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K-12
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Laveen, AZ
Students enrolled: 399

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6313 W Southern Ave
Laveen, AZ 85339

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(602) 237-7370
(602) 237-3892
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Map of Country Gardens Charter School address.

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December 03, 2014
My kids were excited to go to this school! But once they got in! The school was nothing like what they said it would be! They don't have good IEP's they don't have small classes and both my kids started failing! And they didn't do anything to help them but give me the run around! So I pulled them out after me and my mom spent over $300.00 in school supplies that they kept and won't give them back! I also know other parents that are pulling there kids out as well! Cause of the same stuff and there kids coming home with foul language and talking about in appropriate subjects like body parts and teachers allowing it! I am so greatful I pulled my kids out they are doing much better and not falling behind now I would never recommend this school to anyone at all! And one teacher is not qualified to teach but they still allow it!

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2014
This is the absolute worst school I have ever encountered. The teacher to student ratio for kindergarten is ridiculous, 34-1. And they have individuals who are teaching classes who have no college education at all. The school caters to the underprivileged yet doesn't provide lunch or breakfast for their students, and they will not allow ANY volunteers at all. That screams of trying to hide something. And the administration is a joke. Terrible, terrible school. I wouldn't send my dog here. I would have given it no stars if I could have. Parents, do NOT send your kids here.

- submitted by a community member
April 16, 2014
This school is horrible thee are some friendly staff but a lot of unfriendly staff including the principal. My child's teacher yells at the children and cusses at them and even the principal still backed up their teacher knowing what they do. They choose favorites at the school some kids can get away with anything even if it's not allowed in the handbook where others are singled out and threatened to be expelled for doing what the favorites do. My child loves the horsemanship and zoo lab they have and some of the activities but is afraid to go to school because of the way her teacher and other staff there treat her including the principal and due to recent events I am now having to go to the school board to report the staff for bullying my child as well as other children I would never recommend this school to anyone they need a completely new staff starting with the principal and my daughters teacher no teacher should be allowed to threaten kids, yell at them, and cuss at them it is ridiculous. Parents re not a Lowed to even visit there children or be involved in the school what kind of school outlaws parents the kind who have something to hide and are doing bad things to the kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2013
I agree that this is not a good school, parents do your research, visit the school without letting them know your going. I would not send my children there.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2013
I have attended CGCS from my 8th grade year til I graduated in 2011 from high school, a year early than I would have a a normal high school. They have amazing programs such as Horsemanship, Zoolab, the 3 week trips they take, Steele Drums, and many more. In horsemanship, everybody gets to learn about farm like animals such as alpacas, llamas, horses, sheep and more. While in horsemanship you learn how to feed the animals and take care of them. Zoolab has 4 different rooms in the building labeled: "Mammals", "Reptiles", "Amphibians" and "Quarantine" . They also have an insect corner and a wave pool with starfish. Their learning is primarily hands-on. The 3 week trips they take are amazing. They start with kids in 4th grade up to high school. The 3 week trips are to main locations in the US such as Washington DC, Yellowstone, Chicago, and New England. Their other big trips go out of the country to Belize and Costa Rica. High school here they give you the option of graduating in 3 yrs or the standard 4 yrs. They have great opportunities and events that go on here. I would say if you are looking for a traditional school this is not it but there are many GREAT opportunities here.

- submitted by a community member
April 30, 2013
Hmm I attend this school, so I recommend that one should not send their child(ren) here. There is favoritism among staff members, and they make you do things that "help build responsibility" (more like child labor) such as moving hay, picking up trash for standing while eating lunch, also known as "lunch detention", and working in business that make money for the school. During my time here I've only met about 2 teachers that genuinely cared about me academically. I wish I could move school honestly I do but I like my friends here and it is also too late for me since I'm in High School and most of my credits won't transfer to another High School. In all seriousness if your child(ren) attend here get them out before they get into High School.

