My younger son was enrolled in Cypress in 1st grade and has some learning issues. The school has been doing a program called reading recovery with him. He went from not knowing all of his letters at the beginning of his 1st grade year to reading 1 or 2 level books by Christmas. He also had some problems with some of the other boys, and the principal took care of it right away. We've had no problems since. We considered placing our older son there 3 years before, but chose to continue homeschooling him. The current principal has only been there for two years, but I think he has completely changed the atmosphere of the school from my perception of the school 3 years ago. He is working very hard to get the school up to date with technology, and he really cares about the students. We get an email at the beginning of every week from the teacher giving us the basic lesson plans for the week which I really like. I'm very happy with this school.
My daughter LOVES Cypress. Grade 3 and doing great. Thank you for all you do!
The chapel experience sold me on this school. Now that we are there, my child learns about Jesus throughout the day, not just in Bible class. The teacher really cares about their students and you can see they want to help them grow. My biggest job as a parent is to prepare them for the world but not to lose our values. Cypress doesn't shelter them but instead teaches them how to handle it the way the Bible would say. The academics are challenging and they still get art, music, band, PE, library, computers, etc. We are very pleased.
Even though this school is attached to the church, the behavior of the administration is possibly the least professional and "Christian" I've ever witnessed. This type of behavior is typically reflected in the long term performance of the school. There is a revolving door of Secretaries/Administrators. Do your due diligence before choosing this particular institution.
As a parent who has had children attend Cypress from Kindergarten through Eighth Grade, I am well satisfied with the academic and student atmosphere that Cypress has offered. My children have taken advanced placement classes in high school and are in the top 30 students in their classes. I also know of many recent alumni who are doing exceedingly well in high school and beyond. Cypress has continually monitored their academics and adjusted accordingly in giving their students the best education possible. Although there has been administrator turnover in the past, the current administration is determined to make Cypress Christian a place where children can reach their learning peak. As I noted earlier, Cypress has improved their academic standards, but they are also improving their teaching standards. Part of improving Cypress involves, not only improving academics, but also improving the teaching of these academics. After careful evaluation, I was told that a couple of teaching positions would be changed to strengthen the teaching faculty. In a previous post it was noted that some staff were fired, this is not accurate. Some office staff did resign to pursue other things.
Our daughter is currently in half-day Kindergarten at Cypress and she loves her teacher and classmates. We get e-mails almost daily with school updates and news. We can also log-on and see our child's progress online. I feel our daughter is getting better attention than she would in a public school, and I appreciate the Christian values. The various fund raisers can get a little annoying seeing as you're already paying a decent tuition but that's my only complaint.
I have two children currently in the Cypress Preschool Program and I'm enrolling my oldest in their 2012/13 Kindergarten class. If you're looking for a school and staff that not only teaches about God but truly exhibits an active faith in Him - this is the right place. The Preschool teachers, the Director and all the folks I've been contacting for info on the school program are efficient and genuinely caring. The teachers my kids have had in the 2 years we've been involved with Cypress truly love my kids - and my kids love them. They feel and respond to the honest affection, they're being introduced to their Lord in a genuine setting and they're thriving intellectually. The teachers at Cypress are highly skilled, patient, encouraging and perceptive - they have proactively communicated with us when there have been issues and worked with us (their parents) with full, honest disclosure and concern for the children in their care. I have NO doubt that the staff in their daycare and school programs are every bit as qualified, talented and caring as those we've worked with so far. I can't really "rate" the additional areas as I have no practical experience yet - but I have faith in them.
My children have attended CCS for the past 6 years and have had wonderful experiences each year. My kids have enjoyed all their teachers, class projects, field trips, etc. I have a child entering the middle school this year & I am fully confident in the 6 - 8 teaching staff. Teachers of all grade levels work well together to provide a solid Christian education. The school has such a feeling of Christian love. One of my favorite things is the dedicated staff there to open car doors and greet kids by name every morning - rain or shine. My kids love the friends they have made here. CCS is truly a blessing!
I have a daughter in 6th and son in 3rd, both of which have attended Cypress since Kindergarten. I would not trade our experience here for anything. We have liked all of their teachers our children have had, and feel as though they have been stimulated academically and spiritually. My daughter started middle school this year as absolutely LOVES it. Yes, it may be small (44 students), but this allows for an extremely intimate atmosphere. All the whole middle school seems very close. The new middle teachers they've hired, along with the one that stayed from last year are youthful, very capable, and seems to really know how to connect with the students on a personal level. Since Cypress only goes up to 8th, we gave our daughter the choice to transition to public now or in 9th, and she made it abundantly clear that she wanted to stay until the end.
I have had children in this school for the past 5 years. After 4 different principals (the latest is scheduled to retire at the end of the month with no information on a potential replacement) and a 66% retention level of staff from last year. I have to say the atmosphere has changed. We intended on keeping our children there until 8th grade. We are now forced with the decision to pull our children from the school and place them in public next school year.The middle school is down to 44 students this year and I fear for it's future. In the past, all grade levels were for the most part equal in the amount of kids. Now, the majority of the kids are K and 1st. As time goes on, there are less and less kids each year as the grades progress. Very sad.
