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355 Poplar Crossing NW
Concord, NC 28027

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June 19, 2014
CCA encouraged and even required parents to be involved and volunteer at the school. This school had a lot of parents that truly cared about their children's education, otherwise, IMO, they would have stayed the course at their local public school. This is good and bad. Some parents seemed to have unreasonable expectations for a start up school and even an agenda to oust the principal. Prior to 'resigning', this principal gave everything she had to make it work and truly cared about the kids and their education. There is more to school than the curriculum. I think my child could have been challenged a bit more (especially in math and Spanish is a different story), but overall was satisfied with the education she received. Teachers were energetic, enthusiastic and eager to educate. My child made good friends and the school had a safe, friendly, enthusiastic, and clean environment. CCA is not perfect, however, our experience overall with the school was good. It's great to have parents involved with their children's education and school, but many parents went too far with their meddling at CCA.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2014
I am very disappointed with this school. There were several issues that concerned me regarding the management and teacher quality. My daughter's teacher left in the middle of the year (not a bad thing) then the principal resigned. The assistant principal is a nice man but they need a strong, experienced leader who knows what they are doing and how to manage a school. My daughter has made a lot of friends, but the leadership and management really make me want to pull her out. The academics are weaker than the high poverty school we left. Wish we could have our old principal with this new student body.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2014
My middle school child has been consistently challenged this year. There have been things that are lacking (ex: sports), but we expected that when we signed up for a "start up" school. Teachers have been forthcoming with communication and I'm so thankful for the principal's communication (he was previously the assistant principal, but the original principal was fired despite her fake letter of resignation), and we love how he sends out a phone call every Sunday to let us know what is going on that week. This school has room to grow but my child is doing so well and I know only great things will happen from here. Sometimes schools just experience parents who like to complain. It's easier to accept that in the public sector when a child is slated for a particular school. In a charter school, it's a choice to send your child there. If anyone is dissatisfied, they should take the proper measures to resolve an issue - address the teacher, then administration, CSUSA, then the Board.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2014
The academic curriculum at VA is laughable and I am currently working with my child at home to try to prepare him for fifth grade. While in the fourth grade, they have not worked on states/capitols, latitude/longitude, they are behind in math (according to other public school curriculums) and have only completed 4 essays in one year....I could go on but have will not as I must use my free time to teach him the things CCA did not bother to teach him so that he can be successful in fifth grade. Parents- this school may not be the best choice for your children as of yet. They have a lot of work that needs to be done. The principal resigned in a hurry, this April, to deal with familial issues- suspiciously after having called the entire sixth grade 'lazy' and having to issue an apology for doing so. The Spanish teacher called my son and his classmates "rotten children" and told them that they were the "worst class in the fourth grade." Encouraging, right? I, along with others I have spoken to, feel that this year was a complete loss to my child-- so much so that I feel guilty for having placed him there. Be careful parents!!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2014
Great School. I have a 6th grader at this school and she is so happy. I did switch her in the middle of the school year from another school. However, I've been completely happy with the results. My daughter is so happy there as at her old school, she did not want to attend. I can tell that she is learning a lot because she's exhausted at the end of the day. I like that they make it all about the kids. Quarterly celebrations, middle school dances and ice cream. It helps the kids maintain their school spirit. I did not give this school 5 stars because nothing is perfect. I understand they have had some leadership changes and teacher turnovers. Everyone has problems; it's how you deal with them, that separate you from everybody. In the short period of time I've been there, they have listened to my concerns and took actions. My daughter has learned a lot there, even more than her previous school. Most importantly, I want to highlight Mr. Senter, the assistant principal. If he moves into leadership, this school will be great! He's an awesome and genuine person.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2014
Excellent school. Top notch education. Kids who excel in a grade are sent to the next grade to keep them challenged. This does not happen in the regular public schools. Homework is assigned according to the level of the child. The teachers are more than willing to challenge them with more difficult assignments if the child shows interest. Talking about AIG in public schools which is just once a week, CCA has kids given brainstorming activities on an everyday basis. So we do not miss the AIG program. Please be aware of unhappy parents. They have the knack to complain about every single thing. This school is not for everybody. For a start up school, they have done great. We love the school.. I am sure it is going to get better and better in the coming years.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2014
I would not presume to judge this school, since my children do not attend CCA, however I would like to know how this school is different from the local public schools with regards to academics. I have noticed the vast majority of the positive reviews posted by the parents, while well intended, do not describe the academics at this school. From reading the reviews that many of you have posted, I think most of you are very involved and informed parents, as a consequence your children are probably good students, so perhaps you may be able to provide your objective opinion with regards to the academics at CCA versus your child's experience in the local school systems like KCS or Cabarrus County. I noticed where one parent stated in a postive review that the biggest difference between the county schools and CCA was the amount of communication from CCA, yet did not mention academics.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2014
We love CCA! We have a kindergartner who has absolutely thrived this year academically. The teacher was a perfect fit for us and my child is so sad to leave and not have her next year. Some of the administration problems are due to "working out new school issues". I believe in the next year or 2 this school will be issue free. The instruction they receive is top notch! Weekly classes of science, technology, art, music, Spanish and PE. They also have a RTI program which breaks the kids up into smaller groups and change classes for reading/math based on their level. They challenge the kids to work to their potential and strive for greatness. To Huskies!