- submitted by a community member
October 29, 2011
This school like any other has it's ups and downs. Anyone can make a negative comment on ANY school. But here is my OPINION of the school. I've been atending this school for 3 years now and I have made the best friends I could ever have, I have learned things no other school is capable in offering. For example; I have a Food Handlers Card, and am certified as a PEER MEDIATOR. Now what school offers you that to put on a resimay? Also, this school offers a different way to learn, instead of large text books we do it hands on. I've been to Yellowstone TWICE.!! I've seen with my eyes how Old Faithful sprays every few hours. I can tell you how a Fin is formed because I was there to see and climb one. By going on these wonderful trips the information sticks to you. No one that has gone on these trips can tell you, they dont learn anything. Not only does this school do that but it builds character too. This school changes every year to learn from there mistakes. They used to put two grades in a classroom. But now they have changed that and every grade has there own class. I sometimes dont completely agree with the staff. But I would never regret attending this school.

- submitted by a community member
September 05, 2011
I love this school and so does my child. More actual learning takes place than at the public school in Laveen. Not only the trditional"book learning" but also how to be a sucess in life, how to stand for what you believe without stomping on others rights to do the same. Lots of homework, but it is meningful work not just busy work. The centers are great and the extra curricular trips are an amazing chance of a lifetime.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2011
I had been attending cgcs for 5 years,and recently moved and the bus doesn't go that far anymore. I LOVE cgcs the teachers & staff there,they are all very nice if I could I love to go back. It is one of the best schools. I will say this though people either love it or don't. Yes there are mice and other kinds of wild animals there but it's on a FARM!,but I can assure your child will not be in danger by the wild animals.Some of the wild animals/not wild animals are amazing you may not be able to see some unless you are in a zoo,such as(Great horned owls,peacocks,chickens and more.)

- submitted by a community member
September 27, 2010
This school is a joke they have policies that contradict their own policies yea confusing huh? well that tells you how much thought they put into their own policies!!!! staff hugging touching and kissing infront of student when their own policies prohibit students from engaging in this. I am a firm believer of practice what you preach!!! that fat chick kim is a joke thinks she is the queen of the world and yells at students for the dumbest things..wish parents got to see this side of the school. really have never seen a school so disorganized like this one calling wrong parents when their kids did something wrong.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2010
CGCS is very hands-on. You learn things you just absolutely cannot learn at a normal school..no matter what people say. CGCS has literally changed my personal life and I'm thankful for it. 99% of people get along there and the animals are amazing.<3 The trips are a once-in-a-lifetime sort of experience. I love the staff...They really care. What else could you ask for?? I learn WAY more at CGCS than I ever did at the "smart" public schools. Woo hoo CGCS keep up the good work!!

- submitted by a community member
June 11, 2010
I am a mother of three very smart and inquisitive boys, I wanted to find a school for them that they could stay in until college and would meet all their needs. My husband and I both did a in depth investigation into many schools, we ran across cgcs's web site and became very interested. We did alot of research and talked with school staff and made the decision to try the school this year. I have never once regretted this decision, I have watched all three of my boys bloom and become a part of a wonderfully made family and staff that not only care for their students but also builds individual learning. My boys love this school and we intend to be apart of the cgcs family all the way through. Thanks to all the wonderful staff that make this school possible.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2010
This school is awesome!!! Don't listen to any of the bad reviews, those are more than likely just parents whose students got in trouble or suspended and are mad....this school offers free tutoring, great curriculum, TOP 10% IN THE STATE TEST SCORES, amazing hands-on education, and NO TUITION!!! The teachers are dedicated and communicative, I am greatly satisfied, and will continue to send my children here!!! They are receiving a top-notch education!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
Country Gardens Charter School is the most amazing school that I have ever been to. With this school I have learned so much they have great teachers, and great academic programs. I have learned not only in the classrooms but on the trips that the schools take all over the united states I have learned history up close and personal. They also take trips to Costa Rica I went there in the last year of high school and it was the most amazing place to go to i learned so much. The number one thing that i learned when i went there was what type of person that i want to be in life, it showed me to not take life for granted. And let me tell you I am one of those types that needs hands on and if your looking for that this is the school for you.

