This is our 4th year at CPS. We toured several schools and felt most at home at CPS - as did our kids. I find the negative reviews a little puzzling. I've only experienced professionalism and the type of attention you'd expect in a smaller school. We plan on staying through 8th - as this is the highest grade at Prep. As far as "letting anyone in" regardless of level of learning ability - the tough curriculum will weed out anyone who can't keep up. This school has proven year to year that it's everything we had hoped for. We're proud to be part of the Prep family.
I feel that this school is not the most safe environment for my child. My child was bullied and he reported to the administrator. However, there was little, if no response! Also there are not many kids at this school that are similar to my child.
The school has a history of high turnover rate of families leaving which means they are constantly having to replenish with new students. This however creates problems within school when there isn't a high priority of selectivity of the students being admitted. The school has to survive financially and the student population isn't any different than public school. The kids swear amongst each other and the teachers aren't aware of what really is going on with the students. The administrators and the some of the teachers are not professional in how they handle conflict. The teachers do not email back in a timely manner. It takes 4-5 days to get a response back. One teacher didn't email back all year and the administrator was made aware of this, yet nothing has changed.
I feel that this school has a very poor reputation with both former teachers and students. I feel also that its really a profit making enterprise for two people and perhaps is technically a non-profit but in reality just a business. I would never NEVER send my child to this place!
Great school, we love it here. Excellent staff,community and great facilities. My son loves coming to school each day.
This is our fourth year at Charlotte Prep. The quality of this academic environment is only surpassed by the dedication of their faculty and staff. The Head of the Lower School knows each child and family personally. I am yet to meet a teacher who has not treated my children as one of their own. They have looked for opportunities to advance our children not only academically, but also socially, culturally and emotionally. The learning environment seems to meet each child where they are and advance them more quickly than we ever thought possible. The parent community is one of true character and quality where the motto of "it takes a village" is employed daily. We have seen so many positive enhancements to the school over the last few years and we look forward to even more physical improvements in the years to come. There are many wonderful private school options in Charlotte, this one is for those whose first passion is learning!
Our Family has been at Prep for 3 years beginning with the Montessori program and prior to it being not for profit, As a family we love the small class size, campus, teachers and administrators- the education has far supersede our expectations. Our daughter is excited for school, not just because of her friends, but that she loves to learn, and the teachers have made it a warm, nurturing, learning environment! The change not to profit, has only added resources and opportunities! Just this weekend our daughter said, " I never want to leave Charlotte Prep-I want to attend all the grades possible there, until there are no more grades to attend" That for me, was all I needed to know that we had made the right decision for our family!
I like that our school is small - so that teachers and administrators know students - by name, skills, and passions. I also like that our school is K-8 - students are not exposed to high school attitudes and style of dress.
Charlotte Prep is a wonderful community of teachers, administrators and families. The school's size ensures that everyone, from teachers to the Head of School, knows your child by name and they also know you the parent when you walk in as well. All of the children receive individualized attention because of the small class sizes. I have another child and one of the Big 3 Private Schools and upon comparing the curriculums I can definitely say that Charlotte Prep's is much more technologically and academically advanced. All of the kids do very well and are challenged in just the right way to generate work at their full potential without being stressful or over bearing. The school is also implementing their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) which is preparing these kids for the world they will enter. I have heard from people at all of the Big 3 Private schools and in every case it is reported that Charlotte Prep kids that enter in high school are more well prepared and more confident than the kids that entered in Kindergarten.
Be careful with the lure of small total class size when considering an Independent School for your family. Although intimate settings can be appealing from the outside, a lack of options for friendships can become problematic when one or two students (or their families) decide that your child is "out." There's minimal escape from social concerns and little room for advocacy when the community is small.
I send my child here for the Montessori program! For the expensive tuition you pay, there are way too many kids for the class! The thing that I like the best about this school are other parents! They do have great families here! Not so impressed with school itself. I am not sure if it is worth the tuition! Also the school constantly pressure you for money which gets really stressful unless you are mega rich!
Charlotte Prep is an amazing environment! It's small class sizes, challenging academics and electives, caring staff, and supportive parents provide students with a top educational experience. Our teachers are progressive thinkers and cater to the needs of the individual student challenging them to apply classroom knowledge to solving everyday problems. Music, Sports, Art, and performance opportunities are abundant, and parents are extremely supportive and involved in campus activities. I am proud to be a member of the Charlotte Prep family, and love the opportunity to teach such talented, energetic students!
This is our first year at Prep. My son got into the other big 3 and it was absolutely the right decision to send him to Prep. I love the small school feel and after 2 days the headmaster and all the teachers in the school knew his name and everything about him. The academics are amazing and the class size (he has 15) is small and my child gets so much attention. I love the k-8 model and how the little ones bond with the big kids. All the older kids know his name. It's such a caring environment. My child is gifted and I finally found a school where he can go as far as he wants academically.
Charlotte Prep is my favorite school I have ever attended. My teachers care about everything that I do, my friends support me all through sports and academics, and I look forward to school every day. To me, Charlotte Prep has changed my life, and as an 8th grader, i will be devastated to leave!
I am a former student a CPS and litteraly start to cry every time I think about my former life at that school.... and when I was there I didnt relize what I had, but I think im going to transfer back next year YAY i love cps it is the best school on earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love, love, LOVE Charlotte Prep! Both of my kids could not wait for school to start this year. What more can a parent ask for? Curriculum is challenging, but interactive and always fun. My kids are happy, so I am happy.
LOVE CPS! Nurturing, small, academically challenging environment. Teachers are AMAZING! They support our kids with the same values we teach at home, attend the students' b-ball, tennis, and soccer games and make the kids feel loved and build confidence. Have 2 kids..now in MS and elementary... the MS is the best in town...kids not in a rush to grow up during this awkward stage. Due to the economy we had to try a different school for 2 years, and my kids' love of learning subsided and their confidence diminished. Couldn't wait to get back to CPS. Love PREP!
We love this school! We moved to town just before school started and I was nervous about how our kids would integrate into a new environment. All 3 of them love their teachers and have found nice friends. What a relief! The school really goes out of their way to make new families feel at home. Couldn't be happier. Highly recommend for people new to town.
I have been very pleased with the environment, academics, and teachers at the school. In addition, I'm a big believer in the importance of smaller class sizes, which is one of the reasons we chose it. Yes, they push the children - I know of a few families who have tutors to help their children keep up - but I believe it pays off in the long run.
We transferred our kids to Prep from one of the 'big 3' private schools, and are very, very happy. There are smaller classes, the work is more challenging, and we like the down-to-earth environment. Sure, it doesn't have the amenities that some of the larger schools do, but the kids don't use those until high school anyway. We love it and are grateful we found it.
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