Students enrolled 376
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School leader Ms Lori Cozzi
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District Artspace Charter
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2030 U.S. 70
Swannanoa, NC 28778

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4 stars
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February 20, 2014
I have to say I found some erroneous information in the few negative reviews of this school. Never in my experience has the staff refused to put the students needs first. Often, and noted in those few reviews, are mentions of problems where admin backed the teachers against the parents wishes. Who exactly are the experts in child development and education here? The admin and faculty, that's who. Over the years I have been involved in public education I have often found that there are some who cannot be pleased (parents) when things do not go their way, or they cannot accept the changes that must happen for their child to thrive. It is these parents who have "horrible" experiences and are never satisfied.. I would tell ANYONE looking into this school to visit. And look at the test scores (Artspace and Evergreen compete every year for top place in the county!) Parents are NEVER ignored, even if they might be behaving unreasonably. This school accommodates everyone it can, with the single goal of providing the best education possible.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2014
Our kids have been very happy at Artspace. One of our children went to SILSA after finishing 6th - 8th grade there and was very well prepared for the rigors of an honors program. The teachers work long hours and make sure the school offers competitive extracurricular activities. We've been really pleased the swift response to bullying when it crops up. It's not the prettiest school, but the faculty and staff are the tops.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2013
When entering into the school, we felt there was a lot of potential and a great "idea" for how we wanted our children to learn. The reality is that the school doesn't live up to what it promises. The kids fall behind, they don't help children who need it, and they hide things from the parents and keep them in the dark about a lot of things. They don't want anything public, and put kids at risk. I'm torn on how to help our kids, it is not a good school overall. On the positive, there are some great caring teachers there, unfortunately they are few and far between. Ms. Cozzi supports her staff to the point that she refuses to admit when there are problems, and there are. She even ignores parents when they want to talk about issues... Parents at the school do care and do a lot... although with the way things are headed, many are doing less and less.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2013
I can't even give a star! Check the test scores,compare em to evergreen charter school and look at the difference! My child has been in Artspace for 6 years and each year the school gets worse! Started out in kindergarten and had a couple great years.Went to Ms.Lori a couple times over issues and she made it clear that she backs her Teachers over parents! And I thought it was about the students?Iv notice over the yrs that Artspace is not as"good" as it once was.Maybe it's to many Teacher changes or the administration ? My child loves Artspace and that's the only reason we are still enrolled,But we won't be back next yr!

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2012
I have to agree that this is an excellent school, and deserves 5 stars. My children came to this school from an out-of-state private school in 2009. The teachers, counselor and administration consistently worked with us to help them to adjust. Throughout the years, I have volunteered, working closely with the teachers and adminstration, and have come to deeply appreciate their noble intention and vision of a school that teaches through creativity and exploration: Caring, professional, pro-active teachers; arts-integrated curriculum; small class sizes; visiting teachers programs; wonderful AIG resources; staff and program for children with special needs; state of the art facilities for theatre and dance, and the list goes on. If you want to join a community of families and faculty in a warm, creative, integrated, and safe school culture, then this is the school for you!

