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PK-8
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Encinitas, CA
Students enrolled: 230
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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3616 Manchester Avenue
Encinitas, CA 92024

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(760) 942-1111
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September 04, 2014
The school is amazing! The children are very happy and highly motivated. It is a very nurturing and warm environment and the Montessori Curriculum is a very nice child appropriate program. The Campus is very clean and is embedded in nature, the classrooms feel welcoming, very tidy and offer the kids such great variety to learn with the Montessori materials. The principle and the staff is also excellent, I could not be happier with having found this Gem of school.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2014
THE BEST SCHOOL I EVER BEEN TOO!!! THE PLACE IS PROFESSIONAL AND CLEAN AND FUN!!

- submitted by a community member
April 11, 2014
This school is terrible. I paid top dollar to send my children here to receive an education and the teachers did not teach them anything to prepare them for adult life. I removed my children from this school. I had to enter a star rating in order for my review to post however this school does not deserve any stars.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2014
My son has attended this school in 1st and 2nd grade and has had excellent caring teachers both years. He loves the Art and PE classes and has thrived in the environment that encourages him to go at his own pace so that he is never bored but can work ahead on concepts when he grasps them quickly or try to learn something from different angles when it does not immediately click. The student diversity is great and the kids work as a team.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2013
I went to this school in 7th and 8th grade thinking i was going to have good academic learning and i'll find friends, but no I was wrong. Very poor communication with the staff, The teachers do not seem to care about the child's needs and they just only seem to care about meeting the right curriculum. The teacher's didn't even care that I was failing most of my classes, and i had to have a different teacher for math because my teacher didn't care that I was falling behind, but all the other kids were doing well. I got help from a teacher who is actually a GOOD teacher but she quit a year before, On a positive note, English & History was good but Math and Science failed miserably. This is a good school for lower grades like REALLY lower but 4th and over is not so good... No one in my class really cared for the school, and i feel bad for those poor parents waisting there money..(some of it's ok.) The Art and Music program is all right but the school it self is just a big skip..Poor communication, Teacher's don't really care, and the campus..eh...it's not that pretty..Sorry..

- submitted by a community member
October 09, 2013
My son and daughter experienced ECDS. each classroom has a front yard so that the students can play 4 squres, soccer and even gardening. the teachers, parents and students are very friendly and considerate to my children. science, art, reading all those things are very well organized. we should back to Korea but we still remeber our ECDS.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2013
I am a student at ECDS and I'm going into my 8th year at the school. I started at 3 years old so I know the school well. I love how teaches us to be kind to one another. All the students at my ECDS have been very nice to me. I was impressed with the sports teams and I learned a lot of new techniques. I think the academics are very strong, I learned a lot these past years. I enjoyed all the field trips we took. Next year I will be in 5th grade and I'm excited to go to Astro Camp. I really liked the science labs, I even dissected a frog last year. I am very excited that all my friends are coming back this year and I can't wait to get started.

- submitted by a community member
May 30, 2013
my son had a wonderful English /History teacher who was amazing, and he was able to get through the middle school years. He had to take 10 weeks of intensive math tutoring to enter SDA freshman level yet had strong grades at the school. Socially his grade was far too small and the school is geared to younger students. My daughter had a special needs child that was unknowingly aggressive in hes friendlyness but she was scared and the school would not help her. The academics were abhorent that year and the teachers and kids corrected the work. There were 9 in the class when we pulled her out with no tuition reimbursement,but the teacher mysteriosly disappeared 6 weeks prior to the end of the school year. The principal promised to keep my daughter safe yet everyday the student would grad my child out of nowhere and we had to put her in psychotherapy. She ias a normal kid who know is thriving in public school and learning a lot, and safe.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2013
We are new to ECDS this year and it has been an outstanding year. Our teacher is so accessible and we've had a couple conversations with their Academic Achievement person to provide our student with some enrichment choices. Our son has advanced so much this year and we know the smaller class size has helped. We love this school!

