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PK-12
Private
Easton, CT
Students enrolled: 191
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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660 Morehouse Road
Easton, CT 06612

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(203) 268-5530
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August 29, 2014
What an amazing school! Wonderful teachers. Students are dealt with in an individualized way. No carbon copy kids here.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2014
Both my kids graduated from ECDS and found that they were ahead in every class in high school. One went to a private High School, the other to a public one, but both had already covered much of the work. They both had a wonderful experience at ECDS, made many friends, and still miss it. It makes me sad that sites like this allow anonymous trashing of schools by people who have been fired or otherwise dismissed, and simply want revenge. This is a fine organization, made of up good, caring people, who deserve better treatment.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2014
Awareness is a key factor when choosing a school. I urge parents to talk to parents that have left and ask what their experiences were. The lack of professionalism was clear in the way some staff members have spoken to my wife and I. Our children did not have a good experience here and trying to communicate on their behalf with teachers was impossible. Please do your homework when trying to choose the right school for your child.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2014
My grandson has attended Easton Country Day for 6 years. The atmosphere is so kind and friendly, the staff is superb, helpful and knowledgeable. His standardized test scores are wonderful! This is the place for anyone who wants a small, individualized and happy environment.

- submitted by a community member
March 13, 2014
The purpose of this site is to help prospective families decide whether or not the school is the right choice for their family. While it is fortunate some people have had a better experience, there are still others whose opinion is important in helping new families in the decision making process. During our time at this school I have found that there are many things that need to be addressed. The school is not always "warm" and what we were told regarding our child's education did not get passed on to our child's teacher. Somewhere there is a lack of communication and not enough effort in making sure what we are being told actually gets done. Talking with the educator only created animosity and when addressing these issues with their superior we were told what we want to hear only to appease us. When choosing a school that you willingly decide to pay out of pocket for, one hopes that there will be ongoing communication and that a good relationship will be held in the best interest of the student. However, when an educator is unwilling to work with a parent or listen, it can make things difficult.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2014
This is my son's first year at ECDS. I wrote the other review today, on a whim as I just wanted to share how happy we are with the school. He attended a high-end private school for 5 years and then one year in public so I feel I speak from experience. ECDS is wonderful. My child has never been so happy, academically challenged and accepted! Reading the negative review from a teacher was sad to say the least. If you are so disillusioned with the school, why work there? Or better yet, maybe focus your energy improving upon this unique and much needed school concept instead of writing anonymous poor reviews . Sounds like it is time for a job change. For those parents with loving, kind and unique children, who need a place to be who they are without social pressure and conformity - you will not find a better place. I am grateful everyday that we found this wonderful school for my son.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2014
Wonderful, warm environment with dedicated staff and a focus on building up skill sets on an individual student basis.

- submitted by a community member
February 13, 2014
ECDS is a warm and inviting school which feels more like a community. The teachers are eager and willing to be creative and think outside the box to help the children learn and succeed, not only academically, but also socially and emtionally. A great sense of team work is felt as a teachers work together to make ECDS a happy and safe school for all children. The success and rave reviews of the annual Social Studies fair shows the dedication of the staff and the high academic acheivemnts of the students.

- submitted by a teacher
March 10, 2013
I am incredibly impressed by this school. My son was alternately bored and overwhelmed by the "one size fits all" education and large classrooms he was getting in public school. He is thriving at ECDS. What a lovely community -- the high school students often come in to tutor the elementary school children. And there is zero bullying. In fact, my son asked me why he doesn't "have a bully" (he sees them in movies/TV all the time). A kind, lovely school that is focused on bringing out the best of every student -- academically and socially. We are thrilled that we found this school for our son.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2012
Both of my children attended ECDS for two years and they were magical years. The public school system was responding to my son's academic giftedness with challenge work (more class work and homework) instead of helping him advance at his accelerated pace. We looked at every private school in Fairfield Co, and literally exhaled with relief when we met with Suellen at ECDS. They have a vertical learning program where children learn at their own pace. My son began taking classes two years above his age level and finally found a fit. In addition, the nurturing hands-on environment has the children smiling in the halls and teachers hugging the students. It may not be the fanciest looking private school, but if you want your child to learn at their own pace, in a supportive environment (ZERO bullying), then ECDS is the school for you.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2012
I'm glad the bathrooms are now "inspirational". I am a former student and think they are trying very hard to improve their image. There are some pretty dedicated teachers. I have only one complaint. The age of text books, maps and lab equipment. Some of the books I used were from the 1980's and older. When I entered high school I felt I was at a huge disadvantage. I feel that if you are paying the tuition my parents paid, I should have had the best and newest materials available. I hope this helps. Keeps up the good work ECDS!

