CCS has helped me and my class mates far more than we ever thought. After leaving CCS i was always the smartest kid in the class and better understood everything around me. Send you child here, this school is the best ever. I miss it horribly. My mother went there, I went there, and when i am older,
... Read more I will send my own child to CCS. - '11 alumni. Read less
Posted by a other on 10/13/13
I am a very grateful member of the staff at CCS. I am credentialed and have been a teacher for several years in both public and private schools. CCS is a true community where each member, child and adult alike, is supported. Children at CCS are taught HOW to learn and not simply WHAT to learn. This is
... Read more a lifelong set of skills that I am excited to continue nurturing. I just want to share about how powerful it is to see a child beyond labels and test scores. The administration of the school supports professional development in a way that is truly rare. Each year I have been able to attend conferences of my choosing to help me learn and grow as a professional. The most important ones include progressive education conferences and workshops. The last very special thing I want to mention about my experience as a staff member is that I have been mentored by several experienced progressive educators who have retired from CCS. They don t want to leave! A school has to be very special for a teacher to want to continue working past retirement to support the newer staff! The wisdom and guidance of these teachers have been invaluable to me and to the children I have the pleasure of teaching. Read less
Posted by a teacher on 08/24/13
The school has good intentions but the quality of progressive education has declined. It is most unfortunate that the school doesn't seem to realize that there is a problem. They assume the quality of progressive education is unchanged despite the degradation that has occurred with the staff turnover.
... Read more Kindergarten is probably the least affected grade. Read less
Posted by a parent on 07/17/13
REAL LEARNING NOT MEMORIZATION. The kids are allowed to dive deep into their studies and go where their curiosity takes them, with frequent filed trips and "expert" visitors, research papers and experiments. The process engages the kids and keeps them engaged. There are no letter grades but teachers
... Read more write detailed multi page written assessements, so you see how well they know your child. Not having "grades" means the classroom is not a competitive environment but a laboratory for inquiry. BRAVO CCS! Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/01/13
As an alum, I feel the need to say that CCS isn't one of those schools where the kids don't learn. In middle school, it might seem as if the kids coming from test taking backgrounds are going to get better grades than you, but the truth is, they won't. Learning to build blocks, and asking question really
... Read more prepares you, even though you don't know it. Everything at CCS has a purpose, good or bad, weather you like it or not. I have remained so close to my friends from CCS, more so than the friends that I have from Middle School. Growing as a child and student in an environment that says it's ok to be different, it's ok if you're not at that point yet, because you will get there soon enough, is something that has molded me. Talk it Out. Well, certainly my FAVORITE thing from CCS. If any teachers are reading this they will know who I am. As a vivid reader and writer and a very outspoken kid, talk it out was what I looked forward to. I see everyday that I am able to communicate better than anyone else in my class now, because of talk it out. I am the person who would quickly decide what "side" of the talk I was on, and it has helped me be a communicator, and in middle school, as a friend. Read less
Posted by a other on 12/02/12
We've been here long enough to know CCS walks the walk. They deliver on every level. Progressive ed at its finest! The Director, Staff, and
... Read more Teachers are stellar. We've a daughter in 5th and a son who graduated last year, enthusiastically accepted at all middle schools applied for. Nurturing the "whole child" thus instilling a lifelong love of learning is a cornerstone here. The mutual respect within the community, grows kids who are happy, compassionate, critical thinkers ready to take on the world, and they do! Priceless Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/17/12
As a parent of 3 children, I believe it is important to know each child individually. CCS is the perfect match for my son because he is allowed to move at his own pace, be creative and express himself. The teachers and staff are remarkable to the child and the families, NO ONE is treated different!
... Read more The teachers really understand each child and give effective feedback regularly to parents as well as involve them in Classroom activities, Library, Field trips, etc. This is our 3rd year at CCS and I seriously hope for my son to remain there until it is time for him to move on to middle school. This school is supportive and open to ideas that are positive and will give any idea a chance in its Community. Our family is beyond happy to be apart of Childrens Community School.. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/14/12
I am so thankful that my family is able to be a part of CCS. Our older child was so excited for school to start again! Where does that happen? Progressive Education is not something most of us grew up with , but I am so grateful for it. My older child started as a shy Kindergartener and each year she
... Read more has blossomed more and more into a confident child. The staff here are caring people who really look at each child individually. They are an amazing group of people who truly have a passion for what they do. They spend time during their own summer breaks (and during the year) and go to conferences to gain more knowledge about what they do. The Director is an amazing person with so much insight and wisdom regarding Progressive Education and children. The children aren't pressured here and if anyone needs help, they will get it. They have a very active parent body, whose input and volunteer time is appreciated and respected. I'm so thankful that we found CCS- it's a hidden gem! If you are looking for a school for your children, you should really check them out. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/14/12
For a school that claims to teach children to explore and be open minded it is run by the most closed minded and defensive people I have ever seen. In our experience, even though the school loves to ask "Questions or Comment?" if you actually ask a question or give a comment you are written off as someone
... Read more who doesn't get it. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/11/12
This school's myopic devotion to children pays off because the children that graduate from the school are prepared, kind and big thinkers. The 6th graders have had seven years of social marathon training, resulting in strong social skill muscles. The social marathon begins with play, working it out,
... Read more and includes many class discussions on inclusion, friendship, rules of a game, etc. I had an extraordinary traditional education, and yet feel jiped that workplace politics and collaborating with colleagues requires an extra yoga class or two. A CCS graduate wouldn't break a sweat in those real life situations because they have had seven year of practice. I believe all of the teachers to be well-meaning and competent. Some teachers I've connected to more than others, but my children revere them all. The Director is a compassionate visionary who needs support to continue to carry out his youthful dream long-term. We have been at the school for many years now. For our family, it feels like we've won the lottery because the school mirrors our values: independence, diversity and social competence. Read less
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