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K-6
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Los Angeles, CA
Students enrolled: 111

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14702 Sylvan Street
Los Angeles, CA 91411

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(818) 780-6226
(818) 780-5834
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October 13, 2013
CCS has helped me and my class mates far more than we ever thought. After leaving CCS i was always the smartest kid in the class and better understood everything around me. Send you child here, this school is the best ever. I miss it horribly. My mother went there, I went there, and when i am older, I will send my own child to CCS. - '11 alumni.

- submitted by a community member
August 24, 2013
I am a very grateful member of the staff at CCS. I am credentialed and have been a teacher for several years in both public and private schools. CCS is a true community where each member, child and adult alike, is supported. Children at CCS are taught HOW to learn and not simply WHAT to learn. This is a lifelong set of skills that I am excited to continue nurturing. I just want to share about how powerful it is to see a child beyond labels and test scores. The administration of the school supports professional development in a way that is truly rare. Each year I have been able to attend conferences of my choosing to help me learn and grow as a professional. The most important ones include progressive education conferences and workshops. The last very special thing I want to mention about my experience as a staff member is that I have been mentored by several experienced progressive educators who have retired from CCS. They don t want to leave! A school has to be very special for a teacher to want to continue working past retirement to support the newer staff! The wisdom and guidance of these teachers have been invaluable to me and to the children I have the pleasure of teaching.

- submitted by a teacher
July 17, 2013
The school has good intentions but the quality of progressive education has declined. It is most unfortunate that the school doesn't seem to realize that there is a problem. They assume the quality of progressive education is unchanged despite the degradation that has occurred with the staff turnover. Kindergarten is probably the least affected grade.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2013
REAL LEARNING NOT MEMORIZATION. The kids are allowed to dive deep into their studies and go where their curiosity takes them, with frequent filed trips and "expert" visitors, research papers and experiments. The process engages the kids and keeps them engaged. There are no letter grades but teachers write detailed multi page written assessements, so you see how well they know your child. Not having "grades" means the classroom is not a competitive environment but a laboratory for inquiry. BRAVO CCS!

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2012
As an alum, I feel the need to say that CCS isn't one of those schools where the kids don't learn. In middle school, it might seem as if the kids coming from test taking backgrounds are going to get better grades than you, but the truth is, they won't. Learning to build blocks, and asking question really prepares you, even though you don't know it. Everything at CCS has a purpose, good or bad, weather you like it or not. I have remained so close to my friends from CCS, more so than the friends that I have from Middle School. Growing as a child and student in an environment that says it's ok to be different, it's ok if you're not at that point yet, because you will get there soon enough, is something that has molded me. Talk it Out. Well, certainly my FAVORITE thing from CCS. If any teachers are reading this they will know who I am. As a vivid reader and writer and a very outspoken kid, talk it out was what I looked forward to. I see everyday that I am able to communicate better than anyone else in my class now, because of talk it out. I am the person who would quickly decide what "side" of the talk I was on, and it has helped me be a communicator, and in middle school, as a friend.

- submitted by a community member
September 17, 2012
We've been here long enough to know CCS walks the walk. They deliver on every level. Progressive ed at its finest! The Director, Staff, and Teachers are stellar. We've a daughter in 5th and a son who graduated last year, enthusiastically accepted at all middle schools applied for. Nurturing the "whole child" thus instilling a lifelong love of learning is a cornerstone here. The mutual respect within the community, grows kids who are happy, compassionate, critical thinkers ready to take on the world, and they do! Priceless

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2012
As a parent of 3 children, I believe it is important to know each child individually. CCS is the perfect match for my son because he is allowed to move at his own pace, be creative and express himself. The teachers and staff are remarkable to the child and the families, NO ONE is treated different! The teachers really understand each child and give effective feedback regularly to parents as well as involve them in Classroom activities, Library, Field trips, etc. This is our 3rd year at CCS and I seriously hope for my son to remain there until it is time for him to move on to middle school. This school is supportive and open to ideas that are positive and will give any idea a chance in its Community. Our family is beyond happy to be apart of Childrens Community School..