- submitted by a community member
February 07, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2009
No books. Nothing to refer back to, nothing to help the child review, it's no wonder test scores are so low. Yes the kids love it. What kid doesn't like to get dirty and not be challenged? I would gladly pay for my kids' books - great ones at that. We need higher standards, greater parental involvement (insist on it!), more physical activity, greater focus on a child's strengths, and far better communication between the school and the families. CGCSAZ is greatly underestimating what it can as of the students and the parents. Stop screwing around and start making demands. Otherwise, say out loud that you just want to be mediocre and move on. Frankly, we expect more ... of everything. And we're willing to help you get there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 10, 2009
This is the worst school my daughter could have attended

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2009
I read the parent review before mine and laughed. Teenagers do not run the office. I have never seen anyone in that office who wasn t qualified enough to run it. They do have Teacher Assistants who help for an hour before school ends. But those children NEVER answer phones and never speak to adults; they run notes around the school. I feel that this school is wonderful, as do many other parents, and once you become more involved, you realize the hardships that schools go through, all schools, and appreciate all the extra work they go through to make the school great.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2009
My son went here for one year and I couldn't wait until he graduated! There are no opportunities for parental involvement. There are teenagers running the front office. I only saw the principal on the first day of school and graduation day. Some of the teachers are so unprofessional. There is no commuication between school admin. and parents. The school concept is great but is implemented in such a poor manner. Until they develop better administrative support, hire better more dedicated teachers and determine a better way to implement the schools core concepts, I would not recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 25, 2009
counrty gradens was a wonderful school, me and my 6 brothers and sisters attend there for about 4 years now.....i have actually graduated...i learned alot there how to be a better person,appreciate life,to kno that theres more than meets the eye,and i learned how apply myself in school and life....people need to remeber not to judge by the cover...yeah the school is not as nice or brick built like most schools but thats what so unique about it, it give the kids somthing new to look at everyday,and helps them open their eyes to the world thats outside....i loved country gardens i wish i atill attened..and im proud to be a CGCS graduate. -A Former 'Firchow'

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October 20, 2009
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July 27, 2009
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July 24, 2009
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June 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2009
This school should not be open. First thing is the classes unite 2 grades to make one. My daughter is in a clas where they teach 2nd and 3rd graders together. The teachers are very unprofessional. It was the worst school I have ever seen. I had to pull my kids out of there.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2009
We have had our son at Country Gardens Charter School. We are very pleased with the teachers, and staff. Students are monitored closer than the public schools. When he was in a public school he was attacked twice and his bike was stolen right off the grounds. They also have tutoring available every week. The teachers are so supportive. We were trying to help our son with math and his teacher actually spent his off duty time review the concepts with me so I could help our son at home!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2008
i love CGCS ! they have such a great curriculum and such a great way to learn ! u dont have to worry about fights or bullies or anything at all !

- submitted by a student
August 30, 2008
I love country gardens there programs are awsome and I wouldn't learn any better at any other school. They have individual learning and I can work at my own pace rather then stress out about keeping up with 300 other students.

- submitted by a student
August 21, 2008
i went to school there right when it opened. we were the first to have classes the first to build stalls and do plays. the school was a fun place to hang out at but school classes were not so good i left there and went to another school and came to find out that the school did not have transferable credits so from my freshmen year i had to bust my butt to make up a year of no school to graduate with my class. i beleive they have the right idea but there needs to be more emphisis on academics and less on social

- submitted by a student
no rating July 03, 2008
No discipline for kinder or first graders, I saw many of them pushing each other. Classes were often 40 or more kids because teachers were sent on trips to other states so without any thoughts to the other classes or substitutes they shoved all the children together. You were also expected to bring snacks for EVERYONE in the class and they were very expensive especially when you have 40 or more!. This school is all about money and buying their uniform shirts which can be expensive plus snacks you provide. Bad quality for learning just bring in the money.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2008
This school has grown so much! Great Job to all those who believed in it!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2008
My daughter attended this school 1 year and that was it. Never again! kids running around the campus yelling while class was in session. The staff was very unprofessional, too many kids in the office for no valid reason.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2008
This is the 2nd year that my daughter has attended this school. She absolutely loves it there. The center-based curriculum is excellent. She is a quick learner, and when she is finished with one activity, she is allowed to move on to the next one. In public school she just sat and fidgeted in her chair until the other kids were finished, which was a complete waste of time. Their extra-curricular activites are wonderful. The field trips they offer are excellent and very educational. They have to meet the requirements to be allowed to go, such as do their class assignments, homework, no disciplinary problems, etc. They are allowed to earn money throughout the year to help reduce the costs of the trips. They have an excellent peer mediation policy, and expect students to respect each other and the teachers. However, they need to allow more parental involvement on campus.

