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Howell, MI
Students enrolled: 698

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9758 East Highland Road
Howell, MI 48843

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(810) 632-2200
(810) 632-2201
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October 27, 2014
What the issue with the teachers in the 4th grade at Cheryl Stockwell ,both quit and any scores for the students can't be used?

- submitted by a community member
October 09, 2014
Charyl Stockwell has been a great school for my two children. The learning environment is tailored to each child. This makes sure that each child is learning at a rate that is appropriate for them. The teachers have multiple meetings and communication with you throughout the year to make sure you are all on the same page. There are many after school activities for the students as well. They also have numerous family events throughout the year, which keeps the kids and parents involved. My son was behind in his previous school. He is a very shy, and didn't have many friends in school. We opted to change schools, and place him in CSA. We have noticed a major difference. He is excited to go to school, has made many new friends and enjoys the school activities. Our son is now doing great in school. He reading level has went up 2 levels, he has become much stronger in math and reading. I am grateful to the amazing staff at CSA. This is a great school for students who have been struggling. They care about the whole child, their emotions, communication skills, learning abilities and ect. BEST SCHOOL HANDS DOWN!

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2014
I wish there was a 0 star option. I am an old student who is now attending a public school in the area. After spending years at CSA, and eventually CSPA, I've found that, yes they do work at your own pace, which is good...until you go to another school, in which case you are put in "special" classes, because you're so behind in your learning. CSA gave me good grades even when I didn't deserve them. They are the reason I'm flunking out of school right now. I was bullied horribly there, and teachers and administrators were aware of it, but they told me to "brush it off." And the kid who beat me up got sent home FOR THE DAY.

- submitted by a community member
March 26, 2014
My son was at CSA from kindergarten to about 3/4 of the way through 2nd grade. We decided to move him as the state run school can offer him way more as he has special needs. If your kid is self motivated and does not require any specialized tuition this is the school for you. On deciding to move our child no one has replied to e-mails or phone calls, it's as if you decide to leave and you no longer exist or matter. I find this unprofessional and to be honest rude, I had doubts about moving, now I have none.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2014
I am a student as CSPA HS and I am very pleased with how the teachers handles things considering the pressure they are under from the administrators who appear to dictate how classrooms are run. This is unfortuante it creates stress for the teachers and frustrates the kids such as myself. One fo the biggest things I recently noticed was how the new principal at CSPA has began to run each individual classes requirements without being involved in the class himself. Other the other hand the teachers are great, the classes are educational and I love it here

- submitted by a community member
March 05, 2014
Our children are learning so much at CSA. The teachers we have had really care about the kids in their classrooms. In response to the reviews about bullies, our kids have not experienced this. In contrast, their friends and many of their classmates are kind and respectful. We recall a couple of kids in past years that I was happy to see leave CSA, but I don't think that is unique to any one school. I have encountered students helping other students in the hallways, offering to carry things or opening doors for parents. While this may not look like "education" to most, it is integral in learning to be part of a community, and it speaks to the feeling throughout the school. We are so happy with everything, from curriculum to staff to parent involvement. A school is only as good as its staff and families.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2014
This is our first year at Charyl Stockewell and we love it. We feel our daughter is getting very personalized teaching. The teachers are enthusiastic and involved. The principal is hands-on, and knows each of the kids' names = awesome! We also see a high level of parent involvement. We feel lucky to have discovered this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2013
my kid can hardly read can hardly spell she's got her Christmas list on the refrigerator she's in 7th grade but yet Stockwell is giving her all 100 percent ,she is sitting at home waiting for Cheryl Stockwell to send papers over to her new school they sent over 4 out of the 13th she needs very frustrating ,she told her teacher she was going to a new school without me talking to any of the school people the teacher said Oh you don't have to do any work today because you're going to be leaving the gave her a hug on another note my other kid was was there for 2 months got his iPod stolen because there is a no lock policy on locker

