I am both a parent of a child at the Key School and a public educator. The Key School has been a truly remarkable experience for my daughter. She was very successful in public school (A's & 4's on EOG's), but I could tell she wasn't enjoying school. The Key School focuses on a child's strengths, while providing a comprehensive multi-sensory program for her dyslexia. We tried the public school route with tutoring, but she was exhausted from the hours of tutoring after school. Now, she has a differentiated program during school and has the energy to EXCEL in sports and other activities after school. We aren't "rich" and I have to work to put her through school. Every day, I am thankful that we have the Key School in Asheville.
I have had a wonderful experience at Carolina Day. The school has consistently provided intellectually and academically advanced child the enrichment and acceleration that she has needed over the years. The school is flexible and looks at the needs of the whole child to provided appropriate accommodations for exceptional and twice exceptional children. I highly recommend it for a rich educational experience.
Spent 2 years at this school (after receiving a partial scholarship for our gifted 2nd grader). Though the curriculum is taught at a higher level than public school, there was no plan in place for gifted students - no AIG program. Our child was consistently sent to the office for "behavioral" problems where we were lectured to by the lower school principal in a condescending tone and eventual threatened expulsion with the undertone that we needed to medicate. It was not until the 2nd semester that we learned that the teacher was having issues and took a leave of absence. Still CDS never took responsibility for the poor experience. If you have an average to slightly above average student and a hugely above average bank account, I suppose this school may work out for you. Go to the staff directory first and see if you can find a person of color, if diversity in education means anything to you.
Carolina Day School is a little gem of a school. CDS serves 650 students from pre-K through 12. It has the best student-teacher ratios around; many classrooms have teacher assistants. Students get plenty of one-on-one attention, and receive extra help in subjects that challenge them. If a topic sparks special interest, teachers encourage that student and support him in pursuing it further. The quality of education is unparalleled. The challenging curriculum gives upper school students an edge when applying for college. The Key School (a separate part of CDS) offers specialized assistance to students with learning differences. Carolina Day imparts the virtues of honesty, integrity, compassion, and working hard to achieve one's goals to its students. CDS reaches out into to the community, stressing volunteerism to help prepare its charges to be future leaders. Carolina Day feels like family. It is a close-knit, welcoming community. Parents and alumni are very involved and enjoy participating in the classroom. My daughter has blossomed at Carolina Day - personally, socially and academically. I would highly recommend it to any family looking for high-quality, personalized education.
The best education in town. We have three kids there and they enjoy going to school, being challenged academically and having wonderful opportunity in sports.
Carolina Day is an amazing school! They are kind, whole-child focused, innovative educators who continue to impress me at every step. I am blessed to have one child completing his 3 years at the Key School and three other children in various divisions of the school. I have been delighted as a parent. I see such loving teachers who truly love what they do and the kids seem so happy - both challenged and supported. I would say, please understand that many contented parents don't leave a review because they aren't looking at this website. The school is remarkable.
The Key School is too small, never any room, and pretty run down for the high price tag of $25,000. Get yourself an Orton Gillingham Trained Tutor, and do not bother with this place. They have nerve. They do not pay the teachers anywhere NEAR what they are worth. 3 kids per reading class, 10 or more in Math...not what you think it is going to be. High turnover. Rude, arrogant, rednecks.
Let's get this out of the way, Carolina Day is a "rich kid" school, and at around $20,000 a year, per child, how could it not be? But that being said, it is a wonderful school, with strong academics and teachers who truly care about the "whole" child. No school is perfect, but CDS comes pretty close. I've had children in both the Lower School and the Middle School, and have been very happy with the education both of them have received. The MS is particular is excellent at conflict resolution and very proactive in discouraging bullying. The kids are rather pampered, but for the most part they are really good kids. I plan on keeping mine there through high school.
Loved the school for awhile until it began to focus on the richest of the rich. Tuition increases. Love the community and the people and for those whom the tuition is pocket change, great school. For those who work hard to make the tuition, can't keep up with the increases.