- submitted by a community member
September 18, 2012
Great news to all those who are concerned about the bathrooms! The bathrooms have received a face lift and have been transformed into creative, bright and inspirational rooms! They include hand painted stalls, inspirational quotes and follow the schools nurturing environment. The building may not be state of the art but the walls are filled with work, art and poetry from this countries next leaders... OUR CHILDREN! That is what this school is focusing on and what makes this institution so incredible.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2012
The building is in disrepair along with the bill of goods they are selling. My kids attended this program a few years back and I very early on learned what they offer before September is not what you see by November. I was never so happy to see the last day of school (made the error in paying tuition upfront). Do your research, ask questions and get it in writing!

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2012
This school is a lot less than it makes it self out to be. The school says that it helps students learn independently. It does this to a certain extent only aiding those who desperately need it. Although this is good, all children need help developing, this to me is where the school is lacking. From what I have heard the teachers aren't as "individualized" as the school promises. For me this is what I was looking for in a school, a more individualized environment. With broken promises and an extremely high tuition, I would steer clear of this place. Also from what I have seen the bathrooms are filthy. This may seem like a petty complaint, but little things like that really can ruin a school.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2012
Great school. My 4 children have attended ECDS for years. We actually moved quite far away for a job relocation and continued to send our children despite the long commute. Excellent staff, fantastic academics...and a kind caring environment. What more could a parent ask for..

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2012
I am not sure who reads these posts but when I read the negative reviews I felt compelled to share my experience. My son spent ten years at ECDS and is now excelling at The Hopkins School. He received a first rate education in a warm an nurturing environment. He still comes back once a week to engage in an ongoing dialogue about the "purpose of education" with the head of the high school. The first thing he notices each time he comes back is how safe and welcomed he feels at ECDS. The importance of that feeling to learning should not be underestimated, in my opinion. At ECDS, fostering a love of learning is the top priority exactly as it should be. For the people who have expressed dissatisfaction I can only think they did not make the effort to work with the administration to solve the problems that came up, or they are under the false impression that there is such a thing as a perfect school where there are no problems and everyone gets along all the time.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2012
My son was bored and so unhappy in school. This is a wonderful place, kind teachers, interesting and fun teaching, individualization (my kid is 2 years ahead in math, and he is placed there) and nice children. So glad we found it!

