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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Strong academics; extra-curriculars should impove upon completion of the school's new gymnasium.
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.
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.
The Catherine Cook School has a great community with teachers and parents working together to provide the best environment for the kids.
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