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
As with any school, I believe the experience you have has a lot to do with the individual teachers, and if an issue arises how the administration handles that issue. I've had awesome experiences with teachers, and some not so awesome experiences with teachers and administration who made up too many excuses for my son getting continually bullied. I'm glad I didn't give up when I had a bad experience because my son has excellent teachers now and they work with him as an individual not just as a number. I couldn't be happier with the amount of attention, detail, and genuine concern his current teachers give him now.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2013
I'm not sure why the thought in the reviews that Academically Gifted are favored keeps coming up. There is no structured or beneficial program at CSA for AG students. There is a lame attempt at providing some topics of interests a few times a year and at best, the classroom teachers are burdened with accelerating the curriculum, but the narrow-minded powers that be in the school have something in place for face value, only. Most of the teachers are there not for the salary but because they are truly educators in all sense of the word. The admistration seems to have an elitest attitude and in the last 3 yrs I have not once been greeted by or talked to by the principal and Stockwell's. The bullying policy or lack thereof is a horrible. A parent would do best taking it into their own hands as I did after I was told I was not allowed to find out who hit and left a big bruise on my child. In summary, teachers are exceptional, admin, after-school program, extracurricular, "gifted" and special education- very poor. I don't see it getting better and that is why I pulled my students out.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2013
I have had several years of experience with this school, including working as a volunteer several hours a week with children who were behind in reading. My experience volunteering led me to pull my children out of the school all together. The amount of children who cannot read in this school is astonishing. I was absolutely amazed at how kids could be passed along into 3rd/4th grade and still not know how to read basic 3 letter words! I worked with many kids who were moved along each year despite not knowing how to read, spell, add, ect. I couldn't believe it. Also the bullying issue is very real. My son was bullied and despite numerous attempts to talk with the teachers nothing was ever done. The only advice I received was to tell my son to "talk out the problem" which was not a proper solution to someone who was bullying him everyday. I would urge anyone thinking about sending their children here to think very carefully before doing so.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2013
My child attended CSA for years. Having worked in both traditional public schools and in charter schools in administrative positions, I can say that CSA stands true to it's mission. Best practices are in sought and taught. Students flourish at their own pace. Long lasting relationships are formed for students, parents, and staff. CSA is more than a school. It is a place to learn, to grow, to prepare for the future. All in a safe and nurturing environment. Who could ask for more? My child is grown. My grandchild is now attending CSA. Having worked in so many different schools, I can state that CSA has proven to be one of the most forward-thinking schools in this area and I am happy to sing their praises. If you have any doubts, just arrange for a tour. The level of student engagement is amazing, and you will not meet a nicer group of talented, caring people in which to entrust your child's education.

- submitted by a community member
June 23, 2013
As a former teacher at CSA I experienced the favoritism for a certain kind of student (gifted) disturbing. If your child is not labeled by the school as gifted do not send them there. If your child needs special services (other then gifted) they will not get them. Teachers leave because they are not supported by the administration, are asked to work far more hours then in a public school system and are paid less for all the extra work. Try preparing lessons for multiple grades and extreme differences in ability, it is not like preparing a math or science lesson for a single level. Add to this the unfair treatment of students who are a problem in the classroom (if not labeled as gifted) and you get an atmosphere that does not lead to a good education for any but highly motivated students. The facade that the school presents to prospective families is not the reality. The families are great and many of the teachers are as well, but the model does not work!

- submitted by a community member
March 07, 2013
We have been at CSA/CSPA for 3 years. I have two children that are about as opposite as opposite can be. One is gifted and his teachers challenge him in every subject, not just the ones that he excels at. They have shared books for us to read to better help our child branch out socially and in turn have read these books on their own time. Our other child is not so lucky academically. Ever since regular public school pushed him through without teaching him, school has been a constant struggle and always will be. Every single teacher he has had at CSA/CSPA has gone the extra mile to help him. We share our concerns and they address them. We as parents are our children's advocate. If you don't share problems or issues with the school, then how do you expect them to be solved? It takes a well informed and involved parent to help their children regardless what school choice you make to help your child be successful. My children both love going to school and also thank us for making the change. Yes, we have had issues at this school, but we worked through them with determination and communication.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2013
I am currently in seventh grade at CSPA middle school and I believe that this school provides me with an adequate learning environment for my abilities as a student. In advisory we are placed into mentor groups in order to receive help form older students or help the younger ones with more challenging subjects. The school does their best to pair a student with the same advisory teacher throughout their three years of middle school so they can receive continued support from a teacher that knows their strengths and weaknesses. In literature we have reveiwed many famous author's work. Some of these authors include E B White, Virginia Woolf, Kurt Vonnegut, Edgar Allen Poe, and Shakespeare. Overall the school is able to fit every student's needs for education. What it really boils down to is the work ethic of your child. I find that it is rather pointless to blame the school for a child's lack of accountability or perseverance. Those are important character traits that should be enforced at home as well as at school. Even though there are some students at CSPA with mental disabilities, there are many classes and choices for students who are academically gifted.

- submitted by a community member
February 26, 2013
Wonderful school! Great families, teachers and children. This is a fantastic school for all children. We are so happy here.

- submitted by a community member
February 26, 2013
We love this school. It is filled with wonderful and kind children, caring teachers and families. I would not change a thing about this school. It is a gem!!!

- submitted by a community member
February 18, 2013
I know of a few different families that have gone to CSA. I know from experience that if your child is ADHD the teachers there will just pass them along to the next grade. Thiis child never turned in his homework but when report cards came out he had B's and C's. That was based on never turning in homework.. I do not understand how you can move forward when you never do the work. Also this child would get in trouble quite often but the other child involved would never get a detention . So this student goes on to the next grade level when he barely can add and subtract. Teacher at CSA do not care about their students the troubled ones that need the extra help just keep getting passed onto the next teacher to deal with. I would NEVER send my kids to CSA.