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2014
Having a great year and looking forward to many more!! I have two children at CCA and they've received a great education this year. I was seeking challenge and a smaller environment and more attention to my 'high flyer' that was different than the local AIG program and I found it!! I've never had a problem with communication. There have been hiccups along the way but I totally expected them going into a brand new school. Be very careful what you listen to from unhappy parents. Many of them have very unrealistic expectations from a company new to NC, a brand new facility, new admin, teachers that have never worked with each other before, and children they have never seen before. I get asked regularly what I dislike about our new school and I tell them it's parents that are constantly negative and are just plain mean and disrespectful to administration and other staff. What I like the best is the passion of the principal...she is amazing and has a huge heart!! It's not for every student, parent, family or teacher however it's great for us. If those complainers are not happy, they are free to leave and many would welcome that but they should do it with respect and leave quietly.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2014
We are very pleased with CCA. Yes there were some hiccups, but first year schools will have those. Charter schools are not for all families and I encourage all prospective parents to educate yourselves before you make the choice to switch your child.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
CCA is an awesome school! We have had experience with Cabarrus County Schools as we have a child currently in 8th grade and now one in 1st at CCA. The biggest difference we have noticed between CCA and the county school is the amount of regular communication we receive from the school and the personal feel they give. We feel the school does a wonderful job of making CCA feel more like family than school. We believe that our children (as we have one entering kindergarten next year and another the year after that) will thrive in an environment that treats itself like a family. Our son's first grade teacher is fantastic! She informs us regularly of what is happening, she challenges our son and she makes it all fun. Our son is sad when the weekend comes around because he wants to go to school! WHAT IS THAT? We could not be happier with CCA and our younger children will be attending as well. Our oldest is jealous and wants to go there! There have been a few bumps in the road this year, but it is a new school. Give it two more years and all the kinks will be worked out! Our family is definitely in it for the long haul!!

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2014
The EC teacher at this school is unqualified, and has admitted as much herself. Why did the principal hire someone who wasn't qualified? Our children have suffered this year. She's a glorified babysitter

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2014
My child attended this school for about 3 months. He went from an "A/B" student to a "C/D" student. This did not have anything to do with an increase in difficulty. There seemed to be an over emphasis on making sure everyone was "happy" at the expense of academics. There was no consistency for homework that could be expected; he had very little assigned. Furthermore, we were frustrated with the administration. We had problems with some of their rules (can't check out within an hour of dismissal for dental appointment, and can't wear non CCA jacket if you haven't gotten their jacket yet - doesn't matter if you're cold in class). As a parent trying my best to take care of my child's needs, these things were especially frustrating. He has retuned to his home school and is excelling. His self esteem is much better, and grades are back to A/B's, although that took some work, as his new teacher evaluated him as being a bit behind in what he had learned so far this year. He has worked hard to catch up, and we are very proud. I'm just glad to see him get in the car at the end of the day with a smile on his face; that is important!

