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The Cambridge School

Private | K-8 | 115 students

 

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Posted August 21, 2014

Our son went to The Cambridge School for 6th, 7th and 8th grades. He had such a positive experience there. The teachers and staff are so committed. The students are kind to each other. We could not have been more grateful for the experience. With the supports the school has in place, I, the exhausted parent, was able to gradually withdraw myself completely from the homework/assignment process and provide our child much needed full independence and accountability with his work. In particular the Hockman writing program taught at Cambridge School has proven invaluable for our son. From Cambridge School our child went to a private learning different boarding school in the northeast where he has been thriving, both socially and academically, on the honor roll each term. The Cambridge School experience, for us, was the important turning point that our child needed. We will forever be grateful to the school.
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Posted August 20, 2014

We were told that our child was the model student for this school, ( high IQ with a language based learning problem). Unfortunately Cambridge was a very expensive disaster. Field trips are ample with little educational value. The school is accepting children that have a multitude of challenges, this causes major disruptions to classroom. The 1/4 ratio they claim to have is just a marketing tool. The schools testing is unreliable because the teachers will give the students answers. This school is not trying to matriculate your child to a gen-ed environment as they claim but rather graduate them out of the 8th grade into a highschool. This is a toxic learning environment and she be passed over in your search for remediation for your child.
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Posted August 11, 2014

We moved our daughter to Cambridge because the philosophy and teaching methods used could remediate some of her learning differences, as well as teach her self-advocacy and compensation strategies. An individual learning profile is developed for each child, then a plan, which is followed,reviewed, and updated if needed. It's not a one-size-fits-all plan. Report cards are very thorough. The small class size allows teachers and administration to really know each child and his/her academic and personal strengths/weaknesses. The teachers quickly understood and worked with her learning differences, as well as understanding her personality. Every child is encouraged to challenge themselves and to do his/her best, and each child is appreciated and recognized for his/her individual talents, skills and interests. If a child needs additional help outside the classroom, it is provided. If a child needs enrichment above what is being taught in the classroom, that is provided as well. This is a supportive environment that promotes teamwork while also recognizing and promoting individuals. We are extremely happy with the school and that they have well-prepared our daughter for high school.
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Posted July 8, 2014

Cambridge is the most amazing school ever. It is top notch. My daughter is dyslexia and has the honor of going to Cambridge. It is my son who is not dyslexic who is at disadvantage because he is not getting the experience and education my daughter gets. Cambridge provides a warm and loving environment that allows each child to be themselves and shine. The school is run so well and they have every detail down to a science. My daughter who cried everyday and begged us not to go to school at public now does not want to miss a day of Cambridge. My daughter learned to read and write within weeks at Cambridge. Her low self esteem changed within weeks of attending Cambridge and she now knows she can do anything she wants to do. My daughter learns more in second grade then my son does at public school in fourth grade. I can not say enough wonderful things about Cambridge. There is nothing that I would change, we could not be happier. It is ashamed all schools are not run like Cambridge, children would be happier. It is an honor to have your child attend Cambridge, we feel blessed one of our children gets this life time opportunity!
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Posted July 4, 2014

When our son came to Cambridge two years ago, he was greeted with a friendly smile and a warm hello by administration/teachers. He was shy due to expressive/receptive language delays, and lacked confidence due to bad experiences at his local public school. Cambridge has given our son the tools he needs to compensate for his learning disability and become a successful learner. Now he WANTS to learn! EVERY member of the staff has encouraged him to take risks and he has experienced true success. The OT/Speech programs are outstanding with top therapists. They work together with the classroom teachers, who are language specialists, to reinforce skills taught in therapy sessions! Our son now knows that he can accomplish anything that he puts his mind to. He eagerly participates in class activities like the Science Fair and in extracurriculars, like the musical Bye Bye Birdie . Writing was a real challenge, but now he can write a Quick Outline and paragraph. The incredible growth in our son s academic abilities, social interactions, and self-confidence is a credit to their program. Cambridge School has given us HOPE that our son and will have the chance to have a successful life.
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Posted September 30, 2013