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2012
ECDS has been a blessing for our kindergarten son. He exhibited some challenging behaviors, but is an extremely bright child. Our teacher and the Academic Success Director came up with a good plan and our son's behavior improved in a matter of days! It's a beautiful campus and our son loves going to school! We look forward to our son attending ECDS long-term.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2012
Our son has attended ECDS for two years. We have been pleased with his teachers but that is where it stops. As an educator myself, the leadership and administration is extremely poor. Lack of policies, communication, and willingness to work together is disappointing. Both the director and principal are on the defense and have very little patience and interest in dealing with issues that arise. They are reactive and not proactive when dealing with situations that need attention and evaluation.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2012
This will be my daughter's 5th year at ECDS. We have found the school to be a nurturing, respectful and motivating environment. The curriculum is well rounded and geared to meet the needs of your child. The principal and teachers are very accessible and will take the time to talk with you regarding concerns, questions and successes. I strongly encourage anyone who is considering the school to take the tour and observe in the classrooms. The encouragement of building teams and approaching others with kindness and respect is priceless. Not only is the school academically oriented but also focuses on character values and relationship/leadership bulding skills.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2012
Our daughter has been attending ECDS for 6 years. She has thrived at ECDS, scoring far beyond her grade level in nearly all areas of academic testing and enjoying friendships that have endured her tenure there. This is a remarkable school, and should be toured while classes are in session to experience it from a student's perspective.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2012
We will not be returning next year to ECDS. Most children do leave after 3rd grade due to the academics. My child brings a workbook home for homework and none of the homework assignments are actually taught in class, so I need to teach it. The tuition is very high for what your child actually learns. I think ECDS should stick to pre-school thru first grade only.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2012
We have 2 children in the lower elementary grades (1-3). We are finishing our first year here and after much thought have choosen to continue sending our children here. PROS: We have found the teachers to be very aware of our childrens strengths and weaknesses. Third grade has small class numbers, and the students are exposed to great science and geography lessons; in addition to math and language. The children are taught to read books for enjoyment (and not just to take a computer generated test). ECD is helping prepare our children to be motivated learners. CONS: tuition is high and it is difficult to manage; however we feel the investment is worth it. And to be honest, I couldn't come up with any other cons. As far as some of the other CONs listed in other reviews, go look at the school and form your own opinion. We are thrilled with the school.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2012
My niece entered ECDS three years ago comming from public school, where the environment was problematic. After two years at ECDS she went to her public high school and excelled. This middle school foundation helped enormously to prepare her for a very successful high school experience. This story is the same from parents that i know who have also taken an interest in the school. My advise is start with a visit to the school - and take the tour -- see for yourself -- then make an informed choice. What ever you choose, the 90 min will be informative and enjoyable.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2011
After seven years at Encinitas Country Day we have watched our children and this marvelous institution grow up together. I'm one of scores of proud parents who continue to be amazed at the learning and growth that takes place at this school. It's no wonder that even in this economy the enrollment keeps expanding, the campus keeps developing according to a master plan, and the staff continues to be refined, all with an eye toward creating an optimal educational experience for more than 300 students. Over the years, I've listened to parents who have taken issue with one thing or another, and have watched a subset of that group move their children to public or private schools for a host of reasons. During that same period, however, I've watched literally hundreds of families entrust their children, year after year, to the dedicated ECDS administrative and teaching staff and receive an exponential return on their investment.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2011
This is the 6th year at ECDS for our 2 children. They've had a great educational experience, and I am so impressed with how much they learn every year at ECDS. The teachers and staff are wonderful. ECDS has been the perfect choice for our family, and I highly recommend it to any other parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2011
We were new to the school last year for 2nd grade. Our child was ahead of the game when he entered ECDS. Unfortunately he did not get proper guidance with reading or math and I had to have him tutored over the summer. We ended up leaving and starting him at a new school for 3rd grade and he is very happy and the teachers are on top of it. One of the problems was there was no aid in 2nd grade. You definitely need an aid in a Montessori environment if there is over 10 children in a classroom at this age. I witnessed the children wondering around a lot and goofing off trying to figure out what they want to do next. Although my son had great friends there we had to move him. s

