The teachers at this school really do a good job showing the kids how important and special they are. There are teachers and paraprofessionals for students who need extra help, as well as a teacher for gifted or exceptional students who need a bigger challenge. The classroom teachers are always looking for new and creative ways to reach the students so everyone can learn. The art program lets kids choose their work so they are proud of their creations. The athletics department has a wide variety of sports, and they always do quite well and win awards. The music department has phenomenal bands and choruses, and they do a full school-wide musical each year that accepts everyone who wants a part. What a loving community!
When my son transitioned from this school to another in NH he was one full grade level behind his other classmates. It took a long time and a lot of good teachers to bring him up to speed. He is now at grade level for Math and well above grade level for English. I think this school may possibly have too many changes to its curriculum combined with a pay level that seems to attract less experienced teachers. It's good to have a ratio of experienced and newer teachers but I think experience is very important especially if curricula is always changing.
The new Assistant Principal recently presented information about letters to the military. This program, Operation Appreciation ran through October 30th and allowed the students at CA to write letters and reach out to our active military. The 8th graders collected the letters for postage and delivery. This is a great example of community involvement by both the students and staff at this school.
My first interaction with the school was the main office with the secretary in the corner who never acknowledged I had been waiting for help!!! I'm a little concerned too when I go in the website and see how confusing it is to navigate through and the amount of misspellings! We are paying alot of taxes and am very concerned whose running this school?
Our children made a big transition this year and the two teachers our children had were outstanding. Both showed greater than average growth. Chester is a wonderful community with caring parents and wonderful volunteers. It's a great feeling to know our kids are in the hands of professionals we feel look out for their best interests. We did not have a lot of interaction with administration.
Horrible administration- unprofessional, overpaid lunch monitors, micro managers. Just there for the ride especially the retired super! The children deserve new leadership that will concentrate on their education into the next century. IPADS for children not administrators!
We have 2 children at CA and are looking to move, as 3 of our friends have, to another town due to the lack of intervention with learning disabilities and poor follow through with academics across the board. Some of the CA teachers are great but many are very inadequate and do not seem to care about all students equally.
I just heard at an awards ceremony last month that Chester Academy was nominated for the 'school of the year' award. This award is given out for the state's top schools. The academic program is outstanding. The administration is great with their new principal. Keep up the Great Work!!!!
We have 3 children at Chester Academy and 1 child who just started Pinkerton. We are so fortunate to have teachers who actually care about our children. I am so impressed at the hands on treatment my children receive at Chester Academy. The new principal is fantastic. She goes above and beyond to make sure everyone is satisfied. We are looking foward to many more years here. about the her