I am a parent at this school. I continue to have mixed emotions about it. Academically, this may be the best public school education I could get in the Denver area. Teachers are amazing, caring, and experienced. The amount of parent funding is downright shocking and allows for many extras- most importantly a better ratio!! 20 to 1 plus a para teacher in the room is wonderful. We were even offered reading support 4 days a week (from a Master s level reading specialist) for my daughter who is barely struggling! The negatives at the school that I am left with are these: First off, the front office staff needs to get a lesson in kindness and warmth. I do everything I can do avoid these ladies as they are just plain rude and mean. As for the principle, she herself appears to be outwardly kind but at the same time exudes a snotty snotty snotty fake attitude. Perhaps that works for some parents (many of whom are snotty themselves) but it doesn t work for me. Children very quickly assess attitude and there needs to be GENUINE kindness flowing from the top down. That being said I ignore the snotty office staff /parents as its hard to turn down such an amazing education.
The office staff is incredibly rude to both parents and children. While the principal preaches a no bulling policy she does little to discipline the bullies. I do not want my children to learn that this attitude is "OK". If I had to do it over again I would send my children to Greenwood Village Elementary or Saint Mary's.
Fantastic teachers and staff! excellent academics! great variety of special subjects each afternoon, and the year one class my child is in only has 19 students, so the teacher has really been able to connect and work with my child in a thoughtful and relaxed manner. We love it at CHVE! The school also has a very strong PTCO, so fundraising is well organized , totally transparent, very successful and there is no pressure to participate, if you do not want to in a particular year. ( this is very different to the private school experience we had in the local area ). The school community is large enough to allow all families the freedoms to do what they can, when they can. We highly recommend CHVE.
My child is a 1st grader at CHVE. We absolutely love the school. The teachers are caring. The principal is amazing and very involved. The class sizes are small. 20 kids in 1st grade with a para professional in the classroom as well. Lot's of great specials like gym, science, music, art, computers. 2nd languages are offered as well. I found the other parents to be very nice and very involved. There is a lot of fundraising which helps suport the school and a lot of involvement by the parents in classrooms, cafeteria, library etc. I am very happy that we chose this school for our kids.
This is our first year at CHVE so in comparing it to previous schools our children attended, we could clearly see the pros/cons. I found the school itself to be on target with their teaching. The teacher was professional and responsive, the school provided resources when our child needed help, and the principal did an excellent job of communicating to set a vision for the school. Parent were very involved and generously provided financial resources or materials when requested. However, I can see the drawbacks that other reviewers mentioned. There are parents who see CHVE as an extension of high school---as in their high school days, and they do care about where you live. This is true for EVERY school. Those parents are easy enough to avoid and you will find parents who's greatest concern is their child. I personally enjoyed the school events and appreciate that not all of them were just for the kids. If the snotty parents and kids bother you well...that's life, and it provides a great backdrop to teach your own kids about what is meaningful and about the disparities in the world. Focus on the academics and opportunities and you'll see what a great elementary this is.
I had my child here for 2 years...Kinder and 1st and the education that the children get is top notch. However, the parents make it unplesant for the new comers that aren't millionaires. They are rude, dismissive and like the other poster mentioned, pretentious. My daughter misses her teacher and some of the children in the class but I am so happy to be out of that sort of snobbish community. Too many of the school events had alcohol and even at some of the birthday parties the parents were drinking, which I found completely inappropriate. If you're into that sort of social thing, then this school is for you. But if you want a more wholesome community of people that don't want their children to be jaded by this liestyle then ths is NOT the school for you.
Office staff is amongst the rudest, most pretentious , elitist I have ever seen...unless you are wealthy, and then they are very friendly. The new principal this year shares in this behavior to some extent. Very cold and intolerant if you disagree with something. Teachers I have had mixed experience with. Kindergarten was quite good, very professional and thorough. First grade, this teacher I believe to be lazy and skittish. My child had some reading struggles and the reading specialists and team is very friendly and bubbly. I believe they are very capable. There is a ton of parent involvement, and as so many of the parents/mothers don't have to work, they are able to participate, and to their credit they do. It is very much a social club though, and if you are not of their ilk, people will barely speak to you. Apparently they mistake money for class, and judging by the cliqishness and elitism that leads to such rudeness, I have scarcely seen such low class behavior. The before and after school program is under funded, because MOST people there don't need the program. It is this kind of intolerance for "outsiders" that is truly shameful.
