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K-8
Private
Rolling Hills Estates, CA
Students enrolled: 360
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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26444 Crenshaw Blvd
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

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(310) 377-4848
(310) 377-9651
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October 16, 2014
It's pretty clear that all of the bad reviews are coming from ONE person that had a bad experience. I mean, no art/music programs?!? Did your child even attend Country Day??? My child has art AND music multiple times per week and is learning Mandarin and Spanish in Kindergarten. Name another school in PV that does that! The fact is, there is no other place that your child will be more completely educated from moral character, science, art, music, athletics, and academics than Country Day. If you are fine with your child only learning what some test scores need them to learn then go ahead and make another choice for your child.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2014
The school ranks very low academically, school administration needs overhaul and change is needed. The leader is not the right person to run the school...pity to see the existing students in the school....there's better schools around the RPV area. Even those not in the school has nothing good to comment about the leadership of the school. Pity those parents who are in the school.

- submitted by a community member
April 14, 2014
Best school ever! My kids are so lucky to get to go here. They have such warm and nurturing teachers and administration. We are lucky to have found this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2014
We started after the school year began and loved the school from the first minute! The admissions dir. is the sweetest and most proactive person we came in contact with in our entire school search. She made us feel at home and made sure my kid had some one to play with even before we were accepted into CD. LOVE our teacher. Best thing we have done.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2013
RHCDS is an amazing place for children and fosters a love for learning. They obviously have the standard curriculum covered, but also go beyond and offer many other classes that youngsters crave to break up the monotony of daily school work. My child's favorite is computer, but Mandarin is a close second with the recent addition of this program for the lower grades. The teachers truly care about their students and want them to succeed. I love the feeling of community among the parents and the positive vibe on campus. They are definitely doing things right.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
In September 2012 our son attended the middle school, finding the promise of a "welcoming & accepting " student body to be far from the truth. Being new arrivals we knew no one at the school or within the community. Sadly once school began we found the class to be non-inclusive, dismissive and at times bullying to our son. There were a few serious incidents that had to be brought directly to the Executive Director before any action was taken. The lack of response from an unclear administrative chain of command was shocking. RHCDS could benefit greatly from a "counselor" who parents could seek out if there are issues. There is a distinct sub-par language program and the science program is mediocre at best. There are wonderful facilities such as the computer lab and the pool which initially enticed us. No music/art program. Teachers were caring professionals but there are a few horrible exceptions. The Exec. Director has a no-nonsense approach which was very appreciated, although this is not supported by her 2nd tier administration. Parent community is very familiar, a tight knit group. We found cocky confidence + sports enthusiasm = valued traits here. Academics rank lower.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2013
RHCDS is an outstanding school and clearly the best choice for any parent in the South Bay or Palos Verdes Peninsula area. RHCDS provides an an academically challenging curriculum at each grade level, appropriate to the students capabilities. Before we chose a school for our children, we visited all of the local private schools and spoke with parents at each school. After these encounters, the choice was clearly RHCDS. Our family would love it if the school went through High School.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
One of the worst school ever and the team should be overhaul completely. The school needs a fresh perspective of a quality education. Feel sorry for the existing students who are in the school.

- submitted by a community member
July 30, 2013
Thank you to all of the parents who have given your support to our school via this website. As a teacher, I know how hard the faculty and staff work o make the educational experience for the students successful. We all feel so lucky to work in an environment where the parents and teachers work as a team. RHCDS is truly a special place!

- submitted by a teacher
July 30, 2013
RHCDS is an amazing school. The teachers and administration are so caring and involved. The teachers give individualized attention, and know our children so well. The communication is incredible. Our daughter's teacher even came to her sporting event on the weekend to cheer her on. Thank you, RHCDS!

