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By Nayali Haro, 8th Grade
Center for Academic Success sounds like the name of a high and mighty, stuck-up, prestigious school right? Well we are just like any other school—we have classes, teachers and students. Center for Academic Success is also known as CAS. Here at CAS we value the saying, “higher standards; higher expectations,” and all of the students and staff push hard to achieve that work ethic. This week CAS is participating in school choice week. School choice week is something showing why we chose CAS and why we like it here. Here are a few reasons why we like CAS.
CAS is a great school. Some things the students value are smaller classes, a strong curriculum, caring teachers, and a strict no bullying policy. Smaller classes make it easier to focus and it’s easier for the teachers to give one-on-one attention to students who may be struggling or have questions about assignments and other work. The teachers are caring and always want the best for the students so they try and connect with all students. When you need anything you can always talk to the loving teachers at CAS. Although they may seem a little rough on the edges CAS has some pretty amazing teaching staff.
CAS is full of school spirit, it practically flows throughout the halls of our school. Our school is so full of life and school spirit. We have a strong student council and students who once they’re heard they become as powerful as their words could ever be. We have students who have so much potential and they always show it through extra-curricular activities and pep-rallies.
All together we love CAS and wouldn’t ask for a better school. We have amazing teachers, amazing friends and have so much fun. CAS offers so much for students and that is why we love it here. I can honestly say that I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
By Ethan Johnson, 8th Grade
In summer 2013, I had just wrapped up a year being online schooled by K12. I thoroughly hated that school year, and I knew I was ready to go back to a physical school.
My mom allowed me to have a say in the school I’d choose. In the end, I was simply left with a choice between CAS and Town and Country, which is within reasonable walking distance of my home. I had no idea what either school would be like. At my first school, I only heard bad things about CAS. I had friends at Town and Country, which made me want to go there even more.
In frustration, I went to the CAS website, confronted with this difficult decision. As I read about the offerings, I heard a voice in my head as I read, telling me, “Choose CAS.” With newfound confidence, I told my mom, “I choose CAS.”
In August, I knew nobody. I felt so lonely… until I noticed a familiar face in my classroom. She was Jakia Davis, a friend of mine from fourth grade. Speaking of the classroom, one thing that caught my eye was the size of the classes. Compared to other schools, we have small classes. My class has 13 students only (out of 28 eighth graders)! Anyway, I made my first friend at CAS (Tino Llanes-Gibbs) on the very first day! Friends often outnumber bullies at CAS. Not, to say there are none, but few compared to other schools.
At CAS was my introduction to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. I used to think it was just for super-smart kids… until I made it to the state level. One of my main motivations was our school’s motto, “Higher Standards; Higher Expectations.” Everyone at my school takes the motto seriously, including me.
Even now, I am headed to the 2016 County Spelling Bee, having secured a third victory at the school level.
CAS has inspired me to do great things. Although I have plenty of friends attending JCMS, I never regret my decision.
The last week of January marked one of great celebration at CAS school. Not only were over 150 k-8 student eligible to participate in our annual ice cream social for honor roll and high honor roll, but also National School Choice week facilitated review for reasons CAS is a great school choice.
Additionally, Friday marked our monthly celebration of the Student of the Month — an award given to the student who has exhibited excellent character and academic work (See photo above). Congratulations to all of the students we were able to honor this month! Our students and our great teachers are one of the many reasons why CAS continues to be a great school choice!