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2012
I am so thankful that my family is able to be a part of CCS. Our older child was so excited for school to start again! Where does that happen? Progressive Education is not something most of us grew up with , but I am so grateful for it. My older child started as a shy Kindergartener and each year she has blossomed more and more into a confident child. The staff here are caring people who really look at each child individually. They are an amazing group of people who truly have a passion for what they do. They spend time during their own summer breaks (and during the year) and go to conferences to gain more knowledge about what they do. The Director is an amazing person with so much insight and wisdom regarding Progressive Education and children. The children aren't pressured here and if anyone needs help, they will get it. They have a very active parent body, whose input and volunteer time is appreciated and respected. I'm so thankful that we found CCS- it's a hidden gem! If you are looking for a school for your children, you should really check them out.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2012
For a school that claims to teach children to explore and be open minded it is run by the most closed minded and defensive people I have ever seen. In our experience, even though the school loves to ask "Questions or Comment?" if you actually ask a question or give a comment you are written off as someone who doesn't get it. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2012
This school's myopic devotion to children pays off because the children that graduate from the school are prepared, kind and big thinkers. The 6th graders have had seven years of social marathon training, resulting in strong social skill muscles. The social marathon begins with play, working it out, and includes many class discussions on inclusion, friendship, rules of a game, etc. I had an extraordinary traditional education, and yet feel jiped that workplace politics and collaborating with colleagues requires an extra yoga class or two. A CCS graduate wouldn't break a sweat in those real life situations because they have had seven year of practice. I believe all of the teachers to be well-meaning and competent. Some teachers I've connected to more than others, but my children revere them all. The Director is a compassionate visionary who needs support to continue to carry out his youthful dream long-term. We have been at the school for many years now. For our family, it feels like we've won the lottery because the school mirrors our values: independence, diversity and social competence.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2012
You must have faith to choose progressive education. If your child is a late bloomer or you're an anxious parent, it may be more difficult for you to tolerate CCS. CCS kids, however, demonstrate an inordinate amount of acceptance and tolerance. In the last few years, the school has had turnover in staff. Nothing can replace experience in progressive education, but I am hoping enthusiasm and faith in the progressive process go a long way. My child attended this school since kindergarten. We strongly preferred a school that would focus on her as a whole person. While we were surprised that there were many kids with different abilities (speech, social and academic), their differences have helped our daughter to become more empathetic and kind. We also appreciated the socio-economic diversity and small class sizes. Some teachers fit better with our child than others. All the teachers, however, were honest and open to discussion. There have been curricula foci that we did not appreciate. Others, however, loved those same experiences. CCS is a solid example of progressive education. In the end, CCS is "good enough," for us.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2011
I was so sorry to read a child's review about CCS here, and can't help but wonder if he was compelled to write on his own--or if the parent was propelling him to do so. Either way, I am saddened to hear about his experience, mostly because I have not yet come across a child who has attended CCS who did not love it with their whole heart. This is a place of true learning; a place that supports and nurtures lifelong learners through progressive education. There is a vital lifeforce at the school, one that is present in every classroom and in every teacher. The community is close-knit and supportive, and the staff and administration are warm and welcoming. This is truly a one-of-a-kind school, and I feel so lucky to have found it for my children. Go visit CCS. I guarantee you will be inspired by what you see there.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2011
The best schools/temples/churches/organizations will always have critics - people, for whatever reason, who don't connect. And no place is perfect - that's a ridiculous standard. I also find a site that allows anonymous criticism for public consumption morally questionable, but since this is a school I love, I'll use this forum to say that CCS has worked for my children, given them acceptance and love (in addition to whatever skills they've needed), and been the center for my own life for many years. I'm grateful we found it and are lucky enough to be open to it.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2011
this school was the worst school i have ever gone to i went there for 5 years and studied the same thing 4 years in a row never really learned about American history well. i also suffered through and witnessed a HUGE amount of bullying with no consequences the teachers turned there backs on it all. the school is obsessed with money and has multiple fundraisers throughout the year. they say they are a community it feels like the teachers say once you are out of my class your not my problem. if you think that shoving kids into an auditorium once a week and making them sing for an hour you are dead wrong it makes them miserable its uncomfortable and boring. you are making a huge mistake at sending your kid here. it is over priced and unpleasant. its your choice if you want to ruin your kids child hood