Cambridge is a child-centered school,with a curriculum built on Integrated Language based & differentiated instruction, utilizing Evidence-based programs to deliver results. The school environment fosters respectful interactions between the Lower & Middle school children that spawns a self-belief & develops self-esteem & confidence. The delivery methodology of the curriculum is based on scientific child-development models & thus impacts positive & sometimes amazing changes in the student's academic,functional & social-emotional states, that motivates them to learning.
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Posted June 6, 2012

I cannot say enough good thing about the Cambridge School. Cambridge is a small community of students who have had challenges due to learning disabilities, ADHD, or have faced negative school cultures and lost their will to learn. Cambridge has been a gift from above. Our child entered Cambridge with little self esteem due to his previous private school experience. He has flourished at Cambridge and has excelled academically. Students are truly taught to write well. In recent standardized test, our son has jumped 5 grade equivalents after 2 years at Cambridge. Students welcome others and treat each other with respect. The teachers and administrators take a personal interest in helping each student reach their potential. I have never seen such a consistently positive and enthusiastic staff. Cambridge is a wonderful place for children to feel included, cared for and supported. You will never regret sending your child there. Your only regret will be that you wished you sent them sooner.
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Posted March 1, 2011

Hated the school! Their Wilson program was wonderful but my child would have been better served if I had hired a full time tutor. Horrible experiences with the teachers and the bizarre director. For a very expensive small school their curriculum does not always follow the appropriate needs of your child, and the school could care less. There is one way, their way. If you don't like it you will be asked to leave an then it is practically impossible to get your child accepted into a regular private school. 10 of 24 students in my child's grade did not return after just one year at the school for these very reasons.
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Posted February 12, 2011

My daughter was asked to leave the local prep school in kindergarten when she was diagnosed as dyslexic. In 3 years of pre-K and K, her self esteem and confidence had been shattered. She entered Cambridge shy, withdrawn and reading at the 10% percentile but comprhending at a middleschool level. Six years later she reads at grade level, spells better than me, is very confident, socially comfortable and thanks to Cambridge's nominations has been accepted into John Hopkins Search for gifted and Talented youth. When her younger brother showed signs of dyslexia we didn't wait for him to fail we enrolled him at Cambridge in Kindergarten. He has never known failure and he doesn't even know that dyslexia is regarded by some as a bad thing. It costs a lot but its worth every penny.
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Posted June 16, 2010

This was our son's first year at Cambridge. He attended public school for 1st grade and had a miserable year. His public school wanted to put him in a self contained class and labeled him "communication impaired". We did not want him in self contained as we felt that it would not benefit him. He did not need "to go at a slower pace", he needed the right program. After a waste of one year where his reading and math skills regressed we moved him to Cambridge. Before Cambridge he was shy and laced self confidence. He was aware that he could not read. After one year at Cambridge our son can read and grasps math concepts. He is reading at grade level. We call Cambridge the miracle school.
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Posted May 2, 2010

Our daughter with dyslexia and other LD attended Cambridge for 3 yrs in middle school. It prepared her incredibly well for High School and helped to turn her into the confident young lady she is today! Prior to attending Cambridge, she had very low self esteem and felt 'different' about being pulled out of the classroom for special ed classes in the public school. Those classes, while small, had 6-8 kids, all with different learning styles, with a teacher who was not trained to address each style and certainly could not do it properly in only 49 min/day. Cambridge gives each child the appropriate attention and addresses learning styles individually.
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Posted March 18, 2010

This is our daughter's first year at Cambridge. She is severely dyslexic and struggled at the local public school even with daily Wilson tutoring, speech therapy, and reading recovery. We've seen global improvement in our daughter in short 6 months. She has increased her reading fluency; she is completing homework independently; and she has a positive disposition about learning for the first time ever. Cambridge has proven to be a perfect learning environment!
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 92% 52%
Black 4% 19%
Asian 2% 8%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 20%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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100 Straube Center Blvd.
Pennington, NJ 08534
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