- submitted by a community member
September 03, 2011
We removed are children from ECDS due to the poor education level. Our kids actually scored well on their SAT tests. In fact our 2nd grader got 7th and 8th grade level in language, listening and reading. Of course this is not reality so I actually can not trust or go by these SAT scores. Our kids also scored well on math but at their new school they are behind, so off to tutoring they go. Hopefully ECDS can start hiring teachers with actual teacher credentials in addition to their montessori certificates. For the tuition ECDS charges it is not worth it. Once you leave you realize what a real education is. I feel like we wasted so much money.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2011
Our children have attended ECDS for 6 years and we couldn't be happier. Our children love their school, teachers, and friends. We would recommend ECDS to everyone.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2011
I am the one who posted a comment last week about our son entering 3rd grade in the coming school year, and that contrary to recent postings on this site, ECDS students as a whole achieved high SAT test scores and demonstrated above average proficiency in math. I am a parent of two students attending ECDS, and am not the Director (or a teacher). I simply did what the disgruntled parent of the child challenged with math did not or would not do: I asked the principal to show me test scores for the entire school, and inquired about the math curriculum and its effectiveness. Apparently, this information has always been freely provided to parents of both students and prospective students. As I see it, every child has strengths and weaknesses, and as parents it is our job to take responsibility for monitoring and managing their education in conjunction with teachers and administrators. If the curriculum and/or teaching style at one school aren t a good fit, by all means move on to another institution. I think it is a disservice to your child and to others in the community, however, to act as though vitriol is somehow a virtue.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2011
This site and it's posts are set up for people to express their satisfaction as well as dissatisfaction with an institution. I think the parent has every right to be "disgruntled" if their child is falling behind and the staff does nothing to alert the parents. It is the responsibility of BOTH parents and teachers. We did our part to recover our child's grades but the staff was a complete disappointment. OUR negative experience was mainly with the upper grade teachers. There was no follow-thru, extremely unprofessional (i.e. Using Fscebook during class time) and teachers actually gossiping about students with students. Lines were crossed over and over again. After years of Spanish "class" the children can not conjugate a verb, let alone write or read a sentence. If $1200/month gets you this type of education I'd rather send mine to another school - even public. I do want to state the teachers in the lower grades (K thru 2) were amazing. Very attentive & nurturing - a real positive experience.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2011
The problem with this website is that parents that have a problem want to bash the school they are leaving. The parents who are happy don't come to this site because they are happy with their children's education. So how do your really get a reliable opinion. Everyone needs to make the decision that is right for their own child and each child has their own individual needs. Go observe, speak to some of the parents who are happy. Meet the teachers and make up your own mind and be careful how much attention you pay to the mudslinging.

- submitted by a teacher
July 20, 2011
ECDS does have a beautiful campus and exposure to the arts, but academically it is not challenging compared even to local public schools. Our daughter entered above grade level and is now in tutoring to try to catch up for what her public school peers are already doing. Of course academics are not everything, but a solid foundation is critical to ensuring access to future opportunities (including, down the line, a good college). Discipline is another issue at the school. Many teachers use inappropriate discipline methods including threats, criticisms, and archaic punishments such as writing sentences on the board. If you want your child to develop true self confidence then look elsewhere-self confidence comes from mastering challenging work within a supportive and nurturing environment-this is not what you will find at ECDS.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2011
We searched a long time to find the right school. Our children have had a wonderful experience at ECD. They are all bright kids who were checked off the list as "meeting requirements" at their last school and as parents we didn't want them to be "fine" we wanted them to soar and live up to their potential! The curriculum here allows each child to advance as they are ready. No child is held back because the rest of the class isn't ready for something. We have also enjoyed the balance of work hard/play hard. The kids have art, music, drama, spanish and technology , not as extras but as part of the regular curriculum! The director has an open door policy and the staff are open and friendly and always ready to assist. We have been very happy.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2011
ECDS is a marvelous school where children learn to love learning! Their secret to success is a unique blend of individualized instruction, Montessori methods, and traditional testing set in small classes with extremely low student/teacher ratios. The proof is in the SAT-9 test results, which give a feel for student achievement and teacher performance class-by-class, and can be reviewed annually. Our two children approach learning quite differently, and we can't imagine how a public school could meet their individual needs with a "one size fits all" curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2011
Our children attended this school for three years. The school takes children that are behavioral problems and performing below grade level which in turn effects the whole class. The campus is beautiful and there are a lot of good things but academically this school is not where your child can get the best education. Our younger child is doing more advanced work at Olivenhain Pioneer than our older son did in the same grade at Encinitas Country Day.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2011
The campus is beautiful the staff always has smiles on their faces A great learning environment.

