CCA has such a positive and caring environment. I like that they have a moral focus curriculum that helps students persevere and make good choices. The teachers challenge students and have high expectations, but the kids have a lot of fun too. Both of my students have grown socially and academically at CCA.
This is a great school for children education. My son studying from K. Teaching staff having well experience in teaching and preparing students for higher grades.
I am new to the school, I have one in Kindergarten and so far I have been impressed with the enthusiasm and motivation directed towards education by the teachers I have interacted with.
I have two children who have attended CCA since kindergarten. The oldest is in 5th grade. While I cannot speak to teacher turnover in middle school, the elementary school teachers seem to move around within the NHA system pretty regularly (i.e. promotions). The curriculum overall seems to be okay. My children have definitely learned a lot. The biggest problem that I have is the subjective grading. There is NO real or universal academic standard for all students to strive to. Wherever your kids are academically, they base their goals on that rather than challenging them to do more. Therefore, if they hit their goal EVERYBODY is seen as a winner even though you can have a huge disparity in learning levels and gaps in educational achievement all within the same classroom. This is not real-world. The inconsistency and hypocrisy in discipline is a problem too. They stress a non-bully environment, yet do not deal with disciplining bullies to the extent of learning REAL consequences of their actions. They do not encourage kids to stand up for themselves. In fact, kids are instructed not to do so! Teachers tend to be dismissive if your kid has a problem and needs to come to them for help.
In response to the reviewer asking to check out the MEAP scores, I just did: 6/27/2011 The school earned an overall proficiency of 94.6 percent, placing them first among all public charter schools in Michigan as well as the top performing public school district.
this school is like jail and is too strict in my opinion this school is the worst school i went to. the school should loosen up some and stop being so strict and to fix the parking lot
This school is amazing! I have been here since kindergarten, when our current principal was our gym teacher. The events such as Robofest, Science Olympiad and the Spelling Bee have put students to the test, and many of our own have won spelling bee national titles! Our school is the top in all tests, and even our 6th grader act scores beat the average high-school student's scores. Our sports education is growing rapidly, and the majority of the students have a positive attitude and I think that every student that attend this school will succeed in life! There is only one bad part. We are getting a new principal this year since Ms. Henkenberns is getting promoted. i think she is inexperienced and one of the other deans could easily do a better job. In about the time that i graduate from 8th grade ( i am in 7th grade) our school will be rated 2-3 stars (in nha terms, not in public school terms)
We have been apart of this school since it opened. I am not happy with all the changes, such as the grading system and math curriculum with no directions. The teacher turn over rate is higher than surrounding schools. While the long time staff members are great, the newer staff lacks experience. This school also has issues disciplining students and overlooking issues that should be addressed. I personally think CCA has become overrated.
Great school, but from my house, getting to the school can be a little hard, because of Beck and Ford traffic.
My two children are enrolled in this school. My daughter has attended for 7 years (since Kindergarten.) We are fortunate to be there. The grading system and math curriculum change from a few years ago was challenging but we moved through it. This school is a blessing.
We could not be happier with CCA. Our child started K at CCA and had a wonderful year. We love all the teachers and the office staff. They have been nothing short of helpful and pleasant. We love the fact they focus on morals and values as much as they do academics. They teach at all levels within the classroom, which is great for the kids that are advanced and those that are not. When I was looking at the reviews years ago, I remember seeing one where they stated if yout kid is average, he will not do well here...and that this school is for the smart kids. I don't find that true at all. I've participated in the classroom and kids were grouped together based on their academic level and taught at that level for both math and reading. And I love the new grading system.
This school is OUTSTANDING! Today it really does "take a village" to raise a child. Here we found our village.
The school has strong focus in both academic and everyday life values.
I believe that the recent introduction of Canton Charter Academy's new grading policy is not an effective tool to assess and motivate our children. The switch from traditional A, B, C, D grading systems to a new Standards Based Scoring System, makes it impossible to motivate and encourage students to work harder to achieve better grades. Furthermore, the fact that homework does not count toward a grade, either positively or negatively, is not teaching our children proper study habits in preparation for future education. This Standard Based System does not benefit the overachiever or the underachiever. It does not motivate students on either end of the educational spectrum to strive for anything more than meeting the standard. We expect more from our children and their education. As parents of students in Canton Charter Academy we demand more than an average education for our children.