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2010
This is the third year that our daughter has been a student at ArtSpace. My husband and I have been active partners with each of her teachers. She has benefitted greatly from team teaching, visiting artists, performing, and the after school extra curricular offerings. Since we both work, our daughter attends after-care but during that time she has participated in classes in: French, Spanish, crochet, pottery, mosaic tiling, play writing & performance, tae kwon do, belly dancing, jump roping, and voice lessons. ArtSpace encourages our daughter to be herself and to explore new and creative outlets for expression. We feel quite fortunate to be a part of the ArtSpace family. My husband and I expect to and do interact with both the teaching staff and the administration on a consistent basis. They have always been willing to bend over backwards to assist our daughter when we have approached them in a reasonable manner. We encourage other like-minded parents to explore ArtSpace for their children.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2010
This is one of the BEST schools in Western North Carolina. They blow the county public schools away every year on EOG testing, and last year had an NC Teacher of the Year honored. The reviews I have read on this site that are negative are made up of parents who live in denial about thier children's abilities and their own lacking ability to parent well. As a longtime parent, I see kids come and go, and in most cases, the ones that leave under negative feelings do so because they were reprimanded for bad behavior, and the parents won't accept it. You won't find a better school in the county, or possibly the state.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2010
My son has attended ArtSpace since he was in kindergarten. He is now in the 6th grade and we have nothing but positive things to say about this school. The teachers are dedicated and talented and committed to success of all students. As an Academically Gifted student my son has been challenged and encouraged to work beyond what is easily achieved. The arts are an important part of daily instruction at ArtSpace and this has been fun and exciting for my child. I look forward to two more great years at ArtSpace for my son and will most definately enroll my daughter when she is ready to start kindergaren.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2010
I am a student at ArtSpace and NEVER will want to go to another school in the area! The best part of this school is undoubtedly the teachers. As I have gone through 7 years of ArtSpace and each year have gotten attached to my teachers. Not only have I learned much, but have befriended a few of my teachers, and so has the rest of my family. Our new AIG teacher has taught us all about genes, a subject often taught in high-school. There are many after-school programs, teaching a variety of things from music lessons to digital recording. In the 6th grade class i am in now, we have started learning about early Europe, such as Rome, Greece, and Scandinavians. Our teacher has tought us lots about lifestyle by teaching us songs, wich we analyze all of the lyrics and make connections to their society. We have started practicing Sakespeare's original, uncut, version of "The Merry Wives of Windsor", and will perform in December. ArtSpace is of course the best school in WNC, if not all of the Carolinas.

- submitted by a community member
August 04, 2010
If my child was not so happy about Artspace I likely would move him. My child has been there since 2003 and the school had a more warm, friendly, and welcoming environment initially. Numerous changes have occurred with the new leadership of Ms. Cozi and unfortunately not all have been good although I believe she is gaining experience in her role. I believe the schools focus has shifted and perhaps the more negative influences of new staff and the outside world has weakened the schools approach in maintaining a less hostile, warm and supportive environment. I hope the school gets back on track otherwise I will be searching for a school that can offer the same hostility but has more to offer academically and especially in the math and sciences.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2010
Try to make this short, my son went in on lottery at age 4, soon to be 5, He had a amazing teacher, my son struggled a bit do to his age with his social skills but did well with the school work, at the end of the year we met and I was assured that he should be passed threw to the 1st grade even though I feel social developmentally he was behind, I was hesitant because I really felt like another year of kinder garden would have done wonders! 1st grade stared bad and only got worse, He had a teacher that not only did not want to deal with him when he acted up {normal boy things} but would make a huge effort to separate him and single him out! We changed schools and he reading jumped 7 levels in 3 months, and he is HAPPY!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
We have had two kids at ArtSpace, and have moved both out. This is one of the worst run schools I have ever encountered. Teaching is very spotty and teachers generally seem unmotivated. We could not recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
Superb teachers, art-inspired education, and an eclectic family community equals a wonderful school experience!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
Great arts integrated learning environment. Amazing teachers. Fantastic community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
Artspace offers a creative environment in which kids are able to learn while embracing the arts.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2009
ArtSpace realy put the needs of kid first.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
My daughter is 7th grader. We have been at ArtSpace since kindergarten. I say 'we' because I have been made to feel as much a part of the ArtSpace family as my daughter.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
My son went there from 1st through 5th until we moved and it prepared him so much for his high school career. Artspace help to shape my son into a strong independent learner

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
Thanks to Artspace, my daughter has had the opportunity to be included in smaller class size and arts - integrated learning in all educational aspects. The teachers are 100% committed to allowing each student to learn at their own pace and to express themselves as individuals . As an Artspace parent, I am proud to be a part of a community of people who are so involved in our childrens' learning environment. This school started from scratch and is continually improving it's building and grounds. I can only imagine how much winning this contest would mean to everyone!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Great school, a lot of really educational field trips, great teachers, great people, very diverse

