This is one of the best schools in the the area. With the PYP program the students are able to understand about the world beyond just traditional learning. The teacher and stuff are all very good at what they do as educators.
College Gardens is a fantastic school, my daughter is now in third grade. Her teachers have been excellent year after year. The new principal is devoted to the students and it really shows all throughout the school. The parents are also very involved which makes a wonderful learning environment for the kids.
Phenomenal school! Not only does it post a rigorous IB curriculum, but it offers what ALL schools should offer--caring staff, a fabulous principal with an open door policy, terrific parents, and a great community of parents and kids. My daughter and son are receiving a great education, and making great memories at their school. Go Gators!
I love, love, love College Gardens. My kids are now entering 4th and 5th grade and have been there since Kindergarten. I am so sad to only have 2 years left. The teachers and staff are awesome. Our current Principal, Mrs. Rogovoy, is just the best. Responsive and compassionate while leading the school with enough structure and guidelines to allow everyone (students and teachers like) to flourish.
I completely disagree with the other negative comments. This school has been a wonderful place for our children (7 & 9) over the last two years. The curriculum implemented provides engagement and rigor that keeps children interested and excited about school. The teachers we have had in both 2nd and 4th grade have been amazing with instruction and communication. Overall, we have been very happy with the administration and PTA. Our family enjoys the IB program and the units of inquiry. Furthermore, our families love the additional after school activities such a lego club, run club and the talent show.
I dont think this school understands what it means to be an IB school. Staff and principle is aloof. Children are little bullies as another reviewer also mentioned. Your child will come home having learned many "bad words" from the kids you thought would be the "good kids from good families"
Horrible school! Our daughter was there for kindergarten and we quickly took her out where she did very well in another school in the area. The staff is appallingly rude and abrasive. The children are rude and little bullies. We had a horrible experience there. The staff yelled at me for every little mistake and yelled at my daughter in my presence. It was a horrible experience. There is a strong NAACP presence in the school which makes one think about the schools tolerance and fairness. This is a very poor excuse for an IB school. The staff does not demonstrate any of the IB principles. We are very happy to be out of that school.
I had two children at CGES (1 was there for the last 2 yrs. and the other one from K - 5). This school is the 2nd school in the US that has a vertical IB pathway (from ES through HS). From the education standpoint, the school is absolutely fantastic. Students are taken to the maximum of their interests and abilities, using the state of the art technology (the school building is also new and opened only two years ago - now, the fact that the student population has grown beyond any expectations and the building has already become too small for the existing student population is another thing), and the staff is excellent for most part. With the exception of two homeroom teachers out of eight that my kids had between the two of them, I would say that 6 were absolutely fantastic, that one of the eight was OK and that the eight out of eight was not as good (she lacked both enthusiasm and teaching experience). The new school principal is fine. The disciplinary policy is not as children friendly and sometimes misused by aid staff members, but all in all, the kids are great and most often they behave within the expected parameters. The CGES education programs & student diversity are superb
After 2 years at CGES my son will NOT be going back again. A poor excuse for a school. We will not be sending our 4 year old there next year when its time for kindergarden. I am just sorry that we kept our son there as long a we did. I hate to even call some of these people "teachers"
Teachers are very busy with the big class size. With immersion and IB program, teachers have hard time to organized themselves and get everything done. As parents, we are not fully informed of what my kids is doing at school, what/when the performances are.
My daughter is in kindergarten at College Gardens. I also have 7th and 3rd graders in who've attended other elementary schools, but College Gardens has been so far a really great learning environment. I am really impressed with how much she learned in just the first two months of school. She is in the Ib and Chinese immersion program and loves going to school every day.
My child has been here all the way through and is now going to middle school. This is an excellent school: highly diverse, very international, very good teachers and leadership and very comfortable and caring atmosphere, very active parents. Test scores are very good too. IB program is unique in MD. It is a large school and class sizes are larger than average in MD but I have not found that to be a huge problem. Dr Dupont has really turned the school around, he is unfortunately leaving in fall 2010, we hope the new principal will be just as good.
Teachers are working hard and doing great jobs at teaching and presentation. I don't know where the anger is from against the principle Mr. Dupont and I'm certain it only represents only a few parent's voice with personal issue which is not right to put the unfair picture to this wonderful school.
This is my 5th grader's 1st and last year here. 1st year, after moving from another state. And, her last year, bc she will be in middle school after. I think the school has a lot of positive aspects. To start with the non-teaching staff is very nice and considerate. It is a widely diverse community. Performing arts program is well established with music, instrumental music & art programs. I believe their curriculum is standard and is on the same level as everyone else across other states. One thing, I am unsure of though is their lunch line... my 5th grader always complains the lunch line moves too slow and she ends up not having enough time to eat lunch. Now, I am not sure if she'd rather sit and chat with her friends at the table while she eats her home lunch or that it's all true. Good school!
College Gardens is education at its finest! The school celebrates the diversity of it's students in everything that they do. Multi-cultural lessons, resources and performances are abundant and you find maps and flags from all over the world throughout the hallways. My son, a fifth grader and in his third year at College Gardens, has had excellent teachers in his homeroom and in his special activities such as art, music, PE and Chinese. Yes, Chinese. I am thrilled with my son's education at College Gardens.
Wonderful school with many unique opportunities to elementary aged children. CGES has the PYP program, Chinese Immersion, and an Austism program. The school is very diverse and it celebrates that diversity. The staff seems very committed to the children and immediately we felt at home and welcomed. It amazes me that all the staff members seem to know each child personally. I have been pleased with the school's response to any questions or concerns I have had regarding my child. Lastly, I am very pleased with the school's ability and willingness to challenge my child academically.
I believe the problem in that school is the Principal Mr. Dupont. He is not open to suggestions when it comes to how to improve the schooling in the establishment. Hoe overly controls his staff and use his authority as a principal to try to even control the parents in their say about the ways to improve the school and THEIR KIDS future. Yey he does not have great idea / transforming ideas with all due respect. His unnecessary controlling agenda even expands to making the parents' parking or eeven drop off drive a stranding adventure. That said I believe the teachers are great and would certain do better if they had are better leader than what they have now.
Principal is highly involved but over-controlling; he keeps parents at a distance from meaningful involvement with their children's education, while creating the pretext of a partnership with getting them involved in school spirit and fundraising activities. Teacher quality is uneven. Extracurriculars are varied and very good. Parent involvement seems high. Discipline is tilted a bit too much toward creating an institutional feel in the school. School needs to correct the fortress school environment, and treat parents like real partners.
We couldn't be happier with College Gardens! The school has a great sense of community and the parents are very involved. The pricinpal and teachers are open and caring. The IB and Chinese programs are top notch. It is a unique opportunity for elementary aged children. The new school is wonderful as well.
This is an excellent elementary school. The new principal (started 2005) has really changed it for the better, teachers are excellent, test scores are way up, it has the only International Baccalaureate program at the elementary level in the whole state of Maryland and a countywide Chinese Immersion program. There is great parent involvement, active PTA, the diversity of the student body is celebrated. My daughter is really happy. And the new building is state of the art... Everything a parent could ask for.
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