We have homeschooled, thrust our kids in schools around the world and attended Crane for 8 years. The thing I love the most about Crane is that my children are known. The teachers are incredibly attentive and deeply care about our kids. The attention they give our boys in advisory, families, and on a
... Read more daily basis is simply extraordinary. There are moments of sweetness like assembly. You realize that life is a privilege-a pretty amazing moment in our crazy world. Crane often makes me and my family stop and think about what really matters. Yes, Crane is filled with wealthy families and politics (this is an area that needs deep discussion) but it is also filled with a huge heart and a drive to do the very best. Over all, I see amazingly dedicated teachers and a commitment to progressive education. I want my kids to be prepared with critical thinking, flexibility, visual literacy and ingenuity. I think Crane has that going on. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/29/14
I am a real parent and will write as honest and unbiased a review as I can. We have an actual gifted child, and for 4+ yrs we have tried to get some changes and have been told "No" at every turn. It's been very frustrating since this school does give support to learning challenged kids. All of the
... Read more special treatment that the '4th grader' (written about below by a supposed crane parent) has been given has not been offered to my child or any of the others I personally know. In fact the very things listed have all been brought up by me... The idea that the librarian sets aside separate books is laughable! Our child has read college level books for years and is told to pick books from a list for 8-10 yr olds in order to do book reports. The reports have no room for creativity and must strictly adhere to answering questions even if they don't apply to the novel. Then, they must be a specific # of sentences, or else loss of grade points! You ask why we have stayed; 1) the public school to is not an option where we live 2) there are other opportunities which ARE great such as the Spring Study week, the beautiful safe campus, teachers who are warm and caring, school plays, garden Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/04/14
I completely agree with the last post. The headmaster and board are after big bucks. There seems to be one admissions criterion; how much can you donate? Grade inflation runs rampant, and the teachers who really are mostly great, are left on their own to deal with behavour issues and low ability without
... Read more support of the parents or admin. They are so busy with this, they seem to resent kids on the gifted end who want differentiated work. It's also true that there is really no experiential learning anymore...they tossed that out and just memorize lists all week, every week...the sense of entitlement is very high and many of the kids think that they are in charge. Honestly, there is just no room for someone who does not fit in a box, or thinks outside of it. Most kids with high ability are mis-labeled and end up unhappy, unchallenged and bored. There are cliques for sure, and for girls it's a rough middle school experince. This is not a school where it's cool to be smart. Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/03/14
I wrote a review two weeks ago, addressing the lack of ability with which Crane can educate the gifted, but also how much emphasis the headmaster puts on fundraising and hanging out with the richest families. Somehow, SOMEHOW(?) it was removed and all of a sudden a review about how great gifted kids
... Read more are treated appears with a host of others...after years of no new reviews. WHAT A JOKE...at least a dozen families with gifted kids are fleeing this year alone, due to rote, redundant and repetitive teaching to the test! Moreover, since they let in anyone who can pay and donate, the teaching level has gone down and down...which is not the fault of the mostly wonderful teachers who are the silver lining. Crane loves to shove things under the rug...student behaviour, lack of diversity, why teachers are fired...and that a small cluster of super rich run the school with a private board which meets in secret, and to which no regular person is allowed. This school needs a makeover, and instead it is building a new parking lot...priorities! There needs to be a real psychologist, a nurse and honestly the teachers would live in less fear of the board and the head if there were a new one! Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/01/14
At Crane my daughter is surrounded by loving teachers and immersed in joyful learning. She tests as gifted, and I wondered if a small school would be able to offer her enough challenge. But her teachers invite her to go farther and deeper in every lesson. She writes every day; the librarian sets books
