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Catherine Cook School

Private | PK-8 | 502 students


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Posted April 2, 2007

I stumbled across this site looking for another school for my child. I am a Catherine Cook parent and my son has been at the school for over three years. The school has not met the expectations that we had at our acceptance. We were impressed by the school's community and it's drive to create a school that would rival those nearby. However, in this families eyes this ideal has not been achieved. Also, while the curriculum may be challenging for some my child has not experienced this same push to excellence. As a parent I have been disappointed by the schools politics and have not felt an atmosphere of learning as expected. I think, as the school's enrollment numbers have increased the quality of the school's program has gone down.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 14, 2007

CCS is a wonderful, warm place to send your child. As a parent it is heartwarming to see just how caring and dedicated The teachers are about the interests of your child. The teachers are always available to sit down and talk. The communication is amazing. No child ever 'Falls through the cracks' at CCS. The school is on top of everything. (However That does have the potential to be a double edged sword). The school has grown dramatically in resent years, but that is principally due to fewer children leaving in the higher grades. That is good news. The strongest part of the school are the kids. My son has made wonderful friends. Truth be told, so have my wife and myself. CCS has a great parent body. Larry Lubell 5th grade
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 12, 2007

I echo the last comment. The school has recently appointed a head (number 5 within 6 years) and he pales to create a platform for the school. He is invisible at events and is only heard via the school newsletter. The middle school has severe discipline problems. Class sizes are no longer small. No bang for your buck here. The preschool is still the only highpoint.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 21, 2006

My child loves Catherine Cook School. She entered preschool a rather timid child and has truly blossomed. The teachers are kind, caring and enthusiastic. The curriculum is terrific, and the facilities are immensely improved with the addition of the new gym. The parents are dedicated, generous and involved. It's a great school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 21, 2006

Our daughter has flourished at CCS. Believe me when I say that the teachers are second to none. They genuinely care about the students and encourage them to pursue whatever talents they have. The curriculum is demanding -- as a first grader, my daughter used to come home exhausted, but she learned so much. CCS needs to improve on its sports activities, but next year will be the first full year with the new gym, and I think we will see a dramatic change. What's truly wonderful to see is the level of parent involvement -- despite its growing pains, CCS is a closely-knit community where students are supported not only by their parents, but by other parents, teachers and staff. This is a fantastic school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 30, 2006

Our daughter has attended Catherine Cook for 4 years. We have been very pleased with the quality of the faculty we have encountered. The school is in the midst of a major expansion and has had its share of growing pains and faculty turnover. Communication from the administration could be improved and the attitude from the headmasters office seems to be 'my way or the highway.' After kindergarten the student/teacher ratios increase significantly. The programs are very good, the students are very well educated and behaved. Foreign language, art and physical education offerings are all excellent.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 21, 2006

Our children are in pre-K and First grade. Overall the teacher quality is excellent. Our first grader has been making excellent progress and receives a lot of attention as class size is small.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 9, 2006

Strong academics; extra-curriculars should impove upon completion of the school's new gymnasium.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 9, 2004

Both of our kids graduated from CCS starting at JK. One is now a junior at Latin, and the other is a sophomore at Trinity College in Hartford CT. The quality of the teachers and close knit family of parents supporting the school paved the way for their academic success. It should be the elementry school of first choice for parents interested in making education fun and engaging.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 6, 2004

CCS now has enrollment of almost 370 and a new two year old transition program. The gym should be open in September 2005. Don Monroe, former head of Francis Parkewr is the Interim Head as we search for a new permanent Head to be in place for 2005. An exciting time for us and a great place for our children.
—Submitted by an administrator

Posted February 23, 2004

The Catherine Cook School has a great community with teachers and parents working together to provide the best environment for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 9, 2003

Catherine Cook is the best kept secret in the city!
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 76% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 4%
Black 6% 18%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Hispanic 3% 24%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Michael B Roberts
  • Coed
  • Nonsectarian
  • NAIS
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  • (312) 266-3616


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  • Computer lab
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