The teachers really care. With the Coram Deo collaborative approach there is always dialogue between the teachers and parents. It is great because you have a better idea where your child is in their studies at all times.
With the Coram Deo model parents are really involved with teaching their children. The homework is very easily presented to parents to follow. Teachers are readily accessible if you have questions about the assignments.
We came from a rigorous private school, but I am impressed with the level of critical thinking required. He used to look for answers in a book and copy them; here, his teacher asks him to read a history chapter, form an opinion and defend it. The answer isn't in the book, it's produced from processing what he read. He is doing this 3-4 years earlier than my high school daughters did.
While math is harder, we have ample support understanding theoretical concepts instead of rote memory of math facts.
Last week he said, "Mom, no one has ever been unkind to me at Coram Deo." We are new, but it appears these kids live out principles their teachers and parents esteem--valuing others, behaving respectfully, and encouraging one another. Stern administrators have good rapport with students. It would seem they don't put up with any nonsense. Parents are heavily invested in education and moral development. Expect to work hard alongside your child. Christian formation is their highest priority.
My daughter attended CDA from kindergarten all the way through high school graduation. She was challenged to excel in all subject areas and also able to participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities. It is not at all unusual at CDA for a football player to be in the school play and on the debate team--the school's size and flexibility allow the students to try out different activities. The teachers were excellent, supporting our daughter's academic and spiritual growth. Perhaps the best thing about the school is the culture as a whole. The tone is set by the administration, but carried out through the families and the students themselves--warm, welcoming, and serious about following Christ.