... Read more aside for her; the math specialist creates problems that take days or weeks to solve; there s real lab science and studio art every week. Some other highlights are the summer-reading challenge, where kids read anything they love and earn rewards like lunch with the head of school; Spring Study Week, for which teachers create experiential workshops around an annual theme; and the social-studies simulations at each grade level (for example, the Fourthie-Niners Gold Rush unit). The teachers at Crane are the best: professional, imaginative, and totally committed to creating a sense of community. Plus my daughter can run like a wild creature on the beautiful campus at recess: even though she s heading into the tween years, at Crane she can still be a kid. Crane tuition is a big sacrifice for our family, even with a substantial scholarship, but I can t imagine a better gift for my child. Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/01/14
Apathy is at an all time high at Crane right now. And it starts at the top, with an administration that is more concerned with raising money to build new buildings (an indoor gym in central California!?!?!) than it is with investing in the kids. The curriculum emphasizes rote memorization and a one-size-fits-all
... Read more approach to education. The administration is checked out and it filters down to the teachers and parents. The community atmosphere that they "sell" is gone. In the old days, there were too many volunteers for field trips and school events. Now, It's nearly impossible to find volunteers to help out. The school couldn't even get families to donate items for a food drive this spring. Pathetic. Read less
Posted by a parent on 04/30/14
I don't even know where to begin when it comes to talking about Crane! We have been part of this school for over 6 years and all I can say is that it just keeps getting better every year. The teachers are amazing and so dedicated to what they teach. When you walk into a classroom you immediately see
... Read more the hands on experiential learning that is taking place. The kids are always so involved and excited to be there. Global awareness and service to others are clearly visible all over campus. The diverse community of parents, teachers and students are so welcoming that I really do feel like they are my second family. The Staff and Teachers know every single child's name! Also, what is very unique at Crane is that all of the students interact with one another. The 8th graders with the kindergartners, the 2nd graders with the 6th graders and so on. This empowers the older kids to be great role models and really take on leadership roles. I can go on and on about all of the greatness happening at Crane, but there probably wouldn't be enough room here. My older daughter is now 17 and I can tell you that she still comes back to Crane every chance she gets. Read less
Posted by a parent on 04/24/14
My two children simply love getting out of the car and going to school every single morning! They find school fun, engaging, challenging at Crane. When I pick them up at the end of the day and listen to their chatter about what went on at school that day , I find myself wishing I were their age again
... Read more and that I could go to Crane School! It seems like every day brings something new and exciting for them. My children have so much more confidence than I ever did at their age and I believe it comes from the respect they are given as members of the Crane community. They feel free to speak up at daily assembly, to be in a play, to go out for a sport, to present at the science fair and this week, my daughter did a poster presentation on her favorite animal at a fair during lunch time. I love this wonderfully supportive community! Read less
Posted by a parent on 04/24/14
We've been at this school for more than 5 years and, I have to say, things are going downhill fast. There are some amazing, passionate teachers, but the work that goes on in the classroom these days is NOT experiential. Incidences of creative expression are few and far between. Worksheets and lessons
... Read more with rote memorization have replaced the hands-on learning of years' past. Don't be wooed by the gorgeous 11 acre campus. The classroom learning is no better than the public school up the street. The administration puts much more effort into raising money for new buildings than it does on improving the curriculum and differentiating the learning for all students. Read less
Posted by a parent on 04/15/14
As amazing as the K-5 experience was for both of my children, the 6-8 has been even better. The academics are top-notch, encouraging critical thinking and independence. The faculty in Upper School have created an environment that is rich in content but also keeps the fun-factor. My oldest was well
... Read more and fully prepared for a rigorous High School, and continues to thrive thanks to the confidence he gained and the joy he experienced in his middle school years. The school encourages students to have a balanced life: academics, sports, arts, outdoors, and free time are all part of the program for students. Thank you, Crane! Read less
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Santa Barbara schools — Crane Country Day School is located at 1795 San Leandro Ln, Santa Barbara CA 93108. 1795 San Leandro Ln is in the 93108 ZIP code in Santa Barbara, CA Crane Country Day School is a Private school that serves grade levels K - 8.
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