- submitted by a community member
February 09, 2013
Great ideas, horrible follow-through, especially in the high school. Parents usually love this school in the early grades and, by the time they get to the higher grades (upper middle school and high school), they realize this is NOT a progressive or positive learning environment. Yes, it might be less stressful, but it is not the "real world" and your kids will fall horribly far behind. And forget being a competitive candidate for a good college (unless you have a VERY strong parent or other adult working in your corner) - the classes this school provides do NOT work well toward acceptance into a good college, and although one or two of the teachers may be knowledgeable regarding college applications, the administration falls FAR short of being able to do their part in this regard (and try to pass this job off on "the other guy" when asked for assistance). MAYBE this will be a good school in several years, but why be the experimental kids? RIGHT NOW you should stay FAR FAR away!!! Lots of openings here... why? Because LOTS of families are getting out.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2013
This is our 7th year at CSA. I have one in the middle school and 2 in the elementary. All three kids continue to test well above their grade level. I have appreciated the individualized approach to education that the school is amazingly been able to maintain. It would be much easier to take a one-size-fits-all approach, I'm sure. The teachers and administrators are caring and wonderful and love what they do. MOST OF ALL, my kids love going to school, love learning and I know they are growing in a safe environment. I am particularly impressed with the unit study approach in the middle school and the fact that at CSPA, middle school is a joyful place.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2013
I 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 is the consequence of a school system like CSA's.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2012
My 2 children have been enrolled in this school system for 5 yrs. The school is growing at a rapid rate & continues to modify its curriculum to meet the changing needs of it's students. I have seen quick turnover with some new teachers but they also have many committed enthusiastic teachers too. While the school system is not perfect, it is MUCH better than having drug sniffing dogs patrol the halls, which has happened at the "A" rated public school my kids would be attending if not for CSA/CSPA. I know of at least 4 families that left our local public schools to attend this school. This is not a "special needs" school, it is a special school. It is adaptable, creative, and cutting edge. ALL schools are faced with including & responding to "special needs" students, bullying, teacher turnover, stress to perform & to meet state standards, etc. This school is right for those who have made an informed choice for their children's education and are comfortable with a long term approach to supporting their children's overall development . While I have not always liked responses to specific issues - overall we are very satisfied & are staying at least through middle school.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2012
I was a teacher at this school and felt nothing but stress while working there. Our classrooms were not properly equipped with teaching materials and the school tended to attract kids with serious problems. These were not addressed adequately since the philosophy of the school was to please the students and parents no matter what. It is run by a management company that is very focused on bringing in the money from the state. The teachers make about .5 of other public school teachers and are not supported by the administration with discipline issues, resouces, etc. If a parent complains about the teacher due to any type of academic or behavior issue even when the teacher has acted properly handled the problem, the teacher is on his or her own, hence the big turnover of faculty. I would not recomend this school for anyone.

- submitted by a community member
October 02, 2012
As a parent, CSA has always made me feel welcome in the school. My kids are thriving academically, socially and emotionally. They have the opportunity to learn at their own pace. And most of all, I love knowing that my kids are in a safe and wholesome environment where teachers truly care about their success and well-being.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2012
After 5 years at the school (elementary level), and subsequent years at 3 otther schools, I can truly say that while CSA has the best, most involved and concerned parents I have ever encountered, the administration of the school is the worst I have seen, as is the teacher turnover. The school lacks appropriate structure, which creates a frutstrating and chaotic environment for its students. While the school characterizes its ever-changing philosophies as "continuous improvement,"practically speaking, the result isa "flavor-of-the-month" feeling and after awhile, administration and staff lose credibility. Teacher/administration favoritism is rampant in the school, causing inconsistent application of rules among the kids. While my kids were not "special needs" (in fact at CSA they were considered "gifted") I disagree that this school is good for special needs (ADHD, etc.) kids, though there are a ton of them there! These kids, more than most, need and crave structure, it it is a disservice to them to have them in this "anything goes" environment. Classrooms are very loud with many disruptive kids, rules are inconsistently enforced, and kids quickly develop bad habits.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2012
This is a school that caters to the Special Need Child. Which is a great thing, and there is a need for schools like this that will have a "safe haven" for those children that really don't fit anywhere else. That being said, they need to advertize as such. Please do not make it seem like this is a place for all children when it is not! The leaders allow their students to misbehave and bully other more quiet students. The staff is a revolving door due to being over-worked and underpaid, so don't expect a favorite teacher to be there next year. We were there for a few years and did not like the direction the school was heading, so this year we went back to public schools. And I have heard MANY students/families will not be back this year either. If you have a child that struggles in public schools this will be the place for them!