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2012
Strange to see these recent reviews as I was coming on to rave about what an amazing find this school was for my child. I have a daughter who is gifted and was bored and miserable in public school. We felt that we would never find the right place for her as everything looked so similar. Then we came to ECDS!! The teachers are amazing, the administration is caring and attentive to every bit of feedback you have as a parent, and the kids are delightful. My daughter gets to be challenged at her level academically and maintain a same age peer group socially. THANK YOU ECDS, there is no ther place I know that does what you do for kids and families.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2012
I visited this school recently, and found it to be a very unique and loving environment for children. They have the ability to provide many things for children, such as programming for children with gifted tendencies, programming for special interests (music, science, business, etc.). I am especially impressed with the diversity of the school environment, which most private schools in the area do not provide. The children are taught to be respectful and supportive of each other, which was clearly evident when I saw the children interacting in the halls between class periods. I am very impressed with the achievements attained by the graduates of previous years. Clearly a top-notch education is being provided. Kindness, consideration, and respect is something you rarely find in a school environment. I highly recommend Easton Country Day School.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2012
This school is a gem! My child has been attending for several years now and the quality of education he is receiving is amazing. My son's sucess has everything to do with the staff, his peers and more importantly the values instilled into him. I am confident that someday he will have his pick of schools for college because of the foundation he received at Easton Country Day School.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2012
ECDS is the place to be! Both of my children are fortunate enough to attend Easton Country Day School and High School. They came from public school which was extremely high pressured and left both of them feeling miserable. From problems socially to pressured academics and lack of compassion, it was definitely not the way school should be. I was hoping for the right environment to come along and ECDS is it. I find the administrators and faculty go WAY above the call of duty in helping my children succeed. Both of my girls have created such a strong bond between all of their teachers, they can't wait to go to school. I have read some negative reviews on this page and I think people have gotten the wrong perspective on what ECDS is about. This school has not only changed my kids lives, but has guided them to be who ever they aspire to be.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2012
My wife and I recently viewed the school and it is not a place we were interested in sending our child to. It is on a lovely property but it stops there. We drove up and noticed students in the parking lot smoking. Although the student were polite and helped us find our way in, we thought this was inappropriate to allow minors that privilege since its illegal. The principal that gave the tour seemed very warm and knowledgable but the building was very depressed. The entire tour we saw a run down building that was in great need of a cleaning. Filthy.

- submitted by a community member
May 23, 2012
I have had my children at ECDS for the past two years and are now leaving. We were totally misled on what this school is about. I have read the reviews and we to have had had some good experiences. I have enjoyed some of the staff and parents. The problem is the school has chosen a direction and now has a reputation for being a place for children with learning disabilities and emotional issues. When you are paying almost 17k per child a year, you expect a higher level of instruction. You might as well save your money and use your public school system.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2011
My daughter has been at ECDS since preK and has just completed 6th gr with honors. Jill has been embraced by caring and highly intelligent teachers and directors. She has an incredible love of learning and loves being in school - This I attribute to her years at ECDS. Her academics have been on a consistant track for success and she has been in advanced classes for yrs. ECDS prides itself on not holding anyone back for the case of "mainstream" and looks at each individual. WOW.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2011
My son has been a student at ECDS for 4 years. This school and the directors have been a god-send to my son. Perhaps he was one of the students that the other parent referenced as emotional issued but being different, extremely bright & ignored in public school can create a child with issues. The same way that this school erases them! It is well worth the money we spend.

- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2010
I of course, believe that ECDS is an amazing place to educate children. I was asked by a large group of our parents to respond to a parent who posted on Great Schools that there are always 14 children in a class. We base our class sizes on what a particular student/ classroom needs. Class sizes vary from 2 to 14 students. For example: for 6th grade math we have 3 different teachers and classes. One class consists of our highly gifted students who can move exceptionally fast. There are 5 students in that math class. Another class with 12 students moves at a typical pace and a third class consists of 8 students who have time for enhanced curriculum. As you can see class size truly depends on what is best for each individual child. If a child is thinking of returning to public schools following ECDS, we try to expose them to learning in a larger group of children to prepare them. We want to make sure each child who leaves ECDS is prepared for the environment they are moving into. If the child is looking to stay at ECDS we often encourage smaller classes where we can focus on individual interests as well. I hope this helps clear up the issue.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2010
I have to disagree with the post of "only 14" in a classroom and rarely in a academic. This is not true for my child. I have been an ECDS parent for many years and 14 or more is the normal class size in all of my daughters classes. There may be a paraprofessional at times but not usually. My oldest child graduated from ECDS and attended when the class sizes really were a 6 to 1 ratio. I have seen some positive changes but in large have become very disappointed with the quality of the school as a whole. I do not see much difference from our local public school and ECDS (Fairfield) as I am utilizing both. At this point I would not use the high school, I have to agree with the prior post, it is ripe with vulgar language from many of the unsupervised students that seem to be hanging out more often then in a class or activity. I have to say in defense of the headmasters who really do care about the students, they seem to be in charge of the elementary school and the high school is its own entity with its own headmaster.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2010
What happened to the Phoenix Academy model? What a great loss and disappointment this school has become. Gone are the days of a true 6:1 student/teacher ratio. My children have 14 in a class, the teachers are great but have seem overwhelmed by the amount and the amount of high behavioral needs of the more recent students. This has become the place to go if your child has emotional issues. The highly anticipated high school addition is full of vulgar language that has now spread to the lower grades. No one seems to have a handle on the huge growth. I am sorry to say, if you have an average or above average learner and are looking for the comfort and small feeling the once was Phoenix , this is not the place for you.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2009
Amazing School!! This is the way education should be. The individual student is taken into consideration and each child matters. The Co-Directors each are wonderful and they 'get it' and what they say will happen does. Their heart felt philosopy on how to educate the child as an individual but also teaching how to be part of a community happens. Bravo!!! They really do what they say!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2008
Love the school. I have 2 children that have gone through the school. It has a great balance of structure and play. No other school around like it!

