As a parent with two small children (one with an iep), I am thankful to for everything Cranbury has done for my children. The teachers and therapists are experienced and nurturing and the environment is one that will no doubt leave a lasting positive impression on my children. The preK program has rolled out a series of comprehensive programs and curriculum that parallels some of the best private preschools that I vetted in and around the area. The active PTO has done a fantastic job raising funds, which have outfitted smart boards in several of the classrooms and the library. My son, who had many challenges and struggled every morning in his first school experiences now looks forward to every day at Cranbury school. He loves the online reading and math supplemental programs he accesses at home from any device and is reading way beyond his grade level. He is friends with children from a diverse array of backgrounds. This has given him a more worldly perspective within the settings of the quaint typically American looking schoolhouse. The energy of the new administration is infectious and the positive actions they have set in place already make me proud to be a parent here at Cranbury elementary school!
I feel fortunate that my children go to Cranbury... not that we have not had a few incidents but that is part of any school experience. What was important was how it was handled and how my children felt with the resolution which was great. The teachers are caring and the school scores have consistently improved over the course of the last 5 years to the point where we have the best scoring in all of Norwalk at any level! The PTO is VERY active and raises a lot of funds that help to fund enrichment programs and family events so that the children not only get exposed to new and exciting learning events but the Cranbury community is brought together at the events to really build a bond. Love the school, and staff! Great school for learning and building character.
We know of a few bad teachers here but so far my daughters have had good academic experience with both Preschool and Second Grade teachers. Unfortunately, what I find annoying in this school are the very snob parents. Moms, with few exceptions, act like "Real Housewives" but are far from afford being ones. Character Education is as important as CMT results and it is too sad to watch the kids believing that a shallow mentality is acceptable.
When we moved to CT, we heard good things about Cranbury. I had two children at Cranbury for the worst year of their academic careers. The teachers were poor, the curriculum was well below what they were used to in prior schools in Illinois. In addition, the Principal lectured in long and bizzare morning diatribes. My sons teacher would quietly have the kids go outside to play until these lectures were finished. In addition, the kids are required to say a 'Pledge of Allegiance to Cranbury' every day in the morning and only allowed to say the 'United States Pledge of Allegiance' a couple of times during the year. Even though the school touts Character Counts' program, my children were profoundly bullied. My sons head was pushed in the toilet, he was excluded and isolated daily in a coordinated manner by these bullys. Despite much discussion with teachers and administration, the school was unwilling to address any of these issues. This was a very tramatic part of my son's life, and this is a terrible school. There are few teachers who are excellent, and for those teachers, I truly am grateful. But for the most part, sending your kids to this school is a mistake.
Cranbury is like a small town within the city of Norwalk. Cranbury Elementary has all the benefits of a small town school - caring teachers and principal, active parents and strong community, yet it has all the support and services of a city. We could not be happier!
The teachers are wonderful! Such pride in the school and the students. Very active PTO. A new playground is currently being built on the school grounds. We are so lucky to have such an impressive school in our neighborhood.
I love the administration, the teachers and the culture of the school. My 3 children have gone their and the two I have in high school are flourishing. My 5th grader is also doing very well...the environment is friendly, warm and exciting...I love it and so do (did)_ my children!!