This school was an utter nightmare. Disorganized, grossly understaffed, and the staff they have is AWFUL, down to the principal. We did not finish out the year before I found a new school for my son. Small example; The staff tried to place my son, who is in 4th grade and an advanced student, in The special education class, which would have been fine if, you know, he belonged there. They even threatened court on us! That is just a small scale of the horrid experience we had during his 6 months with this school. I am Just grateful I stuck to my guns and knew better, and that he did not spend enough time there to ruin his view of school all together, as it was not uncommon for him to come home crying, or to cry when it was time to go in (That changed INSTANTLY with his new school). My only regret was putting up with their abuse as long as we had. If, like me, you want what is best for your child, do yourself a favor and go elsewhere. This school is NOT it. I wish I had room to give a full account here, but trust me, you are better off elsewhere, despite positive reviews.
My children have attended Carriage Crest for the last 7 years. Although the presence of both an ELL (English as a 2nd Language) program and a Self-Contained Special Ed program skew the average test scores, the general population of the school usually outperforms the school in the immediate area. Although there is no "High-Cap" program, the teachers do a wonderful job of challenging the students in reading and writing, and there is a "move-up math" program in place for those students in grades 3-6 who excel in math that allows them to move up to the next grade level for that portion of the day. The teachers and staff are fabulous, and the PTSA has a very strong presence. They work very well with the administration to support and enhance the curriculum. I am impressed every year with the amount of thought and effort that goes into placing students with the best teacher, and in those 7 years my sons have never been placed with someone I felt was not a good fit.. I love our school!
My child enjoys the structure and the pace of CC. The school includes all the special needs kids in the area, which I am told contributes to the overall lower WASL results. There seems to be good parent involvement. My biggest complaint is that the fundraisers lack creativity and are exactly the same year after year.