Collegium Charter School
Exton, PA 19341
About This School
Charter schools are public schools, but differ from traditional public schools in that they are independent and are operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, or others. Funding for charter schools is based on designated local or state educational organizations. Those organizations are responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality and effectiveness of education, but permit the schools to operate outside of the traditional public school education system. See Collegium Charter School's test results to learn more about school performance.
In 2011, Collegium Charter School had 12 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Pennsylvania average is 14 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Collegium Charter School Reviews
My daughter has been attending Collegium Charter school since she was in kindergarten and she is now in Second Grade. What and why I really like the school:
No teacher unions! - which means the teachers have to continue to do well to keep their job and get a raise, not just get tenure and then show up.
All day kindergarten - coming from a full day preschool program, half day kindergarten that the public school was offering would have been a step backwards
Uniforms - makes life easy for the family (no arguing over what to wear), the kids don't get into issues about their clothes. They are very strict on this and require all uniforms be purchased from the same store. It's pretty simple why they do this, the administration wants to focus on academics, not be the fashion police.
Longer school days - my wife and I both work so this is a benefit that we don't need before and after school care.
Shorter Summers - I would be in favor of year round school to make our kids be more competitive in the global economy
Very strict on behavior - obvious, no explanation needed.
Solid academics - Spanish from kindergarten, science fair from kindergarten, looking for new ways to teach spelling more effectively, etc.. Seems they learn things here earlier than in other schools our friends kids attend.
In the time my daughter has attended this school we are extremely happy with the school and programs.
This is my grandchildren's first year here [4th & 6th graders.] It's an ok school. Academically, the teachers seem pretty good. The no bullying by student's policy seems to be upheld here. (Something their former school was lack-a-daisy about.] CCS does try to offer a pretty rounded education to its students.
Since we live in Coatesville, the school day is very long for the children. I like it because it gives me more time during the day to get things done. The children don't like the long day, but once again, they have adjusted. However in August, I don't really care for the early return to school from summer vacation.
Other than the school's athletics, learning Spanish, and the opportunity to learn a musical instrument in an earlier grade, I don't see much difference in the overall subject matter offered from their local school district [that's why I rae it average or ok.] Their former public school offered Reading Olympics, spelling bee, book reports, science projects, Black History month, math, special education, etc. The bullying and the seemingly lack of concern by administration lead to the removal from the district school.
However, CCS teacher's are pretty serious about students exclusivelly buying their school uniforms from Flynn & O'hara. The colors are hunter green and beige/kahki. It concerned me that my granddaughter's teacher has, on more than one occasion, looked in the inside of her pants or skirt to ensure her clothes were purchased from F/O [not from Kohls, Target or WalMart.] That action brought remarks from other students about the color of her panties. The uniforms from F/O are very expensive, and they are not the best quality for the money. Less than a month, one of the shirts had a pin hole in it. However, the school does have a resale store that gives one the opportunity to purchase used uniforms. The challenge is finding the needed size.
Based on my knowledge and years of children receiving a public school education, I still rate the school as average. If anything happens to change my mind, I will write a different review.
Collegium is a great school, although I think they should start introducing actual Bio, Chem, and Physics earlier. The longer school days and short summer break give students a head start compared to other schools.
You don't have "biracial or other" on your list. Collegium has quite a population of "biracial" students who are not considered Black. It would be great if you would add the additional catagory, Collegium does.
It has a great academic program. The students cover material in the lower grades that public schools don't seem to cover. They learn how to write essays in the earlier grades as well as study Spanish. I initially didn't want my son there, but now I like it. What I don't like are the longer school days, longer school year, and the early return to school after the summer. The longer school day is beneficial for parents who work, but I'd prefer my son get out of school a little earlier in the day.
* I answered the last three questions to the best of my knowledge. I'm not totally familiar with the schools athletics, gifted and special education resources. I don't utilize them, but know they have them in place.