Love this school! My daughter never went to preschool and by the first 6 weeks of 1st grade she was already reading Dr. Seuss books! Small class sizes, caring, loving and involved teachers. Cannot say enough about this school!
My daughter just started Kindergarten at PCY and I cannot express how happy I am with the school and the community. She loves to go to school and looks forward to all the available activities. Although there were some budget cuts, they retained all the key activities such as music, art, and computer classes. Also, there is a science club Spanish actually starts in 1st grade. We're so happy to get top education in a public school. The new principle is great also, very involved and believe she will lead the school to the next level with investments in technology tools to help the school. The best!
Visit this school and you will find the atmostphere tangibly Happy! The children have a real comraderie, and parents are nice too. Events such as the Spirit Rallies, field trips and the Medieval Faire strenghen unity and develop a real sense of community at this school. The teachers are SO excellent and dedicated, just awesome. The curriculum is thorough, not easy! and the children are challenged to do their best. The Libary, Art and Computer programs round out the classroom instruction. Among the extras: the children can play in the mornings on the playground before the bell rings, there is opportunity to take a spanish-language class in 4th grade, and Choir beginning in 1st Grade. All the wonderful details that make up Paradise Canyon are concerted with the great leadership of our long-time dedicated Principal. Thank you Mrs. Robinson, we are so happy to be here!
Great school, but not perfect. We moved from New York, and were a little disappointed. Part of the cause is the Prop 13 school (under-)funding problem in California. Here the local Educational Foundation raises over $1,000,000 per year, but 4th-6th grade still has 35 kids/class, and art/music only twice a month. Constant fundraising events are tiring because the burden is on parents to ask friends and family to buy stuff or donate yourself. I learned about charity from March of Dimes, etc, but here it's only for their own school, though it's a very wealthy community. As for academics, there is a lot of homework, and 'achievement' is a high priority. I don't think that instruction is up to the level of expectations of student performance (parents make up the gap). Many parents are a bit over-protective/hovering. Atmosphere of respect and courtesy is what I like best.
Exceptional principal and parent involvement. The scores are high and there is a real sense of 'community' at the school.
Paradise Canyon is a wonderful neighborhood school with terrific teachers. The school sponsors art, music, and foreign language (Spanish) classes as a result of funds donated by the local educational foundation. Parents are very involved in the classroom and with helping support the school via fundraising, etc. Our family has been exceedingly happy with our move to La Canada and PCY.
I have been pleased with my daughter's education at PCY. The teachers really care about each student. Also, the after school program through the Child Education Center is excellent.
I am impressed with my child s kindergarten teacher at PCY. She is able to teach to all students, some reading at 4th grade level and others struggling to sound out words. All the kids are happy in their class. No child seems bored. My son s teacher is always available to answer questions in person. She gives the parents tips on how they can help their individual child succeed. Parents are actively involved in the classroom which frees up time for more individualized reading instruction. I agree that if the kindergarten day were longer, the teachers and kids could accomplish more.
PCY is a fantastic school. Parents are extremely involved in the classroom (especially K-2nd grade), the teachers are superb and the kids have fun and learn. This is a great school for the kids. Yes, the kids come from great families and are generally very well off, but they also work very hard academically and in a number of after-school activities (Girl Scouts must set percentage records at this school). Finally, the kids are incredibly friendly and polite to each other and to parents which makes it a joy to volunteer in the classroom. For public education, this is as good as it gets.
The schools in La Canada teach so children can excel on standardized tests. The school day is WAY too short! Children do not have a normal school day (8:15AM-2:50PM) until FOURTH GRADE! All those peak learning years wasted. 1st -3rd grade the class is split w/ half the students (10)-in the first hour of school alone, and the last hour 1:50-2:50PM (10 students only), administration claims that is why reading proficiency is high. In fact, the kids read often before K, read very well in first grade, well before taking standardized tests, this due to the efforts of the parents. Socioeconomic values and standard are high and the schools (quite mediocre) take credit for the effect of highly educated, many (JPL & CALTECH scientists) and high earning parents that set the standards for their children. The students are very bright, mostly learn to read, add, tell time, and use money before K, and the faculty teaches to highly motivated and in most other arenas would be considered a 'gifted' population of students. Writing is hardly taught at all and the state test scores reflect very poor proficeicency at all grade levels and the schools complete lack of attention to the importance of writing. As the test score do compare well to other California schools, administration and teachers have an elitist attitude, take expensive field trips which parents must donate for or your name will be on PTA list, and teachers often do not return and answer parents email, which they try to utilize as a primary communication tool. If you are looking in La Canada for the schools, also look at La Crescenta, Burbank, Glendale, & Montrose. I am not sure it is worth paying an average $800,000 for a home to be in the district schools, although the propaganda would indicate so.
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