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9501 David Taylor Drive
Charlotte, NC 28262

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(704) 717-7550
(704) 717-7558
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August 04, 2015
We have been at Corvian for a couple years now and have gone from really loving it to greatly disliking it. The school's executive director saw the need for another charter and started one which is admirable but she has no background in education and is running a school and making all of the decisions. It doesn't help matters that she is quite cold and seems to be a complete narcissist. There is a high turnover rate with students (especially in the higher grades) leaving to go elsewhere. That speaks volumes. Classes are often chaotic with little control even though there are two teachers in each classroom. There is an inner circle at the school as some others have pointed out and if the director doesn't like you it is glaringly obvious. Until changes are made in the school's administration nothing good will come. The director did a good thing but now should step aside and let someone who knows what they are doing lead.

- submitted by a parent

July 15, 2015
We attended Corvian for a year and a half. I feel like the administration is lacking and leaves much to be desired. In my opinion, the philosophy and academics are not for every child, it seems geared more toward children with behavioral issues. The elementary building is very small and cramped, almost unbearable when you go to watch a play or attend a class party. I also felt like there are a handful of parents that are an inner circle, they run all of the committees and seem reluctant for help from newer families. My child was happy there and felt loved but, at the same time, we are happy we transferred and are in a more rigorous academic program now.

- submitted by a parent

May 14, 2015
Keeping this short and sweet - CCS is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They truly care about every child!!!

- submitted by a parent

April 30, 2015
Wow!!! I wanted to wait until the end of the school year to write a review and I am still so impressed with our little community. My child has never been happier at a school. This positive change has made a love for learning we had yet to see in our child. The administration is amazing, teachers and staff are amazing, the academics are amazing, the nurturing attitude is amazing and this school is just amazing. I could go on!!!! I'm so blessed we are a part of this school and wish every child had this kind of well rounded education.

- submitted by a parent

April 26, 2015
Funny when you read reviews how you can focus on the negative. I read where some of the negative reviews mentioned other charter schools. When you look the other schools up there ratings are no better if not worse. The founder of the school may not have " an educational background" but she does have business acumen which I would take any day. She has Admin staff that share the vision of what Corvian is all about. Yes the school parted ways late last year with 2 admin staff since you couldn't have 3 directors. For some one to claim their child went backwards? The school is Clique? You can't please everyone I can only say our children have done phenomenal. That's really all we care about. If this school as 10 negative reviews out of 500 plus students maybe the negative people need to be somewhere else. Something tells me no matter where they go they will find fault.

- submitted by a parent

April 08, 2015
Every school has it's complaints from disgruntled patents. We have been so happy and I think each year will continue to be even better. I will say our director of elementary school has no experience running a school and lacks enthusiasm and warmth. She doesn't have the personality I would expect from a principal. It would be nice to have a principal who is fun, involved with all the kids and warm. However, because the school is run so well and teachers and staff are beyond amazing I can't ask for much more. We have been to 2 other schools and this has by far been the best experience. My child loves going to school and is learning and growing.

- submitted by a parent

April 03, 2015
Corvian's philosophy is great however the school itself is run like a circus. I have older kids and have never seen anything like it. One week they try one thing then change it then try something else. I felt like my child was a guinea pig and my child's education really took a horribly turn for the worst. The director. I don't even know where to begin. She has made my child cry, she has been extremely rude to me and my family, very unprofessional and it was very clear how uneducated in the educational field she was when I spoke to her. I could tell it was only going to get worse so we left immediately!! We have been very pleased with our new school and I have zero regrets about leaving Corvian. We could not run away fast enough!!!

- submitted by a parent

March 22, 2015
Every school has its ups and downs and every school has disgruntled parents. That is just a fact. Every school is not going to please everyone. You have to find the right school for your family. Corvian is a unique school that truly and I mean truly cares about the whole child. Teachers work endlessly to meet the needs of children and do not think of their "job" as a job, it is a passion and let me tell you it shows. The administration are all very accommodating and helpful to support their staff as well as help parents in situations where they have concerns. There are many schools in our area and you just have to find the right fit for your child and family. I would guarantee a lot of the negative parents had a bad experience because Corvian is just not the right fit for the family and educational beliefs. Corvian truly is an amazing school that far exceeds my hopes for both my children's educational and social needs. Are there things to work on? Sure! Every school has things to improve upon, but this school will give your child 110% dedication and nothing less. They truly care about the whole child.

