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California Wiz Kids5
Posted March 25, 2015
- a parent
CWK has been amazing for all 4 of my children over the past 18 years(!!!) The facility is open, clean, and inviting. The staff are incredibly well selected and seems to be perfectly suited to each age level with several having been there for over 10 plus years. One of my favorite things about it is the diversity. We want our children to experience what is reflective of our world and embrace it naturally, and we couldn't have found more of a melting pot than CWK. The extracurricular activities are well thought out, FUN, and age appropriate. We could not be more happy with the enrichment CWK has brought to our children's lives. Highly recommended!
My son was not happy at this school. He did not get enough attention in the toddler house. A very good teacher left the school one week after my son joined she was replaced by another teacher who did not communicate well with parents. The teacher's aide had her son in the same class and I am not comfortable with that, I cannot believe there is no favoritism for a teacher's son. My son did not eat at all one day and they were ok with it, I would like the teachers to make some effort and lot let a child starve the whole day. The director Janelle was not very happy when we told her we had to pull our son out of the school. There are no refunds here so we decided to pay weekly and I am glad we did so, as we pulled him out after 8 days. Stay away from this place, there are better options.
The director, Janelle, is very receptive and easy to talk to. The class is small, between 4 and 10 kids over the time we've been there. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the teacher, Alyssa. She is wonderful with the kids and they love her. She is very attentive, engaging and caring. The school has an academic approach (even for toddlers) so they follow a routine part of which includes a learning time. The cons are that the house doesn't have central air and it does get pretty warm on hot days. The outdoor area seems pretty good for the toddlers (they recently put down a rubber mat to make it safer for falls). In the 9 months at CWK they've worked with the toddlers on the alphabet, talked about animals, counting, shapes, colors, holidays and traffic signals. He learned his body parts from songs during circle time, has ate more vegetables and foods than at home, learned to follow directions and developed a love for reading. He has explored the arts with his senses - learning to finger paint, color and make crafts. It's been amazing to see how our son has grown in the last nine months. No doubt he is thriving because of CWK and the wonderful teachers there.
I didn t like CWK because there was not enough emphasis on teachers having a nurturing attitude towards the children. There was a lot of yelling at kids during lessons and I was uncomfortable with that. Maybe some people like to have teachers yelling at their children but I most certainly do not. Furthermore, the communication was very poor. Communication between parents and the school are crucial for working families who have to drop off kids early and pick them up late. It seemed as if you could only find out what was going on if you, as a parent, were physically there to ask the teaching staff questions, but the staff and managers were not there during extended care hours. Only the aides were there and they would refer you to the teachers if you had questions. Written notes and voice mail messages to CWK were useless and went unanswered. The bathrooms were usually not clean and did not have soap for the kids to wash their hands. When I would pick up my kids, they were playing outside, and the aids were always sitting together talking and not watching the kids. I was very disappointed with CWK and I would not recommend it to anyone.
Do your research. This school is as they state 'an Academic Program'. They have had great success taking very young children and teaching them language and math skills far beyond their years. They do not, however, provide an environment that encourages children to interact with their peers. Very little structured play, very little music or other activities that encourage social development. Does your child NEED to be able to do addition and subtraction before Kindergarten?
I have 2 children attending CWK. I think academically the school excels. They seem a bit light on the 'touch feely' that pre-schoolers sometimes need but overall appear to care for the children. The only negative experiences for me have been some issues with poor communication .
I absolutely disagree with the October 13th review. My son has excelled so much since starting a year ago, and he's not easy to deal with, but they've done such a wonderful job with him. They figured out how he works academically, and work with him to bring out his best. He surprises me every day with the things he learns. I love the staff (they're like family), and my son loves his school and adores his teachers.