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December 05, 2007
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October 01, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2007
This school in only one summer has found some new employee's that have worked thier behind off to make this year a great year. For the first time, there is a vice principle that knows how to do her job with professionalism and organization. The new office staff have organized and made this school year start off with a bang. The new bus super has done a bang up job as well. I, as a teacher at country gardens, am very proud of what we have accomplished. My kids and I recommend this school to anyone who wants an education about life and experience.

- submitted by a teacher
July 22, 2007
I absolutely love this school! My daughter has attended here for three years now and she is past all of the public schools as far as her work academically.. The horsemanship program and farm animals used in their science work, along with the tremendous vacations they go in, would envy any child. I especially appreciate the fact that the girls at the school are not allowed to run around half dressed with piles of make up on their faces, and that bullying is not tolerated..These facts make it so much enjoyable for the kids to go to school... I give this school an A+ !

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2007
It is a great and wonderful school filled with wonderful staff and is very very educational! Please do yourself a favor and go to this school!

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February 01, 2007
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December 09, 2006
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December 09, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2006
yea when i frist went there I thought it was the best ever, i stayed for 2 1/2 years went on a lot of trips and stayed after school a lot but now 4 years later i see that my parents were right...it was fun but my education suffered badly...it would be an awesome after school program but not the school it self...i look back and think 'wow, wish i would have learned more,' yea life skill wise it was great, academically its very poor. sorry i can't support it, i would never send my kids. even having gone there. the teachers really try and the principal has good ideas but doesn't know how to put those ideas together

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November 06, 2006
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November 05, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
October 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
When I heard about this school, it sounded great. After I signed him up and before school actually started, I begin to have my doubts. The school was very unorganized. They assured me that everything would be in order before school began. Well, it was not. I gave them the benefit of the doubt and hoped that things would be more organized as time when on. It has. not The lack of organization is normal for this school. The office is very unorganized and the teachers are unhappy.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
Anyone who cares about their child's safety will not send them to this school. The staff has no control over the students or school.

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August 30, 2006
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August 28, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
July 16, 2006
This school is unorganized and too overwelming for the principal to handle. Some teachers are outstanding while others have no idea what they are doing. Discipline is inconsistant and children are free to roam campus throughout the day.

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May 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2006
'Life Skills' is the best part of this school!

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May 08, 2006
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April 13, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
January 31, 2006
Teachers work their butts off here. Problem is, they come and go. Like a lot of schools I guess. A lot of kids will do really well here. Not the place for everybody though. Small environment will benefit many children. A little unorganized at times. Overall, with a good teacher who understands the center based learning system, a child will get a great education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 30, 2006
The PE teacher is awsome!

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2006
i think this school is great for people who like the outdoors.when i was in southwest elematry, i was very unhappy.now that i am going to enroll in this school,i am very happy.i don't agree with parents who think this school is dirty.

- submitted by a student
January 28, 2006
I think that this charter has a great ablity to mix the anmial world with the academic.

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August 15, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
August 06, 2005
I like the school size and individual attention this school gives the students. Teachers actually know the kids and take an active interest in them. Students are involved and learn a lot about life and busines. Great programs like steel drums and caring for plants and animals .

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2005
I left CGCS about two years ago and I am certainly glad that I did so. When I left that school I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and didn't figure it was going to do anything with academics. When I transfered to my new high school I was there three months as a freshman and I knew that I wanted to be a veterinarian. I don't recommend this school for any student what so ever, all they offer are trips that the students have to pay for through 'student-run businesses' and then still have to pay to go on the trips. Please don't place your child in this school, for their sake.

