This is our first year at CFS and we have two children in the school. Our kids are genuinely happy and thriving, socially. They have made very strong bonds with their classmates thus far and are relaxed enough to be themselves around their peers. The atmosphere in the community is welcoming and accepting of all types and kinds and this feeling carries over into the classroom. Our older child has really developed a greater sense of self, respect for others, and interest in helping and social responsibility. There are a lot of opportunities to go on field trips, do volunteer work, and community building. As a parent raising kids in a sometimes crazy world, we feel like our kids are safe, loved, and supported at CFS. The academics are strong and it takes a lot of versatility and flexibility on the part of the teachers to engage and challenge kids in a multi-age classroom setting. They do a great job. As parents, we have enjoyed the events so far, the potluck, etc. I think great strides have been made since the beginning of the school year to improve communication between the staff and the parents and we have seen noticeable changes made in this area.
Connecticut Friends School is an amazing environment for children to explore, learn, and grow into maturity. The teachers are engaging and make learning fun and interesting for the kids. Your child will blossom and grow into confident students. My children have been here for 6 years and after comparing other schools both private and public this school shines like a gem.
If you are in the process of choosing a school for your child, please don't look past the negative reviews of Connecticut Friends School. They are very reflective of the experience that I had there, as well as the experiences of many parents I know who left. The school has been consistently losing students for several years now.
Connecticut Friends School is an amazing school balanced between a rich academic program and a nurturing environment. The teachers are amazing and make each child feel self-confident. I have two children that have attended for several years and it is amazing when your child is engaged and wants to learn. I would definitely recommend this school to all who are looking for a small, nurturing, academic environment rooted in experiential learning.
We had a very mixed experience at CFS. The advantages of the program were mostly circumstantial - with 12 kids in a class, it's hard not to get individual attention - and they certainly gave them lots of unstructured time. Unfortunately, the things that drew us there - the promise of a rich social/emotional curriculum with strong arts and academics - were disorganized or non-existent. The philosophy at CFS is very "child-led," meaning, the children aren't "pushed," but left to find their own ways. My daughter was in the maples' class, and around the middle of the year, she was reading beautifully at home. I went in to conference with her teacher, who said she was concerned about her reading at school and recommended that she be evaluated for a learning disability! I later found out she said the exact same thing to 5 other families in a class of 12. Meanwhile, this year in public school, my daughter got the highest score in the second grade (75 children) on the reading assessment. Although, CFS promised rigorous academics, they really didn't implement them. Notice the positive reviews on this site all come from early in the academic year - by December, everyone is disappointed.
A weekly part of the curriculum at this school is "Original Play," a program described by one of the Heads of School as "delicious," which involves students rolling around on mats with other students and with members of the staff. You can see videos of Original Play on YouTube.
Connecticut Friends School is a lovely, lively place for children to grow and learn. We are so excited about the FOUR "Rs": Reading, wRiting, aRithmetic and aRts! We love the experiential learning curriculm, the value system and the safe, secure environment that facilitates social and intellectual growth.
This is a great school i am currently in 7th grade and loving it! the teachers are very hands on and we get a lot of opportunities most children don't get. The teachers care and are very welcoming of everyone.
Our daughter was home schooled up to age 6.We wanted her placed in a supportive school environment where the children and teachers would not shock her.At the early Kindergarten level we were happy with the care and attentiveness of the 2 teachers ("Maples" level).The following 2 years she advanced to the "Pines" level, and this is when we began to notice disorganization of the teaching curriculum and poor quality of education.Although the staff and administration are certainly caring people, in my opinion they do not have their acts together enough to call themselves an adequate educational facility. Our daughter learned practically nothing there in the 2 years she was in the Pines, which equates to 2nd and 3rd grades.We are now in the process of summer tutoring especially for math, to bring her up to speed for her new school. She is catching up with the tutors at present noting to us that she was never taught the materials the tutors are now teaching her.We had several meetings with the teachers about her being behind however they simply pointed it back on her without taking any responsibility. Administration seems more interested in money than proper education. A poor school.
My daughter is currently in 8th grade at CFS. We transferred her after a socially challenging 7th grade in public school. CT Friends School has given her back her self confidence and sparkle. She has been provided a safe and nurturing haven to learn in. Because of the small class sizes, the curriculum can be tweaked to each childs learning abilities. She is definitely being challenged on an academic level. She has made new friends and has learned to weave and knit.
I am very happy to recommend this school. I love the values that the school upholds: simplicity, equality, peace, respect, community, which are crucial for children these days. The staff and teachers go to great lengths to create a nurturing and engaging environment which enables children to grow and develop the resources to handle whatever comes their way. I feel that CFS has given my children the emotional and intellectual resources to handle all situations with ease and confidence.
We are delighted to recommend Connecticut Friends School to those who want a personalized and deeply meaningful education for their children. We enjoy being involved in community activities at the school and watching creativity, skills and knowledge blossom in our child. This is a caring and peaceful setting where tremendous learning takes place. Strong core academics are complemented by character education, community service, visual and performing arts and outdoor education. We know our daughter will be well prepared to enter high school after finishing at CFS.
An outstanding school, with a unique ability to transmit the important values of stewardship of the earth, simplicity, integrity, and community to all members of the community. My son is relaxed and un-pressured in a small class with a great student-teacher ratio (10 kids and 2 teachers!) and therefore able to learn and grow. Parents enjoy great involvement in the school community, and the Quaker concept of finding the "light" within each individual is evident in all events at the school. From the talent show to the potluck dinner, as well as in the Outdoor Education program, the values of peace and equality shine through. Our whole family is proud to be a part of this warm and welcoming community.
It is a once in a life time school. Top rate teachers, life long friends and memories that will last you forever
We love CFS and have been lucky to be able to be part of it for the past several years. Simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship are great values to uphold whether ye be quaker or other. the white barn theater opportunity is a once in a lifetime one not just for the school and its mission but for the community at large - the special attention to green building, environmental protection, connecting to and embracing the community beyond any concept of borders - embrace, yo!
CFS is an AMAZING school. There is a definite focus on the heart and soul, and I would not recommend sending your child here if he or she has more than a mild learning dissability, but I loved it. The teachers are amazing, and it just feels so... homey, I guess. As silly as it may sound, everyone's just nice, and I have benefitted so greatly from coming here. Come visit!
The CT Friends School has the perfect combination of rigorous academics with a relaxed, low-key atmosphere. The classes are small so that all children are known by the whole school and feel rooted in the community. I love the Quaker values of 'stepping lightly on the Earth' and guiding children to feel part of a community where everyone is respected and even the youngest has the right and opportunity to speak and be heard. The curriculum is rich, with lots of art and music and 'learning by doing'. However, the 5th graders have a demanding spelling test each week, in which they have to spell and define the words as well as give part of speech and use in an appropriate sentence. The level of self-directed work and high-level analysis and synthesis is superior. Parents are very involved and come from a wide range of backgrounds. Best investment I ever made.
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