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2012
Well intentioned parents--beware. This school is nothing that it would lead you to believe especially if you have well behaved children that you thought you were sending there to be challenged and could excel at their own pace. Except for a small handful of teachers (very small) the teachers here are very inexperienced (and yell--A LOT) Although working at your own pace sounds good -- trust me this school is unable to implement individual curriculum, especially with no textbooks. Funny how each kid has a different spelling list and although it sounds good, the students are never taught the fundamentals and the rules of spelling because of the individual lists--scary. Please spare yourself the hardship. Although we were fortunate to be involved with some very good families, the turnover of families is incredible (revolving door) and the bullying concerns are real.....mostly from very ill behaved kids that have no discipline and whose unacceptable actions towards others (SERIOUS actions) lack appropriate discipline.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2012
We are beginning our 12th year at CSA. I have 4 very different children with different personalities and intellectual abilities. Yet each one of them thrives at CSA. Each year we re-evaluate if CSA is still the school for each individual child and every year we return, more pleased than the year before. A few years ago, I began subing in 3 local school districts and that was when it REALLY became clear how fortunate we are to have our children at CSA. The character lessons alone sets the CSA student body apart from the others, not to mention the confidence, academic ability, and love for learning that CSA students demonstate. The difference is not as noticible in K-5, but becomes more obvious once you get into the middle school and high school. The students who have been with CSA since early elementary have been nourtured and encouraged to learn to their personal ability. The pressure to perform as well as ones peers is removed so the child develops to his/her FULL potential as the UNIQUE learner that he/she is, fostering a love for learning that will last a lifetime. Far more important that weather the child learns to read in kindergarten verses first grade.....

- 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 15, 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
May 25, 2012
I'm disappointed in CSA. In general, I believe they do not take responsibility for adequately teaching children. Children with any issue at all cannot "work at their level" and make much progress. Those families who post positively must have very self-motivated children without issues. Getting a 504 or an IEP is VERY difficult; it seems like the school doesn't want to take responsibility for meeting an IEP's requirements. Administration wishes to closely control everything. Can you imagine not being able to invite classmates to your child's birthday party because the school won't release contact information for classmates?

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2012
I attend have attended this school since kindergarten, and am currently in 11th grade. Although I dislike wearing a uniform, there are a lot of perks. I have the opportunities to take challenging classes, and the teachers are very open and easy to talk to. They work with the students and are very involved during the entire class. I have a lot of homework, but that is because I'm taking two AP classes and am currently maintaining 4.0's in everything. I received nearly a 30 on the two practice ACT tests we have taken this year. The school is very helpful in terms of planning for the future. The teachers meet with you and your parents concerning plans for college, and will even help you to fill out college applications. There have been several occasions when they have given us tips and tricks for applying to colleges and financial aid, which will benefit everyone greatly. I am very glad that my parents enrolled me in this school, because I am ahead of many other kids my age. The open communication eases any stress that comes along with the school work. It is a great school, and I am thankful that my parents chose to send me here.

- submitted by a community member
February 05, 2012
We have been so happy with CSA. Our child is receiving a great education. She is in groups (reading, math, writing, etc.) that are challenging for her without being too hard. She is flourishing at CSA. The teacher communication with the parents is excellent, and the administration is available and caring. We are overwhelmingly happy with the school.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2012
This school is beautiful and clean. They have a remarkable Spanish program. But after Navigator (Grades 1-2), the kids move to the trailers in the back of the building. They are NOT beautiful or clean. Also, it took 6 months for a simple speech evaluation. My kindergartener can sing and count to 25 in spanish but she cannot read English. Why? Because apparently she isn't "intrinsically motivated" to sound out words. What? I'm not intrinsically motivated to clean my house but it has to be done. Her class is sheer chaos. There is a bullying issue at the school. The previous poster is correct. You can talk to teachers, but they don't stop it. Parent involvement is poor from what I've seen. I've toured public and private schools in the area and was very impressed with the alternatives. I think, if you do some research, you can find a better school than CSA. We will not be returning next year and my kindergartener can't wait to transfer.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2012
The philosophy of this school sounds wonderful on paper, but when put into practice in the classroom it can have detrimental effects. The children are expected to work to their ability level regardless of age. Meaning that a nine year old may turn in a paper with unreadable handwriting, poor grammar, and misspelled words, but will be told they did great because they are "working at their own level." The problem with this practice is that many of the children are never "pushed" to try harder (to meet grade level expectations) when they are fully capable. Which, in turn, causes them to fall far behind their peers in a public school setting.

- submitted by a teacher
October 31, 2011
After 4 years of debating whether we made the right choice to have our child a CSA we transferred to a new school this year. When asking my child if they are ok with this transfer, the statement we heard; "I would like to have had Mrs. XXX this year but I am learning A LOT more than I did at CSA." That confirms it all for me. CSA's curriculum is lacking, adequate resources are not made available for teachers, discipline is inconsistently applied, IAP'S take forever and they collect the funding but do not implement the IAP plans adequately - the list could go on buy why bother until you actually experience the place and explore all the issues you will not be fully informed. No school is perfect - the difference is how open they are to possible solutions to the issues. CSA does not want to acknowledge imperfections or permit outside advice unless you are a big donor. If you deeply reviewed their budget, you might reconsider the monetary donations you give.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2011
We left Brighton Schools for CSA. Our children's education and love of school has improved greatly. When buying summer bridge books, we had to get a year ahead of their upcoming grade level because those books were still review. When discussing their materials and work with teachers from other schools, they are on grade level or above. The administration is the biggest drawback: their need for control over non-academic activities at the school and offsite. But let me deal with that by going outside school for sports and activities. I chose the school for academics. No school is perfect, but this one has the child's education as their main objective. Time will tell how CSA&CSPA compare to area schools, when the new MEAP scoring comes out. Current MEAP scores are so close, there is no leader. CSPA already has a student in college without having a graduating class: check out http://brighton.patch.com/articles/brighton-student-skips-senior-year-of-high-school-to-start-at-georgia-tech

