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Choosing City Academy for our two children is one of the best decisions we’ve made for their future. When you don’t attend a neighborhood school everyone asks, “Where do your kids go?”  Craig and I find ourselves singing the praises of City Academy’s teachers, administrators and the overall vision to raise future community leaders.

Academically, Craig and I knew our children needed to be challenged in the classroom. We were attracted to City Academy’s specialist model, which allows students to learn from teachers who specialize in one subject. We have seen amazing results with both of our children. They are learning at an accelerated pace with a passion for school because the teachers have the freedom to focus on their expertise using their creativity to make each day a valuable learning experience. We see City Academy as a leader in early education with their willingness to take the academic experience a step beyond STEM by making it STEAM and incorporating the Arts in a collaborative effort to enhance all the subjects. We always hear a great story from the day, and it could be anything from watching baby chicks hatch in science class to understanding fractions in math.

Beyond what goes on in the classroom Craig and I felt from the beginning a sense of community amongst parents and the school. We’re all pulling in the same direction to give our children the best school experience possible. A key way City Academy is cultivating community strength is through grade level pot luck dinners. There’s nothing better than sitting down and sharing a meal together that fosters conversation and builds strong bonds. Parents have time to visit and get to know one another beyond daily drop off and pick up and teachers are available to answer questions about school or tell valuable stories about what they’re seeing from students. I always feel less isolated as a parent after one of these nights, because what I find is most parents are dealing with the same obstacles I am. Whether it’s our second grader trying to conquer fractions in math or our junior kindergartener still learning to read, we are all doing the best we can and we can be in the parenting trenches together.

Within the sense of the community is also a learning experience we felt critical for our children. We know the world is a culturally diverse place, and our differences should be a beautiful opportunity to learn from one another. When we’re not consumed by what is on the outside, it opens us to seeing what is on the inside.

Katie is parent of Trevor ’21 and Izzy ’24. She and her husband, Craig, are active volunteers at City Academy.

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