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New Haven, CT 06513

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October 26, 2014
Our son and daughter have very different learning styles and strengths. Cold Spring School has nurtured both of them and met them where they are. This has fostered their inquisitiveness, curiosity and most importantly their love of leaning. Our daughter was very sad last year when she had to stay home one day with a fever. Our younger son cheers when he realizes that Monday has finally come again and he can go back to Cold Spring School. Additionally, on the weekends and during the evening their interactions are made even sweeter by the consistent social curriculum of Cold Spring School. On our family trips to local museums and on travels our kids are excited to relate what they see to what they have learned in school. We often comment on our good fortune in finding the Cold Spring School community.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2014
Deep thinking. True engagement. Real joy. This is what we see with our child daily at school. He;s happy to go to school & never wants to miss a day. The two full-time teachers per classroom & mixed-grade model works incredibly well. Differentiation is just the norm so if your child has mastered a skill, the teachers continue to challenge him/her with new & more complex work (not busy work). They support your child if s/he needs more time to learn a skill. Kids stay w/ the same teachers for two years so my son's teachers know him incredibly well & they can work on long-term goals. Other parents, the teachers & the administrators are incredibly friendly & down-to-earth. Cold Spring is a private school but there is no feeling of elitism. It is warm & welcoming & they are very committed to financial aid. There are tons of working parents at Cold Spring & the school accommodates our schedules with no half days, a daily program until 5:30 & childcare coverage on vacation days. In fact-- do you know that the faculty meetings here are at night? The teachers stay at school at night so that the faculty meetings don't take away from kids' learning time. That's *true* commitment.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2014
CSS is an incredible school and a great community for kids/parents/teachers/staff. The academic curriculum is excellent, but what really sets it apart is that it also has a social and personal/emotional development curriculum to match. In that way, kids are learning how to learn, to ask questions, to be part of a group, to be a leader and a collaborator- all of those intangible skills that will be crucial not just now but as adults. The classrooms and the school may give the impression of not being structured, but the beauty of it is that it is all quite thoughtfully and thoroughly planned out, and it works. The mixed age classrooms allow kids to either be in the younger crowd and reaching to emulate the bigger kids, or be in the older crowd and be an example and mentor to the younger ones. The teachers are wonderful at knowing when to guide, when to pull back, and how to help each particular student thrive. The new director has done an amazing job energizing the school and creating new opportunities for growth. I don't think there are words that can do justice to the wonderful work that goes on at Cold Spring- you really need to see/experience it. It is truly unique.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2014
We currently have two children at CSS and have been impressed with the overall level of teaching and student engagement throughout the grades. The mixed age classroom has been wonderful for our two children who have late birthdays. They are neither the youngest nor oldest in their classrooms. And the mixed grades give students who are academically advanced in some areas to remain challenged and engaged because there are others like themselves in the room. More importantly, students learn to respect and care for each other regardless of anyone's abilities or interests. Each classroom has two teachers with a master teacher and associate teacher which allows teachers to work with the students one-on-one or in small groups when necessary. Most of the associate teachers could easily lead their own classrooms in other area schools but choose to come to CSS because of the innovative curriculum, engaged students, motivated colleagues, and supportive parent body.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2013
Cold Spring is just fantastic. Kids get a wonderful, rich, challenging progressive education. It is a gem in New Haven. There is no other school like it in its ability to differentiate learning for its students. The approach is innovative, really having kids think through what it is they are learning. And they love it! Teachers are warm and caring, and really inspired by what they do, pushing kids to the next level. We are so grateful to have found this school for our child!

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2011
I have 3 children at Cold Spring School from preschool thru 4th grade and all 3 love school. CSS is in the truest sense a child-centered place of learning. It has a remarkable, rigorous and supportive academic and social curriculum, unlike any other I've seen or experienced. CSS nurtures the natural curiosity and sense of wonder of children. My kids think learning is fun and cool and that's because of CSS, its extraordinary teachers and its progressive approach to teaching and learning. (I think the CSS video which is accessible from the school's website gives a helpful and accurate overview of the school.) Financially I wish we had a comparable public alternative, but in my view, for these early years, CSS is absolutely worth the investment.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2010
Step into the hum of happy activity at CSS and you know something is incredibly right. In the K-1 classroom children listen with interest as a peer makes a weather prediction for the day. Pre-K students re-enact "Caps for Sale." On the second floor, students in the 2-3 classes are clumped in small groups peer-editing the poetry they've been writing. On the third floor students, in the 4-5 classes simulate the arrival of new immigrants at Ellis Island, or prepare a podcast on the Quinnipiac river available on iTunes. In the beautifully refurbished old house next door, creativity abounds in the art studio and the music studio while the 6th graders on the upper floor research ancient civilizations or write a new constitution. My two boys loved every minute of this marvelous school, its phenomenal teachers and incredible director. Correcting an earlier incorrect review: Classsize is always 18-21 with 2 teachers.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2010
I cannot be happier that my son is at CSS! The teachers are just great. They really care about the students. They realize each student is different and they work with them to bring out the best in each and every kid. I am honored to have my son there and would not think of another elementary school. The class sizes are extremely small and learning is fun for the kids in this particular environment. Yes, the tuition is expensive but you cannot put a price on education! I am convinced this is the best school in CT! We are hooked on CSS.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2010
My son and daughter were at Cold Spring from K through 6 grade, then went on to public schools. They hated snow days when at CSS, but welcomed them when in public school. They wanted to get to CSS as early as possible during the flexible arrival period of 8 to 8:30 AM- clear proof they found CSS an exciting and welcoming place. During and after CSS, they've taken full responsibility for their learning- no need for parental pressure to get homework done. They did have to learn that not all assignments given them in public school were worth their best ! They tested into the talented and gifted class in public junior high, but were surprized how many of their classmates there had lost the love of learning and had the creativity beaten out of them already. Moderately priced for a private school, and worth every penny.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2010
My three children graduated from CSS a number of years ago. I have watched their Cold Spring education become the foundation on which their very successful academic careers have flourished -- and even more importantly, it nutured a core of values and ethics that helped to produce emotionally and socially well-rounded young adults. This is a hidden gem of a school!

