My son has been a student at Cedar Grove for 3 years. Overall, I think the school is great. However, when he moved to fifth grade, I feel that some of the excitement and joy were diminished. He learned quite a lot, but he didn't have nearly as much fun doing so as he had in the past. I suppose as the work becomes harder, it's more difficult to build in the fun times. They are great about rewards though (honor's ceremonies, character education programs, incentive field trips) and the fifth graders seemed to get a lot of recognition from the administration. They have a strong focus on reading so be prepared for nightly logs to sign. They have an open library which allowed students to exchange books frequently, do research etc. We really liked that. They welcome parents and the PTO is great--we were very involved.
We love Cedar Grove. My daughter has been a student here since kindergarten, she's now entering her final year and we are already feeling sad that she will soon leave. We've grown with the school over the years. The teachers are all caring people with high standards and the principal is all about making the school a successful place with a family feeling. My daughter loves school and learning and there's no better feeling for me than to see her respond to being challenged in a safe place. Sara
I cannot speak more highly of a school. Cedar Grove is an incredible elementary school. Yes, every school has obstacles to work through. However, those are limited at CGE, and my child loves going to school. that doesn't exactly sound like a child who is pressured for unrealistic test scores. he is actually a very creative learner and works hard to process what he ahs learned. His teacher , like many others I've seen perform, is loving and encouraging as she constantly raise the bar for all of her students no matter where they are in their development. In conferences with the administration I have been reassured that my child's academic career is in the best of care.
Cedar Grove has been a wonderful experience for my family. We have been with the school since it opened. Our children have had some really awesome teachers. The key to a great experience is to be an involved parent.
Firstly, Cedar Grove has some very wonderful and caring teachers. I have found that these teachers are overwhelmed by the administrative pressures of being the #1 school in Tennessee. The students are the ones suffering. Secondly, for the school year 2004-2005 at any given moment of the day, I could show up at the school and ask to pick up my child. The staff can not find this child, the class or the teacher, even though they profess to be organized with a color coded schedule of classes. Lastly, I have found that the administration is so head-strong about being the #1 school in Tennessee, they do not wish to help students with needs. I heard numerous times 'I have 1300 students to deal with ,we can't help your child like this.' If a child doesn't fit in the box, they don't want it. The child may scar the school!
My oldest child began at this school the year after it opened. At the time it was wonderful and I constantly raved about how great it was. Since Mr.Gill I feel the quality of the school and teachers has greatly diminished. I now have a 2nd,3rd, and 5th grader at this school and only one seems to have a teacher that truly cares. I have numerous issues with sending notes to the teachers and never getting a response. I also don't like the way that they seem to focus more on money and fundraising than academics. I have spoke with the prinicple only to get no place. The teachers and administrators don't seem to have a genuine intrest in the kids anymore. Please consider all options before enrolling your child at this school.
My child started there the year after it opened. At first it was great, in the lower grades,once he got into the 4th we noticed some changes. When he got in the 5th it was terrible, it was like the teachers treated all the kids the same,(like they were all bad.) And all I ever got was- 'we are trying to get them ready for junior high'. Everyone is different & I just feel my child didnt have a chance in 5th, I tried to talk to the teacher & even had to go to the new principal, couldnt get anywhere with either. I just want people to check this school out before you put your children in it. I had to take my child out & put in a private school. Dont want that to happen to someone else!
The teachers and academics are very good. However I have a problem with cafeteria honoring my wish that my child not charge. I have written on numerous occasions to not let him charge and yet when they do, they send me notes home telling me that he owes?, without an explanation why and they continue to nag at him to 'bring money' when he goes through the lunch line. This is teaching children bad money habits.
Both my children started at Cedar Grove. We were there when it opened for the first time. One is still there. It is truly a wonderful caring school. The administration strives only for the very best for every child. I have no negative experiences since I've been affiliated with this school. I will be sad when my second child's years come to an end there. The thing that has always impressed me the most is the parent/teacher relationship. Everyone seems to know everybody else.
It is very difficult to get services for a handicapped child at this school. The Vice Pricipal promises services and does not deliver. It took us many months to have an IEP meeting scheduled even with proof of disability. Teacher does not communicate well-does not answer notes or emails in a consistant manner. I am very disappointed in this school-so much so that we are selling our house and moving to another district. Maybe it is better for non-handicapped kids?
I have been very disappointed with the fact that my Kindergartener and 1st grader have to bring money to buy things at school that support another grade. I send my children to school to get an education. The teachers have been wonderful.
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