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 20, 2009
ArtSpace provides a project-based education, using the arts (visual, drama, dance, music) as a conduit to allow the students to gain a greater depth of knowledge of the NC Standard Course of Study. Since the end of 2007, there has been a tremendous amount of change. The new Executive Director (June 2008) is a nationally board certified teacher as well as nationally known for arts integration. A business director was hired (Feb 07) who has 20 years of experience in business management, personnel, marketing and development. More formal math programs were identified and brought into use. Teacher certification is above the state average. The building was expanded to 35K sq ft. with a theater. As with any non-profit venture, it is filled with people of passion - doing it for less than in the traditional public school system. Thank you to everyone involved who makes the school unique and successful.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 29, 2008
I have nothing but the highest praise for the teachers, especially the upper grades. I placed my child at ArtSpace because I valued the common sense approach by teaching real world application of the required material. For example, in planning a theatrical production, students were taught math by Ms. Ellie through planning & sticking to a budget for the production. My child still talks about the budget & still uses those tools learned more than 4 yrs ago. Real life lessons like that aren't being taught today at ACS. I, too, have found the administrative staff extremely arrogant & downright rude to seasoned parents of the school. Entirely too much emphasis is being placed on only producing visual art which is the direct result of a bad decision of the board in placing the Arts Integration Director in control of the school as Executive Director. Test scores are still falling. Beware.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 14, 2008
I have found that the teachers for the most part are very dedicated, however, I have found the administration to be rude, hostile and indifferent to the needs of parents. I will be happy when my children finish out this last year. I believe they got a decent education but the lack of amenities such as hot nutritional lunches and a real gym is dissapointing. The principal is just really unresponsive to parents and seems to have a total lack of involvment in the daily operation of the school. I truly fear for the future of the school because of such poor leadership

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
April 21, 2008
i was a student the first year the school opened and its my favorate school it allows students to learn in creative ways and accomidates any kind of learning style

- submitted by a student
February 07, 2008
ArtSpace is one of the best schools ever! It's like one big happy family, students, teachers, faculty, and ArtSpace parents. Mixing the arts with regular work is a very good way of learning, I know that some students (and parents) prefer thae traditional way, but most love and.

- submitted by a student
November 27, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2007
My son is enrolled at Artspace and we could not be more pleased. The school offers so much more than the regular county school that he used to go to. The front office is helpful and the teachers really seem to care about each student. There is also a lot of parent interaction. I actually do not have one bad thing to say about the school.