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2011
We have been at CSA for years and could not be more pleased with the growth that we have seen in all of our children since they have started. The bashing reviews are disheartening to read and many of the claims that I am seeing made are completely untrue. The students are 100% accountable for their actions and do not have it as laissez-faire as many posters have stated. Not even close! Teacher and parent involvement is top notch there and 2010 MEAP scores are quite impressive.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2011
My son was in public schools for 2 years and hated school. Both my boys have been in CSA for 1 year now and they love school! Infact they were mad that they had to have a summer vacation. As for learning it is better than Brighton Schools. At Brighton my son never even had a spelling test and at CSA he was doing 2 spelling sets a week since he was doing so good.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2011
I disagree with comments about students being behind compared to public schools. My kids are at or above grade level: This summer I purchased 'bridge books' to keep my kids from forgetting things over the break. For my two oldest kids, I had to get books a year ahead of what their actual 'grade' was, and they were still review. Like any school, parents need to be aware of their students school experience (academically and socially). I do not allow my kids to redo tests or homework for better scores, and the teachers agree. my kids' social life is well balanced, as we go outside the school for sports and social activities. These options are plentiful in Brighton/ Hartland area, and should not be a reason for a school choice. We selected a school to give us the best academic option. CSA is a great school for parents who want their children to work at their highest level academically, and not work to the middle of their classrooms abilities. Every year we check out all school options, and we come back to CSA. Teachers are not paid well, but most are dedicated and appreciated. Last year families (not just PTO) raised $40k+ to provide bonuses to returning teachers.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2011
We pulled our kids from this school after 5 years and they were very behind academically at their new schools, even though at CSA they consistently received great grades and were in the "advanced" classes. They also had a hard time following basic rules in a more "traditional" school because they were used to being able to come and go when they wanted, turn in work when they wanted and to redo work that they got poor grades on until they got the grade they wanted. This ability to keep redoing stuff is dangerous because it conditions kids to not do their best job the first time. CSA is probably a good school for kids that have learning problems (there are many kids like that there) but for other kids, it really does them a disservice. We are so sad that we kept them there as long as we did as they are really paying for it now. As for the great parent-teacher relationship, beware! Unless you have a lot of time to spend smooszing the teachers your kid is unlikely to get the special treatment. It's really political!Parents walk the kids into the school and often spend the first half hour of class talking to the teacher

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2011
We withdrew from this school even before school started. We heard so many terrible things about the school. Burned out administration. Admissions that acts like used car salespeople by ignoring them once they have committed to the school. Lack of communication and failure to respond to emails and phone calls. Unruly students. Run like a business and certainly not centered on the whole child. Just interested in the $$$. Beware of phony claims of a wait list to create an illusion or a sense of emergency in getting application in all ploys to fool the unsuspecting parents. Please be careful and think twice before choosing this school. Taking your children out once they start is very upsetting to them.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2011
Both of my children have attended CSA since kindergarten. My daugter has had a better experience than my son. She is entering 7th grade and enjoys the school and her friends there. She has made the choice to remain at CSPA until she is finished with 8th grade. My son is going into 4th grade and this will be his last year. After seeing the 5th grade curriculum that my daughter struggled through, I will not put my son through the same torture. I teach my children to respect others, and I have respectfully listened to many parents discuss their recent disappointment with CSA. Time to move on soon.................

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2011
amazing school... i love it!!! it gives you the freedom that you want, but then again there are rules in life that everyone has to follow. Another thing i love about CSA is that you can build relationships with the teachers and they can build the relationship with you. this school is very flexible and just an amazing school!!!!!! send your kid to it!!!!

- submitted by a community member
May 07, 2011
CSA does an outstanding job of building the foundation of a true love of learning. The teachers are extremely competent and willing to work with children to meet their needs. There is open communication between the teachers and parents. I feel my children have been understood, challenged, and encouraged by their teachers. I transferred my children out of the local public school because I felt they were only taught to a certain level and had to wait for all the other kids to "catch up." Not at CSA- they are taught at their appropriate level and challenged to continue to learn. Awesome school!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2011
I can see by the reviews from the adults they are discerning about the choice of school for their loved ones, but most of the parents who send their children to public schools do not even have any frame of reference and think the school is good because it is rumored to be. The reality is most public schools have declined in years and many of them push academics for meap scores. They do not care about the "whole child". CSA has a strong reputation for considering the individual student's needs and that is far more important. Grades are not a measure of success and many parents have deluted themselves into thinking that, so their priorities are to push for high grades. The best things in life are certainly not the good grades we received when we were in school.

