CARBON VALLEY ACADEMY

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4040 CORIOLIS WAY
LONGMONT, CO 80504
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Phone: 303-774-9555
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 6
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade
  • District: St. Vrain Valley School District No. Re1j
  • Students/Teacher: 16:1
  • Students/Grade: 32.5
  • Number Students: 325
  • Number Teachers: 28
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 4179
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Number Computers: 50
  • Principal: Ms Lisa Gjellum
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
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  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
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  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
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School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (22 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (21 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-08-13
    "Our child has attended CVA for 1 year and is returning this year. I worked as a teacher for 3 years at another highly rated Colorado charter school, and the curriculum at CVA is as good as it gets. While I cannot speak to the politics that are brought up in other reviews, I can say that politics seems to make it's way into every charter school. Teacher turn-over is (unfortunately) high at most charter schools because the school districts simply do not like charter schools and do very little to help them succeed. The one thing that is very discouraging to me as I read the negative reviews is - parents will come here to complain, but they must realize that charter schools live or die through parental involvement and volunteers. To those who have complained - have you put the hours into building this school into something great? Do you donate money to keep these great teachers around? Maybe you have and maybe you haven't. My point is this: criticism comes cheap and it doesn't mean anything if you aren't willing to do anything. Charter education is a privilege that many states do not enjoy. We live in a state with a great charter legacy - let's work to keep it that way."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-06-22
    "This is a school that does not have leadership giving the school a clear identity. My students have been at this school, next year they will be starting a new school. State testing scores have been falling and I don't see administration and the executive director riding the wave and leading teachers through the storm. Instead I witness teachers being put into different grades or positions with the turn of each new year, number of classes within a grade level being cut, and teachers leaving unexpectedly. It seems like if a test score is bad in one grade those teachers are moved to a different grade. This cycle keeps continuing from year to year without any solid improvement in the scores. I am not sure where the heart of the problem lies with leadership. Is it the executive director? The board of directors? The principal? Your guess is as good as mine. I do know I will not let my little ones education suffer while they try to band aid a problem versus amputate the cancer, wherever it is in the building."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-06-19
    "Love the personalized education my child gets and the focus on Arts, Sciences and music. Really have enjoyed our time here and believe my children are getting a high quality education"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-06-09
    "This school is an absolute joke. I honestly don't know how it's still open. The administration shows so little respect and appreciation for so many teachers who give all of themselves for their students. Parents are pulling their kids out in droves and the "leaders" are either clueless or simply don't care. The only good thing about this school was a few amazing teachers, which have left to find teaching positions where they are actually valued and encouraged. I am so glad to be done with this school. I can only hope my kids haven't been too negatively affected academically and socially."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-06-04
    "My family has been at CVA from the beginning and it has been the best choice for us. What separates this school from others is the staff, they truly care about the kids and how they can best meet each of their needs. The middle school is continually getting better and we are excited for the new teachers that will start this fall. The last two MS teachers were great and raised the bar, and we trust the administration to make it even higher with the choices they have made to make sure all of them are certified in their subject area. Unfortunately, laws are making it so schools have to be very concerned about their TCAP scores, but how else are they going to be held accountable? CVA is no different, they care about the scores but they care more about the individual student showing growth, which doesn't always show up on a cookie cutter, state test. From what I have seen over the last 9 years is the kids leave well prepared for high school and many, from talking to their parents are taking honor classes and even graduating early with college credits under their belt! I want my own kids to have that advantage also, that's why we are at CVA."
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