My children attended this school and we had a positive experience. The teachers in both grades were very good. Some of the teachers started incorporating the Daily 5 reading strategies into their reading block and I seen positive results in my children. The administration and front office can be a little more friendly and have better communication. The principal is very good with the children, not so good with the parents. Needs better communication and verbal skills. Overall decent school with excellent teachers.
My son went to coal city schools for 3 years before we moved out of the area for monetary reasons. At first I was sad because I really thought I was leaving such a great school and the last year my son went to CC schools he had a wonderful teacher which made it difficult for us to say goodbye. Now that we have transitioned to another school I realize that there was a lot of pressure put on the children and parents and not enough on the teachers and principal for the best academic achievement each child can make. My son was VERY stressed out during his time in this school and now he is getting even better grades and doesnt fight me to do his homework like he did when he went to coal city. I think the principals in the early childhood as well as the elementary were not very friendly or supportive to the kids and parents. There has been a lot of money given to this school district and they are by no means in need of anything but I think their focus isn't on the children as much as the focus is on its reputation. I think the school district has a lot of potential but has lost its direction and needs to focus more on the needs of children.
I moved away from CCES three years ago and it was a huge mistake. I miss the small town attitude the school has. Your child is not just a number in Coal City and they take the time when it is needed. I am currently trying to talk my husband into selling our house and moving back just for the schools. Hope to see them soon.
So far I think CCES is a wonderful school. My daughter had a very rough time adjusting to a full day of 1st grade. Her own teacher, the gym teachers, and even the gals in the office, were all very supportive and helpful in trying to do things that would help her adjust and feel more comfortable. Two of them personally called me at home to offer advice and suggestiongs, and I was very touched that they had truly taken a personal interest in my child's welfare. It was so nice to know they cared and my child wasn't just 'another student.' They really have your child's best interests at heart and I just can't thank them enough! Karen Neumann
I do not think this school is acceptable for my children. I recently enrolled them into homeschool after many unexceptable experiences. I couldnt be happier with my decision, the kids are doing great.
I do not agree with the last posting. I have found the administration and staff to be very compassionate towards children. Coal City truly does put 'kids first'.
This isnt going to be a good one. I dont think the principal or some of the workers there are doing their job very well. they seem to be out for themselves and not to caring for the children. They sure dont know anything about getting help if a child gets hurt there. you would think they should call a parent asap, but they did not. You can guess what else I might want to say but I will be polite.
My daughter has gone to school at CCES for the last three years. I found that the teachers were very caring and involved with the children. They have an open door policy on communication between parrents and teachers. They also provide a possitive atmosphere for the childrn to learn in. I would encurage any parent to send thier children to this school. Their dedication to their students is remarkable. Mrs. Smith is a dedicated and responsibe princible. In this learning facility the students come first!
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