We have been at CSA for many years, and now my two children are in CSPA middle school. We continue to be thoroughly impressed with the staff and curriculum. My children are excelling in their classes, working at their own pace, and they are becoming even more independent. The teachers and my kids take great pride in their work, and we are thrilled to be a part of such a great community! If you are considering CSA/CSPA, please take a tour and find out about the school's philosophy.
Exceptional school environment, very focused on the students and their families. We did a lot of research before transferring our kids to CSA and no other schools came close to being as family focused as CSA.
My children have attended CSA and CSPA for 5 years. One of my children requires special ed services. The school staff has gone above and beyond to help her.
If you are considering sending your child to CSA, please allow me to offer my opinion on some of the negative comments:
1) No school is perfect. If you are expecting that, you're going to be looking for a very long time.
2) Some parents have greatly skewed opinions on what a school can and can not do for problem children.
3) The teacher turnover rate is normal for public schools.
4) For every inexperienced college graduate who expected the perfect 1st job and were disappointed by reality, there are 5 great - experienced teachers who can handle anything.
5) No school can fix crazy parents.
CSA and CSPA follow the research that indicates that homework does not increase learning. The students are not assigned homework for repetition of learning, but if they don't finish their work in class, they do take it home to complete. I love their 'no homework' policy.
This school is not for everyone (as evidenced by some of the reviews), but it's been great for my 2 kids. My oldest is advanced in some subjects, but average in others. I specifically chose CSA so that he could work at his own pace on the subjects he excelled in and that has worked out really well for him. Every teacher we had in the elementary school was great and the middle school teachers are phenomenal. You will hear positive and negative anecdotal evidence about every school in the area, so I would encourage you to tour the school and make an informed decision if you're interested.
We are new to the school this year. We have tried no less than 4 school districts and homeschooled before enrolling in CSA. After reading thoroughly through the learning philosophy and character education that CSA follows we decided to make an appointment for a tour. Mrs. Stockwell spent no less than 3 hours with our family, answering all of our questions and addressing any concerns we may have. I have never had an educator spend so much time with us, even at schools we were enrolled in. It took about a month for my daughter to adjust to the procedures and daily routine because CSA's philosophy is very different from what she has been used to at other schools, but after adjusting she is the happiest I have ever seen her. This is a child I used to have to drag out of bed and now she gets up an hour early, on her own, to get her day started and looks forward to seeing her teachers and friends. I am amazed at the turn around in her overall attitude and she is no longer stressed out about going to school. One mistake parents might be making when they enroll is not familiarizing themselves with the educational philosophy behind the school. If parents are expecting a traditional public school experience, CSA isn't it. One could compare CSA's model to that of a Montessori school, where learning is hands on, reflected in daily activities, where one activity combines many subject areas and where each child learns at their own level and pace. The other day I walked into the classroom and the teachers were sitting on the floor with the students, while they were fully engaged with small group learning and giving individual instruction. I have never witnessed this in a public school classroom. This is not students sitting taking one test after another, listening to lectures, never able to move past what the class is doing if they have already grasped a concept. CSA is different and I am so thankful that my daughter has the opportunity to attend this school.
This is our first year at CSA. Our son attended great start in the public school district where we live. We knew he was not going to be a typical child and took the time to pursue a better avenue for him. The teachers and staff at CSA have been wonderful! He has had some behavior issues, and the school has taken the time to work with us, rather than brush us off. We feel very valued at CSA.
My son is a special education student. The classroom teachers have been amazing! They have been teaching him where he is at in his learning and he has increased his reading skills faster than we ever thought he could. They have helped him to feel good about himself and to believe in himself. I know they really care about him. All of the special education team communicate with me regularly and I am thankful every day for them.
We love CSA! Our childrens' current and past teachers have and maintain great relationships with each of our children and really know them and how they learn best. The staff is welcoming and the teachers communicate with my husband and I frequently about the progress and learning that each of our children make throughout the year. We know that if we ever have a question or concern we can contact them and our questions or concerns are addressed quickly and honestly. We know that the education our children are receiving is fully preparing them for the life experiences they will have both academically and in the "real world" through college and beyond. Our children are happy and love going to school and we are happy too! We love CSA!