- submitted by a community member
March 23, 2011
This school is absolutely awful. If you have been there long enough and move you're children to public school, they WILL be socially awkward and academically challenged. I unfortunately went there for five years and moved to public school in 6th grade and was basically 2 grades behind everyone. I did catch up though and now I have straight A's and now I'm a Junior in high-school and have a great group of friends. To all the parents saying, "oh, well my child has no trouble learning. He's the best in his class!" No he's not. An "A" student at CSA is a "C" student in public school. Get you're child out of there now.

- submitted by a community member
March 10, 2011
Both of my children have attended CSA since kindergarten and are now in CSPA as first year and third year middle school students. As with any school you can always find something to complain about but overall the things that are most important to me are that my children are both working above their grade level and are socially very well adjusted. They are being taught to think outside the box and to be problem solvers. Most children at CSA and CSPA grasp the "Smart Character Choice" program and are very polite and mature for their ages. The enviroment is very safe and there is not an issue with bullying. I would recommend our school any day over the public school choices in our area.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2011
It should have been a red flag to me when my montessori trained child came home with a upside-down work ethic. Now when asked to put his toys away when finished playing instead of doing it he will say "I don't have to until I feel like it." When asked what he means by that he tells me "my (CSA) teacher says I don't have to do any work until I feel like it, and I don't feel like picking up my toys now." Or when a 5th grader says to me "there is no punishment and no rewards at this school so we can do whatever we want and get away with it." There is a strange culture and double standard at the school.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2011
All three of my children, 2nd grade, 4th grade, and 7th grade, are working above grade level. Not just with the assessment the school gives, but other assessments as well. I could not be happier with the communication from the teachers, the curriculum, or the results! My kids are well adjusted in many areas of their life - social and educational being the two I can credit to their school environment!

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2011
We really bought into the "learn at your own pace" idea; it was good for our self-motivated child, but our other daughter just stopped learning. When we moved to another school the next semester, we were surprised at how far behind she was. It has taken her a full year of working very hard (and spending time in the resource room) at a great school to catch up. Thankfully, she has just been exited from the mentoring program designed to catch her up, and she's doing well. I only am giving two stars because we liked the teachers at the school.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2010
My son is doing very well at CSA. His teachers are wonderful. I couldn't ask for more in a charter school.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2010
Our children have been at CSA since kindergarten. They all excel academically and have scored above grade on the Performance Series and MEAP tests. They love CSA and their teachers. My husband and I are very happy with the education they recieve and feel that we have always been treated with respect by the administration. I would recommend CSA to families who are committed to a good school and want to be involved in their child's education.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2010
The leaders of the school espouse very impressive ideals but their actions are completely incompatible w/ their words. They repeatedly say if you don t like it then leave because we have a waiting list . They have inadequate staffing or resources to handle their extensive growth. Their actions show that they are much more interested in quantity than quality. On days when they have reviews from CMU (the University who holds the charter) they drill the students about exactly what to say if they are questioned by an official. It is a travesty that tax payer dollars go to support this school as they are not preparing their students to be responsible or productive members of society. Students who do leave generally lag behind their peers. This is especially true in grammar, math literacy and writing skills.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2010
My girls have been there since kinderarten and are now in middle school. They are so smart, extremely high self esteem, respectful and I think alot of it has to do with CSA. The principal is wonderful and involved and the teachers care so much about the students.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2010
After my gifted child going to CSA for 4 years, we are pulling her out. She has been bullied and harassed and even hit. CSA does not have a bullying policy. The administration wants to ignore the problems with hitting and bullying. Her math skills had gone down in her last 3 years at CSA.. Only her 1st year lived up to what we were told the school would offer. The good kids seem to leave and the kids with behavioral problems stay because there is no consequences for their actions. The gifted program is sold as being a great program - this year we received 4 letters telling us what a great gifted program CSA has in place. That is all we got out of the gifted program - 4 letters.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
We LOVE this school. I have a child who is academically advanced and they have done fantastically with meeting their needs.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2010
Academics are not nearly where they should be.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2010
This school markets well but falls very short on living up to the image it attempts to create. Many families quickly see through the facade and leave, creating a quick turn around. Some problems we experienced were overcrowded classrooms, micromanagement described in previous reviews, inability to manage children with destructive behaviors in spite of character development programs, and lack of tools given to help students learn basic skills. The school seems more concerned with their image than they are with effectively teaching their students as 'rigorously' as they market.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2010
I am an educator and parent of children who formerly attended this school. I would not recommend CSA to anyone, they run the school like a business, I don't see the love for the children or passion for their job in any of the administration or (most of) the staff. They are too casual about learning in the early grades, claiming they are helping students develop a 'love of learning by not pressuring them' but doing nothing and then expecting the children to learn by osmosis doesn't create a love of learning- it creates disgruntled students, frustrated with school and often with low self efficacy. There is a huge difference between pressuring students and providing them with scaffolding and challenges to do their best. They failed my daughter, and I saw too many families leave over similar experiences. Very sad. This school gives charter schools a very bad name.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
October 14, 2009
I have to agree with the March 12, 2009 posting and more. High teacher attrition results in very little bonding with students. The K - 2 does a good job, 3-5 ok, Middle School was a total disappointment. My child left there with little to no self-esteem and the teachers were only available for extra help at an additional charge (A $40 sign-up fee and an hourly charge for help). A child is a product of their environment and this environment was very harmful to his personality and academic skills. The middle school is not a safe environment. Students do not respect authority, property, and are not monitored by the teachers consistently. Also, the library does not provide educational material that supports middle school research and they use the internet as a primary research tool. This results in some misuse and unguided usage.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2009
They used to have smaller classes than public school but no longer There are 23-24 kids in the elem classes. Teacher turnover is so high that they have set up a foundation to get donations to convince teachers to stay. I agree that the principal is a big problem because she runs the school like a shrewd business woman and not a caring professional

