When my darling son was ready for kindnergarten I was thrilled to have a school right across the street from my home. Then I started to get disgruntled. How many worksheets can an elementary student due? After attending a potluck at the school of a friend's child, I decided to take a tour. I was thrilled. After nine long months on a waiting list my son was admitted to Creative Arts Charter School. Not part of the school district and primarily funded through grants and parental/community donations, we found a welcoming community. It is an art based curriculum, and we joke it is a bit of organized chaos. However, my son is excelling in subjects now that were causing him a lot of difficulty in the past. Something has clicked and he is able to really learn the basics through art including math. The school recently signed a lease so they will be in a different location starting at the end of the month by city hall. I urge any parents not satisfied with their child's school to give charter schools a peek.