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Candlewood Elementary School4
Posted July 29, 2013
- a parent
This school has the best teachers for 4 and 5 grade. They are serious about teaching and don't make stupid math mistakes. I was not impressed with school at the beginning but now I feel that they give real impression of kids knowledge and I think it is the most important aspect of successful learning. They do not praise everybody for everything but ask for serious work to deserve a praise. They give foundation for lifetime learning.
I have become very displeased with Candlewood. They are not inclusive of all students and only recognized the few. They have made it more difficult to make honor roll than the county standard, their reasoning being, "too many children were making honor roll". I really don't understand this line of thinking. One would think the administration would want to promote the fact that a large percentage of their student body earn honor roll. The enviornment has become more rigid and punitive as the years go by.
Given the high number of disheartened Candlewood parents you'll meet at pickup, it is surprising to see so many 5-star reviews here. The quality of the school has deteriorated significantly in the last few years. Part of the problem is district-wide and greater than the school itself, to be sure: excessive standardized testing, a vapid 2.0 curriculum, etc. But even at the school level, I can say that the principal (who has been in this post since forever) is fairly incompetent and has negatively impacted teacher morale. The enthusiasm is just not there, and the academics are woefully lacking. With two Candlewood kids (one now in middle school), my wife and I are now looking to move so our one Candlewood kid can attend a better public elementary school. It is true, as some reviewers have pointed out, that many Candlewood parents are involved, which is nice. The school is small (though it's about to undergo major construction to expand) and has a neighborhood-y feel, which is also nice. But at the end of the day, I would say this is an "average" school and nothing more. Hence the 3-star rating.
Small community of highly committed parents and teachers. The staff are dedicated to enriching children with academics, the arts and positive social relationships. The community also aims to educate children to be responsible and caring citizens.
I have two kids at Candlewood. They both love it. They're learning and are challenged. The teachers send out regular emails to keep us informed of what activities are going on and what homework is due.
This is an amazing school. My daughter is in kindergarten and I couldn't have asked for a better school for her first year. The teachers are always availbale, give great feedback, & parent involvement is amazing.
The best thing that could ever happen to my children is enjoy their elementary years in such a wonderful school. The PTA is always looking for original ways to keep parents involved and have the kids happy. But the best part of the school are the amazing teachers in every single grade.
I love this little school. My oldest child just graduated this year and the kids (as well as some of the teachers) left with tears in their eyes. The teachers are really great and are able to keep a great deal of discipline in the classroom and, consequently, the kids learn well. A new principal came last year which did change the school a bit, but it's still a positive experience. The parents are very involved in the classrooms as well as fund raising and providing extra activities for the kids. there are a lot of extra-curricular activities for the kids, both during the school day and after. Classes and the school are small. Special requests are also considered and parent's positions on issues are generally respected.