- submitted by a community member
March 27, 2011
CCS has a socioeconomically diverse student body, 30% receive financial aid; therefore, a smaller than expected number of students apply to independent schools when graduating. This year, of 13 graduates, only 5 applied to private middle schools. All were accepted to their first choice school, and all were accepted to more than one. Kids were accepted to Oakwood, Campbell Hall, Immaculate Heart, Berkeley Hall, Sierra Canyon and Wildwood. Yes, some of these kids were tutored and some were not, but it is impossible to tell from where they were accepted, which were the tutored ones. My child was accepted to 2 prestigious schools, was only tutored for the ISEE.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2011
I am a very happy CCS parent. As a public school teacher for 10 years, this is the model I choose for my son. He loves school, and he loves learning. Also, he is learning how to be a productive member of a community and he has a voice in the school--and he's in Kindergarten!! It's unfortunate that state curriculum framework writers are not as educated about child development as progressive educators, because they set the standards that parents freak out about. Just as not all kids walk or talk at the same time, they don't learn to read or calculate at the same time either. This notion of "below grade level" is by whose measure? It's a shame that the closer kids get to middle school, their parents forget what drew them to the school in the first place. Progressive Ed is not for every parent, but it IS right for my family and we love it!

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2011
Reading some of these reviews makes me very sad - If I had rad these reviews before enrolling my son at CCS I might have missed out on an amazing school. The truth is, most people who take the time to write online reviews are unhappy or disgruntled. Think about it... How many times have you taken the time to write a review about something you really like or love? Not that often. But when you've got a bee in your bonnet you will stop at nothing to get your point across and writing online reviews is part of that process. Fair enough - Just take these 1 star reviews with a grain of salt. Something should be truly horrendous to merit 1 star, and even if you disagree with the teaching at CCS, 1 star is just not a fair assessment.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2011
Seems like the previous reviewer should learn a little more about the school. Yes, three of the teachers have been with the school a long time and are trained in progressive education - the other three and most of the assistants are not trained in progressive education and it's supposed to be a progressive school. Of those 3 newer teachers, only one is from public, one got her teaching credentials on the job at CCS and one has no elementary teaching experience at all. Yes, they did add a second 2nd grade class, and they had room to do that, in the already too small campus, because the other classes were so small they could combine them. Is the fact that half the graduating class got into magnet or advanced studios, supposed to be impressive? What about the other half of the kids? All in all, I feel like for what they charge it should be the best progressive education around, in my opinion it is not.

- submitted by a community member
February 13, 2011
I have been at CCS for three years as well and what these two reviews below are suggesting is simply false. Rate of attrition? We had to ADD another 2nd grade class because the school has grown so much - AND 'kids remaining in the upper grades are an exception?' Seriously? This can't be written by someone who has been at this school in the past few years. The upper grades are larger than they've ever been - 20 kids or more! Now, the 5/6 grade may a have a few less, because most Jr. High starts at 6 grade, and some parents want their kids to start Jr high with the new class. That all said, I've never heard of tutoring from the families I know well, however they do get help in test taking so they are prepared for that. But over half the graduating class was accepted into Magnet and advanced studies programs, so I don't get this! And the teachers here - Come on! 3 have been there forever and the other 3 came from public. Lol, and our Head of School leads forums and discussions on education with the top Progressive educators in California! These accusations are nuts!

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2011
I agree 100% with the last review. Prior to enrolling your child at CCS, do yourself a favor and ask these questions: Why is attrition so high from 2nd grade on? They will tell you it is due to a lack of understanding of the progressive education method. It s not. How many students are tutored for years to bring them up to grade level prior to middle-school application? (This is the worst-kept secret at CCS) How many CCS teachers have teaching credentials? How many have any training in progressive education prior to coming to CCS? Why are top progressively-trained educators NOT knocking on CCS s door for an opportunity to work there?

