Let me start by saying that my child no longer attends CVE. Pre-K was awesome. Mrs. Maui, the Pre-K teacher, was a phenomenal teacher. My daughter learned so much from her and received a firm foundation to build the rest of her education on. However, the kindergarten teacher was horrible. She's inexperienced in dealing with young kids. My daughter started receiving frowny faces every day because things like not sitting still in her sent or whispering to a classmate. I was told a 5 y/o should know how to be still and be quiet in class ALL DAY. The teacher expected the kids to sit quiet and twiddle their thumbs when not working. I felt she was getting in trouble for normal kid things. My child started thinking she was a bad kid. My husband and I talked to the principal and teacher, but they spent an hour telling my child she was wrong. Nothing was accomplished. This went on for the 1st month of school. We decided to pull my child out of CVE. They charged us over $900. I've never seen so many made-up fees. Other parents said the rest of the teachers are great so I will not talk bad about them, but I will not recommend anyone send their kindergartener to CVE.
Let me correct my response just a bit, I think the child supervision is fine and the staff is very very friendly and helpful although some of their procedures could use a little tweaking, and like a number of schools all around St. Louis they have got to get out of that old school menatlity of kids should be seen and not heard. All kids deserve the right to voice their opionion or explain themselves when needed as long as they speak to the adult that they are communicating with in a respectful manner!
My children are students at Cool Valley and I have not been impressed. The teachers acknowledge there is no standard curriculum, child supervision is lacking, and I have observed the teachers yelling as a normal means of addressing the children. The principal does not show concern when serious matters are brought to his attention but rather is quite defensive. The staff is friendly, in general, and they do know the children by name, however, the level of unprofessionalism they display is profound.
I think Cool Valley is a wonderful school. The teachers are very caring and the principal has valuable leadership skills. I would give the overall quality of the school a 10 out of 10!
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