CCS is a hidden gem in Chesco (located in Exton PA) and arguably one of the highest performing Charter Schools in PA. For the past two years CCS has received very high academic performance SPP scores (86.2 in 2012-2013 and 75 in 2013-2014) equal to and exceeding many of the suburban schools in the area. The school has a very balanced level of diversity among its student population including special education program. College preparation includes AP course selections in over 10 subjects. They also have a number of STEM specific programs including the completion of a state of art STEM facility that is part of the new CCS gym. In 2013-2014 CCS was reported to have a 63% pass rate for its AP exams and in 2013 was ranked as the 36th highest SAT score (1615) in Pennsylvania. CCS has placed grades into colleges such as UPenn Bryn Mawr BYU Lehigh University Lafayette College Penn State and Villanova. The organization of CCS is phenomenal including a CEO whom is a Stanford Graduate and a Board of Trustees who are very accomplished leaders professionals and CCS parents.
Collegium CS is a charter high school in Exton. The principal of Collegium CS is Mr Bill Winters. 1,741 students go to Collegium CS and identify as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 21% of the 1,741 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Collegium CS is 11:1. Downingtown High School East Campus is one of the nearest high schools.
- Ceramics sculpture
- Computer arts
- Drawing painting
- Theater drama
- Video film production
- Cross country
- Field hockey
- P.E. classes
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I gave Collegium 2 stars only because my oldest my daughter in 2nd grade did well. I suspect because she is in general an independent learner and easily teaches herself. Her kindergarten- 1st teacher was wonderfuland her Second grade teacher is a gem. My sons kindergarten teacher on the other hand is offensive and rude to parents and students she yells at the students constantly and is seriously lacking in skills to be a teacher. My son has learned NOTHING! Depsite considerable time spent with him by his parents nightly. The administation doesn't care if youhave concerns or issues. You get the impression that they would be fine if you ent somewhere else. the VP has a nasty attitude and clearly doesn't care. I need my son to be in full day kindergarten butwe are out of there next year.
As a former Collegium Student I must say that Collegium Academics are top notch. I recently transferred to public school from Collegium and everything I learned at CCS has given me a clear advantage in high school. Collegium's focus on writing is what has really helped me to excel because CMQ essays are written in every subject not just English. This is important because writing is not just for English it is for every subject. For Chemistry Lab reports for Analytical History Essays and for practically everything you do in school knowing how to write using good word choice organizational skills and within a time limit are essential skills that get a special focus at Collegium. Collegium's Spanish program is also far more advanced than at public school which is important seeing as the population of Spanish speakers is ever rising in America. Most importantly is the special community Collegium has created. It is a small environment with tiny class sizes inspiring teachers and a student body with familial bonds. Collegium is a special place and I do not regret any of my years there especially considering its great prep for public school (I'm in the top 10 at my school).
You will be *very* prepared for college if you atteND this school. The curriculum is paced to provide a 9th grade public education in the 7th grade.
I started at CCS as a kindergartner in 2000 and continued at the school until I graduated in 2013. I have seen some concerns as to the school itself and how it runs things. In my thirteen years as a student at this school it has not only prepared me for college but fueled my desire to become a teacher similar to those who taught me throughout the years. To address some of the concerns from parents in previous reviews 1. The costs for yearbooks and field trips are due to the school needing to pay for the costs of transportation which require paying for buses drivers and gas. Yearbooks are expensive due to there being a small student population. 2. Bullying I was a victim of cyber bullying and I can say that they treated the incident in a timely manner and did not punish the victims as others have stated. In fact the teachers there provide the students with a great support system. 3. The quality of education is quite good. When looking at the past two graduating classes several students have gone to Ivy League sister schools or highly accredited schools in their fields. In my opinion the school does prepare students for college and beyond.
My child had a wonderful nurturing k-1 experience with his class and teachers. This school however is not the best school if your child does not test well. Their final grades are weighted heavily on their C M Q tests which account for much of their grade even if they do well in all their quizzes. Also you are expected as a student to be very independent with the amount of work and studies at an early age. That being said the teaching staff is wonderful and everything down to the fundraising is organized. My child is happy and has many friends at this school but is having a hard time with the exams which are negatively effecti b good his score for each subject
There is a lot I can share about this school and its leadership but just in brief ... There may be ONLY two good reasons for you to send your child there 1. Their Kindergarten options and flexibility are (still?) somewhat attractive and interesting 2. To avoid Coatesville School District - if you're from the area perhaps you know what I mean?! ...; Other than the above - NOTHING else so make no mistake or you will regret it!
What school charges $65.00 for a yearbook? I paid more than $30.00 to send my child to a field trip three months ago. I would have paid $15.00 to go there myself with my child and it would have included transportation costs. I pay a $25.00 fee to have my child participate in after school activities or any activities for that matter. These fees along with other fees pile up quickly every year. This is frustrating and the main office refuses to hear my concerns. I am sure parents don t mind putting money toward the school since so much as been cut but aside from paying taxes this is stressful as it always come back to bit us and our pockets. This school s fees are not reasonable and are not maintained to be kept low as possible. Evaluate your pockets because you need to be ready to pay lots of fees to attend this school.
I read the review of the person who stated they were in this school back in 2000. Well it is 2014 you don't think things change? Heck look at our nation. What was once good may not be good and bad things may get better. This review from this old student should be irrelevant and left as such. Thank you. My boyfirend's child goes here and well to say the least where as I don't think they are a horrible school let's just say I am not impressed.
