate of over 90% of those most students score a 4 or 5 on the AP Exam. Yes, we do lose some of the teachers that choose not to return the following school year, but that is because they were not the correct fit for CSPA and that charter schools are underfunded. Charter schools teachers do not receive a pension and some choose to return to a public school to obtain that pension. The teachers that continue with CSPA are dedicated to the hard work and to the students of CSPA. My children have been with CSPA since kindergarden and I would never think of going anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2014
I considered enrolling my children at the high school but learned course selection is limited (Spanish is only foreign language offered) there are no honors courses and the staff turnover is very high, which means AP courses are taught by inexperienced teachers. My friend pulled his children because they can't keep their good teachers.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2014
My student said the word "lesbian" and was held in the office for hours. I wasn't aware that is a bad word? How unfortunate!

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2013
I'm a grandmother of a student at CSA. My own children went to a private school and then 1 eventually transferred to public high school (a big mistake since it was like party time all the time). My grandson is doing very well so far. I love the uniforms (easy and no issues getting dressed in the am and no competition at school). My only issue is not being on a public school schedule (especially the end of the year. End of school being in the middle of June is not ideal for our family as we have to take him out each and every year for a week. Public schools in the area are finished by then. Personally, I don't like hte 1/2 day Fridays but I'm sure other parents are happy with it. Parents definitely have to be flexible. Although emails are addressed by staff quickly, notification re: parties, activities, etc. are not given very far in advance. I haven't heard issues with bullying (although I did when he went to public pre-K) and I am sure he would have mentioned it if he saw or was a victim of it. This is his 2nd year at CSA. So far, so good!

- submitted by a community member
November 20, 2013
CSPA is an outstanding school. This in our children's first year at CSPA and we are very impressed with the school. We have two middle school students that previously attended a private school. The teachers and staff are wonderful and we appreciate the strong parent / teacher connection. Our children are thriving and taking advantage of the AP classes. We feel CSPA has a outstanding curriculum and philosophy. CSPA has strong leadership and high expectations from the teachers and the students. We feel very blessed to have our children in this type of learning environment. Note: No school is perfect and all schools have room for improvements.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2013
I am in the middle school now but obviously have seen and heard enough. To clarify to everyone: the elementary school is amazing. Great environment, teachers, education, kids, school, etc. But the middle school gets a little more choppy, and then the high school- it's nothing like the elementary. We have a different administration than the elementary so it's very different.

- submitted by a community member
October 29, 2013
I am a student at Charyl Stockwell preparatory academy and I like the school. I find most of the kids nice and kind, although there are a few that are not. I went to a public school before this school and I have seen a great increase in my grades. I enjoy most of my classes and the opportunities that I receive. I have gotten so many opportunities that most school would never give there students.

- submitted by a community member
September 04, 2013
Unless you have the ability and/or are prepared to make last minute adjustments to your family schedule, to meet the schools constantly changing requirments, I would not recommend this school. Families were notified 2 weeks before school began that the cost for the shuttle use was changing from $55 to $800. The first day of school, after parents completed forms, requested by the school, to allow their child to be a walker after school, we were told that no student will be allowed to leave campus as a walker. We all had to postpone family plans for that evening, to figure out how to make new arrangments for our children the following day, with our work schedules.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
Be careful about these reviews, not all true. There are more than 3 kids still in college, many doing very well. Some were never college bound or moved into their specialty outside a traditional university setting (film, entrepreneurs, etc). There is good and bad about all schools. Bullying while it unacceptable, is common in all schools. CSPA has a very diverse population: some who've only been homeschooled and may not have the skills to deal with these issues. That makes problems seem harder to address. I like that CSPA offers a smaller environment, learn at your pace, project based learning across subjects (mixing math, science, social studies within projects), and stresses community. I don't like the 'mastery' process, so my child has transitioned away from that and takes their first grade, because of my rules. Parents can be more restrictive than the school policy, work w/ the teachers and accept the consequences. CSPA is not for everyone. It is inconvenient (no traditional buses, no hot lunch, half day fridays). But if you work with the school as a team parent-teacher-student, it can be a very good experience. Teachers work well w/ parents who make the effort.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2013
My son attends Charyl Stockwell Preparatory Academy in Brighton MI. We are so grateful he is a student in this high school. We moved to MI his freshman year and he had a very difficult time in the huge public high school. He has gone from being lost in the crowd and disengaged to being an active participant in his education. The teachers are exceptional and truly care for each student. He is thriving because of the safe emotional environment and intellectual rapport with engaged teachers.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2013
This is the ABSOLUTE. worst school ever. I attend Charyl Stockwell Prep. And it is awful. The students that go there are not very nice. Stuck up. I'm new this year, and was told my a group of kids during one of my first lunches there that I wasn't welcome. As stated earlier, the bullying IS extreme. All the people giving it five star reviews are oblivious to what happens there. But I do not think that it is any teacher's fault. The teachers that they hire are mostly nice, but it is the students' fault for the unruliness and the noise level. The teachers do all that they can do to help. And most of the teachers care about the students. Maintaining an 80% or higher in all classes may be a problem and they don't have textbooks. The uniforms aren't necessarily a problem, but sometimes the school can be outright ridiculous about them. I would say the bullying is the worst part about this school. And if you don't fit into the two groups of popular girls and boys you won't make it. They are extremely mean to the Freshmen (which I am)

