The entire focus of this school is on providing remedial services for the underprivileged ESOL community. The academic programs are basic, and the children who need to be challenged are severely disadvantaged at this school. Many parents are frustrated. There doesn't seem to be any real interest on the part of the school to provide more academically challenging programs.
Our kids started attending Cunningham Park this year and are very happy there. It has an excellent, supportive, spirited community of both staff and parents; and, good extracurricular programs. To our relief, this school doesn't have the awful cliques and snobbery of our former school-- everyone seems to get along and accept each other's differences. We wish the school could further expand its AAP program so kids don't have to go elsewhere to be further challenged, but the benefits of attending a community school are a big draw for us.
Great school with a huge new addition. The teachers and parents seem to care about the kid's education.
We moved into CPES from out of state and just completed our first year. Teachers are wonderful, the community feel at the school is strong. Academically speaking, not challenging, which was disappointing, although I believe that is more attributable to the Fairfax County curriculum than the lack of challenge specifically at this school. My daughter qualified for GT but I am choosing to keep her at CPES to avoid yet another new school. While the school offers opportunities for kids to grow beyond academics (e.g. Student council, peer mediators, other leadership positions), the rules for holding such positions are created ad hoc and are subjective. The outcome is the kids who have the desire, capacity and capabilitity to take on more opportunities beyond academics are discouraged from the activities that best fit them.
I agree with all the reviews below - it is a small school, neighborhood feel to it, with multicultural students. The principal and the assistant principal are great, they try to get all the parents involved and they will listen to suggestions. My daughter is in 1st grade and so far I have nothing but good words to day. The KG teachers are wonderful. The librarian, the reading teacher... all fabulous and you get to know them all. So far, I ve had nothing but good experiences with the school. My daughter is thriving there and that s all that matters.
CPES gets a bad rating due to multicultural, diverse students. Yes, there are a large number of ESOL students, but that really isn't a big deal. The school is small (around 400) and the teachers and administration are great. The PTA is very involved. My children have had nothing but good experiences in the last 5 years. In fact, one 4th grade teacher in particular is outstanding!
Great teachers, Very strong principle, teacher quality is high, they let parents get involved, The staff are very friendly, Love the school
We've been at this school for 3 years, starting in KG and love it. So far the teachers we've had have been wonderful. I especially like the principal, who runs a tight ship giving a feeling a cohesion from classroom to classroom. Love the school-wide homework policy to give meaningful assignments and not just busy work. We have been very pleased with this school and administration.
As a student here the teachers were all nice until around 6th grade but still pretty nice. Although their ideas a A LOT different then most schools they are somewhat working.
Cunningham Park is a great school with a truly neighborhood feel. It's small and you can get to know all of the administration and teachers with little effort. This is our fourth year at CPES and we have been very pleased with our child's growth in all areas. Very strong PTA.
My son is a second grader in CPES and we loved the school all the way. It has a very home like feeling and PTA is very active to support teaching process. The only problem is not enough challenges for some students. Some enrichment activities are definitely in need.
This K-6 school has a very dynamic young principal and is becoming a jewel of a school for those in the know. Its a small but growing school where the focus is on the kids with very good caring teachers and an active PTA and involved parents that together are making a difference. Its got very much of a tight knit family feel. The surrounding area is up and coming with much upscale development espe around Glyndon and McHenry Streets. Improving test scores reflect these developments. CPES feeds into well regarded Thoreau MS and Madison HS and gifted and talented kids from CPES feed into Louise Archer.
I think the school and the hard work put in by the teachers and staff is top notch. I would like to see some more academic enrichment opportunities for those children in need of a challenge. I would also like to see a language immersion program. It's important to remember that the school is only able to offer what the school budget can afford. CPES has a good PTA and that makes a big difference.
Fantastic art program. Good team planning. Very organized school. Could be a bit more challenging, but cover the basics very well.
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