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Cincinnati Country Day School1
Posted April 03, 2014
- a parent
If you have time to spend for homework with your child, it's great. If not, there isn't much support for children who struggle. They aren't great with learning issues or documentation of what works and what doesn't for your child. The cost was not worth the value.
We are beginning our sixth year at Cincinnati Country Day School and live in the community in which the school is located. Six years ago, my husband and I moved our oldest child who was entering sixth grade from a well respected public school to CCDS. We weren't unhappy at the local school. We felt it was our obligation, as parents, to provide our children with the best education possible. We were so pleased with CCDS that we moved our other two children to CCDS, too. What we found at CCDS was an environment that supports excellence in education. It is "cool" to be smart. The faculty truly care about the children and support the children in the classroom, on the athletic field, and in personal interests. Classroom sizes are small, the faculty are passionate about teaching, and teachers make every effort to be available to help the children excel in their studies. Classmates challenge and support each other both in and out of the classroom. Students, faculty, and staff are truly happy to be part of the CCDS Community. Our oldest child shared with me, recently, that our decision to move her to CCDS was the best decision we ever made.
We have three children attending this school. Two children are in the lower school and the eldest has attended the middle school and is presently in the upper school. I continue to be impressed with the quality of the teachers at this school. They are always available for questions that a parent or child may have. They understand what motivates a child to learn and understand that children learn in different ways. Each of my children has had great success at this school, and I attribute that to the excellence of the teaching staff.
We are about to start our tenth school year at CCDS (we also have an older child who attended K-12 in one of the excellent public school districts locally so we have the perspective of a different type of educational experience as well) and overall, it has been a wonderful experience. My children are twice exceptional learners, both gifted and also with some learning differences, and the school has been able to meet their learning needs consistently. Like any school, it's imperative that parents work collaboratively with teachers and administrators and students to foster the best learning environment for their children. CCDS is very open to this collaborative process and also boasts some of the finest educators I've met, as well as a slew of extras -- a beautiful nature-filled campus, tremendous arts and athletics, and a very strong community. Diversity (socio-economic as well as other factors) continues to expand and contribute to this fantastic community. Highly recommend to anyone looking for an excellent education for their children.
We have just finished our 9th year at this wonderful school. Our two oldest are now graduates. We discovered this school after two others did not meet our kids' unique academic needs. We have found CCDS to be very flexible and truly willing to partner with us in creating the best learning environment possible. The school is committed to diversity and the development of a strong sense of community among all its members. The teachers are truly exceptional and have come to know our kids as individuals, not just as students in their classrooms. The principals in each division have been quick to respond to any concerns we have had. Our kids have thrived at CCDS. They have been appropriately challenged academically, they have been encouraged to stretch themselves in extracurricular activities that they would not have had the opportunity to participate in at other schools, and they have been nurtured and encouraged by their teachers and administrators to grow into contributing members of their communities. College counseling for our two oldest has been phenomenal and we expect it will also be for our youngest. I will miss this community when our youngest graduates.
As someone engaged in the mission of creating 21st century schools in the U.S. I have been extremely impressed with the quality of teaching, the positive engagement, community support and complete tech integration offered at CCDS. Our son transferred to the Upper School and, after many years of trying to have his needs met in a public school environment, CCDS immediately provided the depth and breadth of curriculum paced appropriately for his learning style. We have been so well pleased with the opportunities he has been presented with at this excellent school I have recommended it highly to anyone in the Cincinnati area looking for an option for high ability students. Our daughter will be joining the Middle School in the Fall.
We live in the community where CCDS is located but found the school to be lacking in diversity as well as equity in student dealings. Our son was bullied and our daughter was not taught in the learning style best suited to her needs. The school pays lip service to these situations but actually does very little to alleviate them. The bullying was handled poorly by the administration. The school sells "small class size" but uses the "teach to the least capable" with a one teaching style mentality (no variations for learning styles). There is a very small pool of friends from which to choose so it is conform or else. In addition, This is a school with some of the wealtiest families in Cincinnati in attendance; therefore those families tend to get "preferential" treatment when it comes to situations of inapporpriate behavior. I am caucasian but was disturbed by the treatment of minority and scholarship students. There seems to be an underlying prejudice towards students of color and those on scholarship by many parents, teachers, and staff. Given the many negative features of the school that we observed as well as experienced in our 5 years there, we decided to withdraw our children.
We are delighted! Our DD joined CCDS this fall, and we are so happy with her classmates, who have been friendly and welcoming, her teachers, who are very attentive and strive to meet her individual needs, and the administration, who are committed to helping each child develop best in his or her own way.
As a parent of three CCD boys (grades 7, grade 5 and grade 2), I have experienced almost decade of dedicated and individualized learning across three VERY different learning styles. All of them are achieving amazing academic successes, leadership experiences and most importantly, they love-to-learn. Kids arrive at CCD with smiles and leave with smiles. The diversity - racial and religious, creates naturally unprejudice children who have deep friendships with kids from all over the city and respect their culture. We are a middle class family that has chosen to leave a more frugal livestyle so that our children can stay at this amazing school. Even the best public schools in the area can't come close to the ciriculum, hands on learning, small class sizes and masterful caring teaching staff. This is evidenced by the # of Indian Hill, Sycamore, Terrace Park and Mariemont families send their kids to CCD.
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