- submitted by a community member
May 26, 2013
Seriously, would a really good school have so many bad reviews? It is not a good school - please ask a current or former family. You would likely hear something negative. The ideas that the leadership have are good ones, but they aren't happening at the school level. It is especially troubling that the bullying issue is not addressed, while kids are being punished for insane things like spelling the school name incorrectly on a yearbook cover or making a video on school grounds or giving a sick friend a Benadryl during school.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2013
To the parent who states, "the bad reviews are coming from disgruntled former parents whose children were doing very poorly at their previous schools and were then enrolled in the CSA District with expectations that CSA would be able to turn them around in a month!" We, unfortunately, were there for 5 years before seeing the horrors going on in the middle/high school campus. Because of the high teacher turn-over, students were often in classes without teachers (my high schooler spent almost 2 months of per-calculus without a teacher, then once a teacher was hired, another 2 months without a textbook because the teacher didn't like the one they were already using). And while few teachers looks good on paper, in reality this is not ideal for college prep as there are not enough teachers to provide a variety of classes (AP/honors classes in particular). Please speak with current or recent families before making the decision to attend CSPA - many are very unhappy with the leadership and will likely advise you NOT to choose this school. Too many odd things happen to too many families (strange punishments/college issues/bullying issues). Many teachers who've left will concur.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2013
Fantastic school and great environment. Send your children here if you are looking for excellence. For the teacher that wrote a comment, it's called work. Stop crying and writing comments here, and spend more time writing and planning your lessons. Great job administration for having high expectations.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2013
Over the last 8 years at CSA and now CSPA , my child has had the opportunity to learn from teachers who have taken great care to understand the needs of each child at their individual level, Our child is currently thriving in the middle school and has wonderful things to say about his teachers. As each child, teacher and school is different, one must decide which one is the best fit for all and for our child, CSA has been a wonderful choice.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2013
As a parent, I worked hard to make my child accountable for his school work, but this school has a system in place where the children have multiple opportunities to turn work in - way beyond deadlines and at the end of the term if their grades aren't up to CSPA standards (80% or better) the children are supposed to make up the work to learn the material they might not have completely mastered. In his final year there (the straw that broke the camel's back) my son was below 80% in three of four academic classes and we warned him that he would have makeup work to do if he didn't pull it together. At the end of the term, two of the three teachers said he was "close enough" and gave him B grades (that he didn't earn). What did he learn? Nothing! "Management" wants their school to look good, so I believe the grades are changed to reflect "good" students - but these students are not achieving. In the high school, out of a class of 23, very few (including the top students, supposedly) actually got into universities. And of those, by the end of the first semester, only 3 remain away at school - the rest found the work load to be too much and ALL returned home!! PREPARATORY? I think not!!

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2013
I find it interesting that of the 23 students in CSPA's first graduating class of those actually accepted into college only 3 still remain enrolled in college. The others dropped out because they couldn't handle the workload. Such are the consequence of a school system like CSA's.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2012
I have two children in the school and get complements all the time about how well behaved, smart and courtesy they are. The teachers are very caring. They know your child and are sincere and passionate about teaching. I feel so lucky to have my girls there. They have been there for years and are in high school and middle school now.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2012
I have two children who attend CSPA in Brighton. The teachers are excellent and the academic program is challenging. The school has allowed my kids to excel in areas where they are strong and have solidified the areas where they are weak. And their MEAP and ACT test scores speak for themselves. I can't recommend it highly enough.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2012
The students study in the hall from at least 3rd grade forward because of the noise level in the classroom, not just the upper grades. The level of bullying at this school is extreme in some cases. A situation that happened in 2012-2013 would have caused any normal school to go into lock down mode. But this administration claimed to be "naive" they are truly out of touch with reality. If the parents were not concerned with their family's safety the public would know what CSA/CSPA is really like regarding bullying. CSA/CSPA families with bullying situations need to expose this school rather than let the school continue to sweep issues under the carpet to protect their image. The school's mission and philosophy are great, implementation is horrifying particularly if you want to have a child whom can function in the real world with deadlines, quality expectations, respect, responsibility, accountability. Especially ACCOUNTABILITY. But if you want to continue to foster a generation of "entitlement and irresponsibility" send your child here.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2012
Everyone will have their own opinion, but this school is amazing for my children. The staff is extremely caring, treating the students more like family than just another kid. They get to know the abilities of each child and foster them at their own pace. The parental involvement must be there; if it isn't, I can see how it would be easy for the students to fall behind since they *do* study at their own pace. As I keep on track of my children's progress, I can honestly say that they are doing much better than they would at the local public school.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2012
We are extremely disappointed with the middle and high school. A lack of books, too many children in the classes, no locks on lockers and items being constantly stolen, very limited electives for high schoolers, loud, loud classrooms with students sitting on the floor in the hallways so they can concentrate due to the noise level in the class. I think if you enroll from elementary on it may work but putting children in at middle or high school was not a good fit for my kids. Also the students there are not very welcoming, it is our first year with CSPA and we it will be our last. We are contemplating pulling our children out before the end of the year. The teachers are overwhelmed with not enough support or supplies..