I enrolled my son two years ago , he find hard time in making friends , also the environment is rude and administration is well know of making unjustified decisions . This school always favor those whose parents work their , There is a bunch of upper class (rich) people who do not welcome new kids into their circle , they always make a boundary between them and other kids .Pretty rude and non welcoming environment .The principal and her assistant are pretty mean ladies . They can do what ever they want and no one can raise questions against them . Now my sone is in public school and is friend with his whole class . The teachers admire him and he love to go to school every single morning .
The Key School at Carolina Day was extremely disappointing and financially cumbersome; made all the more frustrating by the arrogance of the Administration at Carolina Day School.
For all of the bonuses of Carolina Day, including many fine teachers, this school is over-hyped. A few teachers, though, are downright hostile towards students. The education offered, especially in the middle school, is not nearly worth the fortune paid for it. Of course, if your child is a self-motivated student then their situation may be fine. However, many genuinely outstanding students are not challenged appropriately. Discipline is quite lax in the middle and upper schools. Parents are not welcome on middle school field trips where something always "happens" and might not have occurred if more adults were present. Repeated administrative firings, meant to spur the school in new directions, have eroded morale and confidence in recent years. The Key School is the growth component of CDS. The middle school program is hardly "college prep." Individual families may find differences, based on their income and perceived social status. Still, I might have given 4 stars, were it not for the price tag.
I've been a student at this school since Pre-K (I'm now a senior,) and I'm so thankful that my parents were able to send me here. Every school has its flaws, and I'll admit that CDS is a little too obsessed with keeping a good image and that some people are snooty. However, if a student is willing, CDS also provides a fantastic education. I feel much more prepared for college than many of my peers at other nearby schools. I love all my teachers and actually enjoy going to class. Furthermore, CDS is a great school for strengthening writing skills and also for promoting service in the community. In the upper school, there is a strong feeling of trust. People leave their iPhones and laptops sitting out without fear of them being stolen. Teachers take your word for the truth, and the honor code upholds integrity. I'll admit that some groups of students are better than others, and you always run the risk that your kid will be in a small class with some not-so-nice kids (especially in middle school.) But mean kids are easy to avoid, and there are plenty of nice ones to befriend. Bottom line: CDS is a great place for people who like to learn.
CDS is a fantastic school. Our kids are in the upper school now and we have had wonderful enriching experiences! Teachers and administrators are realistic and solid. Theater program amazing. Spirts and clubs great!
Never consider this school for your child, I had the worst experience ever, I will never let my child stay there for 1 more second
This school is nothing more than rude kids, non welcoming teacher. Worst experience ever. I hope we never send our child there.
Key School at Carolina Day has been one of our most difficult experiences. Buyer be ware.
My two children have been enrolled at Carolina Day School for the past 11 years. We have had an amazing experience at CDS. My children have had the usual ups and downs of 'growing-up" but we have had great support from every teacher and administrator along the way. As my children have transitioned into the Upper School, I continue to be grateful for the excellent preparation they receive as they progress from one division to another. My children are thriving and becoming people I feel very proud of, in large part thanks to CDS and the caring faculty and staff.
Our three children graduated from CDS - the youngest in 2009. One question other parents often ask about is our kids'preparation for college. Each of our kids chose academically challenging schools - Williams College, NYU - Tisch School of the Arts and Yale. I had real concerns about their ability to handle these challenges. I didn't need to be worried - the incredible faculty at CDS made sure they were more than ready. Our kids knew how to study and organize their time. They placed out of many freshmen classes and entered on a sophomore level. They were asked to tutor other students in writing skills and they have each excelled in their chosen fields. Even better - all three have had or are having fun and have been incredibly happy with their choice of a college.
I have two boys who have been at CDS since Pre-K. Their education has been exceptional, not only academically, but by learning to be good citizens, stewards of our planet, and responsible adults. Now my youngest is getting ready to transition to the Middle School. Since we have already done this once with his older brother, I am confident that the turbulent middle school years will be met with understanding and compassion, from an excellent faculty and staff who have so much experience with middle school children, and with challenge of strong academics, provided for both the individual and team effort. I must also say that these teachers KNOW my child. When my son was struggling, emails were exchanged & meetings set up to come up with a plan to keep him on track. He finished the year with straight A's after working with his teacher to make it happen.
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