I just want to say we just moved here and I am a very active and protective mother with my child, I was so impressed with the school and staff they cleared all fears that my daughter and I had about starting a new school, thank you to all the staff at Carysbrook, I hope the rest of the school here are as outstanding and wonderful as the staff and school at Carysbrook are....
We moved into the area 4 years ago and was concerned, at first, about the size of the school district, our previous district was much smaller, but have since realized that it's well managed. I believe the changes in staff and administration have played a positive part in these changes. My oldest transitioned into this school after spending his first 3 years in a top rated NY school and was at the same place as the kids he entered 3rd grade with. I am also pleased with the new changes that will take place in 2012/2013 school year that will eliminate all of the trailers and reduce class sizes. Overall I am pleased with the schools and I look forward to the continued changes.
This school is very weak. About 1,300 kids in a K-5 Elementary school is ridiculous. Building is huge and there are still 15-20 trailers out back. School employees are diluted and call them "learning cottages" but anytime a child has to walk outside, go across campus, to get to a bathroom in the other building... that's a trailer. School has too many kids. I never met any principals but know they switched every year or two. Office staff may as well be working at a fast-food restaurant. My child was being harassed on the school bus everyday and school did nothing.
Rural County with the largest elementary school in the state. Central ES and all its trailers are an embarrassment.
After transitioning from Florida, our son had a tough time at the beginning of 3rd grade but his teacher and Assistant Principal were fantastic and together we were able to get through this tough time. The school is what you make of it.
After attending other schools, my daughter had her own issue with transitioning to a large school. However, we have found Central to be a very heartwarming and caring experience. The office staff are amazing and know 1500+ students & families connected to students by name. The ancillary staff also take a personal caring to the children's well being, developing caring relationships and concern for their academic welfare. The teachers are wonderful and able to tailor to the needs of each child, amazing in a school of this size. The IB curriculum is being integrated into the classroom structure, and the quality of education is continuously being evaluated for improvement with continued change focused as much as the school system funds allow, on the needs of the children. My daughter's teacher was fabulous, taking a personal caring with family dynamics and working individually to facilitate my daughter's highest level of achievement.
School located in a rural area. I agree with the lunch issue. School buses start around 7am. When they enlarged the school they forgot the to enlarge the cafeteria. My kidergartener eats at around 1pm and my 4th grader eats at around 10am. Getting home off the bus at 4pm makes that a long day. The school does recommend snacks that you have to provide EVERYDAY or they end up watching classmates eat theirs. Classroom performance is hit or miss based on what teacher you get. Nothing much offered for extra curricular or gifted, those kids are usually classroom helpers or read alone at their desks. There are great private schools in Charlottesville if you don't mind the 30+ min drive to and back.
No extras. Just basic education! Music class in a busy the hallway behind a screen.
I have never felt the need for my child to attend private school until this year--unruly, undisciplined students, unhappy teachers, and poor management make for an environment which leaves a parent wondering if they aren't doing their child a disservice by sending them here. Ditto on the very low expectations and parental involvement.
Get ready for an eye-opener if you move your child here from a 'good' school. I moved here from the reasonably good Albemarle school system and I have been amazed at the lower level of expectations that goes across the board--the staff, the facility, the programs. I am disappointed enough at the school system here (my other chld is in the equally poor middle school) that I will move at the end of this year.
If you send your child to Central Elementary make sure to invest in a sams club card to buy snacks and drinks cause they serve lunch for kindergartens AT 1:00 pm! After getting on the bus at 7am that can be a long day! The other grades are no better, seems the younger they are the later they eat. Year round will not offered for the 07-08 school year. Lots of extra curricular are being cut too? Are they on a budget? Very few really good teachers that know what they are really there for. If you can find the money or afford private school you would be doing your child a great favor.
The teachers are nice and the vice principals are helpful. Other than that, the overcrowding is bad, the school is in disrepair, the education is geared toward the bottom of the barrel, and extracurricular educational activities are rare other than an occasional trip to an orchard. Parent involvement is nearly non-existent.
We currently have three children attending Central Elementary. We have found it to be mediocre at best. Yes, there are some good teachers at Central, but overall school expectations are low and they deliver on those expectations.
Central Elem. is located in a small rural community where many of the staff know lots of the parents and many students by name. They are friendly, very approachable and have your children's best interest as their main concern. While the school has grown a lot since my oldest daughter attended there, (Her child is there now) the staff has remained very good and helpful. They have a lot of resources for students who learn differently and are willing to work with parents to get the most for their children. A good school in a good school system who have education as a high priority.
This school is nice. They have poor teachers, good teachers and amazing teachers. Being involved helps to notice a decent match for your child. No real nice programs for advancing students. Very good student/teacher ratio. They offer a year round calender(with breaks after every grading period) or the traditional calender for students K-6.
I had two children here and was very pleased. One of my children required some special services and the school was wonderful in providing him with them. The teachers are very good and there is a fair amount of parent involvement (could be more though). I find the environment very nurturing for the children and the teachers are very disciplined but loving. I will miss the environment and school when my youngest graduates 5th grade this year. Overall, I would recommend Central Elementary School for every child.
This school is the best for your child. The extracurricular activities are wonderful and they do their best to involve everyone in everything.
I have been very pleased with the education my children have received at Central. Sometimes I feel the school is too large but we are a growing county. I also feel that the teachers do a great job and parents should be more committed to the teachers as well as their children.
I think the school overall is very good. They seem to be very committed to student learning. I think there's a kind of negativity amongst the teachers though - they're not overly friendly in the halls, and I noticed none of them were at the last PTA meeting. That's not good. The student bathrooms are filthy, which is inexcusable. The curriculum appears to be solid, the teachers seem to get a lot of professional development, and they seem to pay attention to individual learning styles.
I'm a current student @ Central Elementary School . All we (parents,friends,and myself) can say is , 'I've never seen a more active and academically structured school.'
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