I agree with what has been said about gifted students. This school's philosophy is to keep everyone on the same level. I have had children at the elementary, middle and high school, and I would not send my kids here past 5th grade. When my children switched to the public schools they were behind in LA and math. The way the school does their grading and how they hand out merits is not the same criteria as other schools. During the middle school years a social agenda is pushed more than academics. The school has become very progressive and one of the high school administrators has a political background and no education experience. This administrator has made it a point to introduce civic engagement through the practicum programs. She is a town commissioner and has been quoted as wanting to get students involved in political change through her relationship with Youth Davidson. It is also true that a conservative would have difficulty here. The school does promote homosexuality, and high school students are steered towards social issues and non-profits rather than capitalist type of careers. Prospective parents need to go in with eyes wide open and not just follow the masses.
This school is really only for typical kids not gifted and administration is terrible. Your children will not be allowed to speak there mind and if they do they get reprimanded. I suggest you just keep looking.
We found the lower school administrator to be very unpleasant and difficult to work with. Several parents and staff have complained. If you have a typical or autistic child, you will be fine. Parents with very bright kids or gifted children who embrace the Basic School Philosophy may be disappointed. Some young children with natural ability are held back and bored. Even the public school does a better job with gifted kids at least academically. The lower school administrator seems " anti gifted". If you can't meet or know the needs of academically gifted children, within the framework of the Basic School philosophy, just say so nicely.
As a parent of a child in kindergarten this year, this school has been all that I had hoped it would be. The teachers are amazing and work so hard with my child to provide what she needs. There are excellent services available for children that need additional help. There is as much discussion with the teachers as I could possibly want and I just love walking my daughter into the school. The energy at CSD is beautiful!. Thank you CSD.
This school is way to easy you don't get grades and don't have test and why can't people just send there kids to public schools!
This is the most amazing, innovative, hands on learning place I have ever witnessed. The name fits well also because it truly is a community experience from Kindergarten and up. I wish every child could receive this type of educational experience.
it is a home away from home where you always have a family around. The word 'community' doesn't even begin to express much of a community the school really is.
In the words of my wonderful 7 year old 'they make dreams come true'...out of the mouths of babes!
It truly is an amazing place, where love is tangible. The teachers go beyond to ignite the passion for learning.
CSD is a great learning environment and the staff members foster the 'love' of learning in our children!
Individualized curriculum, hands on fun, and loving teachers. What more could you ask for!!
To see my first grader come home from school, place rubber gloves on, grab a garbage bag and start collecting trash from the garbage cans in my house because this is what she is being taught at school says it all!! CSD recognizes that children must be not only knowledgeable but also emotionally and physically healthy, civically engaged, responsible, and caring.
The staff and administration care about every child's education and overall well being. Teachers go out of their way to accomodate student's needs and make their classroom's feel safe for kids to push themselves to make them the best they can be.
We love everything! Sense of community, strong values, hands-on learning... it's all awesome! Our children are being given opportunities to learn and grow that we never had. Our teachers, staff and parents are amazing people!
This school is the way that all schools should be. The teach all aspects and really care about the students. And most students really thrive here. I wish I would have went to this school!
My schools teachers, admin, board of directors,parents, grandparents and friends are dedicated to teach each child to love learning and that they can make a difference in the world we live in.
My son has Autism and me have had several bad experiences with other schools and not being able to provide the type of supervision and personal attention that he needs. At this school he gets incredible one on one help. We have seen a drastic improvement in his ability to communicate, even though he doesn't speak. His ability to problem solve has greatly increased and has learned how to interact with 'typical' kids very well. This is the first school that we have seen that truly looks at each kids needs and provides whatever is needed to create an atmosphere where each kid can be succesful.
Awesome environment, great education....Best teachers in the world. Unbelievable what they do, better yet, what they will become...
Our school is a home away from home. My children love to go to school; they are in an environment where the teachers really know who they are.
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