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The Calhoun School

Private | PK-12

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $1,035,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,110.

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Posted June 2, 2014

I love Calhoun. My daughter is growing into a self-assured, vocal, creative person. The small class sizes really enable the teachers to focus on each child's interests and passions. The community of parents is incredible too. Steve Nelson is a fantastic leader and has brought the school to new heights in the past decade.
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Posted September 19, 2013

I'm a first grade parent and I love the lower school. It is beautiful and organized. The teachers are wonderful.
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Posted July 18, 2013

Calhoun is great for little kids, my only wish they would start learning anything after K. As for bullying, it exists and nothing is being done about it, especially if your child is school workers' kid-they are allowed to stay in school and bully anybody. Teachers are mostly actors and writers, especially grade 2-4, unexplainable to me why they don't hire professional teachers-Barnard is close by. The Head Master should have been changed a long time ago, maybe the school would change for the better without him, he suggests for you to leave if you disagree with him. Level of education is low, a lot of parents are forced to hire teachers outside the school to help with education. Money wasted. Languages are not taught to speak, after many years my kids still doesn't understand Spanish. Not looking forward to Mandarin. Stay away from this school if you can. Your kid will test lower then kids from other schools, 2 grades lower.
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Posted October 10, 2012

My children received an excellent education at Calhoun. The MS and HS are intellectually inspiring schools. The division heads are caring, dedicated individuals. The teachers are passionate about their subjects and communicate their passion to the students. It was challenging academically, overall an amazing experience for my children.
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Posted June 1, 2011

I took my child out after 6 years. They are too permissive, no structure, don't teach basic reading skills. The failure to get involved allows bullying to exist, the administration will not get involved so bad behavior flourishes.
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Posted April 12, 2011

Calhoun has received criticism for many substantiated reasons. While their "progressive" approach to education is appealing to some others, like me, found it to be a waste of money. Yes, children should be "free thinkers", creative, etc. but they NEED structure and excellent academics too which Calhoun can't provide. Calhoun seems to focus on amenities-creative a country-club atmosphere that is not conducive to learning, establishing boundaries or preparing for college. Calhoun boasts that they don't put emphasis on testing-they should -then they will see that their kids aren't learning. We will not return-we rather spend our money on a REAL education not a country club for children.
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Posted April 29, 2006

A wonderful, wonderful education. The best, really. Your kids will grow into caring, thinking, confident, and critical thinkers, who will learn how to express themselves clearly and eloquently. Yes, the academics are there, but this school is more than that--and it shows with the quality of kids that go there.
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433 W End Ave
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 497-6500

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