- submitted by a parent

March 22, 2015
We absolutely love this school! Maybe if CMS schools had more business minded leadership, we wouldn't be forced to look elsewhere. We had one child go to our home school for a year and it was run like a zoo. Several teachers there shouldn't have even been employed. Janitor was found sleeping in a classroom. The mix of business experience our exec director has coupled with excellent educators she has surrounded herself with shows her strength in building a great team to successfully educate our children! Just like a business should be-the business of educating our kids! Love the whole child approach taught by PHENOMENAL teachers! Excellent parent participation and communication from teachers to us is very strong. Corvian has exceeded the expectations we have had for our kids' educations! We love it!

- submitted by a parent

March 22, 2015
Corvian is an amazing school where the students are taught to love learning. The basic school curriculum weaves all disciplines together such that the literacy and art are woven around the math, science and social studies. The children are taught to love and respect themselves, respect everyone's differences, and take care of each other and our environment. The WHOLE child is nurtured here. My children love school and every day is a "GREAT DAY!"

- submitted by a parent

March 17, 2015
I am a staff and parent at Corvian. I am very pleased with the school and my children are doing well and love school. There so many rumors about the way the school is run. I see how the school runs and LOVE where I work. The Executive Director does not make educational decisions, the Director of Elementary Education does (and a fantastic job too!) and so will the Middle School Director. The Executive Director is more business management, facilities, looks at the bigger picture for growth and makes sure the school is financially successful. She does a great job and the school would not be this successful without her.

- submitted by a parent

March 12, 2015
Corvian served its purpose of keeping our child out of CMS for 2 years. The first year was tolerable and our child enjoyed the school but during the 2nd year, things changed drastically. My first interaction with admin was very telling of how things are handled at the school and it did not match my expectations or what I found important. Reading the other reviews, I tend to side with the negative reviews based on my personal experience and can say that they're factual because I experienced the same. The school is filled with many cliques and a very close knit circle with the director who get privileged info (likely why rumors run wild there). The school was not for us or our child and it all came down to admin and how staff handled a few incidents.

- submitted by a parent

March 11, 2015
This is my second year at Corvian and my two girls are thriving! We are so pleased with the school. I have not experienced anything that the previous negative reviewers have experienced. One school cannot please everyone and I would encouraged prospective families to give it a try and to not base their opinion on a few negative reviews. The director has always been responsive to me. At one point in the summer when some rumors were flying around out of control, I emailed the director (on a weekend in the summer) asking for clarification. She emailed me back the same day! Not only did she explain to me exactly what was happening, but also thanked me for emailing her directly as not one other parent had emailed her previously about this issue. Yes, she has a business background and not education, but business is also important in running a school. She is also a parent who has kids at the school. No one seems to mention the wonderful educators who are in charge of the curriculum, elementary education and EC education. My kids are happy and daily I see how much they are learning. Corvian is a wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent

March 10, 2015
We spent 3 years at Corvian and experienced much of the disappointing and unacceptable same each year with admin. You are in for a rude awakening if you buy into their claim of always doing what is best for the child and partnering with parents to accomplish that. My interactions with admin could be described as complete opposition and disagreement. Should you address concerns with admin regarding any classroom/teacher issues, you will find yourself on the receiving end of exactly what your child needs to change instead of the teacher. Also, don't expect them to challenge your child whether your child is gifted or not. What you can expect is a closed off and unprofessional Executive Director, zero transparency, and zero support in your ideas for your child. In terms of the Board--that's just a group of buddies that come together to fulfill the requirement of having a governing body and follow the direction of the Executive Director. We thankfully are elsewhere now but I always wished Corvian realized that it was my child (the child they claim comes first) that suffered during the adult disputes given their unwillingness to even remotely give life to my ideas for MY CHILD.

- submitted by a parent

March 01, 2015
I have a Grandchild who attends Corvian. Words can't express the joy I feel when I see my only Grandchild excited to go to school. I am fortunate enough to drop off/pick him up many days during the week, visit the classroom and I can see how well loved he is. I hear everything he learns and he loves to go on about his day. I believe kids need to have a love of school and learning. I see this happening at Corvian every day. Academically and socially he is thriving. We are blessed to be a part of this amazing school.