- submitted by a community member
December 23, 2010
I have one word for you if you are thinking of attending this school. RUN !!! Dont walk -find a different school!- Poor School Leadership, Poor Teachers - and I say this your poor child if you choose to attend this "school" if thats what you can call it! This will be our last year - we are fed up!

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2010
This is such an amazing place for kids to go to school. my son absolutely love going each day. Each day he comes home he tells me about what he learns. One of his favorite things is that they get to go to Science lab with Mr. Byrum. I am very pleased with this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2010
This wonderful school changes our lives. The teachers are the best and the classes are small and the kids work together. We Love this school. Our daughter loves every second of 6th grade and can't wait to get there every day. We left a failing, overcrowed system that was letting our child fall behind. She is an ' A ' student in every subject now.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2010
We are in our 9th year at ECDS and couldn't be happier. I have had two children attend, one is still at ECDS, thriving, engaged, and happy to go to school each day. Although my older chld is attending middle school elsewhere, the director of that school recently told me that ECDS kids were extraordinarily well prepared for a rigorous academic environment. I feel confident that my children have received an outstanding education at ECDS, and would not hesitate to recommend the school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2010
My daughter attended this school for four years - preschool through 2nd. Up until the 1st grade, we were quite happy. The 2nd grade is when everything fell apart. The quality of the education declined dramatically. Two students in her classroom had severe discipline/learning problems which no one seemed capable of dealing with which negatively impacted my daughter's education. The administrator is so incredibly disconnected from the school. Unless you belong in her little clique of friends, you get nowhere with her - same for the principal. The final straw was the PTA - a group of parents that more often resembled the "in" crowd in high school, then an organization that got anything done. Gossiping about other parents, etc. My daughter just entered the 3rd grade at another private school and we are shocked at how behind she is. Wish I would have moved her a year ago.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2010
The children are so engaged in learning! When you visit a classroom, they literally buzz with activity. No one is left out, no one is ignored. The Montessori philosophy that all children learn at their own pace means no one is overlooked or allowed "not to learn"! Our son loves it here, and so do we!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2010
My children have attended ECDS for 6 years. They are thriving socially and academically. The principal at the school is an amazing leader and is very approachable to all the children and parents. The campus grounds are well designed and their Programs continue to expand.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2010
Waste of time, waste of money and my children are the ones who will suffer. They would have been better off in a public school or, at least, an accredited school - which is ECDS is not. The PTO and director are unapproachable & unprofessional. I wish I knew 10 yrs. ago what I know now.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2010
My son would have been much better off at a Public Middle School as he would have been happier. Instead he was terribly unhappy in a class of 3 students, few teachers that cared and an unresponsive Principal/Director.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2009
Very average school and with the amount of tuition being paid your better off taking a great vacation and sending your child to the local public school. My child started in 6th grade with a SAT math score in the 95th percentile. By the end of 8th grade he had dropped down to the 78th percentile. Entering high school I was stunned at the level he should have been at and was not. The math program is terrible. Save your money!