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2013
This school is such a great environment for my child. I love all the personal attention he gets, along with support and tools for him to be independent and self sufficient. They have such a variety in their curriculum, I feel it truly balances each student and allows each person to find success.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2013
This school is a perfect fit for us. The faculty is warm and knowledgeable, and the kids learn about good character and strong leadership from each teacher they meet. They have wonderful events like Olympic Day and Multi-Cultural Day, but they don't do things for appearances. They don't expect us to spend thousands on costumes or on parties. They just help us teach our kids good morals on top of the best education you could hope to get. I can't say enough to endorse their programs and faculty.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2013
We love this school and feel its the best school on the hill! The teachers are great and our kids are so happy here.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2013
We love Country Day! Our kids came from a neighboring public school and we feel like our children are in a place that is nurturing and safe plus we get an amazing education! We couldn't be happier with our experience. The faculty and administration are very supportive. We are lucky to have found such a place for our children.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2013
Country Day has everything we want and more. Could not be happier with the teachers. My kids must see 8 teachers a week! Music, art, library etc. The list goes on and on. We have never experienced a school like this!

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2013
Country Day is much more than a school. It is a second home! The teachers all care about my kids as individuals. As special, and unique. They are loved, educated and really are being shaped into great people, the school supports what we strive for at home. They have art, music and incredibly small classes! 20:1 does not exist in any public school. We have 12:1 for my kindergartner! Worth every penny. And ended up cheaper than public when you add all the extra classes I had to pay for.

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2012
My kids have gone to public school and were lost in the massive class size (at least 30:1)! At Country Day class sizes are much smaller and the kids can really learn and the teachers can really teach. The kids here want to learn and they don't have the discipline issues that the public schools do because they don't have to put up with it!

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2012
This is an outstanding school. The teachers care about the school and each individual child. There is great communication and middle school parents can check their child's grades on the internet daily. If there are any problems, the teachers have always communicated them with me and my child before it gets to be a huge problem. Science labs and SmartBoards have been added when other schools are cutting. I feel my child is receiving a well-rounded education. Something to note: don't come to this school thinking you can write a big check and get your way... that is the problem I believe some of these negative reviews stem from. Country Day doesn't take big donations or have special donors, which makes it a much more even playing field for parents at a private school (where often the biggest donor gets the biggest say). Some folks don't get this and get mad when they demand their child be put in a different class or be given different work than what the teacher deems appropriate. Unfortunately (or fortunately), those people tend to feel negative and leave. I for one, am glad the administration doesn't let these parents run the school with their checkbook as they'd like to do

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2012
This great school creates lifelong learners. They learn different techniques for organizing their time from elementary through middle school - learning important planning skills along the way. Students also learn and grow through public speaking in their classrooms and in front of the school several times each year. I have seen my child and each classmate rise to the occasion. It builds confidence and is a great life skill.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2012
This is a really wonderful school with high tech gadgets in the classrooms and teaching good old fashion values. The teachers and leadership are warm and truly seem to care about the kids. They know every child by name! It seems like every year the school spends money to improve something to benefit the children. My daughter loves the school very much and so do we.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2012
My kid went to Rolling Hills Country Day School from 2nd to 8th grade. The staff was great and I can honestly say that they helped push my daughter ahead of the pack. Definitely a fan!

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2012
Great school! Great teachers! Great families! Where else can your kids have small class sizes with individual teachers for music, art, science, Spanish (middle school now has Mandarin!) computers, 4 physical education teachers? I have toured and researched many schools and this was the PERFECT fit for our family.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2012
My children have just excelled at this school. We were at a local public school and I was sick of the LARGE class sizes! My kids weren't being challenged and the amount of discipline issues that the teachers had to deal with daily was AWFUL! More time was being spent on that than on learning. We could go back and attend a public local school (and save lots of money!), but it's hard to justify it when my kids love RHCDS and thrive there. It has been worth every sacrifice that we have made. RHCDS is not a fit for everyone (as seen by some of the awful comments elsewhere), but for every family that chooses to leave there are plenty of others choosing to come. The school stays current and hasn't cut back, in the last 3 years alone we have seen SMART boards in every classroom, a new PE field/turf, iPads in all the elementary classrooms, and a brand new lower school science lab.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2012
RHCDS has a wonderful and nurturing environment. My kids have been apart of Lower and Middle School. I cannot thank the teachers and administration enough for what they are doing for my children. Even though the economy is tough, we choose to send our kids to private school. Our kids get the chance to swim during P.E., they also get to enjoy art classes, spanish, computer class as well as yoga! I cannot wait for school to resume is a couple of weeks. I would recommend RHCDS to any parent who would like to give their children the greatest gift of all... a great education!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2012
This is such a warm, safe and nurturing environment. The school lets the kids see what their potential is and strive to be the best they can be. My kids are soooo lucky to get to go here! It is worth all the sacrifices we have to make!

