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Gainesville Country Day School

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Posted September 24, 2014

My child is in the preschool level of GCDS so I cannot speak much of the academic side since they are learning much of the same things I teach at home (colors, shapes, letters, counting, etc) . What I can speak on is the strength of character the teachers and other staff have demonstrated in our time thus far. My child was particularly sensitive to the new environment following a recent traumatic event. The staff really has gone above and beyond to make my child feel welcomed and safe. In addition to the primary teachers, the librarian, Spanish teacher, music teacher, and other "floaters" that pop in and help where needed solidified my decision to have my child at GCDS. Other parents whom have seen my child acclimating to the school have also found reassurance in their respective decisions to educate their kids at GCDS. This is truly a quality environment for your prospective little student. I highly recommend Gainesville Country Day School!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 29, 2013

As a parent of 2 children at GCDS can not speak enough about the school. They are very caring and involved in each child's performance. I can not see sending my children to a better all around elementary school!
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Posted May 28, 2013

The broad range of academic experiences offered through the elememtary school years are designed to expand each child's learning opportunities, Teachers know their stuff and are very interested in the progress of each student. Lots of experience in art, music, PE, Spanish, logic, and poetry. My fifth grader had 6 wonderful years there.
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Posted June 2, 2011

{Just to preface this - I'm reviewing the preschool of the 24th Avenue campus.} The teachers are very nice & caring, but the preschool program is more like daycare than an actual school. The principal is totally unapproachable & defends the school / teachers no matter the circumstances - so you might as well save your breath. My son went here for 3 years of preschool prior to going to kindergarten elsewhere & he is so far behind!! They do not push academics at all & they don't communicate well with parents unless it's about a fundraiser. We had no idea that he was completely unprepared for kindergarten because they never talked to us about his progress. I've recently heard that other preschool programs actually have conferences with parents to make them aware of how prepared your child is for kindergarten!! GCDS doesn't do anything like that whatsoever. If you're looking for an expensive daycare, this is it! If you're looking for an academically rich school that will prepare your child for "real" school then look elsewhere. I hear Brentwood, Abiding Savior, and O2B Kids have good programs - but I have no experience with any of them because we ve wasted so much time & money at GCDS!
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Posted May 2, 2011

My daughter said this school was "happy and totally stupid. It was stupid for me and stupid for you to take me there." On our last day here, the teacher insulted me for not going to their extra fundraising activity, saying "Did you FORGET?" No, my daughter had ballet lessons, and I received a sneer. They mandatorily use bug spray on every child, which gave my daughter a severe allergic reaction. Their big lesson was having parents come in to explain all about their families, just an excuse for a nosy, ignorant teacher to have something to gossip about, (like their whole class' families) if you ask me. The laugh's on you, parents! Wow. No thanks.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 19, 2010

GCDS has been incredibly disappointing. While some of the teachers seem nice on a parent level, the way in which they deal with the students has, from our opinion, been cold and unnurturing . It felt as though we were sending our son to more of a daycare rather than a high end educational school. In addition, the teachers do not communicate with the parents at all. We would not recommend this school to others.
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Posted November 16, 2009

GCDS has been a wonderful preschool experience for my daughter! I am excited about her watching her continue to grow in the elementary program.
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Posted October 14, 2009

GCDS is well worth the investment. The experience of sending my 3rd child through the elementary program has been wonderful. It seems the teachers just keep getting better.
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Posted August 6, 2009

The learning environment helps each child achieve their potential; it has been a great experience for my child to learn in the environment created by the teachers.
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Posted June 4, 2009

My children are thriving in this caring, academic environment. The teachers are excellent and we have found the administration to be responsive. The children are taught traditional subject matter and the extension and enrichment of lessons is marvelous. My children love school and respect their teachers and fellow students.
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Posted January 26, 2009

It's a great place - children are safe, interested in school, and motivated to do well. Teachers are well experienced and knowledgable about subject matter. The children score terrifically on tests and are admitted to the best middle schools. It's a terrific foundation.
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Posted August 19, 2008

