Clarksville Academy suffers from poor leadership from the top down. Classes are often unsupervised and students may go days at a time doing nothing but dressing up for different school sponsored days: twin day, character day, blue day, etc. The school is a joke. Think twice before subjecting your child to a school where the tuition is high and the instructor's education level low.
Very disappointed with this school. I advise all new parents to be aware that being the new kid at this school is not easy. It is a school where generations have come in, not only the children, but parent and grand parents all know each other. Your child will feel out of place and will suffer. Bulling takes place, nothing is ever done about it. Both my husband and I were very active and volunteers at the school. However, when we decided to take our child away, they threatened us with fulfilling the financial part of the contract. Very unacceptable, specially for a school. If your child is not happy and has been bullied at the school, there should be no questions.
I am terribly disappointed. The curricula appears to be several weeks behind the public school, the offerings are extremely limited, and the administrators have been less than mediocre (in our opinion). I wish I could go back in time and put my child in public school. Even my child wishes the same. Every year, it becomes more and more mediocre to us; less and less worth the money. We are hearing the same from other parents as well. I wish I had an undo button on this decision.
Clarksville Academy is a wonderful and caring school for our children. We are so pleased with the knowledge our children receive and the caring environment in which we leave them every day.
My family moved to Clarksville almost two years ago. Although we didn't know anyone, we immediately found a home at Clarksville Academy. The teachers truly care about the children and go above and beyond to make sure each child reaches their true potential. The teachers are always in contact with the parents and encourage parent participation. A wonderful education at a wonderful school - we love Clarksville Academy!
We've had a wonderful experience at Clarksville Academy. CA follows a strong curriculum which provides challenging material to prepare students for college and beyond. I especially like the integration of technology and Challenge Based Learning focus which helps students learn problem-solving and responsibility for the real world, as well as the welcoming "family" atmosphere with the CA teachers, parents, and students.
My children went to Clarksville Academy because we didn't have a variety of choices in Clarksville. Now that we are not longer living in Clarksville I realize how behind CA was in their curriculum and professional development with their teachers. This school will not prepare your children for the real world. It was NOT work the money.
How I wish Clarksville Academy had been around when I was going to school. This is an excellent school for parents who want their children to learn and grow in this community. The Clarksville public school system was adequate when I was going to school but after attending some of the public schools lately, it's almost terrifying to see the lack of respect the students have for their teachers, their peers and their community. How can they expect to learn in such an environment? While visiting Clarksville Academy you can see the students have a truly involved teaching staff and director. Not only are they being given a top-notch education but these students are learning in a terrific and nurturing environment. Kudos to Head of Schools Kay Drew. Under her leadership these students in her charge will become the next leaders of our community.
This school is a wonderful place for your children. Both of my children have been here since PreK and have had amazing experiences. The staff and leadership are friendly and truly care for your child. They aren't seen as a number but simply as an individual student. Curriculum is tough and students are expected to do their best everyday. The enrichments my child receives in lower school are outstanding and PE is considered a daily course. All students are given technology and the training to use it. Don't let reviews from upset parents sway your decision about this school. Check it out for yourself.
I take my children's future & education very seriously & so has every teacher that has ever taught my two boys at CA. I love the extra attention in subjects that my children love. The iPad mini's for learning, daily PE & the combination focus of learning, being active & volunteering really makes a parent know their child is growing up in an awesome environment. From the homemade school lunch menu to Veteran's Day programs this is an amazing place for a child to go.
I am so proud I decided to send my children to this school. The amazing supportive coaches, staff & leaders go above and beyond, and have years of experience that show daily in everything they do. The teachers all truly understand what each child needs, teaching beyond the books to include learning honor & respect for others, as well as the community. It's worth every penny to know my children are in such an awesome environment that is preparing them for life. It's like one big family that looks out for one another & shares a common goal of higher expectations & standards. Recently being named an Apple Distinguished School is proof that the academic focus combined with technology, leadership & the arts is a great foundation & beautiful place to send your child.
This school is based on your socioeconomic status and nothing else. Bullying starts at a very YOUNG age and nothing is done to stop it. Administration doesn't step on toes to correct the problem because it might interfere with the next big donation. My youngest child has been pressured into drinking already by 3rd graders! The mind boggling thing is, the kids doing it ALL have parents that work at the school. Blows me away what these kids get away with. The football games, the young kids (same group of 3-5th) graders that their parents work or put money into school, have a game called "beat up" where they find a kid on playground and kick and beat them up until they get away. So sad! Many of these kids need manners taught to them but have no one at home to teach them. Education is better than public but it's a toss up if you want to deal with the rest of the stuff that goes on.
Clarksville academy is AMAZING I'm in 6th grade the school is wonderful I've been in Clarksville Academy since kindergarten it was an amazing expierece! GO COUGARS!