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2012
Country Day School has changed my family's life. My kids were so lucky to have the opportunity to graduate from CDS. They are now confident high schoolers with an incredible foundation in academics, and they are also nice kids that thrive socially/emotionally in their varied high schools. I cannot say enough about the environment they create on campus. Safe, challenging, and the kids are held accountable! I just love that. Kids make mistakes and Country Day is right there to help them figure things out and make the right choices. It is the best school on the hill and I challenge anyone to visit the campus and find any flaws!

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2012
I'm an alumni of this school and have nothing but positive to say about it. I came from a public school in 6th grade, and I can TRUELY appreciate what this school has to offer. Not only did the school help with with my education, but the uniforms took the awful teenage girl drama out of every day life. The teachers and staff gave me the tools to succeed in high school and in life. Country Day made my future brighter!

- submitted by a community member
April 17, 2012
We are new to RHCDS this year and over halfway through the school year we can confidently say this is one of the best decisions we have made for our child. While many other schools in the area are cutting back on programs and emphasizing a curriculum that will simply yield high test scores, RHCDS continues to offer a well-rounded education. All of the teachers are caring and small class sizes allow for individualized attention when needed. The Lower School has specialty teachers for a variety of subjects (art, music, science, Spanish, physical education, and computer), in addition to the core curriculum taught by the main teacher. We never have to feel like our child will fall through the cracks here. We feel a school should offer more than just an academic education. With RHCDS, we can see the school reinforcing our efforts as parents to build the foundation for fine character, good study habits and strong decision making skills.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2012
If you are looking for whole child development (academic, social, emotional and physical), then RHCDS is the place for your child. The teachers are amazing, approachable and very interested in their students. The art, music and physical education programs are outstanding. The Administration is progressive and focused on providing a foundation that leads to well rounded, successful adults (compassion, critical thinking skills, and leadership). A school can only do so much. When parents and school officials are on the same page, then a child thrives. However, some parents, as the negative comments suggest, may not understand the importance of that partnership. Communication is key to having any good relationship and that includes the relationship you have with your child's school. At a time when public schools are having to cut back programs or increase class sizes, the exact opposite is happening at RHCDS. I wholeheartedly recommend this school for proactive families who are active and engaged with their child's growth and development. If you expect to drop your child off, have the school do all of the work and complain, then please go somewhere else.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2012
My kids get so much personalized attention at Rolling Hills! The teachers really know them and they are truly dedicated to developing the "whole child"! The classrooms are so well rounded, they get art, music, PE, computer, Spanish, library and so much more every week. I can't say enough about this school. I could not ask for a better education for my kids.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2012
As a grandparent with two grandchildren attending, I have nothing but the highest praise for R.H. Country Day School. Mr daughter and son-in-law both speak so highly of the curriculum, the caring teachers, and the outstanding communication between the parents and the teachers. I am happy to visit whenever I get the chance and see for myself how wonderful it truly is.

- submitted by a community member
March 27, 2012
I've had two children graduate from Country Day School and they are at the top of their classes in high school. I was so lucky to find this school, my kids are confident, well-rounded people and I could not be happier with the foundation RHCDS gave them. They are strong in math and English, and tested into the AP classes with ease. The families at the school are warm and caring and I am so grateful to the middle school teachers for being so willing to stay late or come early to help when my kids needed it. The classes are engaging and the teachers do not criticize the students, they are free to be who they are without any fear of repercussions. My kids went on to top high schools and will continue to wonderful colleges because of the education they earned at RHCDS.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2012
The school itself is quaint and adorable. The teachers and assistants are lovely. The projects and passion everyone has for the school is noteworthy. The parent involvement and support system is commendable. However, the administration is harsh, outdated and disconnected. The education standards "appear" to be high-but are far below the area public schools-with no way to truly compare students to others "truthfully." The tuition is outrageous...especially in terms of academic progress. I had several children attend before transferring to PV schools-all who made outstanding scores while at RHCDS but had obvious problems when entering the public school system-they were so far behind the other students. Palos Verdes has THE best schools in the state-its absurd to spend the money RHCDS demands for mediocre education that leaves the children far behind and can seriously hurt them academically when transferring into public school...which must be done whether the parent chooses to early or when the child moves automatically from 8th to 9th (the highest grade this school goes). Save your money, and your child's future and consider the outstanding PV school district we are so lucky to have!

