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Pingree Grove, IL
Students enrolled: 738

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900 Wester Boulevard
Pingree Grove, IL 60140

(847) 464-5300
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March 09, 2015
Dedicated teachers with great ideas and open communication. High teacher/lower staff turnover. A lot of politics the higher you communicate. Some staff don't interact with parents well and should not be allowed to.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2015
I couldn't be happier with the dedication from teachers and social workers at Cambridge Lakes.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2014
The curriculum at this school is of a higher caliber and we continuously see our kids succeed and excel. We have 2 young kids attending this school for 4 years now and they both are testing above average numbers in all subjects and they are way above average in math and reading. We are involved in our kids education and we dedicate time everyday helping our kids with their homework and if they don't have any then we find homework for them to advance them further. We also have them read books to us every night and we read more difficult books to them. This school is great for our kids and they enjoy being there. I see many complaints about communication and I disagree. In my experience we have been informed of all activities and assignments by the teachers. There have been times that I learned of an activity late but it was my problem because I tried to read the email at work and then I moved on without ever reading it. So, communication is fine... you just have to keep up with all the emails and assignments posted on their homework site. In short, we highly recommend this school. It's working for our kids and we will continue with this school at least thru 6th grade.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2014
We had our daughter in this school for the past three years and this year moved her to another school. First the positive - There is a greater emphasis on academics and the standard of education is quite high. The negatives are poor infrastructure, high teacher turnover, lack of communications and haphazard running of programs. For us finally the negatives outweighed the positives and we moved our child to the public school nearby. We now feel she is in a more nourishing environment that will be better for her overall development compared to cambridge lakes.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2014
Walk away. The problem is at the top Larry, until he is replaced you will continue to have a high turnover in teachers. This school was the biggest mistake I made. The teachers themselves have told me he fixed the numbers to try to show improvement.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2014
Wow have you met new principal Dr. Hussain she is amazing and returns emails, phone calls, and schedules parent conferences in a minutes notice. I informed her in an email of my child's health concern and before the end of the day she had scheduled a meeting with myself, my child, the nurse and herself! Now that is someone who is in touch with the community!! My family feels valued.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2014
CLLC is amazing. My son attended the preschool program for 2 years and just completed kindergarten. I don't know what these other parents are talking about in terms of communication- my son's teachers have ALL been very responsive to emails, and send email updates daily or weekly. In K my son did much more advanced material than my niece, who was in 2nd grade in the reputable district 301. His desire to learn reflect that teachers are teaching him the RIGHT way (not teaching TO THE TESTS) and his test results demonstrate that he is getting all of the information most other kids his age get in school. My biggest complaint is that the kids don't come home with textbooks, so it was more difficult to monitor what my child was learning about in school. This isn't as big of a deal in Kindergarten, but as children get older it's important to me that we are able to monitor his learning for any bias. However, I don't know how the older classrooms handle textbooks, etc. The only way I will ever leave CLLC is if, for some reason, we move out of state. Otherwise, I am staying right here so my younger children can attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2014
This is our first year @ Cambridge Lakes. My daughter is in all day kindergarten. I have to say we are very happy w/the schools curriculum. She is taking Spanish, Tech, Art, and has gym 2 days a week. There are only 15 students in her class w/a max of 18 students in a class room. Her teacher is wonderful. We get an update email at least once a week and if there is a special event she even send pics! The security at the school also gives me peace of mind. You need a electronic key to get into her class room! Before the school year stared she went to a 2 week readiness camp to make sure she was ready for a full day!

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2014
Poor communication. I live in this community and I prefer to drive my children to the public school which is 15 minutes away. Unprofessional environment . This school is used as a babysitting facility, free full time kindergarten. My children had no locker, no desk to put supplies in, no gym to play. My daughter was falling behind in math. Most teachers don't care. They have no funds to build or hire experienced teachers. The bathrooms are dirty , the children had to clean tables in order for them to eat...the list goes on.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2013
We are 1st time parents who enrolled our daughter in the Kindergarden program and will be enrolling our 2nd child next school year. Every school has it's pluses and minuses. The pluses at CLCS far outweigh the minuses especially when you compare it to the public system. The kids are physically in school more days and for longer hours. CLCS is great if you are willing to go the extra mile with your kids. The teachers work with the parents and the kids LOVE going to school because they know mom and dad are active in their education . If you are not willing to work with your child every night on something that they are working on at school, this is not the program with you. If you have a passion for education and are looking for something "out of the box" CLCS is awesome. The curriculum is challenging, the kids learn something new everyday and subjects easily crossover into other areas of the day. The kids get gym, art, music, as well as various after school programs that enrich the curriculum being taught. I see what others are doing in other schools, and CLCS is way ahead of the game. We love CLCS and will keep supporting it as it strives to get better each year!