- submitted by a former student
July 10, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
June 28, 2005
This school has so much potential! I feel that in many ways it meets its potential and in many ways it needs more work. Their are many positives for this school: 1)The school is safe. In my experience with the school there have been no violent incidents at all! None! Most phoenix area schools cannot claim that! 2)The school loves kids and wants them to acheive. In my experience my children have been pushed to excel and I am glad to have teachers that push children to their full potential (maybe even beyond). The school doesn't stand for 'good enough'. 3)This school is a wonderful alternative to the run-of-the-mill school. They have many programs that have excited my students. These alternative programs include an extensive animal program, trips to educational places, and even steel drums! The negatives to this school are being addressed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 08, 2005
This school has been wonderful for my student who loves the outdoors. The emphasis placed on centers has helped her to learn!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2005
This is a fairly decent school but it has some problems. The administartion is somewhat overwhelemed.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2005
My son attends CGCS, he has excelled in the classroom and in the student run business. I like the fact that he gets to experience a little bit of nature while he is there.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2005
This school has a chance to be a great place, they are just not there yet. There is high teacher turnover, which negatively affects the children. Some staff members are outstanding, while others have no business being teachers. It's somewhat hit or miss. The administration is clearly qualified, but they in over their heads. Orginization is at a minimum. They simply do not have the money or staff resources to keep up.

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2004
This school is a very good school. Yes the principal is not around very much, however the vice principal is very active in the students' lives and she cares. The mechanic for the busses is great, he does what he can with what he has, charter schools do not get funding for transportation like public schools do. The students all love their teachers. Yes the school does not have the same teachers as it started with but what school does. The teachers that remain are good teachers and do their job well, the ones that have left either don't care about the children or can't hande the work. The teachers are worked hard but for a good reason. The kids do learn from hands on centers but they practice things everyday so they master the skill. This school is a very good school and every parent that has said some horrible, hateful things are wrong they either had a trouble child or they didn't like the fact the school doesn't put up with things the public schools don't care about. This school has not had to fail one kid and that says a lot. The office may be unorganized but that is being handled as we sit here. This school is one big 'family-like' setting and every kid I know there loves it.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2004
I do not recomend this school. Pretty but full of bugs.The animals (4-H) are realy nice, but not worth it.My childs K teacher left, and was replaced by the lady who watched the play ground. The reptile and bird room stench is over-powering. They don't want parents around. By their rules, it takes 2 mos. to talk to the principal.(Who's never there) I was told I could't explain Hanukkah while they cellibrated X-Mas. The bus are never on time. They expect you to wait an hour for them to come.Get Real!

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2004
When I went here my grades dropped into the ground. I left 4 years later after I did thousands of dollars worth of computer work there, and now am on my way to an AA Degree in Computer Science, plus HS diploma all within 4 years.

- submitted by a former student
May 26, 2004
Tax dollars wasted! When I enrolled I had high expectations that the country atmosphere and low teacher to student ratio would benefit my child. Little did I know that the majority of the high school teachers have 'paid vacations' taking those students who can afford it to Costa Rica for 9 weeks, then Washington DC for 3 weeks, then to Yellowstone for 2 weeks leaving few (one) teacher behind to teach the students left behind. Management squanders money for person 'business' vehicles, school buses are filthy (so is the entire school) and are not mechanically sound, breaking down often. Student class schedules cannot be followed as there are no teachers to teach the classes. Students are used a free labor to work in the 'businesses' earning money for more trips. I will not be sending my child back!

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2004
Country Gardens seems to offer the children an opportunity to explore many areas in educational courses to expand their curiosity and knowlege base, I look forward to enrolling my child at the school to give her the opportunity to learn many science fields and other ways to soak in the educaitonal material they offer

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
August 15, 2003
I don't agree with the last two parents. I think they are disgruntled and probably had unruly children and that is the number one thing that this school will not put up with! I love it. My son is A.D.H.D. and since he has been in this school since it's opening day he has been a straight honor roll student. He was very shy and quite a loner. Thanks to the faculty, he is open, caring and sociable. As far as the teachers....Most of the teachers are still there. The good ones are. The principal of the school works her teachers hard. Very hard. I guess those who left may not have liked such work ethic. I grew up on a farm and I love that my children can experience a farm. I think that it will make better adults of them. More compassionate human beings. Something the world is dire need of.I am thrilled that my children have this school. This school is of course very different from the public schools and takes some getting use to, but once you settle in, I think your children will love it and so will you!

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