My son received a detention for reporting a bully to the principal. The principal told my wife not to dispute the discipline and that our child should accept the consequences of ones actions. This was the last straw to confirm our desire not to re-enroll our son for the following school year. The administration at Collegium are incompetent as the CEO didn't even bother returning our calls. Can not wait for the school year to end.
Collegium is good for showing off and not good for students who want to learn. Collegium focuses heavily on grades instead of learning. I pulled my children out of Collegium and enrolled them in our local public school. We are disappointed with Collegium as we tried to express our comments and got shunned by school administrators. One of the parents who wrote a previous review is correct. Charter schools are not for everyone.
I have a child in kindergarten at this school. I think she needs a full day of school as she was already nearly 6 when she started K. However this school has unrealistic expectations for such young children to sit still all day with minimal recess time. I have volunteered inside the school and was not pleased with how many very young teachers there are in the K-1 building who do not appear very experienced with disciplining children. Too many of these teachers basically just yell at their students all day long. The discipline at this school is also non sensical there are very firm rules that can not be adjusted. For example one day the main traffic light leading to the school was out causing a major delay in drop off. Therefore we had to get a late pass coming into the building and even after explaining about the traffic light being out they still gave my child a late pass and she had to have time off of recess as punishment. Overall the curriculum appears to be good however I will be pulling my child out for 1st grade and will enroll her in the West Chester school district.
I was contacted the first week of school by the school psychologist who had done a previous evaluation on my daughter with concerns of her behavior. I immediately contacted the guidance counselor and had a meeting set up by the end of the week. The school has worked very diligently with me to get my daughter what she needs to be successful in school. We now have an IEP they are trying to gain other services and there is always open communication. My daughters new learning support teacher is wonderful and keeps us updated and I can always reach out to the guidance counselor when necessary. The whole team has been very understanding and supportive. I am very excited for my daughter to be here. She does have an above average intelligence and I believe this school will give her the focus and challenges she needs. The school days are long and she is exhausted at night but I am ok with my energetic little girl being able to easily fall asleep at 8pm. As for the long bus rides I am not sure what families expect when this school buses for districts within a 10 mile radius.
This school was a bad choice for my family. Teachers refuse to hear your concerns and administration labels you trouble when you provide them with your feedback or suggestions. The last straw was when our children were being builled by older students. They mix buildings with younger kids and older kids together which is highly unacceptable. We pulled our children out in the first two weeks of school and they are much happier in our neighborhood public school.
We have been a part of CCS since our son was in 3rd grade when we transferred into here. He is an above average IQ which is why we came here. He has been challenged and thriving ever since. He is now in the 8th grade. We have found the teachers for the most part to be amazing. Firm but fair. The curriculum is challenging and they put student with their peers at their same level starting in 4th grade. No other public or parochial school will do that for your child. Spanish is great to learn it is US 2nd language press 1 for Spanish!?! Also their music programs are stellar! Pros of Collegium are the curriculum teachers and programs. Our son is an athlete but we challenge him with travel teams to meet those needs. Cons- Some principals (but they are making strides here) long days are hard and the bussing is LONG. Academically you will find the challenge amazing. I have many friends in other public schools and their children are just not learning like our children. We also have 2 in the Elementary school. Again equally challenging. Good luck with your choice. I always say pick the school that is right for your family.
My child is struggling in this school. The school administrators refuse to listen to my concerns. My sons teacher recommends to my husband and I to hire a tutor from the school. The tutoring differs from teacher to teacher and can cost up to fifty dollars an hour. The principal is giving us the impression she wants us gone and to seek other options. Our tax dollars are in play and it creates serious flaws to look at. We don t have an option on what police officers come to our house. We don t have an option on who plows the street we live in. We don t have an option on how the public library is run. Reading other reviews and posting our own its clear the school displays itself as a school of choice. You can not add choice on privatized education on the public s dime. Charter schools are alternative public schools. I feel the need to post our review because we think it is a real shame we allow the right wing to hijack the school choice issue.
DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD IF THEY HAVE ANY LEARNING DIFFERENCES! I have one child at CCS since kindergarten and now is in 7th grade. She is in all honors classes and one of or in the top two of her class since I can remember and she loves going to school. My son with learning differences (reading dyslexia ADHD speech and language disorder etc.) and no behavior /emotional issues hates going to school everyday even with an IEP over 40 pages long. CCS is willing to help the exceptional student to make themselves look better but the student that needs extra help they do not provide adequate supports. The funds received for special education are not spent for special ed. Look up their year end budget and actual financial reports.
My son and daughter are bright and were stuck in this boring school. Collegiums curriculum is geared towards using worksheets to pass standardized tests. It is not a challenging environment and students must all move towards the same pace. My son and daughter were bored and lacked motivation. I pulled them out last year and enrolled them in the West Chester School district and we are very satisfied with the results. They are moving in a faster pace than other kids in the class in academic areas where they are strong. We are satisfied with the results and happy they to see them excited about learning. Charter schools work but not always and not for everyone.
We love Collegium Charter School. I have my son who is entering the 3rd grade and my daughter who will be in kindergarten this semester. We have had such a great experience there. CCS provides an excellent learning environment because my sons' teachers worked very hard and use different tactics to encourage students to learn. Teachers stay with students for two years so they get to know their students very well. Reading and writing are highly encouraged at early ages. We love that kids had Spanish Art and Technology on top of other activities. Kindergarteners can have naps which will be important for my girl this semester.
Three words to describe my experience...horrible horrible & horrible School!!! I begged my parents to send me to a different school next year and I will be attending East Ward Elementary school. Thank godness my parents and neigbors understand