The experience my daughter had there was horrible, bullying by other girls. Teachers who don't care, office employees who are rude. If you have money, of course they are going to be nice to you. I pulled her out before she was even there for a year. She was sent to a private school where she excelled.
This is a school that caters to the rich and high achieving. I sent 3 kids there. We did out of district choice as I heard wonderful things about the school. My straight A student did well and teachers were wonderful. My other two students struggled at times and lived a lonely existence there. Teachers almost worship the wealthy parents, but those middle class ones are not heard. With my last child, when he began to struggle, they just didn't accept him back the next year. They didn't want his csap scores to lower the schools. They said there was no room, however they took the two out of district girls who were A students. Not an accepting school for anyone who doesn't fit into their mold.
I would rate this school lower if I could. Our one year there was the worst experience I've had as a parent. We have 2 kids, so 2 teachers. Neither had classroom control. One teacher didn't seem to even like kids and was always flustered. Other parents had the same complaints but the principal said she was a good teacher. Staff at the front desk are unfriendly and uninviting. School psychologist can't even return emails. Principal's response to complaints was - other parents love this school. It scores well on tests, so I guess she figures everything is fine. However, the kids all come from high achieving gene pool. Bullying is a big problem. With boys it is physical. With girls, expect to be teased if you don't wear the right brand clothes. Some parents seem to like the social aspects of the school, like a country club.
Thed teacher care so much about the students than fills like family, they really put a lot in the kids for them to be able to reach the best of them.
I do not fully agree with the other reviews. CHVE may be a great for academics but I feel it also has very pretentious staff and parents. So if you are not actually a resident of Cherry Hills Village itself, I would highly consider thinking twice about this school.
Cherry Hills Village Elementary is definitely one of the better elementary schools. Many kids, whose parents can afford to send their children to any private school, attend CHVE.
When I moved here in 3rd grade everybody was very welcoming to me. The academic prgram is awesome I love it! All of the teachers help me if I don't undestand some thing. When I come home i speak Spanish to my parents don't get what I am saying. It makes me feel like I acomplished something. I absolutly love CHVE!
CHVE is the most incredible school. The principal is warm and inviting to parents and children. The teachers we know are above and beyond. They greet your children with smiles in the mornings and warm goodbyes when your leaving. My children love school. They love their teachers and they love their environment. I love the progress I see in their education.
We moved to Cherry Hills based on the incredible reputation of the school. We have been there for 3 years (since kindergarten) going on 4 years (3rd grade) and could not be more pleased. The academics are second to none and seem to be more accelerated than the top private schools in the Denver area. The parent involvement is like nothing we have experienced and far exceeds the parent involvement in my wife's top private school experience. Fun extracurricular activities abound and enjoyable fund raising events bring in unreal amounts of parent and community generosity. Class sizes are very reasonable and teachers are terrific. The principal is excellent and brings wonderful excitement and leadership to the parents and students. The school could not be more safe, while children are taught to respect one another and offer compassion to children less fortunate through charity participation. Highest possible rating and satisfaction.
Parents are extremely involved which directly positivly affects the children.
CHVE is an exceptional school, under strong leadership and with dedicated and enthusiastic staff, we feel very fortunate to have 2 children educated here.
CHVE is a great school! Many people refer to it as a public private school because the education is so good. While my daughter has only attended Kindergarten there I am fully impressed by the staff and their engagement with both parents and students. Many of the families at this school are considerably well-off financially and so the fundraising for the school produces many great fruits. There are also plenty of parents who stay at home and are available to help in the classroom and for activities. While some of the extracurricular activites are limited for the kindergarteners, there are plenty of activities available for the older child. My child has been very happy at this school and I would definitely recommend it to parents.
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