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2011
I am a Country Day Dad and I love this school. My kids came from public schools in Torrance, but moving over to the nurturing environment at RHCDS has been the best decision I have made for my family. The teachers are experienced, and know how to get the best out of my kids. Best of all, my 8th grade son has 8 students in his advanced math class. There is no way to slip through the cracks. Small classes make all the difference.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2011
My children love the teachers and have made nice friendships. The teachers have all been exactly what my children need at the time.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2011
Our kids have absolutely loved RHCDS for multiple years. . .they say they want to stay until 8th grade, which itself is a tribute to this school. It's hard to get them to leave at the end of the day! There is no perfect school, private or public. But, in my opinion. RHCDS offers SO much in a very safe, very nurturing, accomodating, yet challenging environment. It's not just about academics, but about being an upstanding "citizen". Yoga, public speaking, swimming, incredible field trips and outdoor education, a new science lab, and fantastic facilities complement a great education. There are incredible parent opportunities without obligation. We could definitely attend a top-notch public school (and save lots of money!), but it's hard to justify it when my kids love RHCDS and thrive there. RHCDS is not a fit for everyone (as seen by some disparaging comments elsewhere), but for every family that chooses to leave there are others choosing to come. The school stays current and hasn't cut back, . in the last 3 years alone we have seen SMART boards in every classroom, a new PE field/turf, mobile laptops, iPads in kindergarten, and a brand new lower school science lab.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2011
I attended this school a couple of years ago and overall I didn't find my experience very satisfying. The principal was inconsiderate and didn't seem to do her job very well, instead leaving all the work to the rest of the administration. Although the teachers were professional and kind, classes-wise, I didn't feel challenged at all. The Honors classes here were basically regular classes elsewhere. Students tended to form cliques. One would expect everyone from such a small school to be extremely close, but except for outdoor ed, we really didn't interact that much with each other. The campus, although well-groomed, was tiny. Not much room to move around. All nine grades shared a field, two basketball courts and a playground. I was on student council, participated in sports, and had one of the highest GPA's in the class upon graduating, but if I could redo my middle school experience, I wouldn't choose to go here. To parents of prospective students: Many middle schools in the Palos Verdes area are top-notch. With its steep tuition and mediocre management, I would suggest you evaluate this school carefully before making your final decision.