Clarksville Academy is a country club for rich kids. There are little consequences to any poor behavior, pretty much your kid will get away with anything if he/she has money. Not talking about bribes, but popularity and seniority is based on how rich you are. It is not even college prep, the only thing that resembles a college prep type school would be the atmosphere.. There is a lot of freedom. The work load is not college prepratory at all. It will however look good on an application to a college or internship but only because it is a private school. So if you are wanting how it looks rather than what you child actually learns, then by all means enroll them. There are man great teachers at CA, but the work load is not like it would be at college. The only reason I am giving CA 2 stars is because of half of the staff. There are always two sides, good and bad. Half the staff are money lovers and the other half are genuinely good people.
I am a Military wife & My child goes to CA. I am most certainly not the richest person in the school. I work very hard @ 2 jobs to have my child attend CA. I can honestly say I have never felt or experienced any Class-ism at CA, There are some Local cliques but they do not exclude the "outsider family's", I would say they make as much effort to include my family as I do to join in school events. My child was not challenged in some areas of the Curriculum so I spoke with her teacher and she was given advance work. I do not feel it is CA's responsibility to prepare my child for life outside Clarksville. I believe it is mine, I do so by taking her on trips around the country & world, exposing her to as many different cultures as possible. When My husbands Block leave does not line up with the schools Calender vacations CA has been fantastic about letting us have time as a family, with the condition that my child grades stay consistently High. I am not sure what is said in teachers homes, but I am sure that kids repeat what is said at home in any school or environment. I like CA, I am not saying it is perfect, but it is way better then the school in our area.
My oldest son has attended CA since Kindergarten (now in 9th grade) and my youngest son is now in second grade. They love the teachers, atmosphere, and the environment. I have been teaching here for 2 years (previously taught in Montgomery Co. for 17 years) and love the student/teacher ratio and the family atmosphere. My wife tried to teach here for several years but a teaching position would never open. Teacher turnover here is very low. Probably less than 10%. CA is a college prep school that holds these students to very high standards. Top programs offered are: music, choir, key club, broadcasting,FCA, and a variety of sports for every student to excel(just to name a few). As a football coach here for the past two years, I have found that parent and administration support is second to none. This school is a great place for any student or student/athlete to reach their full potential.
I taught at CA for several years and my children attended the school as well. We stayed because there are not many private school choices in Clarksville and in the beginning CA felt like a good choice. Unfortunately it was a huge mistake for our family. While the school has a caring group of teachers it lacks largely in administrative leadership. The most pronounced issue for us was The Head of School. Sadly she's a business woman first with the education of her lower school students taking a distant second. There is also a very high turnover rate for the teachers at Clarksville Academy which is a huge red flag, which again, is due to the LACK of leadership. Ask around before considering this school and be wary of who you consult. Many of the students have parents that graduated from CA so their loyalties run deep. There are much better schools available in the area with stronger staff development (ours was insufficient) and a more open minded administration.
Family values, commitment to excellence, and a nurturing environment are what makes CA a quality institution. CA strives to achieve a great balance between academics, athletics and the arts. I admire the teachers at CA because they could all be making more money elsewhere, however their children's success and growth are more important to them than money. CA has made the commitment to not only meeting but exceeding national standards for test scores as proven by their year in and year out scores coming in 5-6 points higher than national average. The administration had made a commitment to hiring quality teachers and mentors to assure the growth of each student academically, emotionally and spiritually. No school is perfect, however, what makes CA special is the vision of the faculty and staff toward individualism and student centered education. Each child is given the opportunity to shine in unique ways and praised when they succeed. CA is a small school with big school opportunities for extras. I have taken my child from CA to public and we came back to CA because the public schools could not provide the challenging academics, small classes and opportunities for growth.
I now have two boys attending CA & it's been the greatest experience! The teachers & staff have incredible dedication & compassion for my childs best interest. I'm SO happy we chose to send our boys to this great school!
Clarksville Academy is a wonderful school. The teachers and staff are great! The atmosphere at CA is so welcoming and warm its like going home for Christmas everyday. I cherish that my child is in a safe environment where she gets individual attention and a challenging curriculum.
Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.
To start a new list, click OK. Otherwise click Cancel.
Thank you! You will begin to receive newsletters from us shortly.
Thanks for verifying your updated email address.
Oops! That email verification link has expired. Please click the button below to receive a new one.
Create an account to submit your answers.
Sign in with an existing GreatSchools account or using Facebook:
Your review has been posted to GreatSchools.
Share with friends! Post your opinion of Clarksville Academy on Facebook.
Welcome to GreatSchools!
Thanks! We just sent you an email – please click on the link in the email to post your answers.
Get timely updates for Clarksville Academy, including performance data and recently posted user reviews.