Don't be fooled by the facilities...yes the grounds are nice, yes they appear warm at the interview but parent beware...the teachers are average and the farm and apple orchard are not used. My child would have been better off at a local pre-school versus driving 20 minutes here.
My son attended Mohawk Country Day School for the 3s and 4s. It was nothing short of fantastic. He is a timid kid, not shy, just very cautious and the teachers were extremely patient with him - encouraging him to try new things, celebrating small achievements, keeping us informed of his strides and ultimately helping him become confident and extremely well-prepared for Kindergarten. My son benefited from classroom learning, daily music classes (that were not simply singalongs, but introduction to music theory as well), gym class every other day (he learned to throw a frisbee, hit a ball, kick a soccer ball correctly), outside recess on the expansive Mohawk campus (multiple playgrounds, ropes courses, farm, mini-train rides, hay rides, apple orchard) and special days where parents are invited to shadow their kids on their school days. It's not only the teachers and principle making this experience exceptional, it's the whole staff -- my son walks around and EVERYONE says hello to him by name -- the office staff, the maintenance staff and other teachers (ones he didn't have). This has, undoubtedly, fueled my son's confidence and we are extremely grateful!
My son attended Mohawk for both the two's and three's programs. I was very disappointed. I hear the four's is much better, but I don't know from experience. The two's is not stimulating AT ALL - you are better off taking Music Together or other classes. The three's was terrible, in fact his teacher was almost 30 minutes late every day (to a 3-hour class), they missed gym class often, they were not read to daily (as promised), and there was no organization or structure whatsoever. At best it was glorified babysitting. Mohawk has an AMAZING facility, which the kids in our class simply did not use. No use of the apple orchard, farm or five different playgrounds available. And when all of this was brought up to the administration they had NO idea that it was going on. There is no system of accountability for the teachers. There are some teachers that are fantastic, and really do a great job. But the one I had was AWOL. Buyer beware - if you actually care about what your child is doing and learning, you will see that the administration is resting on their laurels by letting the terrific facilities draw people in without backing it up by enforcing a curriculum.
We love Mohawk. The principal, teachers and staff are wonderful. My son did nursery and is currently in pre-k. It's a great transition for him and he's learning so much in preparation for Kindergarten. He's become more independent and social. The campus is beautiful and the kids are exposed to so many different experiences because of their unique settings. My son has been exposed and loves classical music because of their wonderful music class. The classes are small and the kids receive lots of attention from everyone. I highly recommend.
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