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2009
We left what was rated as an outstanding Public Elementary school after 3rd grade, and put our 4th grader at ECDS. She loves going to school every day. A classroom of 32 students at the public school has been replaced by one with 17 kids with two teachers. Our daughter was being taught math by parent volunteers in public school and hated it. She loves math now. Her projects are creative. Learning is mastery based, where students take responsibility for their education and learn to challenge themselves through the CA Standards- Based curriculum. My daughter has learned how to manage her time and complete the daily assignments at her own pace and in the order she prefers. Mrs. Reeves is great. She communicates with parents and the kids learn a lot from her. Mr Lehyman, the new principal, is excellent. As a university professor, I know what I'm looking for...

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2009
We have been at ECDS for the past 2 years, and we couldn't be happier! Great environment, excellent education!

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 27, 2009
Academics are average, especially the longer you are there. We have waited 4 years for an upper grades playground, but we are still disappointed with 'shared' playground days with the presechool. The kids spend plenty of 'creative' time in a dirt lot at recess in their 'rock stores.' For the tuition we are paying, you'd expect a better playground. The Director just shines us on, so we are looking elsewhere for next year.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2009
I am an educator myself and I really believe in the Montessori system for elementary. Most parents looking at the comments should understand the program a little better and know to make a three year commitment when entering the school in the lower grades. The education is excellent, the music and art programs and teachers are fantastic; all what is need to develop a well balanced child. We have been there for two years and will be there for many more to come.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2009
The new Principal has really made a difference. The academics are excellent, and the campus is beautiful. When I drop my kid off in the Morning, I know that she will learn and be well taken care of. The Staff is kind, patient, and professional. What more could you ask for from a private school?

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2008
This school just had a Halloween fundraiser, and they raised thousands of dollars for the military families who attend the school. That shows the true character of this school. This is a Family, and we are proud to be part of the Family. Excellent school.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2008
We left the Rancho Santa Fe school district to come to this school. We have never regretted this decision. Now, I couldn't tear my daughter away from this school. The academics are far superior to what we saw in RSF. At RSF we saw students ridiculed for not wearing Abercrombie & Fitch. None of that here. Everything is about developing the well rounded student.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2008
Overall we are happy here, however we do feel the school that issues that arise could be handled in a more efficient matter. Wonderful campus. Some great teachers, some o.k. teachers. Our child is now in fourth grade and for the first time we are contemplating what to do next year. Each year the classes have less students. We are concerned that our child will be lost at even a small college coming from this environment.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2008
Excellent school. Excellent facilities. Excellent teachers. My son is very happy here. Please remember that in Montessori, every child learns at their own pace. You have motivated learners and then you have the rest. No one is holding any child back at this facility. If you are involved, your child will exceed your wildest expectations. My child wants to be President of the United States. The sky is the limit at this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2008
I don't quite understand the comments from other parents. The standardized tests that ECDS takes is the Stat-9. I have looked at the average scores and they on par with La Jolla Country Day. Many graduates have gone on to Ivy League schools, Stanford, and Cal Tech. My daughter was learning Algebra in 4th grade. I don't understand the disconnect. Please ask the Principal for the average test scores. The scores are far higher scores than the area public schools.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2008
This is our first year at the school. Our expectations were probably to high coming in, however we are a bit disappointed. The classroom and teaching environment is very open and not structured. Our opinion is that this school is for those children that our not nescessarily college bound but who wish to focus more in music and arts. Creativity level is high. Academic level seems to be lower than at Olivenhain Pioneer Elementary where we came from.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2008
I love this school! I am so happy my parents send me here. Montessori is the very best education a student can get. I have been attending for 5 years and it gets better every year.

- submitted by a student
October 25, 2008
The new Principal has made a huge difference this year. All the teachers are caring and intelligent. The test scores for my daughter have improved 2 grade levels over the previous private school we attended. Please be aware that the 'other' private schools are not Montessori. In a Montessori environment, parents need to be involved and checked into their childrens lives. I've seen many parents complain when 'Suzy' can't catch up after being in Hawaii for a Month. Montessori is a environment where children can explore their World and their intellect. Some of the parents I have seen who have left the school have 'mailed it in' on their children's development. A school is there for children to learn in a loving caring environment, and where they can develop independent minds and work as independent thinkers. If you are a 'Helicopter Parent' this is not your school.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2008
Interestingly, my child left the school for greener pastures only to find that the other private school was academically inferior. My child is so happy to be back and challenged again. Thank you for taking us back Mrs. Porterfield! We are so happy to be back at ECDS...

