My Granddaughter started at this school as a Toddler (2) and is now in second grade with some of the same classmates. Castlehill is a home away from home. You can park and walk your child in to the classroom and greet them at the classroom door after school. Or they can stay for fantastic clubs and activities. They even have summer camp programs. The most amazing thing, however, is the small class size and individual attention. This school is the best kept secret in town. Absolutely fantastic !
My son started here in pre-K, and it was immediately a great fit for him. The combo of warm, loving, teachers and fun, engaging, learning exercises (e.g., polar math, with beans, and bears, and penguins... you get the idea) was just perfect for getting our guy to love school, and to learn. Now he is in the "upper school", and it's still perfect. Small classes and (almost?) full-time assistants mean that the teachers really can meet each child where they are, and bring them up from there, so nobody is bored, and nobody is left behind. Generally, the curriculum seems about a year (or more) ahead, but I don't think kids are pressured if that's not right for them. The "specials" teachers are truly inspired -- visitors to our home cannot believe the art that our kid creates, all while learning about the great masters, and the ideas that art embodies. There are lots of after-school clubs, and of course super-friendly parents :)
Our shy-ish boy is comfortable on stage, thanks to this school, and will be very well prepared academically for any middle school and beyond. And, he loves school. I couldn't ask for more.
My son has attended preschool here for 3 years. He is way ahead of the public school system and loves to learn. Castle Hill has excellent teachers and the kids get the attention and education they need.
My child just graduated 5th grade from Castlehill in 2016. He's had been attending this school since he was 3 1/2 years old. This school not only prepares your child in academics but life. He was exposed very early on to speak in front of people, respect for fellow students and teachers. He is now in public school for 6th grade and the impact Castlehill had on him shows!! He's confident, kind, respectful and responsible. Thank you to ALL the Castlehill staff, past and present. Thank you Mrs. Schlossberg for your guidance. Truly an experience we will treasure!
Choosing the right school for our children was not easy. After visiting many excellent schools both public and private, we chose Castlehill. We could not have been more pleased with our decision. We have 2 boys enrolled, one in first and one in second grade. The teachers, including those they see for special classes such as Science and Art, are all talented individuals. They are all dedicated and kind. The average class size is 15 with a full time aid in each classroom. This alone provides my children with more one-on-one individualized education that can not be replicated in a classroom of 25 or more. My children are not exposed to poor classroom behavior as it would not be tolerated. They are exposed to tremendous amount of information and are given opportunities to learn via hands-on experiences that I feel are not always available in other schools. As a parent, I am pleased to be able to know their friends and friends parents very well. There is so much I am grateful for as a parent in this school. I look forward to next year as my youngest begins his journey as a Kindergarten at Castlehill!
This school combines small class sizes with excellent teachers. The teachers get to know your child individually and tailor the work according to their skill level. Your child will have the same specials' (phys ed, music, art, computers) teachers their entire time there and will get to know other grade level teachers through clubs and other activities. This has been hugely important for my son (now in first grade) because he is very shy and takes a while to come out of his shell. But he now feels comfortable, not just with is current teacher, but the teachers he will have in future years as well. The only negative of the school is that communication between admin and parents could be better, but this is a minor detail in the overall picture. In my experience so far, the teachers always have open lines of communication.