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.
Collegium CS is a charter high school. The principal of Collegium CS is Mr Bill Winters. 1,562 students go to Collegium CS and identify primarily as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 23% of the 1,562 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Collegium CS is 11:1. Downingtown High School East Campus is one of the nearest high schools.
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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.
My son is in third grade and comes home from the charter school every day after 5 p.m. The principal refuses to address transportation problems. She informed my husband and me that Collegium is a school of choice. If we do not like the long charter school days we should pull our son out of Collegium. The charter school days are indeed long and it effects outside school activities homework and family time among other things of that nature. We are disgusted of the fact that Collegium casts the appearance of consumer choice when in reality it is publicly financed which in return guarantees burdensome regulation. The principal s attitude is resistant and too defensive to deal with. My husband and I finally decided to pull out our son out of this charter school.
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
Thankfully today is my youngest daughters last day. This year was an absolute nightmare for our family. My oldest daughter had to be pulled mid-year from the high school due to bullying. Rumor has it the old VP is headed back to the high school in the fall so hopefully order will be restored (but we will not be sticking around to find out). A great deal of good kids are being pulled out at the end of today as we as parents refuse to deal with administration ignoring the issues. Just ask West Whiteland Police how many times they were called to the school this year.
I am senior at Collegium and my parents sent me here to escape the Coatesville school district. The high school is a small class size compared to a local public high school. I hate my experience here and all Collegium is and cares about is student achievement and student behavior problems. There aren t many opportunities here and the sport programs SUCK! Some of my teachers admitted to me that this is there first year teaching and all they care about are high scores on our standardized tests. Administration and teachers operate on robot mode because they work hard to say and do the same thing to all of us students. If you fail they will make your life miserable and that is why some of my friends left. My teacher threats to put me on a behavior modification plan if I am having one bad day. My teacher also told me that the formula for Collegium is long school days so if the days starts earlier and the day ends longer we the students would be immersed in our studies all day long and would pass all their testing and state testing because of all the days we spend in school. I Cant wait for this school year to end!
I am currently a freshman at Collegium. I have been here since kindergarten and I hope to graduate from this school in 2016. The curriculum is strict and in some ways I respect that but other times it is difficult. The algebra curriculum is hard for this year and that is because we have one person planning the curriculum so next year another staff member is planning the 7-12 curriculum and the current staff member will plan the k-6. I do really recommend this school because we learn so much and at a different pace. We have some horrible teachers but so does every school and that is when we have to learn to deal with the people in our environment and we can't just run away to another school. There are absolutely selective students who have behavioral issues but again so does every school. I believe our school pushes us really hard calling it "college prep" but I think they r giving us the hard stuff now so college isn't like a big surprise when we get there. I am currently working on a 15 page essay. I have become a somewhat lazy student but I have made a promise to myself for next year to keep my grades where they used to be and should be. Class of 2016 )
I was once a proud Collegium parent until I found out this school is a warehouse that teaches the bare minimum. I had three children in the school two of them were bored (strait "A" types) The school hands out mostly good grades like candy since there standards are so low. The third was first labeled a discipline problem Then they wanted him on meds we got a hold of his work folder and found scrap paper from the grade the teacher had taught the previous year (several grade levels up). He was given very little real work since they decided he "could not learn" when we complained we were treated rudely and given the impression they wanted us gone. Today all my children are in the local public it's not perfect but the two of them are once again all "A" student in much more challenging classes after a rough year to catch up. And the third is meeting the benchmarks but needs special help in some areas. This school was a great disappointment.
I am very pleased with the outcome the last two years of my son K&1st grade. Good discipline and my son really like the school. In a competitive environment you need to learn to work hard. They also have a lot of fun is a very diverse environment more close to the real world. Don t have experiences with other school but an ex Downingtown school district teacher told me that Collegium is a bit better academically that anyone in Downingtown if not the same. I am glad that so far we haven t experiences anything bad like other people review stories. I will recommend Collegium.
We decided to give this school a try after a series of disappointments in the Downingtown School District. My intent is to not label the other students in the school but there are some students there with serious behavioral issues which in return have affected my child in a drastic way. Talking to the principal many times has left me frustrated and overwhelmed suggesting they do not know how to tackle many issues at once. The school is full of inexperienced and first-time teachers who are too withdrawn anxious fearful and unassertive to help these students. With so many different nuances my wife and I decided to pull our child out of this school.
We live in Downingtown School District which is very good but Collegium offers more and that's why we chose it. My kids get Spanish and more Art Music & Technology plus the curriculum is more flexible at least in the elementary yrs than what we experienced in DASD for advanced kids. DASD is great in elementary for at level or below kids but has nothing for advanced kids. If Collegium had their own buses it would be perfect for us.
Collegium is a good school where the work is challenging with no tolerance for nonsense. There is a lot of negative affirmative action set by the school administration due to a lack of experience. A lot of teaching is geared towards passing the PSSA and other standardized tests. Many teacher qualities are low and poor due to limited funding options. They are very quick to discipline kids and accuse them of wrongdoing at the word of other children. There is never an opportunity for the kids to work out their differences on their own. My daughter struggled making friends at this school due to no sense of community since students came from many different school districts. It is a hard charging environment that sets high expectation to make sure kids achieve them. My daughter was doing fine until she entered 4th grade. Her self-esteem and confidence quickly diminished. I took her out of Collegium and enrolled her in our public school where her individual needs are better met. Good teachers are the key. Otherwise great students quit! I would recommend Collegium to parents who want their kids to work hard...not smart! We hated the long school days!
CCS is a great alternative to local schools! It is a place for children who are prepared for school and for parents willing to work with their children at home as necessary! It is not a place for the lazy child. It's true that EVERY child no matter their academic level is held accountable for the same material on assessments. This is appropriate. State testing and core standards are not leveled. You shouldn't want your local assessments to be so! If your child does not start out their academic career at CCS they will in most cases be very much behind. Kindergarten is full day and if it were not so the children would not be prepared for our rigorous curriculum in every other grade. To address previous comments regarding teachers focusing on teaching and not their personal stories please realize that we are a college prep school from Kindergarten through 12th grade. We don't have extra time in our day to waste sharing our personal lives. We are there to teach and prepare your children for the rigors of college life. I've taught here for more than a decade and would highly recommend it IF your child is willing to work hard!
My husband and I pulled both our girls out last week and enrolled them in the local WC district. Good Curriculum. Okay Teachers. BAD ADMINISTRATION!