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2008
As a graduate, I came back to look at Easton Country Day School's beautiful new facilities. They are terrific. I loved this place - individual attention, interesting school work, nice people. Hope I live near enough to send my own kids.

- submitted by a student
November 09, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2007
Phoenix Academy was a wonderful school for my child (who has graduated). The directors and teachers of this school make a point of knowing each child well enough in order to understand how the individual child learns. Some children learn differently, and Phoenix will find the way that works for your child. In addition to excellent academic standards (their high testing score results show this), they teach the children how to be good community members and good citizens. Phoenix teaches children to acknowledge each other's differences, accept responsiblity for their individual behavior (not blaming others for their bad feelings), and to treat each other with care and kindness, no matter what! This is a great environment for learning.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2007
Phoenix Academy has been an amazing environment for my children. One of their sayings is 'there are no cookie cutter kids' at Phoenix. Every child is recognized for their own unique abilities and talents. The academics are definitely challenging but there is always someone to help if needed. The spring dramatic production of 'HONK' was professional material. The students were amazing. Go there and check it out. You will be glad that you did.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2007
I'm a student at phoenix academy and I really really enjoy it there. All of the teachers do there best to keep the students safe and they do a really good job. I remember that before I went to phoenix, I wouldn't really do anything with the other kids in my class. But the thing with phoenix is, that everybody there is nice and will help you no matter what. One of the principals taught me history, science, and math, and I actually understood what she was talking about. All I'm going to say know is thank you Phoenix and I'll really miss you! Ananymous

- submitted by a student
April 12, 2007
Phoenix, This year is my daughters last year. WOW! She has excelled extremely post Bridgeport Schools system. Every parent knows when their child is academically different and unique from the ordinary. And as a parent we must do what is necessary to ensure they are place in an environment which will allow them to grow socially and academically in a loving professional environment. My daughter struggled with Math up entry. It is funny because we had conversation the other day and she actually laughed and said 'I didn't know what I was doing with math' which left her frustrated. Now she welcomes Math and every subject achieving honors and presidents awards. Her parents owe this to Phoenix Academy and the wonderful staff over the years. We will never forget Mr. Mastri (Thank you) and Ms. Sue Ellen and Ms. Jodi. Thank you Phoenix ..so long ...never goodbye..Our family .

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2005
See our new campus in Easton! My sons are taught at their levels. Phoenix has given us happy children who respect people and have top test scores. At Phoenix my sons are indivuals who are educated as complete children. There is no teaching to the middle or for some national test. As a parent my concerns are always heard by the teachers and principals. For a happy school that will prepare your child well for life inside and outside of the classroon, visit Phoenix Academy in Easton. Tyler - Phoenix Parent

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2004
Warm and yet excellent academics. Very willing to work on maximizing curriculum to meet the needs of both of my daughters. We saw their achievement percentile rankings improve 28% and 30% the first year there.Both kids feel sense of community in the school.

- submitted by a parent
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Easton Country Day School
660 Morehouse Road, Easton, CT  06612
(203) 268-5530
Last modified Easton Country Day School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Easton Country Day School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top