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Portsmouth, VA
Students enrolled: 125

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447 Court Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704

(757) 393-2312
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July 30, 2012
Court Street is a good school. It in no way deserves a one-star review. Both of my children attended for several years and in general we were very happy with our experience there. The lower grade levels were excellent and well taught. However, the middle grades have seen a great deal of turnover in the last couple of years and it definitely affected the quality of the education my children received. There was a teacher that had a problem with being absent and there were frequently subs in my daughter's class. That teacher is no longer with the school. The staff is very nice, the school is affordable and there is an emphasis on Christian principles without religion being force-fed. Definitely worth considering if you are looking for a good alternative to Portsmouth's public schools.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2011
If you look at the overall rating and read ALL of the comments, CSA is overwhelmingly looked at as an affordable,quality alternative to public education. I taught for five years in the Portsmouth Public Schools and enjoyed virtually every minute of it. It was not perfect and presented daily challenges. Great teachers welcome those challenges! When I had the opportunity to work for CSA, it was difficult making the decision to leave public schools. I am proud to be part of an extremely dedicated, highly qualified staff. We are working on updating some curriculum where needed, and I can assure you we ALWAYS address behavioral problems with the minimum corrective action to correct the problem and the patience to watch for improvement. Chapel is held every Friday and each class takes turns reciting the Lord's Prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, leading in the singing of the national anthem and the closing prayer. Sounds like a school with a four star rating to me!

- submitted by a teacher
August 17, 2011
Court Street acadamy is a great school, they have the best teachers who look for you child best intests and because the classes are small yolu child gets the full atention.My girls have been going for 2 years now and I just love the friendly people.

- submitted by a community member
June 26, 2011
I highly recommend Court Street Academy. The teachers are caring and dedicated and work hard to make meaningful connections with each child. The children are made to feel special and the teachers try to challenge each one to reach his/her own potential. Last spring there was an amazing end-of-year program where each child was recognized with a STAR - telling the outstanding qualities that made him or her special. Graduates of Court Street Academy often come back to brag about their successes and to give the credit to the start they were given at CSA!

- submitted by a teacher
June 22, 2011
CSA is a wonderful school. The below comment is disturbing. I attended CSA as well as other family members and friends and everyone agrees what a great stepping stone CSA has been in their lives. You get a wonderful education as well as reinforcing good character. The books are updated and the tests are always reviewed. I have done my research and had no problem getting answers. The teachers are well qualified and caring as well as the office staff. Their credentials are not hidden, PLEASE check them out. Many of the teachers at CSA have been there for over Twenty or Thirty years! A few of them did retire in the last few years, but several remain. If your experience was not satisfactory, that is fine, but no need to be vindictive. This is not a new, inexperienced institution, it has been going strong for years and years to provide a quality education in a safe and God loving environment. No school is perfect that is why the staff and parents need to work together for the common good of our children. I am sincere in recommmending this school. I have nothing to gain in writing this glowing review, but am simply speaking from my heart as a parent and a former student.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2011
This school and its curriculum are outdated at best. They have a problem keeping staff and will hire anyone (qualified or not) just to fill a seat. If you have a problem (like we did) your concerns will not only go unheard, you will be yelled at by the powers that be and told "that's the way it is because we keep cost low". I find this school totally unacceptable - you get what you pay for. Ask to see the Teacher's credentials, check the year of their standardized test (it s 25 years old), check into their substitute teacher's list, don't trust anything they say! Anyone at that school can write a positive review on Great Schools so you should take any glowing review with great skepticism!!

- submitted by a community member
June 18, 2011
Court Street Academy is blessed with a caring staff and administration. It is unfortunate that one or two disgruntled persons can diminish what the staff has done for what amounts to volunteer work. Poll previous students and you will find that the significant majority loved their time at Court Street and the staff and adminsitration have done wonders with the resources available to them. Their efforts to maintain an affordable education should not be tarnished

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2011
My children attends CSA and I am very pleased. We have had a pleasant experience. The teacher and staff there are commendable for doing such a wonderful job. The CSA staff is very nuturing to my children.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2011
We have two children at Court Street Academy and are quite pleased. The atmosphere is friendly and warm and our children feel very loved. The teachers really care about every child and do their best to bring out the best in each one. We are thankful for this school. Submitted by a parent Write your own review

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2011
We would recommend this school fully. I am involved parent and was completely satisfied with the education that my children received. My children's books were of the latest editions. When there was an issue, the teachers and administration were right on top of it. The school encourages current and potential parents to visit at anytime, which speaks volumes. There is a no tolerence policy for any bullying at anytime and we have seen it in action. Would encourage anyone to send their chilren here, excellent!!

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2011
This school is fr ustrating to say the least. Some of the teachers are wonderful but there are a few that have no business teaching anyone. If you have a problem you might as well keep it to yourself, no one cares and it will not be addressed. We have pulled our children out and will tell anyone who will listen to stay away from this school.