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2010
You really have to put aside your preconceived notion of what learning is at CCS. Having attended some of the top private schools in the country growing up, my own experience with learning was very different than what my son is experiencing here. I believe in progressive ed, but even so, I occasionally have moments of doubt/second-guessing about the process and the progress my son is making. When that happens, I remember that progressive ed is more about the long-term and the whole picture than the moment. Yes, kids here might be reading later and they might not be able to list off multiplication drills in 1st grade, but what they will be able to do is understand language and math and be able to contextualize it. By 6th grade, the kids are on par (or above) other kids of the same age and moreso, they truly understand what they've learned.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2010
Do your homework before you apply to this school. If you have a middle school in mind, call and ask what they think of recent CCS graduates. We were shocked and disappointed by what we heard. Also, know that some of the teachers are not credentialed or experienced with progressive education. Assistants frequently teach subjects that they are not trained or qualified to teach.

- submitted by a community member
July 05, 2010
Impressive, exciting teaching. My child actually tries to pretend she's not ill so she won't miss a day. It surprises me how many ways information can be learned. Highly recommended.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2010
A school can aspire to greatness and never reach it. It can preach one thing and practice another. Every family needs to decide for themselves. Is Progressive Education right for us? If so, is CCS the right progressive school for us? It's about more than warm, fuzzy feelings and the best progressive schools know that. Gifted areas should be encouraged and challenges met head-on. We found ambition to be met with skepticism and discouragement. Areas of challenge went ignored and in some cases hidden from us. The lack of any type of objective measurement requires you to put a tremendous amount of faith in the teachers, very few of whom are actually trained in Progressive Education, some of whom are not even credentialed. Faith simply wasn t enough for us.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2010
LEAP OF FAITH WITH A BIG PAYOFF. As a pretty conservative parent I felt I had taken a risk with a progressive school for my child. I was concerned about her keeping up with her friends at other schools academically, but after several years at CCS, my daughter is on par with her peers in both reading and math (although she does the math in her head instead of stacked numbers) But I would say the biggest pay off I've witnessed in my daughter and many of the other kids at this school is an off-the-charts level of self esteem, empathy and muturity that frankly astounds me. And the relationships between the students and teachers is truly something to behold.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
We are just having the best year. Our two boys 1st and 3rd, or Dolphins and Coyotes!, have grown so much. Our youngest was diagnosed with a mild processing disorder which was not mild in how it was affecting him. The school advised and connected us with the absolute best resources. He is on fire this year, loves, loves school.We're so grateful. The parent body is so diverse in their own educational, philosophical, socio-economic baclgrounds that my husband and I feel we have expanded our social circle in exciting ways that we would have missed had our boys gone to another school. CCS is the closest thing to true Progressive in LA so if that's your cup of tea, look no further.CCS recently co-sponsored Alfie Kohn at Occidental & his books offer a good read about the CCS philosophy & application of curriculum. Very helpful. Good Luck!

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
In response to the person below. You appear to be going on a rant against all the families who have posted a less than positive review of the CCS. It is possible to understand progressive education and not have a good experience at CCS, we attend the school and we do understand progressive education, we have just not had a good experience. This site is a place to share that story and let other people make up their own mind. Perhaps the school would be better served if you wrote about your OWN experience instead of showing how closed minded some of the parents at the school can be.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
This is in response to the post dated April 20th written by someone who either doesn t know CCS or doesn t understand progressive education. About the comment about small size of the 5th and 6th grades and that (p)eople are leaving this school for a reason ... This is a strong, misleading and unsupported statement. The reasons the 5th and 6th grades are currently smaller than the lower grades are many; among them: a child may have learning differences that necessitate attending a specialized school; a child leaves after 5th grade to attend a middle school that begins in 6th grade; a family can no longer afford the tuition, even with the generous scholarships awarded by CCS (to 30% of CCS families); and some families move out of town!