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2008
We left this school after three years and now have our children going to another private school in the area. Had we known the difference in the two schools we would have left immediately. We now know what the private school experience should be and it was not from our years at ECD. Beautiful campus but it just doesn't compare on an education level to the school we are now at. I would tend to agree with those that feel this school is not at grade level. We went from the top of the class to the bottom academically.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2008
What an amazing school! My child is in the third grade classroom, and Mrs. Powell is by far the best we have seen. My child comes home excited about going to school the next day. If you want the full Montessori experience at one of the best Montessori schools in the Country, this is the school to attend.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2008
One of the best facilities in Southern California. The grounds are amazing and the teachers are top notch. My child thrives at this school. I am so happy we left public school to come here. Montessori training is the only way to go.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2008
There are a few good teachers at this school, but there are way more that are angry and make the children feel terrible about themselves. So many good teachers quit, you never know what you will have day by day. The director says one thing and then does another-usually she does nothing. Very unorganized school. The curriculum for the lower grades, 1,2 and 3 is not very good as there is very little direct teacher learning. Most of the curriculum that is important is learned out of books or Montessori equipment. My child was there in 1st and 2nd grade and only spent 20 minutes on math every day. We are now in catch up mode where he is finally learning the curriculum he would have gotten in public school. It's not that hard to make a good school. The facilities are great, but it is all a facade.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2008
Terrible school. Poor education. Awful awful awful experience.... my child has lost out on a year of education.... if this is what private school is aboutthen public school is the way to go.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2008
This school looks great on the outside but is in absolute turmoil when it comes to management and leadership. There are significant teacher issues here. My child had to take classes over the summer that ECDS did not offer in order to meet California state requirements to pass into the next grade level. All is not as it seems at this facility. Beware!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2008
My children attended Encinitias Ave. location ECDS for 3 years, and I feel they received an excellent education. All of their teachers were warm and caring, had excellent curriculum, and both of my children have learned above and beyond what is expected at their ages. The staff is very experience and has very low turnover. That being said, however, the school administration leaves much to be desired. The communication with parents regarding any changes in staff is very poor, the billing department is inept, and I feel that he school nickels and dimes the parents. However, if you can put up with that and stay involved in the goings on at the school, I feel that your children will get a great education.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2008
ECDS is a school that has grown tremendously the past few years. Whenever an organization grows this much in a short time...there will be many obstacles to deal with. I think the staff is working very hard to improve commuication and make this school better every year. This school has good teachers, a nice campus, helpful staff and a wonderful library. Music class, forgein language, physcial education and art class are part of the regular schedule. The montessori method of teaching is particularly good for teaching the younger children responsiblity and self control for their own work. Our family likes this school very much. We look forward to returning to school in the fall and to what the school has to offer in the future.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2008
Overall, our experience at ECDS has been very spotty. The child's experience depends on the teacher, and unfortunately, like any school, ECDS has good ones and bad ones. We've also had problems with our daughter being bullied. Her experience has not been a happy one, and we will be leaving next year. My sense is that this school is not the place for bright or sensitive children. We've managed to keep our child's test scores high through outside tutoring, but why should you have to do that when you're paying for a private school to begin with?

