As a student at Spring Creek Academy, I can say the years I have attended have been some of the best years of my life! The feeling of a loving and close community is rare in a school environment. The small class sizes eliminate "cliques" and "groups" and everyone is truly a part of a big, happy family. The welcoming environment is not the only upside to Spring Creek Academy. The academics, though rigorous and challenging, are exactly what growing students need to succeed in the real world. I have personally noticed vast improvements not only in my overall knowledge, but also in my note taking and studying skills (two skills vital for college). I feel more confident, especially in my writing skills. Overall, Spring Creek Academy is not only a marvelous learning environment, it also welcomes students to a family of highly motivated students and people!
Spring Creek Academy Is an absolute gem for parents who are looking for a challenging academic environment that allows flexibility as their child seeks to excel in non-academic areas. Coming from an exemplary school district with a child in all honors classes, we were concerned that the curriculum would not be challenging enough, but that has not been the case.
We are in our second year at SCA, and I am rating the amount of homework as "just right". If I had been asked during the first 6 months we were there I would have said the homework was "too much". The homework was one of the more difficult adjustments for my daughter when we transitioned from public school. As a quick learner, she always completed "homework" in class and never had to study (even in her honors classes) and so having hours of homework and needing to study for tests was new to her. During her first year at SCA, weekly writing assignments were the biggest challenge, but her writing ability and grammar mastery grew tremendously. This year, she has really been challenged by Science and perhaps for the first time had to really learn how to study. We are pleased that she is being challenged, and she has adjusted to meet the challenges, while learning organizational, time management, and study skills in the process.
One of the things I love about SCA is the systems and rules that apply to both teachers and students. Teachers are required to have their assignments for the upcoming week posted online on Sunday along with grades from the prior week's work. Students have two days to make up work and tests missed due to absences. The systems and rules are clearly spelled out and fairly applied. Cheating is absolutely not tolerated, and any suspected cheating is investigated as a serious matter.
My daughter is finishing her second year at SCA, and we are very happy with the school. She was previously enrolled in a public middle school in Plano and was not academically challenged, even in her honors classes, and even when she missed school extensively for her extra-curricular activities. The accelerated curriculum at SCA has challenged her, and we are quite pleased with how her writing ability has improved. The writing requirements in both English and History are extensive.
TONS of kids cheat. TONS. They try to crack down on stuff, but they pretty much are way behind the students. A few years ago, kids wouldn't ever cheat because they cared about being part of the school, but now that its not being run by the original lady (who really cared about everything) then the kids don't care either. Now the administration tries to make all these rules but the kids are way smarter than they are.
Our daughter is preparing for her second year at SCA, and we couldn't be happier. Zero complaints. We were worried that she would sacrifice the strong academics she was used to at a very tough private school that left her little time for training in her sport. This proved to be no worry and in fact with the small class size is given leeway to move ahead.
It is so wonderful to have a peer group also at the highest levels of their chosen sport, or music, dance etc ...each of them understand they are on a personal journey that requires dedication and hard work. SCA makes it possible for these talented kids to have a real school life as well and excel with additional hours of training. I have been perplexed by the negative reviews.....some sour grapes for sure. If the child is not prepared to work hard and keep up, this isn't the right place for your child. These are highly motivated, driven students. So glad to have found this school!
I can't thank SCA enough for the help and understanding. They have been able to allow my child to pursue a dream and develop as a young adult while receiving a great education. This school will not buckle to students that think they are entitled because of parent finances. This school continues to develop students that are able to stand on their own and take on life with confidence. This is not a traditional school and it is not designed for students that are looking for traditional surroundings. This school is designed for a special type of student that is focused. I read the previous reviews and wander why those students that have had issue continue to go for multiple years because this is a school that is a choice not mandatory.
I am graduating from Spring Creek Academy this year. Sadly, it has really gone downhill in the past 3 years or so. The school was started by a committed and loving teacher who had started to hand control over to her daughter, a teacher/counselor. Then the daughter's new husband needed a job, and it all fell apart. He started out doing random maintenance and suddenly he is the director of the school. With only a few general studies classes at community college, he knows nothing about teaching or running a school, he is arrogant and ignorant about the classes, especially at the high school level. He makes some very ill-advised policy changes, with no understanding of their consequences. But because he's a family hire, his random edicts go completely unchallenged. Any problems get a blank stare, and a shrug - "you'll have to ask Mr Thomas." Sadly, he never answers email or his phone, and is rarely at school. On Facebook, we see her manic obsession with inappropriate selfies and his pictures of his alcoholic drinks and various gambling activities. Many good teachers and even some serious students have left; the school is a complete slack fest. It's so sad.