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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
The class sizes in my son's classes have always been around 20 students, nowhere near the 35 in my district's school. He gets such incredibly personalized attention that he sometimes complains that the teacher pays too much attention to him! We LOVE the teachers there and they just announced a new lower school director and she is wonderful, there for over 10 years I think so she will know exactly which direction to take and what goals to set. I couldn't be happier. The school work is not easy, so we have to put in a lot of effort to make sure we do everything we can to keep up, but there is no way to get swept under the rug there. I get calls and emails constantly to keep me in the loop. I know my son is loved and valued and challenged.
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.
We love this school and feel its the best school on the hill! The teachers are great and our kids are so happy here.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Amazed by the remarks of the parents from the school, obviously, these parents are just observing from the surface. The school has leadership issues and there are no value add from the current team to add to the children education. Do not just look at the tangibles but the content of the education that your child is going thru. Most of the reviewers thinks it is a great school...but obviously most of the reviewers do not know whats is a great school. You have missed out so so much for your child. For one, the class size in the school is just like any other free public school except that you are paying so much more for this school. :)
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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