My grandchildren attended Citizens Academy and I was not pleased with them at all. My grandson has ADHD and was treated horribly at this school. He was constantly suspended and did not learn anything the whole year. They constantly called myself and his mother to pick him up because they could not deal with him. They knew before he came to the school of his condition but they acted as if they didn't. They said they could handle children with special needs but they certainly could not handle him. I know he can be a handful at times but he is actually a very sweet child and very intelligent. He often said his teacher did not like him. At first I was skeptical of what he was saying but I think he knew what he was talking about because he was sent to the office every day. No one ever took the time to know who he is and that maybe he was frustrated being thrown out of the classroom every day, being teased by the other children and often not taken on field trips. I would not recommend this school if your child has special needs or needs special help because they are not equipped to handle them and constantly penalize them because they do.
My child attended CA 2005-08, the staff and teachers were great in meeting with me and my child about our concerns. However, they did not value the fact that children are individuals and have different personalities. The staff called me at work almost daily for trivial things such as my child took someone else's pencil and used it. My child was challenged in reading but not so much in math.
This is my daughter's first year at CA and she's on her third homeroom teacher and her math and literacy teacher is going on maternity leave until May. The school has great potential but some of the challenges are disconcerting. Additionally, computer is listed as a class but most weeks they don't have it but we can give computer instruction at home but they shouldn't list it if they aren't eqipped to truly offer the instruction. These inconsistencies are troubling but we're 'hanging in' for now. Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray...
My daughter go's to C.A.E and so does everyone of my little cousins, that equals up to seven. C.A.E is a school you have to everyone you know about it, all the kids are so advanced, there's no fighting, you can see the respect with the teachers and the kids. I do agree with(Extracurricular Activities).
my daughter has went to Citizens Academy for three years now. I love the staff and teachers her grades have not dropped since her transfer and she is much happier in this environment. The school focuses on teaching them what they need to go to college and skills for the rest of their lives, not just to pass the state tests. I have a child in the Cleveland School Systen and others in another charter school, I wish that Citizens Academy went farther than the 5th grade.
I am a parent of a former CA student. My son attended the 2006-2007 shcool year there in grade K. We relocated away from the Cleveland area where he of course attended that areas local school. What a major difference between the things he learned at CA compared to what he wasn't learning at the new school. Things he'd done in his kindergarden class at CA were unheard of at the new school. They (the new school), were teaching the children as if they were in head start. I took it upon myself to take some of his class work I'd saved from CA to show the new teacher. Her comment was that 'their curriculm didn't call for advanced work. Advanced! hum. This was regular everyday work for CA. Quality, FREE, education, on the level of a tuition based curriculm! An exceptional example of what education should be. Barbb Davis
Last year, I was contracted to teach W. African Dance classes at Citizen's. I was so impressed with the discipline, respect, focus and exceptional commitment of both the students and the parents, that I enrolled my two children in the school this year- K and 5th. My son left a suburban school to enter this one with his little sister. They both love it, and so do I. The school is the epitome of what education in the US should be, I should know, as I am an educator as well. I am a proud CA parent!
I am a proud member of the Citizen's Academy family. My fourth grader has attended C.A. since kindergarten. She has had highly effective, caring teachers, who care for the individual child as well as the collective student body. The staff, which includes a full time psychologist & social workers, go to great lengths to ensure each child has a chance to reach his/her full potential. With changes in curriculum & a new commitment from everyone, proficiency scores have risen & can compare with some suburban schools. Yes, we have a uniform policy. Marva Collins, the great educator, subscribed to the idea that formality establishes a tone & decorum that encourages students to see a school, regardless of it's setting, as hallowed ground, a place for learning. My child proudly dons her uniform daily, and her creativity has not been stifled one bit. It's also more economical for me!
Having only attended an open house, I was pleased with the physical appearances of the classrooms and the curriculum. However, I was terribly disappointed that while they claim to promote character and citizenship, they force children to wear uniforms in a public school. As an American, freedom of expression does not warrant stifling my child's creativity by being required to look like everyone else in order to learn. Sadly, this school (and some other charters) believe and instill that it's really what's on the outside that counts.
Citizens' Academy is a wonderful family-oriented school! Our school truly puts education first. We just implemented a new math and reading program. Next year, we will begin the new science program. Proficiency scores are on the rise. I'm excited and delighted to be a part of the teaching staff here at C.A. -Staci McDaniel, Math & Science Coordinator, K-5
Citizens Academy is a breath of fresh air compared to most other choices in Cleveland, OH. They are very organized, they allow parents to participate at every level. My child is proud of his school and I am proud of him.
Citizens' Academy is an excellent choice for your children. I have two children (1st and 4th grade) who attend C.A. and they have both been provided with a safe and challenging academic environment. My 4th grader passed the 4th grade proficiency test and my 1st grader is reading at at a second grade reading level. They both participate in Spanish lessons and tutoring once a week. Their teachers are always approachable and willing to work above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that your child succeeds. I have been at C.A. for 5 years and would not trade the experience for the world.
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