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.
This is my child's 3rd year at Cedarwood. She loves Cedarwood and looks forward to going to school every single day! The teachers and staff are caring, considerate, loving and nurturing. Our family loves Cedarwood and would definitely recommend Cedarwood to anyone looking at schools for their children!
Now that I am a college graduate, I have to credit Cedarwood School for preparing me so well for high school, college and for my professional career. I attended this great school from the time I was 3 until the 7th grade. I am still in touch with many of the teachers who influenced me in such a positive way. I went on to private high school and was able to implement what I learned at Cedarwood both academically and socially. I not only excelled in academics, but was also able to implement the leadership skills I learned there. Cedarwood definitely prepared me each phase of my educational journey.
I have had my child going there for 2.5 years. The first two years were ok. The third year we ran into a behavior problem with our child. The school tried to suggest that he was suddenly autistic and/or needed to be put on drugs. I was in the process of fixing the behavior problem when they called my wife up to kick him out of their school on a Monday. They did not follow the behavior plan which included calling me if at any time was to out of line. We then enrolled him in Ponchartrain Elementary(the local public school). His behavior problem is now fixed, he is happy as a clam, but I find out that he is behind in his studies. Turns out that I was paying Cedarwood thousands of dollars to get less of an education than what he could have gotten at Ponchartrain. I have since heard this story from several other parents at Ponchartrain. They seem to drum out anyone that isn't a lemming, and why on earth was I paying thousands of dollars to this school. I have learned my lesson.
I have taught at many schools in the U.S. and internationally and have never taught with a more professional and caring group of teachers who truly love what they do!!! Cedarwood is definitely one of a kind!!!
Cedarwood school was a clear choice for my elder son when we moved from Canada due to work to Louisiana. He felt the student's diversity and warm with small class rooms in grade 3. The caring teachers and staff make you feel that your kid is in safe hands. My little one is in preschool and I feel happy picking up a cheerful child at end of my workday. I believe that if some more focus is given to sports this school would be a real foundation for my kids lives. I am extremly happy to recommend this school for prek and elementary students.