As the parent of a 6th grader who has attended Cypress since preschool, I am happy to say that Cypress Christian School has been a great blessing to our family. My child has loved school since day one and I atribule this to the caring teachers and the Christian amosphere at Cypress. I believe in parental involvement and and have witnessed first hand the great care that has gone into my child's education. I have no worries about my child being prepared academicly and socially after Cypress because I have done my homework and talked to enough parents of children who have left Cypress and thrived wonderfully in the public school system. What more can I say? After 8 years (counting preschool) with no regrets, I would not trade my child's experience at Cypress for any amount of money or anything else.
Our child attended K-5 at Cypress. I found the teachers to be sufficient, both in knowledge and communication. I believe that my child received a wonderful foundation regarding integrity and ethics. Unfortunately, once enrolled into public school in 6th grade, we were shocked to discover that our child was a year behind academically. After a rough year, our child was able to recover and currently maintains a 4.0 GPA. Don't assume that just because you pay tuition for a 'private school' that your child is receiving a top notch education.
We were thrilled with our child's first year at Cypress, so we eagerly enrolled her for the next. Boy, were we disappointed! The teacher ran the room like wild kingdom...total chaos. Our child tested above grade level in reading at the beginning of the year, but was put in a reading group that was reading a full year behind where she tested. Academics don't seem to matter much to the principal, as he only has time to be concerned with school spirit. Don't get me wrong, I am all for school spirit, but it shouldn't be the main focus. The reason we sent our child to a private school was to put the focus on academics, not on sports or school spirit. The new administration is turning Cypress into the most expensive public school in Columbus.
As a regular attendee of Cypress Wesleyan church, I am extremely disappointed in the school. The Kindergarteners are punished for talking and even for not eating fast enough! The woman stands over them and yells for them to eat faster and then takes away their recess time if they don't finish eating on time. The current principal doesn't listen to your concerns and his assistant told me that I wasn't worth her time to talk to. This school seems to make it a practice to lie to parents concerning the school taking responsibility for its' actions. DON'T SEND YOUR CHILD HERE.
My child just graduated from Cypress after attending since kindergarten. We have loved every year. Each teacher was just what he needed at that time, even if I wished he had a different teacher at the time. God's plans always work out better than mine. Achievement scores have improved each year and I have no concerns about being prepared for high school. The teachers really love the students and willingly sacrifice to work there. Yes, there have been several leadership changes, but the new principal is wonderful. Cypress as a school seems to still be going through some growing pains, but I have never doubted sending my child there. Nor have I doubted that the school puts the needs of kids first. I wish more parents would post their happy experiences at Cypress to offset the few unhappy ones.
if you like ever rising tuition rates yearly. if you want your child to be treated differently than the children of teachers or parishioners ,this is the place to you. if your into new principals every year or 2 (why would that be?) you will love it here. or how about being nickled & dimed for every expense possible while sports and field trips are being cut, go to cypress. if you like chasing your friends and relatives around for fundraisers until they avoid you,this is the place for you.the primary grades are OK with very nice and caring teachers.but the middle school!!!!STAY AWAY!!!! your child may still need tutoring for HS entrance exams.if i had it to do over again,i would have moved to a better school district and saved 5000.00 + yr.
I've had children at this school since 2003 and so far we have had an excellent experience, from the elementary side of it, we have not reached the middle school side yet so K-5 is all I feel I can offer. I personally have never seen the favortisim that is spoken of we didn't belong to the church when we started and everyone made us feel welcome even coming into the school during the middle of school year. They have prepared my child very well academically and my child is in the top 10 percent when SAT scores came back, so I have no complaints. As we enter the middle school years I pray that I can say the same after reading the reviews of past parents. I do know the new Pricipal for the 09-10 school year and believe that he is going to bring the positive change at CCS!
I want to say this with as much kindness as possible and still be real. Unfortunately, my child's experience at Cypress was not a good one during middle school. I agree with the other parent who said that favoritism is a problem once your child enters middle school. Our experience was that the cliques were encouraged by the lack of concern of some staff members. If your child is a 'sports star' then they will probably be allowed to make up their own code of behavior with little consideration for the feelings of others. The culture of Cypress has become very PC to the point of lunacy. With the departure of yet another administrator this year (and might I add, an excellent administrator) I could never feel comfortable sending my child here or recommending the school, unless there are some major changes from the top down.
I believe the elementary education is phenominal. You can't go wrong in the younger grades. At this point you do not yet see favoritism. As the children grow and enter the middle school, this is where I have witnessed many problems. There are several incapable teachers. They prefer reading a book at their desk versus teaching our children or socializing with other teachers. They do not take into consideraton the feelings and wishes of the parents either. Unless you are in a certain group. To be in this special group you are required to have money or be a member of Cypress Christian Church. In the past five years, there have been four different principals. Does this tell you anything?
I think that Cypress has great things to offer students and I can say as a former student Cypress gives students a good head start for High School in the academic perspective. I spent 10 years at Cypress and I think that the Staff prepared my well by keeping my Spirituallity and my devotion the Lord a top priority and eventhough now I am in a public High School I have the confidence to talk about God because some of my former Cypress teachers taught me that I should go out into the world and preach of the Good News that the Lord has for us! Thank you
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