My child started at Smoky row at age 12 weeks and attended through 4 years old. The teachers are amazing at each level (infant/toddler/preschool) however, I agree with the other reviewer - administration is extremely poor. They struggle with properly communicating with their families and when they do it is sloppy and unprofessional. After many happy years at Smoky Row our child wasn't accepted into their kindergarten program, so we moved to another school immediately. There is NO loyalty given to families that have been with them for years for their kindergarten program (no matter what they tell you), no accommodations at all which to us is a horrible way to conduct business. Please take this into consideration before starting your child as an infant/toddler. If you are in the Olentangy school district you'll want to evaluate your kindergarten options due to the wonky schedule. In hindsight we are SO glad he didn't get into their school (even though we miss his friends/families) and was enrolled in the public school - Scioto Ridge Elem - because the staff are absolutely wonderful and nurturing.
I would have rated this as 5 star based on the teachers alone UNFORTUNATELY you have to work with the administration and they are horrible. They are unfriendly and not willing to assist with anything. I have called the center on several occasions only to receive a voicemail and never a return call. When the owner retires (should be any day now) this place is going to go to shambles with current admin. Stay away if possible.
Smoky Row Children's Center is a great Center. Teachers have degree in ECD and have a long work history at the Center.
I can't say enough about the school. My daughter attended the school for one school year. The teachers were fantastic! They were kind and nurturing with the children, and very attentive. There was focus on education and kindergarten preparation; kindness and tolerance; and safety and healthy habits. There were weekly 'cooking' projects, several field trips, and weekly sharing time. My daughter is now attending Kindergarten in Olentangy Schools and I can definately see the benefits of her Smoky Row time. Between my children, we have been involved in three preschools - Smoky Row was hands down the best!
My daughter went there for a year. The staff was nice, but I found they weren't able to keep up with her needs. She's highly advanced for her age intellectually and had special emotional needs as a result. They passed her off as a difficult child with behavioral problems. She went on to Kindergarten in the Worthington School district and excelled with absolutely NO sign of any behavioral issues. She is now starting first grade with the possibility of testing out and going to 2nd. Smokey Row is a great school for 'normal' children. The price can't be beat either!!
The teachers are long term and they really care about the children. I feel they are like family. The summer program for the kids is a little less structured and needs more activities. The pre-school is amazing. I believe my son is the wonderful person he is because of the teachers. They teach getting along with people and that is the most important thing to learn when you are pre-school age rather then your academics, however, they do a great job with that too.
Awesome teachers and so much more than just learning academics....kids learn concepts and kindness in a most appropriate way. Teachers work with parents and children on an individual basis.
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