Both my children attend Cape Henry and although I have not been 100% happy every year and I do feel there are teachers there who should be long gone, I do feel my children are not numbers at the school. My lower school student is recognized by upper school teachers and my upper school student is known by lower school teachers. Is the tuition high? Absolutely! Do they not always get the gifted kids as truly gifted kids (there is a difference between gifted and over achieving)? Yes they don't always get it. BUT-when I have a concern, I am heard and my children feel safe and happy in a family atmosphere where the class sizes are superior and the academics are substantial. If you are a public school person then don't even bother, but as far as private schools go, Cape Henry is definitely worth looking at.
I want my children to be curious learners...I want them to ask and think "why?" or even "why not?" instead of just "what." Cape Henry Collegiate provides an educational environment that stimulates thinking, encourages creativity, and provides the avenue for students of all ages to dig deeper into the "big picture" understanding.
When I became a parent I knew that I had just accepted the most important and challenging job I would undertake. My wife and I were fortunate enough to find an amazing school in Cape Henry when we moved to Virginia Beach. My son started at Cape Henry as a Middle School student and we had so many concerns about how he would fit in and if he would be able to transition academically from the public school where he had gone. Every concern we had was anticipated and addressed before school began. The personal time spent with the Middle School Director, the group of current families who planned events to welcome us, and the availability of the faculty far exceeded any expectation we could have ever had. Cape Henry has not only set him on a path to succeed in academics, it has taught our son skills like teamwork and collaboration. Amazing school and community.
It's safe to say that CH's elite status weighs in on grade point average and consideration when applying to colleges (considering 100% of kids graduating from CH are accepted). The school isn't cheap - in fact it costs well over the in-state tuition for UVA. One thing CH should mention before you attend is that if you donate a significant chunk of your wallet annually, you will be kept in high regard. Also, the school should mention that they only have 1 physics teacher to accommodate every physics class. This would be fine, however this teacher blatantly abuses his power as a high school physics teacher. When an entire class of students fails a homework assignment and then the corresponding quiz has to be postponed, a red flag should pop up that says this teacher's methods are not effective - after all, how is a student supposed to ask questions and learn in a supportive environment when he is afraid of the teacher? All in all, the school, with downsides (as any), prepares the student fairly well and has a (mostly) friendly and educationally effective environment. For those not willing to excavate every penny from your bank account, perhaps you will find it better elsewhere.
Cape Henry Collegiate School, Upper School: My grand-daughter completed four years at Cape Henry. She has always been an outstanding student but Cape Henry provided enrichment and emphasized core values above and beyond what can be expected from even the finest public school. Most impressive has been the well-spoken poise and presence each graduating student exhibited by the end of their final year. No longer "kids," students graduate as young adults, each ready to offer society a willing hand by continuing education and commitment to service. Entrepreneurs, scientists and engineers, artists and authors, linguists and mathematicians -- students who set out to pursue any path emerge prepared to excel with encouragement from Cape Henry's fine staff. Thank you, Cape Henry.
Cape Henry has it all. Small class sizes, involved parents, diversity, cultural programs, arts, foreign language. Everything we want from a school is right here. Our son just finished kindergarten and is looking forward to going back all ready. He loves Cape Henry and has absolutely thrived. If you want a quality education for your child, and a variety of experiences, this is the school for you. We are looking forward to many more rewarding years here.
The benefits I see at Cape Henry are small classes, dedicated smart teachers, a warm environment where everybody knows your name. The school works to bring out the best in each student, to capitalize on each individual's strengths. They do have lots of requirements and programs so that each student is exposed to all disciplines and athletics and needs to reach a certain high level of proficiency in academics, but the school celebrates individual strengths and interests and does not try to make each student fit a particular mold. There a a lot of foreign students here as well as many opportunities for educational travel. It seems to be a place where you'll find outstanding artists, athletes, math genius's, writers, poets, musicians, readers, all held to a high moral code and a school honor code. As a parent of 2 graduates and one lower schooler, your kids will benefit the most from enrolling in 1st grade or as soon after that as possible.
Cape Henry offers amazing opportunities academically as well as in the arts and sports. We have incredible faculty who always listen and always keep lines of communication open which I feel is so important in the growth of a child. The school truly becomes a second family and it is a family that provides and facilitates what is right for YOUR child as an individual. They nurture and grow each child's strengths building the confidence and maturity to take on the world. Having three children attending Cape Henry is such a blessing and we could not be happier. Once you step foot in the halls of Cape Henry, you will never go anywhere else!