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
This is a COOL SCHOOL. Not just a GREAT SCHOOL. The teachers are incredibly wise and kind. Many have come from LAUSD and brought the best of Public School with them. The school is a tight-knit community that fosters a profound curiosity and love of long term learning and social responsibility to its children. **Come to the annual Pinewood Derby races in May for a good breakfast and fun time!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
CCS is a wonderful school. Is it perfect? No. Nothing is. But that's okay - I wasn't looking for perfection when I took the tour a few years ago. I was looking for the right fit for my child, a place that would teach her as well as welcome being taught by her. She is unbelievably happy here...the conversations we have about her day amaze me, and frankly make me jealous. Yes, it is progressive education, so it's wise to educate yourself on what that means and what it doesn't (homework etc) before accepting a spot. I actually agree with the reviewer below - look at the graduating class, both present and past. Talk to them, to their parents, ask them how their child is doing in middle school, what college their attending now. You'll hear success stories - not only in academics, but in them as human beings.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2010
Apparently I'm in the minority here, but I'm not quite as sold on the school as some of the parents reviewing here. In theory I love this school - In actuality... Not so much. I do believe that for the most part, people's hearts are in the right places, however I don't feel that all of the 'talk' is being 'walked.' I don't feel that they truly accept differences and uniqueness, because even though there is a good amount of diversity (in ethnicity), there isn't much diversity in thought. Most of the people who choose to send their kids here are similar, and the kids (Though sweet for the most part and well-mannered) are somewhat lacking in diversity of personality. For the few kids who truly are 'different' it seems that this uniqueness is seen as an annoyance or something that needs to be analyzed. Just my 2 cents...

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
that it educates and cares for (and about) each child; that it is shaping the leaders of tomorrow; that I feel nurtured and validated as a parent as well;

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
I cannot think of a reason i don't love it

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
I am so thrilled that my family is apart of The Children's Community....community...because it is just that...a real community. My children are getting the best in progressive education and having a blast as the learn to love learning. The school nurtures critical thinking by getting the kids to ask...What do I know about...? What don't I know about...? What would I like to know about...? and How can we learn about...? Also the emotional intelligence that is being model by the affect forward culture at the school is GOLD! The kids are also extremely involved and happily involved in volunteerism. They serve their community and feel all that goes along with that...and as a true community is an otherwise underserved Van Nuys community very much in need of support. This makes the school truly...Bank Street...John Dewey Progressive as my child is learning compassion and connection and responsibilty to and for of her world. Most importantly...it is FUN! I adore the people and our family is truly happy and thriving there. We lived in Carpenter School District (highly rated LAUSD public) and just sold our house to keep our kids in CCS. I WAS THE BEST DECISION THAT I HAVE EVER MADE and our tuition helps 30% of the school population (mostly from Van Nuys) go on full scholarship. It is an honor to have the opportunity to educate my daughters this way. The staff, the families...everyone is a joy and a pleasure to be with! Joyfully, Jacqui Malouf

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
It's about the whole child. They build self-esteem while educating your child and create citizens who care. Kids actually like learning. It's knowledge they can use 4-ever not just for a test that goes in one ear and out the other

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
I love this school because they walk to talk. They are a progressive based school and they teach the kids how to fit in socially in this world, along with academics by learning by doing, not teaching the kids to memorize so they can just pass the test. Their teacher's are amazing and caring!! They give more than 30% of the families some kind of assistance for tuition and their is a very diverse levels of families and interests. My son has learned so much from this way of teaching and I can see the difference when he is in a room full of other kids, he is much more socially in tacked then other kids from other schools. This school needs to be rewarded for staying strong on teaching kids this way!!!! They are educating strong thinkers, who have a passion for learning and have the self esteem that creates citizens who can make a change in how they act, learn and are with this world. This is the best school and the best way for a child to learn-More schools should learn from Children's Community School, then more kids would have a desire to make a difference in this world.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
It's a hands-on, creative, nurturing environment that treats each child as an individual, yet teaches all the academics in a unique, interesting, and fun way so that children LEARN by doing not by rote memorization. Kids love to come to school, aren't inundated with mindless homework, and end up being invested in their own learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
CCS is a tight-knit community that fosters the love of long term learning and social responsibility to its children and even the parents of those children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Children from CCS are life long learners, joyously waiting for each ay of school and thrilled with the adventures the day will bring! We couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
I love that its so open and free, the traditional constraints are not here and its an atmosphere I want for my children!