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2011
My children went to CSA until we moved. We miss the teachers and staff. The children were prepared and have done well in their new school.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2011
CSPA has low expectations of it's students. This is not a bad school by any means, but it certainly does not deliver what it promises and it does not challenge the average student the way it should. No sour grapes here. The school may work for some kids, but I expect more from a school than what CSPA is offering. Choose carefully. A clean building and uniforms on the kids does not mean a good education. Looks can be deceiving.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2011
I have four kids enrolled at csa/cspa. They have been there since kindergarten through high school for the oldest. The students here are treated as complete individuals with social as well as academic needs and goals. I have never seen teachers as involved with their students and the parents as those here. Parent involvement is also incredible. We chose csa after visiting all the highly rated public schools in the area and have never regretted our decision. The reviews written here are nonsense. If you want a school to understand your child and give them the kind of personal edcational assistance that only comes from truly understanding who your child is, then this school is for you. If you want your childs name in neon ABOVE other kids, then look elswhere.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2011
OMG! All these reviews sound like sour grapes to me. My son has been in this school for 6 years now, since 1st grade. He is thriving here. They have excellent teachers who work hard with my son and really want him to succeed. The teacher/student ratio is half of what the local public schools are. And the MEAP scores are higher than those of the local community. Who wrote these reviews?????

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2011
You will not be accepted into college if you go to this school. I transferred after four days in the high-school and I went to the K-8 building for a few years. The only elective courses they offer are Spanish, choir, art, and gym. I now go to a public high-school and my electives are Psychology and Child Development. If your child and I were two people up against each other to be accepted into a University, they would pick me. Why? Because I meet the criteria colleges look for. Even if you complete the criteria to graduate from CSPA, you won't even have enough of ANYTHING to get into even a community college. The teaching is a joke. Everyone watched YouTube videos when I went. It's an absolute poor excuse for a school. Everyone is academically behind at this school. If they were to go off into the real world, they would not make it because they were babied at CSA and CSPA. For the sake of your child's future, remove them from this school

- submitted by a student
January 12, 2011
We took our child out of the school after 3 1/2 years of trying to make it work. Their academically gifted program is a joke. The number of students in the classroom is way too high to maintain order and a conducive learning environment. Teachers are frustrated with the situation and the administration spends more time telling parents there isn't a problem than working toward a solution. Don't send your child to CSA if you care about their education and learning experiences.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2010
The uniform policy is problematic. They are hard to purchase, and it is not effective. The school is too noisy. It is distracting and the classes are too large. The support staff seems friendly. The transportation complexity is also a problem. The car pool setup is organized well, but the geographics and road access lead to problems.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2010
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- submitted by a teacher
January 25, 2010
This is not a good school! most of the teachers struggle to teach, and the students are unruly. The uniforms are awful! and it seems like many of the teachers do not want to be at the school (except one in particular). They have hired a new person to be a principal, so maybe that will make the difference. But I'm not sure! Things better resolve soon, because students are leaving quickly!

- submitted by a student
no rating October 30, 2009
I think that this school is somewhat good, I think that the academics are where they are supposed to be (for an advanced school). Although, I feel like the math is a little low. I had a bad experience at the beginning of the year, and its getting better, but it took a while for everyone to realize what was going on between students. I hope that the school continues to progress, and I think that it will be perfect after five or six years, they just have to work out a few things.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 21, 2009
All three of my children went to CSA for about 3 years. It worked for my oldest who is a self starter, can stay on track & does well academically. However my younger two need to have direction with school work. At CSA you tend to go at your own pace. They were so far behind when we decided to put them back into the public school, although my oldest was ahead of most the kids in the public school. The classes at CSA are large even though you have multiple teachers per room. There seemed to be a lot of noise. My 10 year old was leaving the classroom to walk around to get away from the noise & just because he could . He did so much better in a traditional setting. I'm not sure if Public Schooling is the answer but CSA was not working.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2009
this school is garbage, the teachers cant teach, i struggled when i went to high school afterward. plus they have unnecessary rules and guidelines that are only put in place to better their own self appearance to the outside when they should be more worried about what kind of education their students are getting. i would recommend a public school over this charter-trash.

- submitted by a student

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Charyl Stockwell Academy - High School
1021 Karl Greimel, Brighton, MI  48116
(810) 225-9940
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