Gainesville Country Day School is a very good school. However there are several ways it could improve. These include a more creative and child centered music program. Although the music teacher is a good musician, she spends too much time on folk music and often is not positive with the children. On the positive side, the Physical Education program is outstanding and the computer program has a new state of the art lab and the instruction in this program is very age appropriate. My children have been happy here over the years and with the change in administration the school seems to be on path upward. The teachers for the most part are wonderful.
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Posted July 10, 2008

My daughter attended the VPK program at the 24th Street Campus. I was very disappointed by this program. The children did not have thematic nor creative instruction. They do not get art by the art teacher and rarely do crafts. They do the same activities weekly such as copying words and letter rubbings. Many days the teachers do not even read the children a story. The teachers discourage parental involvement. It is a very unwelcoming program. My daughter told me that she thought her teacher would be excited to get a new class because she really didn't like her class anymore. The main teacher has yelled at parents for doing things such as bringing in cupcakes from the grocery store. (She does not like sweets to be given.) My daughter was not in a positive atmoshpere. On a positive note, the music teacher is fabulous:).
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Posted May 29, 2008

I have been very pleased with my child's education at Country Day. The school has an incredibly nurturing feel to it. I love that each classroom has two full-time teachers, as my child has always been drawn to at least one of the teachers and felt safe, secure and well loved. The additional courses far surpass anything offered in other area schools: music, art, science, PE daily, poetry, logic, Spanish, art appreciation, computers and library-- all of these classes have offered so much to my child's education. I am surprised by some of the other negative comments, as we have never felt unwlecomed or unwanted. The school adminstrators have always been supportive and helpful, as have the classroom teachers. This is an exceptional school, and I feel every penny is a well-worth investment for my child.
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Posted March 3, 2008

Gainesville Country Day School provides an extremely nurturing atmosphere up until fifth grade. While the teachers are helping the students learn to take more responsibilities, it has been a hard transition for students and parents. The lack of communication by teachers to parents has been the hardest adjustment. Never has my child felt disliked by a teacher until this year. I shared my concerns with other parents who said their children felt the same way about this teacher. I don't know if this is 'tough love' or just a burned out educator. As a parent, I have never felt comfortable in addressing negative concerns with the school administration, as I have heard other parents tell me that it does no good.
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Posted February 20, 2008

If you have a child who has a lack of confidence and has low self-eteem, this school is a great choice. The music, art and PE programs are significantly more than offered in the public schools. The teachers are available to parents and the office staff is very friendly. There have been certain grades that have been weaker than others, and that was stressful at the time. I don't understand why those areas haven't been addressed. It appears that the administration may change hands soon, so some things at the school may change. Overall, this school has been wonderful for my child.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 28, 2008

My children are ready to leave this 'white bread' school for more educational offerings where there are diverse ideas, teachers and students. Despite the influence of the upper income, the school lacks such basic essentials as a nicely staffed science lab, a good music room, a library with the latest children's literature, etc. In fifth grade, the children have only one textbook. There is an excellent teacher in second grade, but the school has not had much success in attracting and retaining other stellar teachers.
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Posted January 25, 2008

I have two children at Gainesville Country Day, and it is has been a very disappointing year for my children, and for us, as parents. At country day, those teachers don't accept that level of responsibility. They want your money, but they don't want to do their jobs.
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Posted April 12, 2006

As a new family to this school it has been difficult to fit in. There is a real bias against families that did not start in Kindergarten at this elementary school. The music and art prgrams are top notch. Excellent special program teachers. A lot of busy work seems to take place (the dreaded work sheets) but there are a lot of special study programs as well. A lot of families in upper income levels apparently have much influence on the staff of the school. There are no current diversity or ethics/leadership type programs in place.
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Posted March 11, 2006

Hi, My daughter was there from 2.5 until she went to elementary school. The teachers in the center were excellent and very caring. I was so happy about the school. My daughter still missess the teachers there. They have an excellent program for early childhood and pre-kinder. They always have a long waiting list, but don't give up and call & ask about vacancies. Good luck!
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 89% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
Black 2% 23%
Hispanic 1% 29%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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6801 Southwest 24th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32607
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