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Posted April 27, 2010

CCS is so grateful for the support of the parents on this site. As a famous progressive eductor once said, 'Progressive education is for ALL children, but it may not be for all parents.' Clearly, CCS has found a lot of parents who it is right for.

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Posted 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.

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted May 1, 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

Posted December 2, 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.

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted April 9, 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted March 4, 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

Posted 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.

Posted 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

Posted 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

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 26%
Hispanic 9% 52%
Black 7% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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