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2009
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June 18, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
June 14, 2009
Perhaps CSA is not the best choice for kids who can be mainstreamed so easily. CSA seems to have a preventative approach for kids who are at both ends of the learning spectrum (gifted and slower learners), something public schools have failed at time and again.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2009
There are pros & cons to schools and this one is no exception. It has some wonderful attributes but be aware of the bait & switch. i.e., they say that they are a 'High Scope' school yet it is done at a minimum level (if at all). They say they do not give grades but they constantly rate students. They preach good 'character choices' but allow very bad behavior from some unruly children. There are no consequences of harming other students or acting out in class. At the same time, some of the teachers yell & are condescending to well behaved students. The principal is overly positive to the point of ignoring anything that does not fit her glossy marketing image.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2009
We switched to CSA from another public school and absolutely love it. Best of all, our daughter is no longer bored by school! The leadership at CSA is outstanding; there is an obvious connection between the overall mission of the school and what takes place daily in the classroom. The staff is very receptive, caring and friendly, and as a parent, I always feel welcome in the school. It's also refreshing that each student is appreciated as an individual -- both academically through curriculum differentiation as well as socially. CSA's approach to education is innovative, inspiring and effective -- we highly recommend it!

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2009
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- submitted by a student
February 19, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating February 03, 2009
I have taken my children out of CSA. The teacher turnover is excessive due to leadership which appears to be a smokescreen for micromanagement. I have had some very good experiences with teachers there and been privy to some of their frustrations, which are significant. It felt more like a marketing tool for a business than a family-oriented school environment, and I did not trust the principal to have genuine intentions.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2009
All of my children attend Charyl Stockwell Academy. My oldest was there from Kindergarden through Middle School. As a parent I could not of asked for a better experience for my children. At CSA the teachers really care about them. The learning experiences they provided were above and beyond anything that could be provided elsewhere. My children are happy to go to school and look forward to learning. They have been taught time management, personal goal setting, what quality work is, all while integrating good characher skills. I highly recommend CSA.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 21, 2009
My daughter is well into her second year at CSA and so far we have been very happy. At first I her teachers seemed detached, until I took the time to really see what was going on. They have really taken the time to get to know her and adapt her daily routine to match her learning style. My daughter is sensitive, and the entire staff, not just her teachers, have really pulled together to help boost her confidence in ways that really compliment the work I have been doing with her. Academically, the leaps she has been doing learning to read and do math is amazing, and I fully credit the teachers for this. The few problems she has had with other children I feel were handled appropriately. I think the decision to send your child is entirely personal based on what you want for your child.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2008
When my daughter was a student at CSA, she was constantly being given things to master that she was not ready to master. But, the teachers did not want to hear that she was stressed, and would tell us that she just needed to work harder rather then re- teach the class until things were understood. She had no problems in the younger grades at CSA, but we found that it gets really hard fast. In time, they will expect that your child is ready regardless if they have been given the tools . My daughter always did well on the Meap, and in Reading she excedded expectations. However,she learned phonics at another public school which was a great asset for her. She started at CSA as a strong reader. If your child is gifted they will do fine, if not, school will be a struggle in the older grades.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2008
My daughter is in her second year at CSA and I am very happy. She is progressing very well. Her teachers care about her and she has formed a great relationship with the students and the administrators. I feel that my opinion and presence at the school is appreciated and valued. We do work with her outside of school but only because I feel that it is my job as her parent. I expect the school do their part but I do not leave it to them. As for the parents who says their child is behind...by who's standard? Yours or the government? All kids learn at a different rate and this school is one who encompasses that idea.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2008
As a former parent I must state the obvious: Is consistently scoring under the 50% percentile in the writing portion of the MEAP acceptable? Moreover, based on CSA philosophy, shouldn't CSA's MEAP scores be the best in the County? (Since CSA does advertise that they teach 'Gifted' students?) Hmmmm....

