This is our fourth year at Country Hills, not a day goes by that I am not grateful for this school, it's administration, teachers and staff. Country Hills Elementary is truly one of the best schools in Broward County!
As a parent an ESE student I am very dissatisfied. ESE students are treated like red headed step-children. The ESE classrooms are in a separate wing of the school,so there is little contact with typical peers. Parents have to fight tooth and nail to have there child included in general ed. This school has not changed with the times, they still do everything the same way as they did 20 years ago. ESE students are completely segregated!
Country Hills has a wonderful academic program but some of the teachers and the principal can be a little 'cold', even unfriendly. The PTA conducts its meetings in the morning so, if you are a working parent, you will never be able to attend and there seems to be very little room for newcomers. Everything is run by the same groups of people, parents and teachers gossip about students and, I have witnessed some heated exchanges between minority families and administration which made me uneasy because I did not feel they were being treated the way they should be. This school has an excellent reputation but seems to be lagging when it comes to treating all families fairly. They should really take a look at that.
My daughter attended Country Hills from 2006-2008 for their PLACE program. It is special education program for ages 3-5. She received both speech and occupational therapy and the program has worked wonders with my child! The teachers and staff are fantastic. Very caring and compassionate yet firm and structured. My daughter has 'graduated' out of the PLACE program but still has 1 more year of preschool so she will not be attending Country Hills next school year. However, we are moving this summer into Country Hills boundaries to ensure she will be there when she starts kindergarten. We loev Country Hills!!
We are a military family so my children have attended quite a few schools. This school is probably the best school they have ever attended. The principal, admin staff and teachers are very caring and professional. It has an excellent gifted program and science program and the music, art and PE classes are the best. I hate the whole FCAT hoopla but that is a state issue not the school's issue.
Some of this information is very misleading. There are a handful of excellent teachers and some good ones. School does not challenge the kids. Classrooms are dirty.
This will be my daughters last year at CHE. The overall learning experience for my child has been very positive. The teachers treat the students with respect and kindness.
CHE has a great Principal. The science program is unbelievable. The teachers and staff at CHE are highly professional and always strive for the best.
The academic programs seem well structured, I am pleased with his progress so far but its only been a little over a month. Reading is a huge emphasis at this school, more than math I've noticed and talked to fellow parents whose kids are in upper grades. The tardiness/punctuality policy is a bit too harsh however and too much weight is put upon being 1 minute late due to traffic or rain or such. That's about my only complaint so far, so good.
I have been at Country Hills for 6 years plus,it is an excellent school, very involved parents, the best! I have put all 3 of my children through there. The principal is great, she has a wonderful staff. The teachers are terrific as well!
My son and daughter attended Country Hills for a combined total of 10 years. Overall I think the school is excellent. Most of the teachers are outstanding. The kids stay motivated and want to learn. The one issue I experience for both my son and daughter was reading. Country Hills insists on teaching phonics. It was very evident when my son left Country Hills to attend Eagle Ridge. He was not as prepared for 4th grade as he should have been.
In a city of great schools, Country Hills is the greatest. The teachers are the best, and under the leadership of an awesome principal. Parent involvment is welcome, and the programs they offer are varied. Music, Art, Science, sports and after school clubs are all available, and they have a great program for gifted children. I moved to the district just to have my kids attend this school. It's that good.
I heard so many good things about this school, however, once my children went there I was very disappointed: The curriculum is weak to say the least. Although modern data shows that the Whole Language approach and Multiage teaching do not work CHE will not move away from this practice.
great school...thoroughly enjoyed it...great teachers...more than I could ask for
My daughter attended this school for kindergarten through 3rd grade. She was in the multi-age classes and we absolutely loved it! All the multi-age teachers are caring and exceptional. We loved the school.
My daughter is a 1st grader at Country Hills. I agree that this is an excellent school. I only have one, well, gripe. I would like to see them doing more math. Reading is very important. I just would like to see the curriculum more balanced. I would also like to see them do more projects and book reports. Overall, my daughter and I are crazy about Country Hills!
Academic programs at Country Hills are very challenging and rewarding. Country Hills offers a wide variety of programs for students to expand their creativity through music, art, etc. Parents are very committed to contributing to a safe and happy learning atmosphere at Country hills.
My children attended this school for two years. I loved the support the principal gave the staff, teachers and the PTA. I enjoyed volunteering there frequently. This school recently reconfigured from K-3 to K-5 and boundaries were changed. This did help the school with an major overcrowding problem. This school also emphasized reading and a love for reading and has a program in place for struggling readers. The teaching philosphy is different from most schools with stress on centers and individual accomplishment. While I thought this great while attending, I am not so sure how effective it is now that we are experiencing another school.
Country Hills is a school that holds students to high academic standards. The tests scores are consistently high. However, their method of instruction is not suited for every child. Beware that if your child does not fit into the 'box' they will fall behind and also become labled. There is an emphasis on 'Ballpark' spelling (write it the way you think it sounds). This does not work for non auditory learners. There are many bright children who do not learn the way that Country Hills teaches. If your child is having trouble at this schoool, yank them! If your child needs a structured and traditional learning environment, do not send them here.
My child transfered to this school from Colorado in October of 2003. Since starting at this school my student has been bullied on numerous occasions and no matter how much I speak to his teacher, there doesn't seem to be any way to resolve the problem. When I spoke to another parent about the problem, I was told to get used to it, I'm in the big city now. To me that is a terrible attitude for any parent to take. As I see it, there is not nearly enough adult supervision going on at this school or the children responsible for the bulling and their parents would be held responsible for their actions. The accademics are OK but nothing spectacular. When this school changes in 2003-2004 to a K-5 instead of the current K-3, I think the problems will only intensify.
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