It’s a dirty little secret that for your family and child to survive at RHCDS you can’t tick the administration off. People who try to change things (e.g. more partnering between parents and school), who cry foul (e.g. get more visibility into what their donations go to) or yell too loud or whose kids are either too spirited or different for the administration will, at best, be frowned on and at worst blackballed, persecuted, kids singled out, drummed out of school. If your kid goes here, my advice is stay low, accept whatever they tell you to do – regardless of whether you agree – This school is best for sheep. Unless you are one of their favorites – because the administration has families they love and gush over while the rest get ignored. But woe to the favored family that screws up, because the administration will figure out how to make your child’s life miserable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!