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2008
As a parent I read the reviews on Great Schools and noted that. like most schools, the ratings were either excellent or poor. Some cite children testing below grade levels as factual gives you real concern. I met with the Dorector wanting to see the scores myself. The real scores show that the school keeps each grade WELL AHEAD of public school standards. In reviewing that data, the gap widens the longer a student is at ECD, supporting that students really do gain an advantage at the school. I know some of the parents who have written the poor reviews and they are entitled to their opinion and have to do what they believe is right for their chid, but I feel the expectations at an individual level may be unrealistic. Our son has flourished and gained the love of learning as well as lessons of solid values. We love ECD.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 24, 2008
This school is awesome in every way. Both my children thrive in this environment. They have excellent teachers and both children are advanced due to the Montesorri method and great teachers.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2008
Excellent staff. Excellent facilities. More for your money? No way. The test scores are much higher than schools like Grauer. Internal problems? The school has only been hiring teachers in upper and lower elementary. 15-18 kids per class with a full time assistant. Staff ratio of about 1 to 7. This is a top notch Montessori Facility. One of the best in California. I have two smart and bright children and they aced their Stat-9 tests. They are in the top 1% in the Country. We owe their results to the dedicated Staff at ECDS. As for the comments below, where do you get your facts? This is the perfect school for smart, bright children.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2008
I agreed with the two reviews below. Your child may not be at the grade level you think she/he is in. If you have a smart, bright child, this is not the school for him/her. To us, the director is very nice and helpful.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2008
This school has it's positives but there are a lot of interanl problems. High staff turnover. Thre are a lot of the children attending the school who have learning or behavioral disabilities. Several children have been asked to leave public schools and then find a home at ECDS. Every child needs an education but we have a problem that our child suffers when we are paying extra for what is suppose to be a better education. Our children both recieve high grades, however we just had them tested and were told they are below grade level. Parents may be getting the wrong idea of where there child is really at if they are getting good grades at this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2008
Overall we have been happy with the school but feel we could be getting more for the money we are spending on our child's education. The teaching methods are unique, however we question if our child is at grade level as many of our friends kids seem ahead of our son. There seems to be cliques amongst parents. The director is often not available or on campus, particularly in the morning. Some teachers are wonderful while others are o.k. After school program is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2008
Encinitas Country Day is an excellent school. As a military family, this is our son s third school and by far the most impressive institution he has attended. As a former educator, with experience in both the private and public sector, I have been thoroughly impressed with the curriculum at ECD. Our children are working beyond our expectations and the material is presented in a stimulating, relaxed atmosphere. Our children have developed a real love of learning, which I know is a direct result of their time spent at ECD. We are additionally impressed with the ideals of citizenship and community involvement that are being instilled within our children. They are truly developing the whole person. The faculty and staff are completely devoted to the needs of the children and families that attend ECD. We see the school as an extension of our family.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2008
Staff turnover is high. My daughter's teacher left after a month and a half of school and now my other child's teacher was fired (regardless of all of the children in the class and parents loving her) with three months of school left causing major upheaveal. The turnover has created major problems in many grades.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2008
Our son is in Kindergarden, Ms. Maggie'class and is thriving, very excited about learning new things. ECDS provides a nurture and safe environment. Ms. Maggie is an excellent teacher, very experience. This class has advance and well rounded curriculum. Our experience with the Director, Mrs. Porterfield has always been positive. She was very supportive to our needs and concerns. Great school, teacher and a very caring Director.

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no rating January 18, 2008
We have nothing but praise for ECDS. We school shopped for a while before enrolling and are very very happy. Our children are thriving in this positive and nurturing environment. The teachers, administrative staff and director are superior in all ways. Keep up the great work.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2008
My husband and I couldn't be happier with all aspects of this school. The teachers and entire staff are caring, nuturing and very devoted. The campus is beautiful and the current plans for expansion are exciting. All the parents in our class seem very happy with the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2007
This school is far behind other private schools in the accademic dept. Poor communication. The test schools are behind many public schools.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2007
After 2 years at Encinitas Country Day, I enrolled both my daughters into public school. The teachers did not hold them accountable for doing their best work and now we are in 'catch up mode'. I was told by the director that one of the teachers didn't think she was returning and therefore didn't try her best. Children were added to classrooms that were already full and extra programs as art and science were being cut without notification. The communication was poor between school and home and I rarely saw any class work.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2007
My 2 children have been very happy at this school, and they tested well above their grade levels in all subjects. There is no way that we could get this education in a public school, in my opinion. My kids also learned a lot through the enrichment programs in Spanish, Technology, Art and Tae-Kwon-Do. The teachers are wonderful, and the school is a caring and safe environment. I especially like all the 'extra' events sponsored by the school, like Mother's Day, Father's Day, Teacher Appreciation, Halloween Carnival, etc., which help to build the sense of community at the school. ECDS is growing and thriving, and I think the school management has handled the explosive growth over the last 2-3 years very well. We love ECDS!