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2014
Our experience has been amazing. We love this school. Without it, I am not sure where we would be. We had our son in a very highly rated public school, and had to remove him because they were not meeting his needs, and we had issues with bullying. This school has challenged him, and supported him. He is advanced, and his teacher has made all the changes needed to keep him engaged and learning. Items this the public school was not willing to do. His teacher is simply top notch, and any issues we have had have been addressed. There are a lot of parents that seem to have issues with the school. I do wonder what their other experiences are at other schools that CCA appears so poor to them. I am beyond happy here and will be enrolling our other child next year.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2014
My child received the worse education ever! When we tried to arrange a meeting to discuss a 504 plan we did not ever get a returned phone call. The principal is rude and clueless about what the children are "learning". She is more concerned with school colors than the academics. Do not waste you or your child's time here!

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2014
This school is horrible! Worthless administration and disorganized in the upper grades. I thought this would be the answer to the fear of public middle school and it has been the worst experience ever!!

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2014
We have been unimpressed by the lack of attention for our childs education. As a gifted child, he gets overlooked easily and is not challenged. We will not be returning.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2014
Teachers seem relatively interested in the well-being of each student. The administration needs A LOT of work on communication, interacting with students, and being available. We ended up withdrawing from the school over winter break as our kids seemed like they were falling behind academically and overall we felt there were better opportunities elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2014
I am very happy with the teachers! I know we are a new school and we are working things out. I can't wait until we have sports and a real gym. My biggest issue is the principal! I think she is not always for the kids or the teachers. I have emailed her and called her no response I have heard the the way she talks the the teachers and I have to say it was rediculous. Over all the school is wonderful because of the teachers and students.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2014
AWESOME SCHOOL!!! That's about all I can say! No wait...I can say WAY more :) ... I have 2 kids in CCA,(3rd &5th), and not only do I LOVE it, THEY love it! They came straight out of homeschooling, so I was little worried at how they would adjust...and how "I" would adjust to handing my kids education over to other people. But I am SO impressed with this school and all the teachers & faculty!! I see them every day and they all just seem like they REALLY want to be there and are happy to see the kids. Curriculum is great! This is a brand new school as of the date I'm posting this. They opened in August, 2013. I am hoping to keep my kids at CCA for the remainder of their school yrs! Both of my children's teachers are VERY responsive and always answer questions/concerns in a timely manner. I love that it is not JUST teacher driven, but also PARENT driven! Parents NEED to be involved with their kids education, and not just leave it up to teachers! I love that about CCA. Some people are so quick to blame teachers when their kids are having problems. They fail to understand THEIR role in their children's education. Thank-you CCA and we're proud to be a part of your HUSKY PACK!!

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2014
I like this school, but what is more important is that my 3rd grader LOVES this school. I gave her the option of returning to our neighborhood school and she chose to stay. I like the fact that parents are REQUIRED to volunteer. I want to get into the school, see how teachers interact with children and vice versa. I had the chance to work with 6th graders during some volunteer time. I ask some of them how they felt about the school. I was shocked and amazed. They love the school. The said they felt like they were really noticed and it mattered to their teachers whether they got the material or not. They liked the extra activities that the school provided and the no tolerance for bullying whatsoever. i love the communication. There is so much communication and I am never left wondering about what my child is studying. We get weekly and even daily communication from the teacher. We have the option to voice our opinions with the governing office and if there is a bad teacher and enough parents say so then he/she may not be allowed to return.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2014
Ditto what the parent before this post said. Make sure you do thorough research before choosing this Charter school. Our experience, although not HORRIBLE, was one that we felt like could be greatly improved. Charter Schools USA is superb at making promises but then not acting upon those promises. I did research on Charter Schools USA before sending my kids here, and saw some not so favorable reviews. However, I tried to keep an open mind and hope for the best. Unfortunately, we felt the need to withdraw as well.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2014
We recently withdrew our children from CCA. While the school and CharterSchools USA promise a differentiated experience, they hardly deliver. Upon enrolling one of our children in the local elementary school we learned our child is a semester behind in math due to poor instruction in her CCA class. Keep in mind CCA does not offer many of the programs available at your local school, such as a library or AIG. As a parent you have to supplement what is lost to pay "management fees" that would otherwise go to your classroom. The school touts the Marzano method, however, teachers had little to no training in the Marzano method and Charter Schools USA did not appear to have training to provide regarding the method. The school states that each student will receive individualized instruction - we did not see any evidence of individualized instruction, never received or saw our children's individual plans based on testing at beginning of the year. Our elementary school informed us they continue to see students coming back due to similar experiences. Before you enroll check with your school regarding how many students have returned.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2013
Cabarrus Charter Academy has been an amazing answer to our prayers. Our son who is in kindergarten is doing amazing and the teachers are incredible. There are definitely some things that need to be worked out but what first year school doesn't?! Some schools who have been established for years still need to work out problems. Yes we have some turnover but that's for people who didn't fit right in our Pack! My son at 5 is speaking Spanish, is doing advanced math problems, reading so easily and enjoys going to school every day. Our Principal is so caring and understanding that I have cried in her presence on more than one occasion because of how happy we are and she was so unbelievably nice that she cried with me. We could not be happier! Go Huskies!!