- submitted by a community member

February 28, 2015
This is our third year at CCS and we absolutely LOVE it here! I couldn't imagine my kids being at another school. The teachers are amazing. Truly amazing. I have one child who is ahead academically and her teachers have been so helpful in finding other ways to challenge her. My other child gets help from the literacy team. He gets one on one help with an amazing literacy teacher. While this school is still new, they have done a wonderful job working out the kinks and are always looking for ways to improve. Both my children are happy to go to school every day. They are learning, growing and loved by their teachers. They are at school learning, but still get to be kids. What more could I ask for?

- submitted by a parent

February 25, 2015
We are on our 2nd year at Corvian and couldn't be happier. Our oldest daughter had really lost her love for learning while attending our neighborhood school, yet from day one at Corvian that love for learning and excitement for school has not only returned, but grown exponentially. The teachers are devoted and skilled and the community among the families has been a huge blessing. We're thrilled with the caliber of education our kids are receiving, yet they are enjoying the process along the way. Really can't speak more highly of our experience at this school.

- submitted by a parent

January 21, 2015
My 2 very different children are both thriving at Corvian, and are now in their second years there. The philosophy, staff, parent volunteers and students together create a unique, incredible environment in which to grow academically and socially. I wish there had been a place like this for me as a child. There is no where else I would rather send my children! Keep up the great work Corvian!!

- submitted by a parent

January 12, 2015
We LOVE this school! So far it's beyond our expectations. The most amazing teachers! Our son is happy to go to this school every single morning. He feels safe and loved here. He progressed a lot academically. We experienced other public schools before with his older sister and we can tell this school makes such a difference.

- submitted by a parent

January 09, 2015
I thought this school would be a dream come true, it ended up being our worst nightmare. We had an awful experience and would never trust these people with any of my children. My child was behind academically, socially and emotionally. Now my child is getting good grades, self esteem has returned and has tons of friends. I do not think this school will ever have it together as long as the current director is in charge. She has no educational background and did not handle out situation appropriately or professionally and my child is the one who paid for it. Like the others said, don't bother!!

- submitted by a parent

January 04, 2015
Don't bother. I know this is a new school, but we've had a horrible time. Last year, when the ED pushed out the other two wonderful directors, the tone of the whole school changed. We thought we'd try to stick it out, but we just couldn't stay. Good luck to those who stayed, but this school has a LOT of kinks to work out before they will ever be successful.

- submitted by a parent

December 29, 2014
This is our third year at Corvian and we have absolutely no complaints. I actually don't know what we would have done without Corvian. You can walk into the school and feel such a difference from a typical public school setting. It's lively and kids are able to be kids. The teachers and staff are super friendly, loving and have a huge passion for teaching children. As for the comments below about the Director - she is not the lovey dovey type person. But she is passionate about the vision of the school and the children and her business background is crucial for running a school!!! I can't imagine the stress and constant work it takes to run a school. The Director has done a phenomenal job. People need to remember this is a NEW school. Community School of Davidson had kinks to work out when they first opened and are now a top rated amazing school. Corvian will be the same way!!! Our children are learning, loved and so happy.

- submitted by a parent

December 29, 2014
I am the parent who posted a 4 star review on October 23. In that amount of time, my opinion of the school continues to drop drastically. We have invested a lot in Corvian--both financially and emotionally--and had such high hopes that it would be an outstanding Basic School. Unfortunately, it seems to be moving further and further away from it's original vision, and lacks strong leadership with experience in school administration. We have a wonderful teacher, but that is not enough to hold a school together. There is very little transparency, and I have lost faith in those who run the school. We will not be returning next year. The fact that 4 families have left in December alone to go to another charter school (Thunderbird) is very telling, and worrisome.

- submitted by a parent

December 20, 2014
We have been at Corvian for 2.5 years and we love it. My children are thriving there. They were getting lost in the public school they went to prior to Corvian. The teachers have really taken the time to get to know my children and their needs. They both love school and have a thirst for knowledge since coming to Corvian.

- submitted by a parent

December 16, 2014
We were happy with this school until the director with the basic school background left. We were hoping to be at a school like CSD because that is what we were lead to believe it was based from. Well it is nothing like CSD!! The director seems to not want a relationship with families or even be bothered. My kids never even knew who she was. She had never said hello to any of us. So unwelcoming. She also does not have a background in education. I have never heard of an administrator of a school have zero educational background. We were very uncomfortable with that and in the end we felt that was not what is best for children. The school seems chaotic, disorganized and unprofessional. We had high hopes but we could not have been more disappointed. I agree with previous posters. Safe yourself the trouble.

