I couldn't be happier with this school. I am lucky to have my son in Claremont. The staff is great, the vice principal and principal are outstanding and even the school itself is beautiful and special. Special that is the best way to describe this school! I am a happy mom!
Claremont Immersion has exceeded my expectations since 2008! The teachers and staff are wonderful and parents are very involved. It's a great community.
We have a 3rd grader, 1st grader, and a future montessori 3 year old. We moved from California and couldn't be happier at this school. The facaulty and parent involvement is the main reason.
A great place for your kids. Parents are very involved in school. Teachers and parents work together in all aspects. Excellent school!
My child attends this school since kindergarten. I had some concerns at first, if he could advance in math and science because, these are subjects that are taught in Spanish, but I think the teachers of these subjects are wonderful and have made my son a bilingual child. I recommend this school 100%
For anyone concerned about math and science instruction in Spanish, my son has excelled in these subjects. He's not a native Spanish speaker. He is going into the most advanced math classes available in Middle School. I'm not saying that all experiences are alike - but that in our case the language was no barrier whatsoever. I also feel that science has been implemented extremely well at Claremont, especially over the past 2 years.
Claremont is an excellent elementary school. The instruction is stellar and the teachers are enthusiastic and make extra efforts to work with your child. Science is taught through a hands-on approach by teachers who only teach science. Despite the fact that we don't speak Spanish at home, my 5th grader is fluent in English and Spanish and excells in subjects in both languages. The principal is especially accessible to parents and students. She listens to and communicates well with parents and students and holds her teachers and staff to the highest standards. The school population is diverse and the emphasis on learning about other cultures has broadened my childrens' horizons. The parents are also very involved and compliment the efforts by the teachers and the administration. I would highly recommend this school.
I am generally pleased with the school. The 3rd Grade Teachers win all GOLD medals in my book, particularly Mr. Staten. Parent involvement is tremendous in a positive way. I enjoy the activities and events held to encourage camaraderie amongst and between the parents and students.However, I wish the Spanish Immersion aspect of the school could be changed so that the most important subjects, Math and Language Arts and Science could be instructed in ENGLISH...Perhaps having the Music, Art, and even PE be the classes where strictly Spanish is spoken would be a better way Immerse the children, they'd still be hearing & speaking the language & learning those concepts in Spanish, This way, they don't lose out on their mastery of the most important subject matters because of a lack of understanding of Spanish. Overall, the school, teaching and Extended Day Staff are great!.
I wish science was better implemented. Having a child lose interest in science during school each year is not fair. Luckily we provide summer enrichment. The art program is spectacular and the changes to give more time in Spanish have worked really well.
Thanks 3rd grade teachers! My child enjoys school again. Still, the changes in classes/teachers so frequently during the day seems to make science less than exciting. I suppose this is set up so that Spanish and English homeroom teachers can collaborate. It seems to be working nicely this year and I hope it continues through 5th grade - but it seems that 5th grade test results each year for 3 year in a row don't show that this is working. Low math, English and science scores worry me.
I have 2 kids assisting this school and the two almost came without any Spanish and now are speaking Spanish very well, I recommend this school to any parent who wants their child to be bilingual. Fantastic teachers and principals.
Open and honest: My child had wonderful experiences from k throught 3rd. When he got into 4th and 5th, things changed dramastically. The teachers are not on the same page. The teachers present themselves as a team but the classes are doing different things. They make decision without contacting parents. This is a practice from the administration on down. I think one focus claremont needs to work on is communication. K-3r teachers are fantastic.
Claremont is a fine school until 4th grade and then it starts to slide. Unless we had experienced many of the same problems that former 4th and 5th grade classes have been experiencing for at least 3 years, we wouldn't of believed it or known about it either. Before this year we felt much the same as the third grade parent. Best of luck to that family next year. They may be lucky due to an active group of parents trying to change long standing issues at present. Sorry, if the truth hurts.
I would highly recommend this school to anyone who wishes for their child to be fluent in Spanish as well as excel in all other academic areas. My daughter has been in two other 'Spanish' schools where they teach classes in how to learn Spanish rather than how to speak. At Claremont they actually teach the students how to speak as well as read and wright. My daughter is in 3rd grade and loves the school. I'm not sure what the negative rating was all about with regards to 4th & 5th graders, too much homework, and parents having to teach the kids. Working closely with teachers, counselors and even the principal, I have not experienced any of these difficulties mentioned by the other individual. We have been 200% satisfied with the education our daughter has been provided and will continue to have her there through middle school.
I cannot say enough about how incredible Claremont is! I listen to friends talk about their children's schools and have to bite my tongue before I brag about Claremont too much. I have 2 children, one gifted and one special needs at the school. It is a miracle that both of them have excelled. I can't describe to you how different the children are and how different their learning styles are. They both have blossomed there. Oh, and by the way, they are bi-lingual now. Yes, it's true Claremont will teach them Spanish, but it teaches so much more. They really open up the students' minds and help them find their own way to solve problems. All in a loving environment.
My husband and I feel very lucky to have found Claremont for our daughter who is now in the third grade. She started at the school in kindergarten and we have been more than pleased with her success. Half of her day is in Spanish focusing on math, science and Spanish reading and the other half is in english focusing on history, language arts and english reading. We are native english speakers and my daughter was reading in Spanish by the middle of her kindergarten year. About 90% of the parents are extremely involved in the school whether it's during the day or for the nightly and weekend PTA activities. The afterschool enrichment program is spectacular and offers a wide variety of activities. I would highly recommend Claremont to any parent who is interested in their child excelling above and beyond.
This is a wonderful school. The immersion approach, school counselor, principal and teachers are very dedicated to the students. The front office staff is helpful!
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