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2013
This school is a Godsend. I've never experienced such care and support. My child actually wakes up ON HER OWN and excited for school everyday. The school is different from previous schools she has attended and that is good thing. I really appreciate they way they integrate EC students into regular classrooms. My child isn't in EC, but the inclusion has allowed her to learn more about her classmates and respect those with differences & difficulties. Statistically the teacher turnover is actually lower than average schools. My child had a teacher leave to spend time with her young child, and the transition to the new teacher was seamless with no issues. (Quite the contrast to our former school where teachers were in and out constantly and subs carried them through for months at a time.) Overall this school is fantastic. They may not have buses, but that works well for our family. The uniform standard is great (although the uniform vendor has been less than stellar). The sheer amount of parent volunteers and support make this school and amazing place to be. We are thankful for CCA.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2013
if you "have been told" then its obvious you have not experienced it for yourself. Its also obvious teachers from competing schools have come on here to trash CCA in hopes to get their students (read-STATE FUNDING) back. My child is doing very well at this school and has a wonderful teacher. I agree with a previous post that the principal is somewhat of a "control freak" but it is all for the sake of the students. Yes there are hiccups.. but this school has only been in operation since August 2013. After just 4 months was your school "perfect"?

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2013
I have very high expectations and we are extremely happy with CCA. The administrators are amazing and our teacher is wonderful. I understood going in, being a first year school, there would be changes, and bumps in the road. All have been handled with professionalism and tact.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2013
this is a brand new school, We really happy with the principle and all the teacher. My kid loves to go school everyday and see the progress of learning, We love this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2013
I was extremely disappointed with Cabarrus Charter Academy and withdrew my child within 4 weeks, the teachers were cold, uncompromising and very standoffish, comments like "your papers were so bad that I wanted to throw up" and responses from teachers when a student did not understand a math problem as " I just wrote it on the board" I attempted to meet with the principal prior to withdrawing to discuss my concerns and was met with opposition and indifference! The level of unprofessionalism was astounding. My child was also grabbed by their bookbag by a teacher. Several teachers disclosed personal business in classrooms which should have never been discussed. What a disappointment!

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
This is a brand new charter school that opened this year for grades K-6, adding a new grade every year until 12th in 2020! They have overcome many obstacles but the 700 students and staff have worked very hard to make it a success. My daughter loves it despite the fact she had to change schools and none of her friends came with her. She loves her teacher and wants to bring her gifts everyday. I believe in the education model they are using and am confident that these Huskies will be prepared for whatever the future throws at them! They really do embrace "village" style of learning and all the staff really seem to care about the students even if they are not in their class.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2013
Principal McCall and the staff at CCA have done a phenomenal job getting this school ready in such a short amount of time! Everytime is extremely helpful and positive, the school has wonderful amenities, and my daughter wakes up excited for school and looking forward to the day. The school offers foreign language, technology, art, music and pe along with the basic courses, ensuring capable, well rounded children. Mandatory parent volunteering (20hrs a year), allows parents to be involved and informed.

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Cabarrus Charter Academy
355 Poplar Crossing NW, Concord, NC  28027
(704) 789-2500
Last modified Cabarrus Charter Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-6
Cabarrus Charter Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 31 reviews.