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
My daughter loves the school.I love the learning process and we see how much she improved an how excited she goes to school every day. The teachers are amazing and they do their best to teach those kids.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
My son has been attending CLCS since K and is now in 5th grade. We are happy with the academics. But each parent has a difference perspective on situations. Communication has been excellent with the school. You can always come to the school and talk the principle or to the business office, If your kid is important a visit is rather better then an e-mail. The institution is school & business & teachers aren't union, but with public school issues & goverment background on managing schools, this not a bad thing. I rather have teachers stayed in the school becase of their performace and not becasue of unions. If it is managed as a business you want the brighter individuals to be sucessful, & your product to be superior, in this case our kids. Parents can volunteer in many ways if their schedules and time allows, and as for school not waniting to hear what parents have to say? I am not sure that is completely accurate, because everytime I see something at school that I have an opinion on, all I have to do is go in to the school and talk directly with the respective school principle or to the main business office.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2013
Please be advised this institution is both a school and a business. While the curriculum and instruction are above average, the corporate board that oversees the school is not interested in parent feedback, does not communicate with families in a timely or appropriate fashion, and there is a high rate of staff turnover.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2013
Cambridge Lakes Charter school- We joined as the virtual school. The problem I see is that the virtual students are not given the information from the school for upcoming events and tend to miss out on some opportunities, or get last day forms for money to be sent in. My child doesn't feel like they are part of the school. They can have specials with students in different grades instead of being with kids of their own grade. The response from the administrators and teachers is very slow if any reply at all. It seems they want less parent communication, I personally left several messages and finally sent an email to still get no reply at all. If they got a grade for communication it would be a D from me. While I like the virtual program, working with the pace of my child, the lack of respect in communication is enough to make me seriously doubt continuing.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2013
Yes, I have a same problem of teachers do not respond to emails! Individualized learning plans & staffs are friendly, and Pick up issue got a lot better this year!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2013
My kids attend this school, but I am thinking of taking them away from the school. My main complaint is that the teachers do not respond to emails, to any questions that you may have regarding your child.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2012
My children went here 2 yrs ago and we were very happy with the school. We had to move out of state for a year and thank goodness we are back. The teachers are very helpful and excited about teaching! The only thing that continues to be an issue is pick up but that's because some parents do not think that they have to follow the rules.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2012
i am very pleased with the kindergarten at CLCS. the kids are learning a lot and participate in music, art and computers as well. my child's teacher is very good. i like that parents are encouraged to participate in school related activities, etc

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2011
My daughter loves the school but I wish parents could have more involvement as far lunch menu. I have seen a lot waste done by the kids. Parents are paying without knowing that the kids are not eating their food. Fresh fruit should be cut for little kids and they should think about the type of sweets to be serve to the kindergarten group. I see a lot parents involved in the lunch but wish we could have some inputs as far having a better menu.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2011
My child goes to Kindergarten @ CLCS. I have seen him mature so much in this one year. The teachers teach them the right attitude towards tough situations and great problem solving skills. Their Kindergarten program is so good. My child comes home with so much information that he amazes me sometimes. The best part is their individualized learning plans keeping in my that every child learns @ a different pace. The only drawback though that the school doesn't provide any transportation for the students and we live far from school. My overall experience with the school is excellent. Keep it up CLCS!

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2011
As a first time parent of Cambridge Lakes Charter School; I am glad that I decided to transfer my kids to this school. Both of my kids are learning excellent information, including the opportunity to explore different culture and language. In addition, the teachers focus each student and their unique learning curves; this is definitely appreciated, to support 'no student left behind'. I support the growth and continued success of Cambridge Lakes Charter School!

