It is hard to assign a single "effectiveness" value to such a broad pool of teachers across these varied subjects and grades. We do observe that teachers love what they teach and genuinely care about their students.
As parents, we continue to monitor the level of homework from grade to grade. There was a year where we felt there was "too much" homework. We expressed that to the teacher. To her credit, she did lighten the load (which was above average).
In general, the level of homework reinforces the concepts taught in class. The homework is meaningful. The teachers are cooperative when it comes to making up work following illness or travel.
Caldwell Academy is a rigorous academic environment where students seek to complete their studies, as well as engage in extracurricular activities in both athletic and artistic venues. These students are taught from a young age to organize so that they may multi-task well. They are taught to find the subjects and activities they love - not to be "busy" for busy's sake.
The adult staff/teachers/parents in the Caldwell community set the tone for compassion and caring at school. We are called to model and teach these traits to our children/students. It is lovely to watch the seeds of character take root and be nourished both at home and at Caldwell Academy.
I believe that the school holds high expectations of its students in the areas of honesty, integrity and fairness. However, I believe that the school, at best, is a PARTNER with each family in the development of the students/children.
Our children have attended Caldwell Academy since Kindergarten. We now (in 2015) have one 7th grader and one 4th grader.
As parents who attended public schools in North Carolina, this is our first exposure to the classical model of education. The layered approach makes sense at each stage, as children move from memorization (in Grammar School) to critical thinking (in Dialectic "middle" School) to expressing themselves articulately and persuasively (in Rhetoric "high" School).
As Christians, we agree with the non-denominational Statement of Faith and appreciate that teaching is approached through the lens of a Christian worldview.
We are grateful for the way the teachers pour themselves into these students, as well as for the overall community at Caldwell.
Caldwell Academy has exceeded any expectation we had when looking at the private school options in Greensboro. The Classical approach to education, is unique, challenging, and focuses on educating the WHOLE child. I do not believe there is another school that will better prepare my children spiritually and mentally for handling the demands of college and the ‘real world.’ As a mother, knowing the faculty and staff cherish, value and love my children is beyond monetary value. We are extremely thankful for Caldwell Academy.
I have worked in private college-prep high schools for the past fourteen years. However, I've never worked in a school that prepares students for college as well as Caldwell Academy. The classical approach to education is outstanding! The school is headed by an outstanding administration team, involved school board, and dedicated teachers that willing spend time mentoring students. Truly an unbelievable school!!!
We came from a public school background and had to work very hard to get up to speed of Caldwell. Our children were straight A students in public school and had to work HARD to make C's; however, upon graduation, I can honestly say that they were fully prepared for college. More importantly, however, they were prepared spiritually and were challenged to be great human beings. While no place is absolutely perfect, we have found this school to be full of grace, patience, and love. As with everything in life, you do get out of it what you put in. This is truly the best money we have ever spent and cannot recommend it highly enough.