Couldn't be happier at Gooden. Reading through these posts, it's clear the people (or most likely one person) who didn't like the school had personal issues with one administrator. In my experience, the entire administration is attentive and responsive to the needs of the whole student body. As with any school, they can't cater to the needs of the unappeasable. Also, there's mention of weak areas in science and math. We have the most phenomenal science and math teachers! If in doubt, take your own tour. You'll absolutely fall in love with it!
I have a daughter who has been at the school for several years. When your child thinks that everyone should attend Gooden you know that they are doing something right. She has blossomed at the school with the love and guidance of not only her teachers but the entire staff. I will be sending my second child there next year. Maybe if the last poster is that unhappy, perhaps the school isn't the right fit?
This school is in serious trouble. Look elsewhere. Terrible leadership. A few good teachers left, but for how long? Is it tea they are serving? Or Kool aid?
While some class sizes are large the quality of teaching is strong especially in the middle school.
FIND ANOTHER SCHOOL...This one has become the lowest of the low. If we knew then, what we know now......it wouldn't have even been a contender. Christian? I don't think so. Just because you go to chapel twice a week doesn't give the values you preach to others.....shame, shame shame, shame on you ADMINISTRATION and the Jealous/Insecure teachers you have evaluating real teachers is in a word: PATHETIC.
We have a Kindergartener at the Gooden School and we love it! She adores her teacher. She receives a lot of one on one attention. She is getting a great education but is still able to play and have fun as she is not overwhelmed by too much homework. We love that the school offers a wonderful music and art program and that she has PE 4 days/week. We have been impressed by how well all of the staff/teachers at Gooden know our daughter. Our daughter's class is small but she interacts with the other grades and has made friends with children in different classes as well as her own. We love the traditions at Gooden and the strong emphasis placed on character and moral development. We couldn't be happier
My kids have been attending from kindergarden through middle school. Excellent school with caring and compassionate instructors. The things they do best is develop caring, compassionate students who have empathy and character. In my book, the rest will follow. Check it out.
We have been at The Gooden School for five years and currently have two children there. The teachers have been excellent and truly know my children. I have always admired the students and how well they treat each other. I especially enjoy seeing how kind the older students are to the younger ones. I am continually impressed with the academic programs. I feel I have two well educated happy kids that enjoy going to school. I am very pleased with the Head of School and feel she is doing an excellent job.
This has been a wonderful school for our family. It has a very strong academic program, a very nurturing environment, as well as a well-rounded curriculum including the arts. Both of our children have graduated and now attend excellent local high schools. Overall, we were very happy.
This school isn't as great as it could be because the leadership is so poor. It is frustrating.
The school can't offer what other private schools in the area provide. If your child needs extra help, you will have to pay out of pocket. It is run by a person who has horrible communication skills. Girls are given better treatment than boys. Enough said.
We just received our child's high school acceptance letter and are less than satisfied with the results. We were assured by the administration that Gooden students routinely get their first school of choice for high school, but this did not happen, and we are left holding the pieces of a now empty bag. Nine years wasted!!!
Great community, caring teachers, amazing music, art, Spanish & PE programs and teachers! We've really valued so much about Gooden. No school is perfect, but Gooden has been a great fit for us. Some have perceived the Head of school as distant, but she's actually quite warm with the children, just more on the introverted end and formal with families. Assistant Head covers the nurturing of the parents.
The good things about Gooden are the caring atmosphere , the required music classes, and the chapel requirement. Also, the teachers have been great. The problems appear to be in science. There is no real science program , and the time they have spent teaching children erroneous fantasies about nutrition and other trendy scientific subjects are completely wrong and a waste of time. Also, there is little extra opportunity for a truly gifted student. Since we are willing to supplement at home the weak areas at the school, we have chosen to support the school because of its caring, nurturing atmoshere.
The Gooden School ha been a wonderful experience for our family. We have two children who have graduated and gone on to excellent area high schools, and one child still at Gooden. Our older children were well prepared for high school, and have fond memories and friends from their days at Gooden. This is a great place for a strong, balanced education.
Not good.Gooden is a complete waste of money and there is no leadership to speak of. Children are better off, better educated, better equipped to face the real world and happier at public school. We have even experienced less behavioural problems and less bullying in public school. Don't waste your money.
Gooden School is a complete waste of money. Thre is a lack of serious leadership and the motto about respect is a joke. Kids get better education and are safer and happier at public schools. I am speaking from experience.
We think Gooden is the very best place for our child. The neg comments of some here are not something we've experienced.
It loves its children. It has a holistic education, where every part of the child is nurtured. This schools gets education right.
Great school and very solid educationally including fine and performing arts.
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