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6-12|Private
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My daughter got admission for rising 9th grade (2017-2018), but we had to withdraw her from the school (loss of $1500 deposit). There is something serious wrong with their math placement recommendation. My daughter (8th grader) is currently taking honor Math 2 (equivalent to geometry in old, non-common-core system) )with >90 overall, got 9's (stanine) in all 4 sections of ISEE test for upper school (perfect scores), with AMC and NC state math competition record. After making deposit, believing their ad on personalized opportunity for each student (as typical in private schools), they then told us that she have to repeat (standard) geometry class (not even honor geometry) for a year. They said if she wants to take honor algebra 2, which would be her regular track course for 9th as she would be taking honor math 3 in her home public school, she need to pass two placement tests (one for upping to honor geometry and another for algebra 2) during the summer. Their deadline for full tuition (>25K) is June 15. So, the only way we could find out whether or not she can take her due math class is to pay the full tuition first and then find out. We end up wasting our $1500 for nothing, and clearly there is no personalized or individually matched education for each kid, as opposed to what they advertise. No such thing in CA. You have to start from their "baseline" and move up by showing your true academic prowess (via placements for instance), but only after you pay all in full without knowing where your kid will be placed. If you think your kid loves challenging environment and pursue high-achiever track, "Beware!!"



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Outstanding and dedicated teachers and administrators. Focused on developing academics and citizenship. Offers great variety of extracurricular activities.




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Disagree with the parents saying CA is very liberal. Many minority students appreciate the diveristy programming like Affinity Groups but feel their safety/inclusion is an afterthought to most administrators. Students of color often faced with verbal slights that are not called out. Last year, students called for the school newspaper to censor another student for writing about LGBT issues and admin blithely ignored the situation. Good academics and teachers, but wish admin was less afraid to take a stand for minority students. Guess the reviews below indicate why.



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These last two reviews pretty much sum up our years at CA. The school culture gets more and more liberal each year, and inundates the kids with sexually themed content constantly. The new headmaster calls it "desensitizing" the kids. But, if anyone objects to these non-curricular topics, they get labelled as "close-minded" by the administration and other parents. So much for tolerance and diversity of thought :( The core education is OK; better in some departments than others. Surprisingly weak on technology.



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Love Cary Academy! Strong teachers, challenging curriculum, and a dynamic, diverse student body as valuable to my child's education as the classes themselves. We picked Cary Academy because we assessed it to be the most inclusive of the academically rigorous schools in the area. Sometimes wish it we more explicit with support for minority students, esp. gay and transgender students, but reading reviews like that submitted by the close-minded parent below make me appreciate how much it does do for the students most vulnerable to marginalization and self-hate.




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Solid academics, caring teachers, tech heavy and WAY over the line exposing students beginning in 6th grade to inappropriate sexual & personal topics in the name of "acceptance" and "diversity". Parents are not informed and students are required to participate. The faculty recently distributed condoms and "taught" details of a gang rape case to middle schoolers. Keynote graduation speech, endless school newspaper articles, assemblies & class discussions with both genders and multiple grades focusing on private, personal & family topics like sexuality, STDs, sex changes, feminine hygiene, etc. This is not limited to health or sex ed classes; it is ubiquitous. Parents and students both are treated like outsiders if they disagree; concerns raised to the administration are respectfully acknowledged but ignored. For families who believe some topics should be kept private or within the family, or that kids ages 11+ don't need to be exposed to TMI, you are misaligned with this school. Let's hope the new school head reins this in before further hurting kids and families, seriously damaging the school's reputatation and eroding future applicant pools.



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Cary Academy is a top-notch, academically rigorous college prep school. It does a wonderful job of preparing young people for the world beyond middle and high school in every way, academically, socially and emotionally. The teachers are outstanding, energetic and deeply committed to the young people they educate. We have yet to have less than excellent in the teaching department. The school also welcomes parental involvement. We have been very happy with CA on every level. It is a tough school, however, so your child needs to be academically motivated to succeed and thrive. The student body is cohesive and a nice group of kids. We have not experienced any meanness or bullying issues or any problems at CA.



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We are parents of a sixth grader at CA, just completing our first year at the school, and we could not be happier. We feel warmly welcomed into the CA community, and our child has had a wonderful, nurturing first year of middle school. We have been very impressed by the quality and commitment of the faculty. The academics are rigorous, but you can literally see how much your child is learning and growing every day. I can't think of a finer middle school experience!




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I took my children out of Cary Academy when we moved to North Raleigh and enrolled at North Raleigh Christian Academy. Of the two schools my children and I both prefer NRCA because I believe the overall learning atmosphere is better. Cary Academy has an element of "troubled youth" that is unsettling. That troubled youth element is non-existent at NRCA. The course work and homework requirements are more rigorous at Cary Academy (which I personally prefer) but I have no doubt that NRCA is preparing my children for college.



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Great school ! Founders are really behind this school and support faculty, students, and parents in every way they can. It seems the founders have a true love for the success of students and their community. Their commitment to the school and excellence in education is a key to the success of CA. Parents are mostly professionals and committed to their children s education. It is a total school for learning and achievement. Faculty are very much into teaching and are positive. Students like attending the school. Financial resources, technology, faculty, campus, and many more offerings of CA make it a top school. We have had one successful graduate and have a second child at the school and are VERY happy with CA. Many thanks to founders, leadership, faculty, and parents who are behind CA. A total team effort has made CA a shining example in secondary education.

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