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2007
Mostly absent administrator.I have a very bright child who scored poorly on standard testing. The curriculum was lacking and I could have saved over 9,000 by putting my child in a top rated Encinitas public school. We are going to have to do a lot of remedial work to play catch up this year.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2007
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June 06, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2007
Poor teaching. Very poor parent communication and little concern for students.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2007
Poor leadership. Very poor teacher quality. Very non-caring environment. Children are not a priority here. Education does not come first.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2007
I did a lot of research on schools in the area before I chose ECDS four years ago. I've been very happy with the teachers, Principal and, the academic programs. They gear your child's education to where they are academically. I have the two children who are on opposite ends of the academic spectrum. My eldest is over grade level and his teacher is constantly keeping him intrigued with new ideas. My youngest needs extra help in language development and he is also getting the extra attention he needs. My advice... talk to the Principal and teachers. I have never had a problem they could not or would not help with. I also am very impressed with the moral character building they do. Dealing with bullies, fights, and other typical children squabbles do not get pushed 'under the rug'. They are handled with in a loving and nurturing environment! Thanks ECDS!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2007
We visited at least a dozen private schools in the area before we decided to send our two young children to Encinitas Country Day. We discovered early in their first year that the school was more than just enthusiastic teachers delivering individualized instruction. The balance of academic and character development, provided on a safe and spacious campus, creates a learning environment that has our kids looking forward to school in the morning and asking to stay later when we arrive to pick them up in the afternoon. The diverse extra curricular activities and supportive parent community also helped turn ECDS into our home away from home.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2007
My wife spends at least 1.25 hours a day to get to and back to this school. We have three children attending in pre-school to 1st grade. They are learning well ahead of their grades. My first grader reads 100 + page books. My kindergarten boy is already reading and my toddler is catching up. Great school!

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2007
My daughter has lost out on her education this year. Poor teaching. Mean teacher who is extremely uncaring.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2006
A high quality, nurturing program supported by a fantastic campus

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2005
Kudos to Ms. Porterfield and her wonderful staff. If you are looking for a safe, caring,nurturing learning environment for your child look no further. We highly recomend both the Encinitas Blvd (preschool) campus as well as the long awaited beautiful new Manchester campus. Our daughter started with Mrs. Tobin (who should set the standard for all teachers) 2 1/2 years ago and is is a kindergarten student at the new campus thi year. She looks forward to school each morning. The school provides a montessori program with a traditional overlay in the core subjects ( english, math science, etc.)Weekly classes in music, spanish and gymnastics round out the ciriculum. Parent are encouraged to participate.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2005
After speaking with my son's teacher, she agreed to give my son more challenging work. Had I not spoken up, I don't believe my son would have progressed academically. The old campus has lots of plants, and is aesthetically pleasant. My son was happy, but I was the one who wasn't satisfied. If you want a nice, pleasant atmosphere for your kids, you'll like it here. If what is important to you is a higher academic level, this is not a good choice. The academic level is about the same as a public school, and you'll save lots of money!

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2005
Despite being in such an urban environment, this school is great for our kids. Good class size, attentive teachers and solid curriculum really brings out the best in students. Excellent preparatory focus will help any student to grow in this kind of educational environment!

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June 13, 2005
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January 12, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2004
My daughter is in her second year at ECD School. We love the school - the environment, the Montessori approach, the organic garden, the 'home' setting. My daughter has blossomed so much at ECD. She has many friends, and is close with her teachers. What a fabulous school.

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Encinitas Country Day School
3616 Manchester Avenue, Encinitas, CA  92024
(760) 942-1111
Last modified Encinitas Country Day School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Encinitas Country Day School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 97 reviews. Top