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.
CDA has been an absolute blessing to our family. Our daughter is finishing first grade and her love for learning has blossomed beyond belief. The attention shown our child by the teachers and staff demonstrates how passionate they are for their work. The two-day a week home school aspect keeps us involved in her curriculum on a daily basis. For us CDA is the perfect mix – classical Christian education, the understanding that the parents are the primary educators of our children (I cringe every time I hear a school board trustee say “our children”), small class room size, athletics with a smaller-scale community feel, and genuine friendships and relationships with other CDA families. The investment in time and tuition may seem daunting at first but the reward is incredible.
Our daughter attends Monday and Wednesday. Tuesday is our "crunch day" - we clear the decks to get a lot done. Thursday is a moderate day but we also leave time on Friday and the weekend to do some reviews and quizzes. It's not too much, she's prepared when going back to class Monday.
CDA is an extraordinary school unlike any other in the area. My children have attended CDA in Flower Mound since first grade and are now in the CDA high school or college. The classical curriculum, taught from a Christian worldview, develops critical thinking skills that cross all disciplines. The curriculum provides a solid educational foundation for lifelong learning. My college student felt well prepared for college Honors classes - both the humanities classes and the math/science classes. The CDA faculty have a heart for teaching and pour themselves into their students. If a student is willing to learn, the CDA teachers will do whatever is necessary for that student to succeed. Students are encouraged to develop their God-given abilities for the glory of God. The choir, drama and band programs are truly remarkable. The lack of facilities develops the students' grit and flexibility - they can make do with whatever they have to work with. The athletic programs are welcoming to all students. CDA likes to win (and win we do!), but that is not the primary goal of all the activities. The primary goal is developing ethical servant leaders who will shape culture for the glory of God Almighty. The administration is wonderful. They are creative and welcoming to new ideas. CDA is not the easy way to educate your children. But I can't imagine any better model than the CDA model - Classical, Christian, Collaborative. Our family has been incredibly blessed by CDA.
CDA (Flower Mound Campus) is a diamond in the rough! My children have been attending CDA for over nine years. The administration is outstanding in their communication, devotion and love for our students. The teachers from Grammar all the way through High School have been fabulous -- they truly get to know the student's hearts---they are not just looking at academic performance. The teachers are invested in the students success and bend over backwards to help them if they are in need. The Christian World View is part of every subject, and CDA does a solid job of preparing the students to defend their faith when facing the realities of college/life after high school. The counselor is superior at keeping the seniors and their parents abreast of the intricate application process and the many due dates. I recommend CDA to anyone looking for a challenging, God-centered, college-prep education with educators who truly love their students!