My daughter has diagnosed learning disabilities and I could not be happier with the support she is provided! I feel the staff genuinely cares about her and will do whatever it takes to help her achieve her best! My other daughter is a high academic achiever and has been continually challenged through gifted and enrichment classes! I can honestly say the very different needs of both my children have exceeded my expectations. In addition, the extra curricular music program which begins in 3 rd grade is far superior than many of our neighboring communities!
Although Redding Elementary has high ratings, we have found two issues since moving here this year: 1. There are no accesible after school programs. Nearly all surrounding towns (Bethel, Brookield, Danbury, Redding, Ridgefield, Wilton) offer an after school program through their YMCA or rec center. In Redding the after school enrollment is very limited and it appears that very few spaces come open each year. We were not able to get in the program. There are no other childcare options in this town for school age kids. The rec center does offer one hour classes and sports programs after school, but the schedule caters to either stay at home parents or nannies, not working parents. I wish we had known before we moved here. 2. This is the first year we have run into a teacher that my son does not thrive under. She doesn't seem to have patience for the age appropriate behaviors of the kids in her class. It has definitely curbed his enthusiasm for learning, so I am working at home to keep his curiosity alive. We are hoping for better next year and have really come to appreciate his prior teachers.
RES is absolutely one of the best elementary schools in CT, if not in the country!! The teachers and administrators constantly strive to make our children's education a fun, enlightening and well-rounded experience every day. They work closely with parents and the PTA to ensure consistency both in and out of school, and my children are always so happy to see the teacher's involved in after-school events and PTA activities like ArtFest and Big Science. The school system is the reason why we chose Redding, and we couldn't be happier!
This school is extremely wonderful in every way except for the Art department. The Art teachers are incredibly weak and at odds with each other. There is not even an Art show. This awesome staff deserves better. You will need to supplement with outside classes if your child is gifted in Art.
Redding Elementary is an excellent school. The teachers are very conscientious and friendly, and the parents are very invloved, by and large. My daughter is excited to go to school every day, and that really says it all.
I'm so impressed with all that they do for our kids and the community. The teachers and staff are wonderful. The parent community is wonderful. You just get a good feeling every time you walk into the building. You know your kids are in the best hands and you feel lucky to be a part of it.
My kids love to go there -- that should tell all! They are so proud of 'their' school!
Wonderful teachers and caring staff make sure my children get a first rate education.
Let me count the reasons! The staff, from teachers to administrators to janitors, genuinely care about the children. As a parent, I am always welcome there. Although they strive for great academics, the goal is to help the children become kind and productive citizens of their community. Truly, one of the best Elementary schools ever.
great town, great teachers, wonderful curriculum...kids who want to learn and involved parents!! I love RES!!
I love that we recognize each student as an individual. We have programs for children who are on, below or above target.
With my 3rd child entering 2nd grade I have been in RES system since 2002. At best this school is mediocre. While I applaud administration's efforts to try new teaching concepts, they hastily abandon tried-and-true methods. I'm a huge fan of the extras - Music, Art, Art Appreciation, etc but a great number of RES students are pulled from class for remedial math and reading. A tremendous amount of time is devoted to teaching a state test rather than basic studies. If I had the financial status to put my kids in a private school I would. You certainly get what you pay for. That being said, I understand RES offers high-quality special ed services.
My bright but difficult son gets the attention he needs and gets taught at the level he rquires to keep him interested, engaged and learning. His teachers have been fabulous. But I do wish they taught a foreign language.
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