- submitted by a community member
January 01, 2011
Please consider Court Street Academy for your child. You will not find a more warm and caring staff. The teachers are so in tuned to your childs individual needs. The administrative staff is wonderful and keeps you informed of everything that is going on.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2010
After a very disappoint year in public school, I opted to place both of my children in Court Street Academy. I couldn't be happier! After struggling w/ boredom, behavior issues, minimal focus on anything but SOL preps in public school, my daughter has blossomed into a very confident, focused child. I love the emphasis on the basics--reading, writing and arithmetic. Children are encouraged to make good choices; there is always positive reinforcement. Great communication w/ the teachers--kind, caring environment. Yes, the building is dated, but the rooms are wonderfully inviting for children. This is a great option for parents who are fed up w/ public school but don't want the full 'church school' experience--this is a very good balance of a traditional education coupled w/ religion. Signed--parent of two at Court Street.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
the kind of school I wish my grandchildren could get accepted at ....as it stands we are working on openings at the moment

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2009
My child is in the K-5 class this year. Class size is large for a private school (24:1). There is no set curriculum being used and the workbooks are for age group 4-5. The Principal does not properly discipline children who have repeated behavioral problems. The upper grades have very few students and it appears that the lower grades are overcrowded to generate income. I am not certain I will keep my daughter at this school next year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
My daughter is in her fourth year there, and absolutely loves it. Classroom size is optimal and there is a very 'close' feeling about it.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
November 25, 2008
I'm a former student of this school, having attended from 1st-8th. From there, I went to public high school and found I was extremely prepared for the workload at a public school. I found myself to be more prepared than most of the other students. I now teach in the Portsmouth Public School system. The quality of education offered at CSA is way ahead of what is offered in the public school system. The teachers focus on mastery instead of how to guess on the SOLs. I'd highly recommend CSA. It could use some updated texts and computers, but overall, it's a chance for a quality education at a lower price than other private schools.

- submitted by a student
September 03, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating June 10, 2008
My daughter entered this school midway throught the year, and though I expected her to have some difficulty transitioning from homeschool back into a classroom, the teacher was phenomenal in helping her to feel at ease, and included. The class size was small, (only 11) and so the individualized learning/teaching was much more than we had experienced, (other than homeschool). My daughter excelled, and learned a new love for learning... she realized that she IS good at math... she just wraps her mind around it differently (and here she is allowed to explore that option). She discovered History for the first time, becoming an avid reader for information, not just because of the assignment. As a result, my daughter joined the top ranks of the school, and finished the year an Honor Roll Student! We observed this transition in her early, so registered her for next year. Great Learning Specialists!

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating March 03, 2008
The school has a lot of potential, but the administration is outdated. They desperately need to move into the current century and add computers. Textbooks need to be updated regularly.