- submitted by a parent

December 11, 2014
Save yourself the trouble. This school definitely doesn't have it together yet and probably never will. Good luck to those still at the school. Good luck to the few wonderful teachers, may they not encounter too much adversity with the director.

- submitted by a parent

November 23, 2014
This is our 2nd year at Corvian and we are so pleased with the learning style. No longer is my child getting "lost in the shuffle" like at her previous school. Each teacher really gets to know how your child and how they learn. Great administration and the group of teachers can't be beat! This is truly a community!

- submitted by a parent

October 28, 2014
I too was very excited to have my child admitted to this school. Having been at the school for the past couple of years that has tapered off as I ve become more familiar with the inner workings of the school. The Administration is very interested in your time and your money but not much else. While there is a definite need for a governing body that makes decisions for the school the administration/board at Corvian has a definite agenda that is not welcoming to other concerns or opinions. Right now that agenda is benefitting my child and Corvian is admittedly better than my home school. But my concern is what happens when an instance occurs where I need to be an advocate for my child or express legitimate concerns the atmosphere does not exist that will welcome that type of input. Ultimately, I believe it comes down to that the school was founded from a parent s sincere desire to provide their child with what their vision of school should be for their child. As with most things that are done from the heart you become fiercely protective of something that is so intimately yours. But that protectiveness especially in this instance can be a double edged sword.

- submitted by a parent

October 27, 2014
My comment concerning parents was one of commitment meaning you have to make your kids lunch you have to drive them to school. No one else is going to do it for you. Sorry you read something different by the comment. I never stated parents that can't afford transportation or kids that can't afford to eat shouldn't go to Corvian. Shame on you for inferring what my statement meant

- submitted by a parent

October 24, 2014
Our family is new to Corvian and so far we are generally pleased. We are very happy with our childs TEACHER, which is really what we've been going on so far. For the parent who stated in their review: "There are no free lunches and no free transportation so you have to commit as a parent." SHAME ON YOU! What a feeble-minded comment!!! Please explain to me how parents who may have different circumstances in regards to being able to provide lunch and or transportation are not commited parents?!?! If this mentality is behind the operations at Corvian, we all may want to run for the hills because I see a discrimination suit in their future. Every child of every circumstance deserves the best education possible. I though that was part of Corvian's values. With that said, while I am pleased with my child's teacher, I think there is room for improvement on many levels at Corvian. Our family believes in the philosophy and values promoted and we are willing to give it time. We truly hope administration stays true to their vision.

- submitted by a parent

October 23, 2014
Overall, we are very happy at Corvian. The school provides a whole-child approach, treating each child as a unique individual. Our experience in the classroom has been absolutely wonderful: the teachers are amazing, a high level of differentiation occurs, and the thematic units are outstanding. Corvian is a fun place for kids to learn, and my daughter is definitely receiving a quality education. The school has grown tremendously, and my long-term concerns do revolve around the capability of admin to manage a bigger school. The head of school, who is in charge of discipline, hiring, and many education and curricular decisions, has a business background rather than an education background, and that is quite concerning to our family. Some decisions at the school seem to happen on a whim, without consistency. There have also been instances of favoritism. Our hope is that Corvian will make it through the growing pains and be stronger than ever. Ultimately, and despite the growing pains, I would definitely recommend the school for parents looking for a whole-child approach to education.

- submitted by a parent

October 23, 2014
Our child's private school (that we adored) closed 2 years ago. We were devastated and not thrilled with the options available to us (other private schools were too expensive and we are not impressed with the local public school). We got off the wait list for Corvian at the very end of summer. We were absolutely thrilled! My son has thrived at this school. He loves his teachers and classmates. I am volunteering weekly in the class and get to see the students and the teacher's love for learning. In addition to regular studies the students get: art, PE, spanish, art and yoga weekly. I have never had a problem with parents or the administration (as the previous posters said). This is our 2nd year and we are very happy. I have been extremely involved in all decisions made regarding my child (again not sure what other posters experience was). We have attended board meetings and are impressed with the board and leadership.

- submitted by a parent

October 23, 2014
Corvian is a wonderful school!!!!! We are very lucky to have such a dedicated group of Directors, teachers and staff. The qualifications of all the Directors are simply amazing and as previous review stated, very well rounded. The parent support is beyond anything I've ever seen. I really could go on. I highly recommend this school to everyone. There were always be people who are unhappy. We are not one of them. We couldn't be more pleased.