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
I am surprised by the negative reviews on this website. We have been at CSA for 8 years and I have always found the staff assessible and easy to work with. The teachers really know my kids and have always brought out the best in them. The relationships my kids have with their teachers is amazing. My kids are getting the academic rigor they need and learning how to form positive relationships with other students and adults.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 15, 2008
I am a parent of former CSA children as well. I agree completely with everything said in the July 14th and 24th postings. I know parents and teachers are responsible for education. I felt I was doing more work to educate than the school, even repairing damage done by the school. I 'love' the comment about insight into how those parents raise their kids. That depicts the CSA approach exactly blame the child or parent don't question our school. It's insulting. I have since met many wonderful parents who have pulled their kids out of that school.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 24, 2008
We have also left the school, due to the lack of academics provided to my children. I love the comment about blaming the school if it doesn't work. That's just what CSA wants everyone to believe. I think they are responsible for teaching my child, they have my child 30 hours out of the week! The only thing that my children have brought home from this school is bad manners, foul language and the ability to play really well! Yes, I do instill good christian values in the home. Thankfully, I can recognize this and change the attitude at home. I am looking forward to a new year at a different school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 04, 2008
Upon reading some of these reviews, I'm amazed at the comments by some parents. I've had my children enrolled in CSA for 8 years. I have 2 children, which are worlds apart in their academic potential. The school has been very effective at recognizing their strengths and weaknesses and dealing with them. I don't believe a school is solely responsible for a child's success or failure, any more than a doctor is responsible for the overall health of your child. The comments by some of these parents is a window into their approach to raising children....'leave it to the school and if it works, praise me and it it fails... blame the school!' Regardless of how successful my kids turn out to be, I believe this school has made the journey a joy. As for the outcome....it depends far more on their makeup and my training.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2008
It's true, CSA is not for every child. My children have been enrolled there for four years and they are each getting individual educations that suit their different learning styles and abilities. It is wrong to generalize that any school is 'good' or 'bad' just because it is not a good 'fit' for a certain child.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
February 08, 2008
CSA is the best school any of my children have ever been to. My oldest who has already graduated went through mostly private schools before moving to Michigan. We sent him to Huron Valley and had an awful experience there. We didn't know where to send our youngest 3, until we found CSA! It is by far the most excellent school we have seen. They are loving and kind to the children and parents are always welcome in the classroom! Each child goes at their own pace in reading, vocab, spelling, and math. We have just moved out of state and are having great difficult finding a school that even compares, and we are looking at all private. Unfortunately, there aren't any charters around here that are independent from the school district, like CSA. I always felt wonderful dropping my children off, knowing that they were being truly cared for!

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2008
I think this school has a good environment to learn. The staff seem so friendly, and truly do care about the students. The car pool can be annoying at times, but it is a small price to pay to know that your child is getting the education, and discipline that is needed at an early age. There is no more money being asked than the public schools. Charter schools receive less money than public, but somehow this school seems to uphold standards that I don't see in other public schools. There is a lot of parental involvement. This school, as a whole, has more morals and values you can't find in a public school.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2008
I absolutely love this school! Carpool can be a pain, but for what my children are receiving, its a small price to pay. This is comparable to a private school with out the tuition. I have sent one child thru the Public school system and there is no comparison. The nurturing environment that is provided daily is above and beyond what you will find at any public school. The parent invovlement is great and the teachers really care! You do have to spend a little out of pocket for expenses, but you would also spend at a public school. Again, the few extra dollars are worth what we receive in the long run. We have family that attend both public and private and my children are by far exposed to a higher level of learning at CSA. CSA is more than just a charter school, its like an extra large family.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 12, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2007
For the most part, I like what this school is doing for my son as opposed to the public school refuses to do to educate my son. This school does teach each child at their learning level. My son is advanced in all subjects and they continue to let him grow his education as high as he can. I am not very happy though with other parts of this school. I am quite alarmed this year of the amount of nickel dimeing that has been going on. It seems that every time i turn around they are wanting you to provide money for this or that. I believe that every year when they provide the 'need' list of the required school items (pencils, crayons, folders, etc.) That they need to put everything that the child will need to have for every project.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2006
As a recent graduate of the CSA middle school, I truly feel I am prepaired for anything. I am able to speek in front of crowds, work out difficult math problems. This school is amazing and I would recomend it to anyone interested.

- submitted by a former student
April 02, 2005
This is an outstanding school. Every child can learn at their own pace without pressure. The school offers many 'hands-on' learning techniques for the children. The curriculum is based on research. I love the Character Education component and the staff truly care for every child in the school. You can sense the kindness as soon as you walk in the door. Parents are always welcome in the classroom. The children are allowed to make choices and learn from their mistakes. I would recommend this school to everyone. It's a safe place for your child to learn and grow.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2004
Our children have been at CSA for two years now and we have been exceedingly happy with the quality of education, the commitment of the staff, the involvement of the parents, and the overall atmosphere of the school. I highly recommend CSA to anyone looking for something better for their children.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2003
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