My favorite thing about CHC is the super POP of energy you feel as soon as you walk in the door. That feeling of my child learning the world in her classes, w/her teachers & from the student body there, is exactly what I wanted for her from the minute I set foot in the school. I loved the project about South America w/each class doing a different country & presenting it at Assembly & hearing Julie Scherrer describe it to all of us parents, the woman is a force of nature & makes you want to jump up & DO something. And the Science Fair was so cool. My then 6 yr old child asked a million ?'s about the Mars Rover. amazing to me! She breathes it all. Trust me when I say that I've more than "explored the options". Yes I'm one of "those moms", it's my education & my instinct. I know it's the most right for my eyes wide open, never stops thinking child.
Cape Henry Collegiate is truly one of the finest communities that I have been fortunate enough to be a part of. I am both a parent and an employee and could not imagine my family's life without CHC. My son is able to explore every imaginable opportunity in arts, athletics, and academics. He has thrived as he discovers his talents and has loved connecting with the older students who are positive role models and inspiring individuals. I have always wanted what is best for my child and making the financial sacrifice to send him to Cape Henry is well worth the life long benefit.
When we found out about Cape Henry we could not wait to visit even though it was 40 mins away. From the time we stepped foot in the door the overall tone was warm and welcoming. We absolutely loved the idea of our girls getting an opportunity to attend. When they were accepted it was like hitting the lottery! So we made every sacrifice for them to go and a year later we don't regret one single thing! They genuinely care about the kids there. Learning is interactive and fun. Teachers are very approachable and positive. Most importantly my girls love going to school everyday! We couldn't have asked for a better place to send our short people. I can on and on about CHC but you just have to go in and see it for yourself!
A rating of one for this private school is too generous. This is the worst school ever. Teachers yelled and screamed at students. Classes are overcrowed and understaff. All they care is the money. Save your money and send your kids somewhere else.
The teachers are great! They are all very caring and genuinely concerned with every single students education. My daughter loves going to school every day at Cape Henry!
Cape Henry is a wonderful school with a loving and nurturing environment! The teachers are friendly and make their classes interesting.
I have had my daughter at Cape Henry for 4 years now and I can't imagine her attending another school. The faculty are caring and thoughtful, and the class sizes are small enough that I know that my daughter is in an environment that will encourage her to thrive. It is obvious that the administration works hard to value all families. As a parent of a younger child, we are still learning what our daughter is interested in. The school has a good balance between the arts, athletics and all academic disciplines. Take the opportunity to tour, especially when public school are having to cut programs and resources. I am glad that we did.
Cape Henry provides an excellent moral environment for your children. I like the honor code, community service, etc., as well as the flexible but professional dress code. Academics are solid. In the lower school, there is a lot of hands on work, but unless the child gets a teacher with a lot of experience in gifted education, the truly gifted child will not be challenged. We have not been as pleased with the Middle School. They switch from a visual spatial learning methodology to a straightforward lecture and note-taking auditory learning approach, which is not how most kids learn. If you child has ANY disabilities whatsoever -- ADHD / LD -- the school, though it seems to mean well, does not really know (and is not legally bound) how to accomodate them. Overall, not sure if the school is worth the BIG bucks for the tuition.
This schools motto should be every dollar counts, not every child matters. The teachers are more concerned with planning bells and what s for lunch in the gourmet cafeteria than whether your child getting the extra help they need. This was evident with the disestablishing of their Academic Enrichment Program that was in place to help those a little less fortunate. Whether or not your child will succeed depends on how much you can afford to give. It s been rumored that once enrolled the Head Master does a financial family tree background check to see how much money you can give to the school. Outrageous tuition costs and supplemental cost will break you. Where did all the good teachers go from last year.?
I attend this school. I am truly lucky to go to this school because the teachers teach you more than just the basics, learning. They teach you how to be a good and productive member of society. In one of my middle school classes, we have to write a paragraph about a motto chosen by our teacher each week. Every week the motto is inspirational and they always make you think very hard and understand what community really means and also how to be thankful. The percentage of kids in honors classes is very high. I'm sure that many kids that graduate from this school will be wonderful members of society, and maybe even the leader of this country. This school is by for the best in Virginia.
As a parent of three children who have attended Cape Henry from preK through grade 12, I can attest to the great education they received from Cape Henry. All three of my children were very well prepared for the rigors of college and life in general. I was always impressed with the wonderful learning environment, the caring faculty and the amount of time they invested in each of my children. My kids were able to play sports and go on some pretty unbelievable trips to foreign lands with their classmates. This was by far the best money I have ever spent.
Hi i go to this school... and its awesome!! the teachers are really nice and do a great job!!
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