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2005
I currenty have a 6th grader and a kindergartener enrolled at ArtSpace and we are all thrilled. My 6th grader is enjoying school for the first time in years. My 5 year old is excited about learning. The facility isn't the best but I'm not sending them to a building, I'm sending them to a school. The positive trade offs well outweight the negatives. The testing scores speak for themselves. This is an effective school.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2005
Artspace is not what they preach. They have young teachers that have no guidance that are letting kids slip through the cracks. The retention rate is poor among returning students. Issues are brought forth to the appropriate administrator or board and they do not get adressed or the attention that a parent concern warrants. The board works on a hide your head in the sand basis and is very unprofessional. When we are talking about our childs education we have found that Art Space is not a good school for us. The arts are wonderful, but the kids also need the basics to succeed and we have found that they do not get this from Art Space.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2005
ArtSpace Charter School is a great school. The research based, arts integrated learning is fun and gets the job done. Students are encouraged to be unique, nurtured with love and kindness, and challenged with creative lessons. The class sizes are small so individual attention is plentiful. The faculty is dedicated to honoring the spirit of each student. When asked where he goes to school, my son (first grade) proudly boosts, 'ArtSpace Charter School'.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2005
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- submitted by a student
April 29, 2005
I would think that the faculty would understand more than anyone what life is like inside of ArtSpace and after four years only two faculty members have gone on to do other things. As far as other negative comments about the Director- teachers don't stay, enrollment doesn't triple and you don't receive School of Distinction and a ten year charter renewal with bad leadership-it just doesn't happen. There aren't the regular extra-curricular activities but that's part of the trade off for the superior education my children are receiving at ArtSpace. We can sign them up for soccer or little league on our own. Besides the enrichment activities at the school are great and don't require months of driving to practices and games on Saturday mornings.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2005
Two of our children are nearing completion of their first year at ArtSpace, and I can honestly say that ArtSpace is the first school where we've felt our kids have been both sufficiently challenged and also have truly enjoyed school. Together, the well-implemented arts integration curriculum and the willingness of ArtSpace's exceptional, caring, but demanding teachers to address the individual needs of all kids, have created an environment where our children can learn adequately, be creative, and do really neat things at the same time! We truly feel we can trust Artspace with our kids.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2005
After home schooling for years, we were ready for a change as our children got older. ArtSpace emerged as the right place at the right time. Small classes, committed teachers and administrators, a focused mission to intergrate the arts throughout curriculum and the life of the community, and a vision to be the best at it. We have been there from the first year and have experienced continual improvement. We highly recommend the ArtSpace experience. However, that experience will only be as good as what you and child are willing to put into it in terms of volunteer time and giving.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2005
My daughter thrives in an environment with active hands-on learning, and ArtSpace has provided that. She's had top notch teachers. The administration has done a great job of pulling the teachers together to develop an innovative and exciting environment for learning, all centered around the NC standard course of study. The building is not the nicest looking on the outside, but the new paint helps. Still, it's what happens on the inside that I value most. The new enrichment programs, including after-school enrichment, really enhance the range of activities the kids can learn through as well. So far, our kids are staying at ArtSpace, and it's only getting better each year.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2005
I initially was very excited about this school, but have found that the administration is very lacking. There is no quality control and there are no checks and balances in place. The teachers are not held accountable and have no guidance. Many of the children are not up to par in their grade level. I beleive in their mission, but they are not living up to what they preach. There is lack of experience and propper education from many that work at this school all the way up to the board level. Major changes need to happen at this school for it to be a true success.

- submitted by a student
September 24, 2004
My child struggled through his first two years of school in a traditional public school setting. It was awful. He was constantly in trouble and could never tell me what he had learned at school. This year he started at ArtSpace and we absolutely love it. He is blossoming. His writing and math skills have improved and he know longer moans and groans when it is time to go to school. He is excited about learning, because his teachers are enthusiastic and his day is filled with interesting and fun curricula. It is true that because of poor funding, the building leaves something to be desired as does the availability of supplies, but the benefits far outweight the downfalls.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 11, 2004
The first two years: I was initially very excited about this school. I was very pleased with my daughter's classroom teacher the first year but quickly came to understand the administration did not understand what an art based curriculun is or even basic sound education practices. There was very litte observance and review of classroom teachers. There was no overall school wide curriculum guidelines integrating all grades and including the idea of following the art based education philosophy. The shool was ugly, with inadequate windows and very little natural light. It was often very dirty to My major problem though was the lack of concern by the administration about all of these problems, education, aesthetics of the space, health and safty, teacher accountability including progress reports, and a clearly outlined grade by grade curricullum. It seemed the administration just wasn't willing to step up and take responsibility for good leadership.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2004
I am a parent of a child that has attended ArtSpace Charter School since the first year. I have held out hope that this school's promise of an alternative, arts-based education would serve my highly creative child in very special ways. I have been sorely disappointed. I have liked two of the three teachers my child has had, but I am concerned that the School's present administration is lacking in some very serious ways. There is little or no educational accountability, as far as I can see. The school is in an ugly industrial building with little space for kids to play, and is often dirty. I continue to believe in the potential of this school...with different administration, but I am removing my child from ArtSpace because I do not believe that ArtSpace is the best option for my child at this time.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2004
We are in our second year with ArtSpace Charter school. We have been so pleased with the small class size and experienced enthusiastic teachers. The integration of visual and performing arts is seamless within the curriculum, our child is truly blossoming in every way.

- submitted by a parent
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Artspace Charter School
2030 U.S. 70, Swannanoa, NC  28778
(828) 298-2787
Last modified Artspace Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Artspace Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews.