Campus Middle School for Girls was a wonderful experience for my family and I. In the school's unique and friendly environment, I was able to excel in academics and have fun at the same time. CMS also helped me mature and learn as an individual and as a girl. It helped me prepare and do well in high school both academically and socially. Being at CMS helped make me a more confident person and it exposed me to many new areas I had not yet explored.
My daughter is a student at CMS and is thriving in the small, girls-only environment. The adults and the students are supportive and encouraging, creating an atmosphere for learning. This is a challenging, wonderful school. My daughter is enthusiastic about her homework in the evenings and looks forward to school in the mornings.
Review from Guidestar
What sets CMS apart from other educational settings is an in-depth understanding of how girls learn and succeed. Since 1994 (under the name of Home Hi), this school has given girls a demanding curriculum, especially in science and math; 30-40% of the students go on to major in college in math, science, engineering and medicine. It complements this with theater, music, fine arts and an excellent writing program. The robotics team has reached the State level , the volleyball program is enthusiastic, and it encourages students to not tolerate bullying! It is supportive, well-rounded and a resource that is often overlooked in the Champaign-Urbana community.
Campus Middle School for Girls is an exceptional example of what can be achieved when a group of committed parents and educators come together and build a school out of nothing but a great idea! Focusing on single sex education in the middle grades provides an environment for girls in their most fluidly dynamic years of development. The students of CMS are expected to work hard, encouraged to compete with the best, and allowed to explore where their heart guides them. A CMS graduate goes on to the next educational level with a track record of success and the foundation needed to be a leader in high school and beyond. This small gem of a school has sustained itself for 17 years by sheer energy and devotion and I hope it continues for years to come!
My daughter is in 6th grade and attends CMS. She absolutely loves this school. CMS does a great job in developing a well-rounded student. The academic program is rigorous and the afterschool activities are varied and interesting. My daughter loves the Robotics team. CMS also teaches life skills like knitting and cooking. CMS also does a great job of utilizing college students and activities from the nearby University of Illinois.
Our daughter attend CMS for all three years (6th, 7th, 8th). Wow, what a great experience for her and for our family!
First. the CMS experience begins with the great teachers and curriculum. All the kids -- whether high academic achievers or regular middle of the pack students -- are challenged to push themselves to higher plane of achievement. Some of the girls go on to University Laboratory High School. The others enter our local high schools and willingly choose the AP-prep course sequences.
Second, the girls at CMS are in a safe and wholesome environment. They receive the right amount of love, the right amount of firmness and leniency from the teachers and staff. They grow personally, while still being guided.
Third, the girls learn from one another -- in a truly diverse setting. This is no ordinary private school! You'll meet girls from Christian, Jewish, Muslim and "other" families. You'll see girls who are white, black, Asian and Hispanic. And because of the unique single-gender school setting, the girls easily mix across these social boundaries. The rest of our society could learn a lot from these kids!
Fourth, as a parent, my volunteer time was needed. And I consider that a bonus. I got to know the kids, the teachers, the staff, the other parents. To this day, two years later, I look forward to visiting with our many, many CMS friends. We are all different people, but we have one thing in common: the love of knowing that our girls grew academically, socially, athletically and internally through the shared experience of CMS.
Our daughter attended CMS for two years, for 6th and 7th grade. She loved her time there and learned immensely. Some highlights of the CMS approach include:
- small classes (no more than 13 per class in her time there)
- an emphasis on writing and research skills (easily overlooked in larger classes); the 6th and 7th grade English curriculum was consistently outstanding
- encouraging girls to have confidence in themselves as students and as leaders, particularly in areas like math and science where girls in co-ed classes often defer to boys
- close relationships with teachers and staff
- time for arts, textiles and music, in addition to the core academic subjects
- an effort to take advantage of the resources of the University of Illinois campus (to see plays, visit museums, art galleries, and simply enjoy other facilities, for skating, being outdoors, etc.)
In addition, the cost of this education was very reasonable, given the low student/teacher ratio. It was much more affordable than other independent schools, while being as diverse as public schools.
We highly recommend Campus Middle School for Girls to any family in east-central Illinois looking for a good middle-school education for their daughter(s).
The small-scale nature of this tiny middle school for girls (grades 5-8) makes education very individualized, and the social scene very manageable. My daughter had a wonderful 8th grade in this very special school.Whenever I volunteered in the school (in classes, or for volleyball games), I was always impressed
As a former teacher and administrator at CMS I can confirm that this outstanding school is not only a jewel in the educational field but also a heaven for teachers. What can you ask more than great flexibility in your teaching, ongoing support from the principal and fellow teachers, interested and motivated students, and engaged parents. The pride the teachers are taking in providing the best possible curriculum and educational experiences for their students is the best guarantee in keeping up the high bar of expectations. Sadly I had to leave CMS as I moved out of town. Hard to find an equivalent work place somewhere else.