- submitted by a community member
September 18, 2009
My daughter LOVES to learn and she LOVES going to school everyday! You will never see a bigger group of kids that ask questions and enjoy their studies. The teachers and staff are phenomenal with an incredibly supportive group of parents. The school walks the walk I can't say enough good things.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
My kids got a great education here, and loved every day of it. What more can you ask? They learned to be great students and citizens, and to have passions in life.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Committed, caring and experienced staff, with a visionary Director. Kids of all types not only learn but thrive there.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 18, 2009
CCS is absolutely the most magical place for a child. They are nurturing, and yet they hold all the children accountable for their actions. I truly believe that my daughter has become more confidant at this school. We feel so fortunate to be a part of the CCS community.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Truly lives up to it's name to provide a haven where each child can reach his or her greatest potential. My 5th grader currently enrolled is excited to go to school every single day, and my high schooler graduated from CCS with the very best foundation of critical thinking skills to enjoy learning for the rest of his life!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
CCS treats children as intelligent, creative and independent individuals. Curriculum is engaging, child-led and holistic. The top-notch staff works to bring out the best in every child as a whole person and member of society rather than a score.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
It is an amazing place where children THRIVE!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Children's Community School is a nurturing environment that fosters independence, creativity, confidence and a love of learning.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
CCS (Children's Community School) is the most creative, supportive, intelligent environment in which children learn. My daughter graduated there this year and was educated for life at CCS. I couldn't imagine a better place for learning!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Neal Wrightson is the best founder/director in the world!!! The teachers are brilliant and inspiring! The space is beautiful and intimate! The kids are unforgettable! The parents are dedicated and passionate! I wish I could go back!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 18, 2009
Progressive education! Child-centered! Parental community!

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2009
Pretty traditional school with an overlay of progressive education. The staff are established, skilled teachers who are responsive to the children's educational and social development. The curriculum is tightly controlled by the teachers and it does not appear that the children have as much input as you would expect in a progressive school. This was clearly exemplified in the art projects where either the art teacher was dictating what the children would create or parents who were volunteering would impose their vision on the final project. On the good side, CCS does work hard to reach out to the neighboring community and offers solid in-class discussions on race and equality. The quality of the admin staff is uneven but the few times there were problems in the classroom (hitting, etc ) the director and teachers were quick to work with the students to discuss the issues and resolve the conflict.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2006
A true gem. Absolutely devoted director, staff and community.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2006
the school is unique in its implimentation of John Dewey's Progressive philosophy of education. Guided and supported learning and more independent learning than you would find in most schools creates young people who are confident, skilled and learn to love learning.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2005
I am a former Elementary Special Ed. teacher and I currently train teachers at the University level. I have 2 children, 7 and 10, who attend CCS. This school creates students with a strong academic base, a love of learning, and a strong sense of self. It is non-traditional approach to meeeting students individual academic and socio-emotional needs at their own pace. The children, school, and parents work hand in hand to support the community through volunteerism and fundraising. The curriculum is in accordance with State Standards and is integrated throughout the school. Amazing specialist programs allow students to express their knowlege of subject matter through art, music, and dance. All students learn to read music and enjoy opporunities to perform for the school community. This is a remarkable place where children learn and grow in a nurturing democratic enviornment which supports every aspect of their development. A very special place!

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2005
Children's Community School has offered my two, very different children the opportunities they needed to emerge as their true, best selves. Academic challenges abound, but the school's choice to focus on the ideal of creating responsible, respectful citizens of our future democracy is more thrilling. All the children at CCS are immersed in the process - of listening to their peers and determining the course of their studies as well as the outcomes of their conflicts. There are a lot of collaborative projects and many field trips, as well as lengthier camping trips and significant study trips, (to Boston, Washington DC, etc.), in the upper grades. The practice of calling the teachers and administrators by their first names is a simple, but effective means of encouraging the children to see the adults of their community as collaborators in the social discovery we've all undertaken at CCS. A great school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 01, 2005
When told our daugher's first grade teacher wanted a parent meeting we thought, 'This can't be good.' He opened saying, 'I'd really like to hear how you're experiencing Julia these days.' He then displayed extraordinary listening skills. Later he added his impressions and expressed concerns not about her achievement but about her well being. This meeting exemplifies my experience of CCS - they look at the whole child and bring all their resources to bear on behalf of the student. What a comforting, encouraging environment for us all!

