My kids LOVE how the latest technology is incorporated into every subject and offered as electives or after school activities at Cedarwood! Smart boards in every classroom, Chrome books for each student in middle school, fun electives such as "Create Your Own App", learning to write code in computer class, school visits by Google, filming plays in Spanish class to watch or email to parents, robotics offered after school as a team and club; it's cutting edge stuff happening at Cedarwood!
The teachers here truly care about their students and know every child by name at the school. The curriculum is challenging, and emphasis is placed on bringing subjects alive through research, engaging projects, and hands-on activities. The 5th grade social studies teacher had her students mummify a chicken before Thanksgiving break when they were studying ancient Egyptian burial practices. No boring worksheets here!
Students don't fall through the cracks due to large class sizes, and the teachers are very accessible to parents and students alike. Cedarwood is one of a kind! Come see for yourself.
Our family is delighted to be a part of Cedarwood School! We have children in the 6th, 5th and preK program, as well as children at other schools in grades 8 and 9. We moved from an international school system in Thailand, and the transition to Cedarwood has been smooth. The administration and teachers create a welcoming environment, as well as a challenging academic curriculum. Our 5th grader has always struggled to be happy when we wake him up for school, and this is the first time he has ever set his alarm, ready to start the day in his uniform. His teachers understand his learning style what motivates him. He is happy when I pick him up each day, so that is such a joy for us. Our 6th grader is enjoying reading, writing, and working on hands-on projects. She even likes science now too. Our preschooler loves his teachers, music class, the big playground and of course, the lunch program. They also offer many clubs and activities after school, which are a fun thing to join as well.
We highly recommend this school for learners of all types as they do a good job of meeting the needs of each child.
How lucky are my kids? So lucky to have found this incredible school. We moved across the country and interviewed here last. Both our first grader and fifth grader had an amazing first year here. Welcomed into the community with open arms. My first grader was behind at beginning of year and now is ahead and reading at second grade level. Teachers are so well rounded with wonderful Art, Spanish, music, computer, library and sports. They are building a new gymnasium and are the only school that has a pool. Small school where both kids got everything they needed. Thank you Cedarwood , see you next year!
Cedarwood School is an amazing school. Teachers love their jobs and students love their school. Here at Cedarwood, students are enthusiastic about learning. It truly is a magical place, and we are so happy our family is here to stay. Please be sure to consider Cedarwood for your child if you are searching for a great school!
Our daughter is part of the 3 year old class in the preschool and we are so impressed with the advancements she has made. Her teachers give each student the attention they need to learn the basics and more. They teach on a very personal level geared specifically for that child. Just since August, there has been a major difference in our child's speech and her usage of words when forming complete sentences. We Love that we can call, email, or schedule a time to talk with her teachers or the Director at anytime and know that the conversation is honest and never sugar coated. She is always eager to go to school and feels confident when being there. We couldn't be happier in our decision to make Cedarwood her foundation for her education.
Administration is politically correct and says everything you want to hear. The education and curriculum choices are not centered on child development. This school is strictly run as a business first and foremost. The curriculum is not challenging and students are spoon fed for tests. They try to present themselves as challenging and innovative. Day to day classroom management is mundane and regimented. It is more clear as students enter middle school and children are not prepared for high school. The love of learning is taken away around second grade here.
The teachers who are effective are phenomenal! However, if you get one who is not, it can ruin the entire experience. And, because it is such as small school, if you get a teacher who does not 'click' with your child, there is no support/assistance from Administration or different teacher to switch to.
Cedarwood School is fine for 'average' children with little-to-no need for support and/or higher-level learning.
The focus in 3rd grade and up is on Duke Tip scores, so they teach approx. 1 grade level above 'standard'. (Which we were happy with, as our daughter was tested as Gifted in the public school systems, excels at the SAT, and is very interested in learning). However, the Plus programs (supposedly designed for academically-inclined children) are useless and do nothing to help ensure your child gets an above-average education. In fact, the child is almost 'punished' by taking Plus, as they have to give up other 'electives' to take Math, ELA, etc. Plus.
Strong Warning: Do not consider this school if your child needs accomodations of any type. Starting in 2nd/3rd grade, the administration essentially leaves the children to fend for themselves - and stops communicating with parents (even when it is obvious there are significant issues with the child/school situation).
For a school that is so concerned with test scores and performance, we were extremely disappointed with the communication and follow-through from Administration in so many different areas.
They are also very quick to take money for their new 'enclosed' gym. After two years of raising funds - almost entirely from parents, there has yet to be seen any actual progress made!
Pulling our daughter out of Cedarwood School was the best thing we could have done for her!
Due to the limited enrollment everyone knows everyone this includes the faculty and parents along with the students. Small class sizes mean your child gets a lot of attention and an excellent education. Extracurriculars offer team building skills and the kids the opportunity to support/represent their school.