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The Canaan Ridge School

Private | PK-4 | 60 students

High Academics

 

Living in Stamford

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $670,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,470.

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Posted October 19, 2011

This is a magical school where children develop a life long love of learning, a passion for understanding the environment and cultures around them. I am amazed by what my children have learned in just Pre-K (math (addition & subtraction), language (French, Mandarin), musical instruments and musical style recognition, basic science and nature, knowledge about other countries and cultures, - I could go on as it is amazing what they cover. Both my children love the school! The teachers create a nurturing non-pressurized classroom that allows each one to thrive. What a wonderful foundation! I would not send them anywhere else and it is worth the drive (we commute 25 minutes)! Wish is went beyond 3rd grade!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

I cannot say enough terrific things about this school. It is a loving, nurturing environment filled with caring, experienced teachers. My pre-K son has has learned so much about art, music, different countries and cultures, plus how to read. And most importantly, he's been really happy there. I only wish the school went up to 12th grade!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2010

I would not send my children anywhere else. I am proud to be a Canaan Ridge parent and am especially pleased with my son's development. He receives personal attention from all the teachers and thrives in the Canaan Ridge environment. The teachers are lovely, educated, and nurturing. Ms. Virginia, the principal, creates magic at this school. Canaan Ridge is exceptional. If you want the best for your children, you should look no further than Canaan Ridge.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2008

As a graduate of Ms. Sarvalon's school, it is a great honor to say that my development started early thanks to this institution. She and her staff sped my learning processes and facilitated my becoming a well balanced person. I have since been educated by the Jesuit's at Santa Clara University earning a bachelor's degree in Art History. I continued on to become a chef with the Culinary Institute of America. I can only now understand how her base teachings and ethical lessons compound her idealistic principals of concentration, sharing and expression. These lessons have deeply manifested themselves in my adult personality and enriched my life. I am now the steward of a property in Montana. As a graduate of one of her early classes, it is with great pleasure and adulation that I recommend her and the school with the highest esteem.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 10, 2007

The Canaan Ridge School is a magical place. A longstanding experienced Headmistress adds a dimension to the academic and learning environment that is both innovative and nurturing. The emphasis on the world as a whole, not only the immediate community, introduces the children to a love of learning on a global scale. Arts and music are interwoven into the basic academic program providing a whole subject perspective to learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2006

I concur with the 2004 review of Canaan Ridge preschool - while Canaan Ridge has great facilities, impressive extracurricular activities, wonderful philosophy, and enthusiastic principal, it feels at times that the school spends more energy impressing the parents rather than caring for the students.
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Posted October 20, 2005

I am the mother of three Canaan Ridge students from Kindergarten to First. As a protective parent, a critical reader of both curriculum and character, I give Canaan Ridge the highest possible rating. The principal, Virginia Sarvalon, and her staff (teaching and administrative) know each child in the school well. It's a nurturing environment for young children--with Virginia's own hawk-eye on each child's academic progress. In the context of a small, personal, warm place it would be difficult to imagine more rigorous academic standards. I am very, very happy my children are there and strongly recommend The Canaan Ridge school to other parents.
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Posted April 12, 2005

In response to the June 2004 posting, I would like to say that as a parent of a child that required more than the ordinary school setting, my son thrived at Canaan Ridge. The teachers were always positive and consistent in their educational approach to all the children. Teachers were well trained in giving personalized attention to my child, who wanted help in going beyond regular curriculum but needed help in becoming more at home with early social skills such as taking turns and sharing. Canaan Ridge School remains my son s best educational experience to date.
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Posted October 28, 2004

Our three children attended Canaan Ridge from nursery through kindergarten. The director and her teachers provide a nurturing enviroment combining education with music,art,dance from different parts of the world.The staff is caring and loving. The The school gave our children an excellent platform for their continuing studies in higher grades. We give the school the highest rating!
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Posted June 27, 2004

Our experience was only preschool. Canaan Ridge has a lovely facility and setting. The 1-5 curriculum seems wordly and expressive. However the preschool teachers have very little experience. The staff therefor are challenged to handle any but the most cooperative and passive students. Administration is unsympathetic to special needs of any sort.
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Posted August 26, 2003

I LOVE Canaan Ridge School. It is a wonderful introduction to both the scholastic and social experience for my child -- an excellent 'spring board' for elementary school. Creative programs abound and each child is viewed as an individual and treated accordingly. It is also exceedingly clean and well-organized and the play grounds are lovely.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 61%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 13%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 20%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
School Leader's name
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NIPSA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Montessori
  • Multi-age groups
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Science
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Kickball
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school does not have a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
60
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
60

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$8000 - $20000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
No.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Greenwich Academy
Brunswick School
St. Luke's School
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2810 Long Ridge Road
Stamford, CT 06903
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Phone: (203) 322-7191

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