OUr son just started this school after being in another country for a year. While we he was of course hesitant at first, all the worried melted away as he met his teacher and made new friends. The teacher has a great approach with these 5th graders, easing them into homework and providing lots of firm support. This school really feels like a neighborhood school and now after one month we are comfortable with him walking to and from school by himself. There is no price you can pay for the security of both the school and the neighborhood. I know of so many other places where no parent would allow their ten year old to walk by himself. For me the entire experience of school, neighborhood, and kids living hear by are unparalleled. One person pointed out that while Albany is and expensive place to live, our taxes are paying for what is really a standard you find in private schools. GO PUBLIC SCHOOLS!
Great school with caring teachers and staff. The principal has always been very responsive to issues related to our son. The school does a great job at conflict mediation, though lacks resources for proper yard supervision. Cornell has a strong community due in part to regularly planed community building events. Class size could be a little smaller and while the school has done a great job at offering extracurricular programs on campus, school/donation-based enrichment programs are at risk of being cut and quality of programs by outside organizations is not always great. But, a good option. Big plus: this is a very LGBT-friendly school with a solid LGBT parents group. Kudos.
Cornell is a neighborhood, community, public school where kids and family come together from the walking school bus, school garden planted and harvested by students/families and fund and fun raising events. Many of the families at the school are also local business owners that support the school and community. The principal is 120% committed to the students and the PTA has helped cover the gaps left by the state edu budget crisis. I see more and more families who have moved to Albany from San Francisco, Berkeley and around the world to be part of this high functioning public school.
The time, energy, and heart that the staff consistently provides their students and families makes Cornell incomparable
The community involvement and the dedication of the teachers and staff.
Great teachers and strong curriculum. A wonderful bunch of students.
Cornell is a wonderful school with a warm and welcoming community. The parents really work with the teachers and vice versa. We have an excellent principal and a very strong, committed staff. I am so happy my child attends Cornell school.
Cornell elementary school was recommended to us by friends in Israel, and was the reason we decided to live in Albany. The school welcomed us into its community, and within weeks we had wonderful friends of all ages. The school s ESL program made our children s transition enjoyable, the curriculum was rich and the teachers were more committed than we had ever experienced before. Above all, the prevailing spirit of multicultural acceptance was awe inspiring. We spent three wonderful years at the Cornell school before returning to Israel. Please excuse my sentimentality, but for me the great promise of the American constitution is manifested in this school, which is as a great source of inspiration in our troubled land.
Cornell has a unique atmosphere which completely bewitched us when we had the pleasure of sending our kids there. The ability of the staff to provide the kids with a great education, even if they are non-native speakers (as mine were) is truly estounding. We met some incredible teachers whose devotion enriched our lives in lots of different ways. What a great school!
Cornell school is made up of not only hard working students, but hard working teachers as well.
Our sense of community is extraordinary, across the board. We have very high standards for children's intellectual, ethical and social development, and we all support each other with an unparalleled level of commitment, care and professionalism. It's a very happy place to be. It makes me want to be here.
Cornell Elementary is awesome because of the incredibly gifited, caring and dedicated staff. I have twins in 4th grade at Cornell and we have loved every teacher we've had so far.
Dedicated and caring teachers. A wonderful student body. Cornell School embodies a genuine community and family spirit.
Great staff and committed parents who continue to fight for our kids' education despite all the government cuts.
Cornel is a fantastic shool. Great community of kids, parents and teachers. No boundries and the sky is the limit.
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