- submitted by a parent

October 16, 2014
The school is clean and nice. The teachers are great and the EC program is finally developing. However, the administration is truly lacking and the board does not seem to carry out its duties but rather does what the executive administrator wants. Parent involvement is highly encouraged. They want our time and money but don't care about our opinions or concerns. Administration disguise issues as being based on what is in the best interest of a child but they make decisions with no consistency and by the whim of the executive director. If you hope to have any say in what is best for your child, I wouldn't attend this school.

- submitted by a parent

October 13, 2014
This is our first year at Corvian and it is more than we could have ever dreamed of! I am quite baffled at the review below. We came into this school not knowing one single family, yet felt so welcomed. I already have met such wonderful parents! I attended my first coffee chat and the Directors were so personable and families welcomed me to the school. I understand the Executive Director does not have a background in education, but she does have her degree in business and accounting. Every school SHOULD have a Director with a business degree!! Our school is debt free...how many schools can say that?! Our Director of Elementary Education is HIGHLY qualified in education, as well as the Director of Curriculum and Design. It is a very well rounded group of Directors! As for as how my child is doing...my child LOVES school!! My child is learning EVERY day! My child is loved and well cared for! It's all we ever wanted in a school. I highly recommend Corvian!!!

- submitted by a parent

September 25, 2014
I was very excited when we received a spot through the lottery. It's a difficult school to get into. Sadly enough, if I could back in time I would never enrolled my child there. I admit that my child learned some wonderful things, things that a student would not learn in a traditional public school. However, while the school touts that it accommodates a child's learning style and/or personality type, this was not the case for us. The executive director does not even have an educational background. Two of the other directors left the school to go back to Community School of Davidson due to professional differences they were having with the Executive Director. Many parents are cliquish and frankly it reminded me of being back in high school. I know a lot of parents are thrilled with the school but we found it to be awful and i do not recommend it to anyone.

- submitted by a parent

April 17, 2014
We have been so happy at Corvian from day one. Now that the school year is nearly over, we can see all of the knowledge she has gained throughout the year. Teachers are so attentive and administration is very approachable! My daughter has engaged in so many academic activities that make learning fun and interesting. Language is offered weekly as well as music, PE, art and after school enrichment activities. So happy to be a part of such a tremendous school!!!

- submitted by a parent

February 09, 2014
I work at this school. If you want to know what a school is really like, ask the teachers there. Nothing is a better indicator of quality. My coworkers are so committed to what they do, and my administration are AMAZING. I genuinely love my job. I haven't been able to say that at my previous schools.

- submitted by a teacher

January 18, 2014
This is our first year at Corvian Community School and we are so impressed. The parent involvement is amazing. The teachers are so dedicated and make learning fun. It truly is a wonderful community and it is a great environment for children to grow up in. This school is everything I have ever wanted for my children! We are so incredibly lucky to be a part of this school.

- submitted by a parent

September 27, 2013
This is our first year at Corvian and I'm simply amazed. My daughter was almost in tears when I picked her up early from school - she loves it there that much! The teachers focus on the individual child - no labels here - and helps each one grow at their pace. They incorporate fun into learning, it's not a teacher telling you what to remember but teaching through games, songs, rhymes and hands on activities. They embrace creativity and encourage problem solving skills in and out of the classroom. Not only is the staff excellent but also the parents and children. It's worth the daily 1.5 hours of driving knowing my daughter is getting the best education from the best school!

- submitted by a parent

September 20, 2013
Corvian is an amazing place! The administration is truly committed to the values of The Basic School model. The teachers truly care about your children and respect them as unique individuals. Prior to the school year, teachers have conferences with each family where you tell them about your child...you discuss his/her personality, your goals for the year for them, etc. then they actually use this information to craft their interactions with your child over the school year - when your child walks into the classroom on his first day...his teacher already knows about him/her! My son is excited everyday to go to school. He loves learning. We are so happy to be able to send him to such a wonderful place where he can thrive and learn. Parent involvement is excellent as well. As a charter school - it's expected and the parent's don't disappoint. I can't say enough about this amazing place - it's what I've always wanted school to be like for my son.

- submitted by a parent

May 10, 2013
Love our school! The teachers are excellent and caring. They teach using a hands on and a critical thinking approach. The school is a nurturing environment that molds our children to become well rounded and responsible citizens. Every staff member is top notch!!

- submitted by a parent

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Corvian Community School
9501 David Taylor Drive, Charlotte, NC  28262
(704) 717-7550
Last modified Corvian Community School is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Corvian Community School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 54 reviews. Top