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.
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 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.