We were so delighted to discover this amazing school several years ago. Our family life had become very stressful due to nightly battles over homework. We felt as if the tail was wagging the dog because the teachers were gearing so much of the curriculum to standardized tests. Our son was angry that, after an entire day of doing school work he had no time to play or relax. This scenario repeated itself day after day, leaving our family exhausted. Once we found Connecticut Friends School our lives changed immediately for the better. We found that CFS teachers are very judicious in their assignment of homework and the curriculum is not influenced by standardized tests. What a relief! In short order our son "revived". He declared that he now loved attending school and looked forward to each day. The information and insights that he brought home were reflective of a rich curriculum--one that challenges the children to think for themselves and to be compassionate members of their community. We see that our son's skills are developing but without the anxiety and exhaustion he had previously experienced. We highly recommend CFS to families that are seeking a positive change.
Our son has been a student at Connecticut Friends School for 5 years and we could not be happier with the education he is receiving. The depth of discussions that take place in the classroom and the thoughtful way the teachers present the curriculum continues to impress me. My son has become a strong writer and is progressing very well through the math curriculum but in addition he has had the benefit of a huge amount of enrichment experiences woven in as part of the core program (I love that a bright child does not have to be pulled out for the "gifted program" but at CFS ALL the students benefit from an excellent approach to education). Teachers approach the subject matter from a range of perspectives, integrating art projects, theater experiences, field trips, science experiences, service work and performing arts with standard skill building such as research projects, essay writing, reader's workshops and creative writing. We have found the school's leadership to be very open to discussion and have been satisfied every time we brought up a concern or question. My husband and I have seen some of our suggestions adopted by CFS and we enjoy the camaraderie of the other parents.
The school's program could be wonderful, if only they could deliver what they promise. Disorganized and defensive, the administration gossips about parents and takes no responsibility for their failing. A recent bullying problem has arisen with older kids, and they are entirely ill-equipped to address the issue. It's so sad, because they could be offering something unique in Fairfield County. I wish they could deliver the program they describe, because it would be really special. We left after several years there, along with a large number of families, for similar reasons.
Our child has been attending CT Friends School for the past four years. We have had a wonderful experience there. CFS is age appropriate, warm, and engaging. Students are taught in a way that is exciting and at a pace that is comfortable. Each student is appreciated for his/her own unique qualities and are lovingly taught how to find his/her own place within the community.
This school has done wonders for my child who was bored and lost in the public school system. She was not being challenged to her level and complained every day about it. We did tons of research and found Connecticut Friends School to be the best choice after several visits for both my family and daughter. She has now been there for over 4 years and is a happy, social, kid that really loves her school. She was thrilled when they introduced live bunnies to the campus and learned all about bunny care. She now is a pro at it and wants to be a vet! This school will definitely deliver on academics, programs, kindness and values, and community!
I graduated from Connecticut Friends School (CFS) in 2004. After leaving CFS I went on to high schools in Italy and Washington, DC and then to Swarthmore College, where I majored in engineering an minored in public policy, graduating in 2012. I'm now living in Boston where I work as a mechanical engineer at a robotics firm. I'm intending to return to school next fall to pursue a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. Even though it has been awhile since I left, my time at this school (CFS) continues to help define who I am. CFS instilled in me a strong sense of duty to give back to my community through my work. CFS also helped form my personal moral compass, emphasizing the importance of open-mindedness, personal integrity and the embracement of diversity. I continue to actively seek out schools that were equally committed to these values after graduating from CFS. It is a great school!
I have 2 children in this school and 1 recent graduate. My children have been here since Kindergarten and are now in grades 5 and 7. The engaging philosophy of this school brings out the best in my 3 children. Although each of my children have different learning styles, the small classes combined with the master teaching allows each child to be taught in a way that not only challenges them but kept their interest in learning. The school's values have help shape each child's personality with confidence, integrity, generosity, and a deep respect for others. I often get comments from friends and others about the warm conduct of my children which I attribute in part to the Friends School values. I was thrilled this year when the school introduced 3 new leading edge programs, robotics, animation, and Khan Academy. It is a testament to the teachers quest in bringing 21st century thinking skills into the classroom. The curriculum is rich and challenges each child in a slightly different way. With the low student:teacher ratio my children are always fully engaged and active participants in class. They enjoy their teachers who always have my children's best interest in mind.
My 2 children have had fantastic experiences as students at Connecticut Friends School. The teachers are dedicated, thoughtful and willing to go the extra mile to provide the children a well rounded learning environment. The curriculum is top notch and the kids are engaged, excited to participate in projects, field trips, class discussions. Assignments stretch their thinking and the kids have many opportunities to develop leadership skills, poise, confidence. We have been part of the school community for several years and have always been pleased at the responsiveness of the administration and teachers if we had questions or suggestions. My husband and I are so grateful the school exists because our son and daughter have thrived here. Best decision we ever made.
My daughter feels great about her emerging skills as a young writer, scientist and mathematician, and she loves her classes in art, music and Spanish. In addition to standard academics the school offers classes in African Drumming, Outdoor Education and Leadership and theater. We love the approach CFS takes to community building since we, as parents, feel connected to the other parents, plus the children feel included, safe, comfortable and relaxed. It was a relief for us to find Connecticut Friends School after our daughter was at public school for a few years. We saw the light re-emerge in her eyes and a bounce return to her step as she integrated into this child-friendly, healthy environment.
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.
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