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2011
My son is nearing the end of his first year at Cambridge Lakes and I can not be happier with the education he has received this year. He has had a wonderful male kindergarten teacher that seems to have the patience of a saint! My child went in to kindergarten not knowing how to read but is coming out reading chapter books far beyond his years. I love the fact that the children receive individualized instruction based on their skill level and that they are learning material that I know for a fact, the other local schools are not teaching until 1st or 2nd grade. Yet, the atmosphere is not high pressure or elitest at all. For my son, this year has been a wonderful experience that has resulted in a very positive attitude towards school and learning in general. As a parent, I couldn't ask for more at this point. (Yes, the pick up and drop off situation is a mess, however, a small price to pay for a great education)

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2011
This school of choice has provided my three children with an excellent, individualized education, at an advanced level. We have been a Charter School family since it opened, and have watched it blossom towards its phenomenal mission. From the preschool through the middle school, I have watched students excel in this unique environment. As an active parent volunteer, I have had the opportunity to see the inner workings of the school, and am confident that my children's needs are addressed and met by a loving and dedicated staff. My children, far from slackers, are all performing at well above grade level. Those parents who take the time to be a part of the school community arequalified to dispell the rumors of disorganization, talent, leadership, and educational quality.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2011
My kids are going to this school from 2007. The teacher are very good and experienced. Only big problem is droping and picking up the kids. The valunteers are not firendly.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2010
I am amazed at the rumors that some parents think they should share. My son has been at Cambridge Lakes Charter school since it opend. The first year was rough. The only thing that has stayed constent is the excellent staff of teachers. They are so talented and have such creative ways of making learning fun . My son has needed some help from time to time, and a teacher is always there, even after school. They all give so much to make sure my son is ready for his future.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2010
I live on Cambridge Lakes and my wife and i are thinking of putting our soon to be 3 years old daughter here next year. However, after recent encounters, we are having second thoughts. I take my daughter for a bike ride during the weekdays in the late mornings and I noticed how the kids are playing so close to the road. REALLY? and to make things worse, the two teachers are sitting there on the lawn--yapping away. Cars had to stop to make sure the kids don't get on the street. It makes me wonder if the 4-5 start raters are staffs from the school.

- submitted by a community member
May 22, 2010
I am amazed how many positive reviews there are of Cambridge Lakes since so many parents have pulled their children out of this school, including me. I have never seen such a disorganized mess in my life. No strong leadership, no understanding of teaching and it's a breeding ground for bad student (and parent!) behavior. One example: my first day dropping off my son i didn't know the exact procedure. A woman (parent!!) starting yelling the "F" word at me -- when i told the principal she said "oh well, people get upset." This was really a nightmare experience for my son who is an A student. This place is for slackers only.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2010
The charter preschool my daughter attends has been excellent. They not only help my daughter be enthusiastic about learning but they help her be a good problem solver. I am very pleased with the teachers. I love that there are always plenty of teachers involved with the children and that the school leads parent learning activities to help parents become better teachers at home.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2009
The teachers and staff have provided my children with exceptional individualized learning and have strived to challenge and nourish them to grow into independent thinkers and young adults. The sports programs have focused on buidling self-esteem, teem work and whole body fitness rather than 'win at all cost' attitude. For this reason my children are healthier in body and mind.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 13, 2009
My son had a wonderful kindergarten year at Cambridge. He has learned and grown so much this past year. Cambridge had very dedicated staff that cares about their students. Keep up the good work.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 09, 2009
I love this school, it has an excellent curriculum in all subjects, my kids have learned a lot from this school. The teachers are great,very dedicated. The school is up to the mark.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2009
Amazing what kids have learned! Excited about school and challenges. We came for full-day Kindergarten, and stayed for exceptional educational experience. Open to all D300 students. 1st grade and up change classes for Math and Reading based on their ability. Come for tour!

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2009
Very nice, new and secure. I feel safe going to school there everyday.

- submitted by a student
April 09, 2009
This is a second year school. The first year the school worked out some kinks. This year it has improved greatly. I love that they have a full time Kindergarten. My child has learned so much I can't even begin to tell. I look forward to the school getting better & better every year. Don't believe me or what you may hear from others if you ever thought about having your child attend just do it & find out for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2009
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Cambridge Lake Charter School
900 Wester Boulevard, Pingree Grove, IL  60140
(847) 464-5300
Last modified Cambridge Lake Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8
Cambridge Lake Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top