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2010
Truly a remarkable school. The energy and creativity in the classrooms are palpable. Children are thoroughly engaged and take an active, joyful part in their learning. As a result, students really do become the self-reliant, curious and resourceful problem-solvers that the school s mission statement promises. Cold Spring grads are also good people who respect the strengths and weaknesses of others and know how to resolve conflicts. This is not a coincidence, but the result of the school focusing as much on the personal and social development of each student as it does on math or reading. Extraordinary teachers, and despite expansion in 2003, student teacher ratio is still less than 10:1. It's been an incredible educational experience for my sons.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 18, 2010
My grandson is a student there and and he has developed into a confident happy little fellow despite having a huge change from moving across country. I have spent time in his class room and have seen the positive changes take place

- submitted by a community member
May 12, 2010
I cannot say enough great things about Cold Spring School. It has been a joy to watch the growth in my sons. There is never a word of complaint about going off to school. In fact, it is remarkable to see the number of students galloping to the school's front door each morning, excited to get going, get learning. Cold Spring's multigrade classrooms were a huge selling point for us. My sons' needs are met both academically AND socially, & Cold Spring takes social development very seriously. Bullying just does not happen here. There are two full-time teachers per classroom so groupings can happen in different ways and issues can be addressed immediately. These teachers KNOW my boys, which is apparent every time I speak with the teachers --and I always feel welcome IN the classroom/school. Also, the parent body has been warm, NOT elitist at all, & incredibly diverse.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2010
An absolute amazing school. The master teachers are truly exceptional. The child centered/student directed philosophy coupled with a focus on the process of learning rather than the product allows for a deep level of learning (more acquisition, better retention etc...). Students grow to understand themselves as learners and don't lose their innate curiosity and love of learning. In addition, social and emotional growth is valued as much as academics. It's a warm, nurturing community of staff and families where children thrive.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
Cold Spring is a truly unique and special place. Curriculum is flexible and builds on the children's interests. Learning is introduced in such a multidisciplinary way connecting art, math, science, reading, ... The children don't even realize how much they are learning, they are just having fun and they come away confident, eager and curious about the world. Children are interested in and learn from each other (no doubt in part due to mixed grade classrooms and school shares but also culture and values). Teachers respect and enjoy the children and the teacher / student ratios are unheard of in this day and age. There is a rich program of 'specials' (art, music, language, fitness) that far exceeds most schools. Staff are supportive and accommodating. There is considerable diversity in each class and there is a generous scholarship fund. We love this school!

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no rating July 14, 2009
5 years ago Cold Spring wast the school everybody dreamed of. The teacher ratio was very small for having two grades a the same time in one classroom (12:1). With the idea of expanding the school, the teacher ratio also expanded with it almost doubling the amount of children in each classroom.... For $17,000 a year you can find better places around, with the same caring a loving teachers and with more amenities...

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2009
It's a great school if you are one of the elite who can afford $17k a year for elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2008
This is a school that understands children. The staff is warm and caring, the parent body involved and unpretentious, and there is a great diversity of students. Walk into Cold Spring and you immediately feel why this is a special community. Kids are treated with respect and the multi-age classrooms really allow an individual's needs to be met-- academically, socially and emotionally.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2005
A great school, with the most deliberate educational philosophy of any school I've experienced. It's all about the students as individuals, and the joy, engagement in learning, and mutual respect among teachers, students, and families is evident the minute you walk in the building. Terrific music and art; a calm, supportive environment; a true commitment to learning. The Cold Spring learning experience is structured around each individual child's interests and ways of learning, building confidence and individual responsibility. I've never seen a better school.

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Cold Spring School
263 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT  06513
(203) 787-1584
Last modified Cold Spring School is a Private school that serves grades PK-6
Cold Spring School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top