- submitted by a community member
July 21, 2011
The school suffers because the executive director has no background in education and thus the school is run unprofessionally. She fired two teachers in the middle of the school year with no prior notice or explanation - literally here today gone the next. She did the same thing to the middle school head. There have been four heads of the middle school in the past five years and many of the better teachers have retired. The amount orf homework, tests, and projects is over the top. The idea promoted apparently is the more stressed and busy you can keep the children the more they will learn. For many students this means no time for extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2011
We love RHCDS! We feel like our children are in a place that is nurturing and safe plus we get a top notch education! We couldn't be happier with our experience. The faculty and administration are very, very supportive. We are lucky to have found such a place for our children.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2011
We have been at RHCDS for 4 years, and while no school is perfect for all kids and families, we have been generally very pleased. When we have a concern or a question, we go directly to the applicable teacher, focus group representative for our grade, or the principal. We have not had a problem in engaging in productive communications with any teacher on campus. It sounds like there are a few frustrated parents out there who feel that they need to air out complaints about individuals in public. That's really too bad, and it sounds like that this school was not a good fit for their family. However, to describe individuals with such specificity in such a small school environment seems wrong to me.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2011
Our family & friends families have had several children go through RHCDS & we've seen a DRAMATIC drop overall. Our (2 families) children are TERRIFIED of the Executive Director too. They feel she favors certain families & when they complain about a teacher, that beloved teacher is gone. The quality of instruction in the elem level is poor. Our children were TRAUMATIZED by their kindergarten teacher, then had her again for 1st grade the next year despite our plea to switch teachers. She is HORRIBLE. The caliber of work & instruction is low especially in 5th grade. The women in 5th grade can't edit/write nor teach math. They rely on the books, their assignments are juvenile, they gossip in front of our kids & they have low expectations compared to the previous teachers. Its sad that the director favors the worst teachers & gets rid of the good teachers w/out warning. They were why we kept our kids there. Our child's math teacher doesn't teach at all; its play time in the basement. When we help at home, we ask, what did your teacher teach you & the response is, "She doesn't teach. She just talks about random stuff." We did love RHCDS but our last child will not attend.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2011
Sadly, we used to love this school. Our children loved their teachers. Our children are unfortunately scared of the school's director. They come home saying that the teachers they love are getting fired or are not returning the following year without any explanation. Our older children who recently graduated feel sorry for the younger ones because the teachers they had are no longer there. In addition, the teachers that are the link between the lower school and middle school are very weak and half the time our daughter (currently in 5th grade) is teaching herself math since her teacher always tells her to just look at the book when she doesn't understand math. One a good note, facilities are amazing and the middle school English staff is amazing (hopefully they don't get fired in mid year like the 2 this year) as well as the male middle school math teacher. The PE program and the Art program are great too! The computer teacher is less than desirable but he is leaving. Like said, we used to love this school but a heavy, fearful and very uncomfortable vibe looms whenever I'm on that campus to pick up my kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2011
Great facilities. Small class size. Lots of individual attention. Wide variety of classes taught--language arts, arts, computer lab, music, PE. Many of these subjects are not offered at our local public school. We believe this is giving a much more rounded and richer school experience. It has been our experience that the administration is very responsive, available and approachable. The parents are also very active in school functions. We feel very fortunate to have our children here.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2011
A wonderful nurturing school that I would highly recommend. My child is in the lower school and absolutely loves it. He has thrived in every way...academically, socially and emotionally. They do a great job balancing the day and a solid academic program is weaved in between art, PE, computers, Spanish, music (choral, instrumental) and library. My child takes the bus from the beach cities and it's a highlight of the day. All the students (middle school included) are so respectful and kind. The school places a big emphasis on a positive school culture. The school has a lot of fun activities throughout the year (grade level activities, field trips, school carnival, Olympic day, outdoor education for the higher grades). It is a work hard, play hard environment. I can not say enough good things about the school. It will be the best decision you make for your child.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2009
Extremely happy with RHCDS and recommend it highly to those seeking a fine education for their children. My son is so happy with every single aspect of the school, as I am. We would not be more pleased!!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2009
RHCDS has a wonderful and nurturing environment. My kids have been apart of Lower and Middle School. I cannot thank the teachers and administration enough for what they are doing for my children. Even though the economy is tough, we choose to send our kids to private school. Our kids get the chance to swim during P.E., they also get to enjoy art classes, spanish, computer class as well as yoga! I cannot wait for school to resume is a couple of weeks. I would recommend RHCDS to any parent who would like to give their children the greatest gift of all... a great education!!!

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June 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2009
Horrible experience at RHCDS - would never recommend to any child - parents beware!

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November 13, 2008
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September 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2008
Our children have blossomed at RHCDS. The faculty and staff are very professional and dedicated. Academics are of the highest caliber and our children benefit not only from small class sizes, but dedicated, competent instructors who encourage the students to excel intellectually. Issues of bullying, prevalent in every school have always been handled professionally and sensitively.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2007
Administration is not fully committed to the children. Bullies are left to rule the campus in most grades. Administration is unstable in the Middle school. It feels as though the head of the school is more focused on appearances than making a safe environment for the students in order for the students to focus on their lessons rather than other students put downs and manipulations. The administration will not use any disciplinary measures what so ever. There is an honor code that is recited several times a week, but there is no enforcement what so ever. This school provides less than public schools have to offer as far as the middle school is concerned.

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June 17, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2005
High quality private school; administration and faculty committed to excellence. Great communication beetween school and parents.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2005
Rolling Hills has given our child the very best start in education. I cannot speak highly enough of the school, its teachers and parents.

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September 06, 2004
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April 13, 2004
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Rolling Hills Country Day School
26444 Crenshaw Blvd, Rolling Hills Estates, CA  90274
(310) 377-4848
Last modified Rolling Hills Country Day School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Rolling Hills Country Day School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 58 reviews. Top