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Chapel Hill Academy5
Posted January 18, 2015
- a parent
Our son enjoys Chapel Hill Academy and the teachers are professional. They have good field trips like Pine Cove. Also, they have great presentations and projects, such as the Living Wax Museum kids did about famous people's biographies. You can talk to or e-mail the teachers any time and they answer back quickly. There is a good discipline and rules. They want to prepare kids to be prepared for higher education.
It's been a few years since my children went to CHA but the seemed to do really well there. When we first moved to Fort Worth my son had to be in public school. It was horrible! He was failing several classes. The following year he was accepted to CHA. It was a complete turnaround. I believe it was all thanks to the caring and supportive teachers they have. My daughter started pre-k there and she really picked things up. Her teacher was a tough strict teacher and that's what we needed. She did great. We no longer go to this school but me and my children miss it. I do have to say there are two outstanding employees at this school. Mr. Ramirez and Mrs. Salizar are the greatest! They really care and go above and beyond to help their students.
CHA is a diamond in the rough. The public schools around here are over crowed and under poor leadership. CHA thrives where public school fails. Small class size more intimate relationships between the school and the family. Each kid is personally cared for. We love it and it's only downfall is it stops at 5th grade.
I worked in a big district for several years before taking this job at CHA. My only regret is not coming here sooner. There is no other administration I'd rather work for, and the rest of the faculty is second to none! The parental involvement, along with the low ratios, allows me to work with every individual student and custom-design my instruction, in order to meet each of their needs and challenge every student to aim higher. What a refreshing breath of fresh air! I'm so grateful for CHA!
My daughter has attended Chapel Hill since the first grade and loves it. Chapel Hill is a great school because of the dedication and passion for education that is exhibited in everything that is done. My daughter is now in the 5th grade and has thrived because she is in an environment that is nurturing, challenging, and allows her to grow. Chapel Hill embodies what education should be, a collaboration between teachers and parents to ensure children are more than prepared, they are excited!
We LOVE this school!! The academics are ahead of the public schools in the area. The work is challenging and I love it. My son is entering 3rd grade there and he love the work and really enjoys going to school.The school really pushed parent involvement in homework and activities. Peolpe who talk bad about the school are not putting anything positive into it such as time. You get out of it what you put into it. His teachers have always openly communicated with me and very responsive. Children are held accountable and to a higher standard at this shool. Maturity is encouraged. So glad we got into this school.
School once had a clear view of goals and was on track. Lately, it seems to have turned more into a public school setting. Too clustered, and lack true leadership and direction. Principal and other administration lack certification from he state, why? That should be a red flag. Also, look at the GreatSchools rating which is a 5, why is that? 5 out of 10? I think Academics needs to be kicked up a notch and students need to be challenged more and not so comfortable in just "getting by". Direction is definitely needed!
Chapel Hill is a Super school that keeps getting better each year. My daughter has been going to Chapel Hill since Kindergarten. She struggled in reading her first year. Chapel Hill offered everything from during school tutoring in addition to after school tutoring to help my daughter get back on track. After she was on track, they kept her in the tutoring program until she was excelling in the reading program. I was sad but excited when I was told she no longer needed tutoring. She will be going to the 3rd grade next year and I am confident that she will be on or above reading level. One improvement would be the lunch money process. It would be more convenient if we were able to check balances and pay on line.
Chapel Hill is has its pro's and cons. Mr. Ramirez is by far their greatest assest in administration. The majority of the teachers are compassionate and the classrooms are smaller than your local public schools.Furthermore the children are learning in a structured environment. Cons~ they need to work on implementing the no bullying policy. Verbal & Physical abuse should not be tolerated at any age. In addition they need to opt for more social skills training amonst the students.