I graduated from Canton Charter in June of this year. I am now attending Salem High School, and it pales in comparison, to be honest. Ironically, I despised the school while attending and even considered transferring to a nearby public middle school. Now, I can't be more pleased that I stayed. Everyone says the work in high school poses an extreme challenge to most students, even though the schools tend to go easy on freshmen like myself. Thanks to this school's exceptional curriculum and brilliant leaders such as out former principal Mrs. Williamson, the public school system is a breeze! As a matter of fact, I often find myself missing this place, the challenging work, and the people I've met there. But most of all, I miss actually having to lift a finger to receive a 4.0 GPA.
Graduating this year, I am very proud of Canton Charter Academy. I've earned awards--mainly in writing, due to the constant encouragement and constructive criticism my helpful teachers unhesitantly provided--and rightfully taken my spot on the High Honors list, an honor I couldn't have achieved without the challenging curriculam I endured every day. I enjoy going to school each morning; the staff and students are my family, and the close atmosphere was consistantly what allowed the new students to feel welcome and the old students to feel special. Our test scores dominate, having beaten Plymouth-Canton in 27 of the 28 MEAP tests this year. I don't even mind the uniforms. I look forward to meeting the new staff, and this year we were granted with a new principal (previous V.P.) and a new vice principal! I definitely will miss CCA--and yes, I intend to visit. Thank you!
Pardon me for my rude behavior to some of you parents but Canton Charter Academy is a great school with a great curriculam. I came here in 6th grade and I started my 8th grade right now. I'm against some og the thing some of the parents have been saying right now.There is no favoritsim what so ever in this school. Everyone is treated equally and there is a whole lot of diversityny child who has problems such as autism are treated with special care and are given attention to. There are many extra curricular activities such as NJHS and there are many sports teams.Parents are very involved in this school! So many parents have been involved in to making this school as it is today. There are many confrences in which you can talk to and discuss problems with your child's teacher. We are a very advanced school.
The moral focus at CCA and community service requirements for the middle school students have helped my kids grow into responsible and respectful young adults. Their high academic standards have proven successful by their MEAP scores. A review of the MEAP results from CCA shows that their students most often exceeds test scores from other schools in the area. The teachers are excellant and dedicated to CCA and it's students. Most teacher turnover has been due to promotions and out-of-state relocation. The administration and office staff are the best! They are helpful, attentive, and treat the students and parents with the utmost respect. CCA is open to and encourages parent volunteering. To avoid fundraising sales, they suggest a VOLUNTARY donation of $50 or a dollar amount of your choice. We are very grateful to have been a CCA family for the past 8 and are proud of our children's academic achievements!
I love this school. The office staff, the administration, as well as the teachers are all well qualified, very helpful and extremely friendly. My children started with this school from the beginning when they were in a trailer. From our first encounter with the principal to today, nine years later, we have always felt as if we are a part of a family. The environment is very welcoming. The education that my children are receiving is top notch as is evident by the outstanding MEAP scores. The teachers truly take an interest in each of the students as if they were their own. Each parent is asked to donate $50 in lieu of having to do fundraisers. However, it is not mandatory and any amount is appreciated. My family and I are grateful to be a part of Canton Charter Academy.
My children have been attending Canton Charter Academy for the past 8 years. We love the school. The office staff is friendly and helpful. The principal and assistant principal are nothing but professional. We have been happy with all of our kids' teachers. The principal and teachers do an excellent job of pairing students and teachers. We are asked to donate $50 per family in lieu of fundraisers. If you cannot make that donation, anything you can do is greatly appreciated. Any parent is welcome to volunteer and participate. If you work or have little ones at home the teachers are happy to have you help with projects at home when needed. We love the moral focus and community service. I love that the children wear a uniform. I could not be happier with the education my children are receiving at CCA
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