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2005
My eldest son began at CCS in kindergarden and is now in second grade. I have been impressed by his passion for school, his explosion in math and reading and very little need for involvement on my part in his homework. In other words, the homework is age and development appropriate. Even though my son is not a natural talent, I love the music program. By the time the children are in 6th grade they are accomplished in voice and at least recorder. Parents are active and supportive in all aspects of the school from attending the Friday morning all-school meetings to serving 'hot lunch' to volunteering in the library for children to practice their reading out loud. Teachers take the time to discuss social problems the children are experiencing in a supportive way. Hurt feelings from the playground are thus resolved instead of ignored or suppressed.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2005
A great school for progressive education. All staff is involved, knows each child and family, is invested in each child's success and moves along with appropriate developmental speed. Teachers are warm and caring, as is staff. Community is really a hallmark. The school draws from a diverse community and lives their values.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2005
We love CCS (Children's Community School). Our kids are there and they are learning how to be leaders, independent thinkers, motivated students, lovers of learning, members of their community, critical thinkers, and well rounded human beings. They love school, they love to learn, they love to explore, create, study, read and create. What more can a parent ask for?!

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2005
I would always recomend CCS if you are looking for a nurture enviroment, a place where the kids learn to have common sense, to be leaders and great thinkers. Is not magic, they have a good group of teachers who believe in the school philosophy and who are very happy to teach to these kids. I would recomend CCS just for the parents who want to see how it blooms in their kids the unique personality that we all have inside.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2005
CCS is a great school! My son loves going to school every day -- his ideas are respected and he's engaged and taking responsiblity for himself.

- submitted by a administrator
November 28, 2005
Great school. Neal is a visionary leader. The staff and teachers are top notch.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2005
The director, teachers and staff at this school are committed to providing a child-centered curriculum that involves the students in making choices about their schoolwork in a positive, energizing way. Our son's teacher has been intimately involved in his day-to-day progress, meeting with us at the beginning of the year to make plans for his work this year, giving us regular feedback and ideas about how to enhance his learning process, and providing strong guidance and feedback to him in a way that still allows him to describe his teacher as 'fun.' And this from a kid who transferred recently from another school, and whose general attitude about school has been very negative up to this point. We love CCS for the respect it gives students, parents and teachers!

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2005
Bring your child to a place where the teachers know the children. Progressive education, that educates the whole child.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2005
What a wonderful place to be a kid. The love of learning and curiosity are encouraged constantly. The kids are taught at their own pace, even if it takes a day or two more to understand a concept, plus lots of one on one and small group instruction. The teachers are so in tune with the kids and their needs and abilities, which is such a contrast compared to other private and public schools. There is a nice balance between academics and the arts. Playtime and informal team sports are a great part of the day for my son. And, the classes have wonderful field trips.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2005
This is one of the premiere progressive schools in the country. It is rooted in the principles of the great philosopher and educational theorist John Dewey. It focuses on learning by doing with an emergent curriculum that develops throughout the year. The children are thrilled to be there every day and they possess a love for learning. Their individuality is totally embraced and they leave being self-confident and highly motivated by their own individual curiousity. The music and art program is excellent and there are wonderful community activities that involve the entire school - children, teachers, administrators and parents. The school is 25 years old at the same location and is currently going through it's 3rd expansion. It is also highly supported by the surrounding neighborhood. Many parents express that they wish they had gone to a school like this in their primary years.

- submitted by a parent
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Children's Community School
14702 Sylvan Street, Los Angeles, CA  91411
(818) 780-6226
Last modified Children's Community School is a Private school that serves grades K-6
Children's Community School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 71 reviews. Top