- submitted by a community member
February 17, 2008
My child has attended CSA for 3 1/2 years. I have always enjoyed the family-like atmosphere of CSA. The teachers are absolutely phenomenal; very caring and dedicated to each child in their class. Discipline does seem to be lacking. My child has been physically abused by other students with little to no consequences. The administrator does not back up his teachers nor enforce school rules. The books are very outdated. I am uncertain the quality of the education my child is receiving and am currently looking for other alternatives.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2008
As a parent of two CSA graduates who attended from K-4 through 8th grade I feel obligated to write about their experience and success. My oldest child graduated from high school with outstanding honors and has since been accepted with a scholarship to ODU. My youngest is currently achieving high grades and is in honors classes in high school. While Court Street is lacking in some of the modern refinements, it more than makes up for it with a caring and excellent staff. This includes a teacher team with a lot of experience and several with graduate degrees in Early Childhood who received their training under one of the most respected experts in the field. I would gladly recommend Court Street as an affordable alternative to public school.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2008
My daughter attends this school and we are very pleased with it. She is happy and excited about going to school. The school administration is working to update their curriculum and textbooks as quickly as they can. I know they do the best they can at this school and have faith that they will continue to do so. The school environment is the best to me. We've had only positive experiences in dealing with the teachers, principal, and her classmates. Our daughter is thriving which is the most important thing to us.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2008
I am pleased with the faculty and staff at Court Street Academy. My child feels very safe and secure at this school. The teachers are willing to go that extra mile to help my child.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2007
While the teacher/student ratio is exceptional, and the teachers are very good at what they do, the material that they have to work with is very outdated. The textbooks are 20+ years old in most classes, and with new teachers coming in this year, it is finally being brought to light just how behind the school is overall in the curriculum. It is a shame that the children go on to other schools and are behind and have to spend so much time, sometimes with tutors, catching up to where they should be. For the cost of tuition, i would think that the school could at least purchase newer textbooks! while some of the practices at csa have been questionable, i will say that i am very satisfied with the teachers i have had the pleasure of working with and getting to know. They do an excellent job.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2007
I must say that reading some of the negative comments regarding the school is heart breaking! My son started attending CSA at the very end of the 2006-2007 school year coming from a public school, and I must say he is reading above grade level in the first grade and his teacher is a 'great' teacher who is very hands on and very approachable. My son loves going to school everyday and I am proud to say that I am getting my moneys worth.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2007
My child has attended Court Street Academy for 21/2 years. I have had problems with not only the teachers but the lack of interest the principal seems to have in regards to the behavior of other students and the parents concerns. My child has been bullied by other children at this school. To date, The principal has not take any actions to correct the problems.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2007
Both of my chuldren attended Court Street. They were well prepared socially and academically for high school. I have been very pleased. Some of the books were outdated but I noticed they seemed to cover the basics in a less watered down manner than the newer books. Computers were available in every class just not called a 'lab'. Grades were high because the teachers taught mastery of the subject. Just as important to me was the fact that the teachers worked very hard with the students and their families. I always knew if I had a concern about my child the teacher would support me in any way he or she could. Before you decide on a school for your child go see for yourself, spend a day in the school. Be careful that you don't believe every thing someone says. There is always two sides to every story.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 04, 2007
Please review the curriculum at your nearby public school along with the curriculum here before you enroll your child. My child just started public elementary school today and he is going to have quite a struggle this year. The curriculum taught at Court Street is so far behind what he should have been taught up to this point. I am going to work closely with the new school to try and catch him up to where he should be. He made good grades based on what little bit he was taught. The problem lies in the fact that he was not taught the equivalent of what other schools are teaching at the same grade level. This definitely was not worth the money that I spent. Now my child will pay the biggest price! The principal tries to convince you that your getting the most bang for your buck here.....wrong!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 23, 2007
I would not recommend this school. My child left with A's in reading & me assuming that he was just a slow reader. He ended up having a reading disability that was undetected. The school has no computers, so the kids are behind what is being taught in public school. The end of year achievement test the kids take was a version from 1985! Textbooks are not updated on a regular basis, and tend to be very outdated. Art is an extra exspense & only offered after-school. Music consist of a twice a year singing program. The school library appears outdated and unused. The children walk to the public library monthly. In the middle school grades, there are no subjects offered beyond the core requirements. These kids appear to roam the school too much.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2007
The 2006-2007 school year was my child's first year at CSA and we were well pleased overall. His entire attitude toward school has changed since attending CSA. His teachers really nurtured him through his transition period and beyond and the tighter student / teacher ratio allowed for more individual attention and watchfulness. The office staff was wonderful and the principal used the Bible to lead in any disciplinary actions. I would like to see Bible classes initiated. Not having this offered, especially in a church school, was disappointing. Perhaps this will change. Nonetheless, my child is again registered for the 07 - 08 school year. I promote Court Street Academy to others!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2007
I was not impressed with this school. It is a school in a church but there is no Bible or religion taught and most of their textbooks are over 20 years old. Also, if you have any kind of problem with this school you certainly cannot discuss with the administrator. He will make every excuse in the world for his teachers.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2007
My child attended CSA during kindergarten. When she transferred to a public school, I found her well prepared for 1st grade. She left CSA reading well beyond her grade level and with excellent skills in all academic areas. Teacher/parent relations were excellent. She also had an opportunity to take swim lessons. French lessons were available. Her exposure to art was much better than it has been in public school. I was reluctant to take her from CSA, and only did so because of moving from the area. The teachers care about the students at CSA and the students appeared well behaved and interested in their school.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2006
My son went to CSA from k-4 through 2nd grade. When my child changed schools it was evident that all they did was give him 'A's just to satisfy the parent and not because he necessarily earned it. They also DID NOT recognize or were not well-trained enough to recognize that my child had a reading problem and now we are paying the price. The tuition is excellent but as the old saying goes.....you get what you pay for.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2006
I'm not a parent, but a former student of this school. I attended CSA from K-4 until I finished 8th grade. I feel that the education I received at this school gave me the foundations to do quite well in high school and to complete college at a 4 year university. Great school overall!!

- submitted by a former student
January 04, 2006
I have used this school for 4 years and for the most part have been pleased with the quality of the academic program. It is a Christian school using traditional school programs. Most of the teachers have been teaching for 20+ years and the average class size is around 12-15. A select few sports are available from 5th grade on (school only goes to grade 8 at this point in time) and fine arts are available at extra cost. Parent involvement is done through local activities such as class trips, parties, etc.

- submitted by a parent
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Court Street Academy
447 Court Street, Portsmouth, VA  23704
(757) 393-2312
Last modified Court Street Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Court Street Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top