This school is wonderful! Small class sizes, wonderful teachers, and a proactive administration provide a great education for our child. The best in the valley by far!
New Head of School is rock solid with an outstanding resume in education. She has really made a positive impact on this school. Friendly and easy to deal with if a parent has ANY concerns. School secretary also very personable. Great teachers are the backbone of this small school. Yes, it is small, but I'll take individualized instruction by teachers who really care about a child improving versus a class size of 17-32 students like other area schools.
Best school in the desert hands down. We love this school! My daughter started at the PDCPC Primary School 3 years ago and is now in Kindergarten at The Academy of Palm Desert Community Presbyterian Church. In Kindergarten, every student in my daughter's class learned all the states and capitals. We are enrolled for 1st grade. Her reading level and math level are a year ahead of other local schools. We love the character and faith based teaching and that children from other religions attend as well. The staff and teachers are top notch. I love the emphasis on art, music etc. Children of all levels thrive. The after school activities such as pottery, cooking, etc you can't get anywhere else. We are crossing our fingers that 8th grade will be added in a year so we know where our daughter will be attending for the next 8 years. The best part is that The Academy is a very humble, welcoming, encouraging environment. Meet any of the students and you'll see what I'm talking about.
The Academy is an incredible school. The teachers are beyond dedicated to our children and we can't say enough about what a great school it is. Only recently, 18 of our students won awards in the Palm Desert Art and Essay Contest. The Academy won a third of the 55 awards given at our grade levels and this was in competition with some very good students at some very good schools!!! We were all very proud, however it wasn't at all surprising. The Academy teachers are uniquely able to consider each child's level and gifts, and with our small class sizes, are able to tailor their education accordingly. What more can a parent ask for? If you are looking for a wonderful place for your children you need to check out the Academy. You won't be disappointed and it might be the best thing you have ever done for your child or (children). Also, recently the Church announced that they were going ahead with 7th grade. So now we have Preschool - 7th grade! Many thanks go to the Presbyterian Church and their parishioners for believing in the Academy and for putting their love and support behind it. Our children are thriving at the Academy~!
The Academy is hands down the best in the Valley! No comparison the level of achievement my child has accomplished. To see the level of respect my child has for the teachers and how eager my child is to be there every day! truly shows the commitment the teachers have on their students. The small class size and the attention to every detail growing little minds need is met at this great school! I can't think of any other school claiming the same.
This is the greatest school in the valley. The most amazing and caring teachers, it really shows through in the kids. You won't find the small class sizes and great academic programs anywhere else in town.
The Academy is without question a model school in our community for several key reasons: 1) Small class sizes, 2) teachers that really enjoy what they do and convey a passion for learning that is infectious, and 3) wonderful families who are actively involved in their children s education. All of these remarkable characteristics, in combination with a faith-based curriculum are a recipe for success. Additionally, the tuition is comparable to other faith-based institutions in the area that have significantly larger student-faculty ratios. We cannot recommend The Academy more highly!
Love the class sizes - What a difference that makes. My 2nd grader is reading above 5th grade level. We could not have made a better choice. All Smiles.
The Academy is the "whole" package! The Headmaster, faculty and staff provide an environment where the children are enthusiastic to learn and know they are being cared for. The added benefit of a stellar curriculum is just the icing on the cake for us. The students are respectful because they are treated with respect. Yesterday's Academy Sunday at the church reminded me just how lucky we are to have found such a jewel.
We recently moved to the desert and chose to enroll our daughter at the Academy. Having come from another faith based private school, I can confidently say the Academy is AMAZING!!! The teachers are wonderful and care personally for each child. The curriculum is well rounded offering enrichment study in the arts, character development and Christian education. Small class sizes enable teachers the opportunity to focus on each child as an individual, pushing them to a higher standard or giving a little extra help where they may be struggling. The headmaster is very involved and leads a well run school. Overall, The Academy's small family like environment encourages a love for learning and builds deep rooted confidence. PRICELESS!!!
Amazing school! My child absolutely loves it at The Academy and is truly hitting her stride academically and socially. The Academy has inspired so much confidence in her and we can see it coming through both in school and out. I think the small class sizes and individualized attention really help keep all kids performing at a high level and accelerates overall progress. We highly recommend The Academy for anyone looking for a high quality academic institution.
The Academy is a simply a wonderful school. The Academy maintains very small class sizes (in an era of rising class sizes in most other schools) and is blessed with an exceptional staff and great teachers, as well as a family-oriented church community and parental organization that are wildly supportive of the program -- factors that combine to make the Academy one of the finest elementary schools in Southern California. Come watch the children arrive in the morning and attend assembly -- they simply can't wait to be there.
The Academy provides everything we desire for our daughter beginning with an incredible sense of family from all sectors. Because of the intimate class setting each child is given the educational challenge and attention that ensures the opportunity to flourish is uncompromised. The application of the curriculum develops the entire child; intellectually, emotionally, socially and spiritually. I highly recommend this school to any parent who wants to provide their child the best enviornment for learnng and development for their future.
The Academy truly is a a special place. From the strong leadership of our Headmaster to the excellent teachers and staff we could not be happier. Most of all there is a school house full of happy children! Small class sizes like no other school, a warm friendly and safe environment to bring out the distinct possibilities in every child by promoting character, faith and intellect. We highly recommend this wonderful school.
The Academy offers an intimate, high quality, caring and loving academic environment for our children. The headmaster's and teacher's dedication and professionalism, in addition to the small class size makes this school unmatched in the desert. The Presbyterian pastor Doug Gerrard is a truly caring, wonderful man who genuinely cares about the school and our children and it is a true gift to our family and the entire desert community.
The Academy is a terrific school! Dr. Cansdale and his team of teachers and administrators are doing a wonderful job in helping build fine young people and providing for academic excellence. Our daughter loves The Academy. We would recommend The Academy to any family who believes in a Christian based, highly-academic and loving environment for your child.
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