This school is so great! My children absolutely adore their teachers and everyone is very friendly. The curriculum is fantastic. My children study bible and attend chapel. they work on phonics, math concepts, writing skill, conduct science experiments and now officially speak more Spanish than I do!! They have a good structured environment that offers learning and play. All around great school.
I started my son at this school and he attended from 1/16 to not even the end of 2/16. This was such a mistake! We needed a fulltime day care after he was only watched by his grandparents from the time my maternity leave was over. My son is not quite 3 yet. Two weeks after he started this school and it was clear he was anxious and crying the majority of the day. Every paper every day from the school was negative feedback. We chose to have him evaluated at the behest of his teacher and the center director. This happend after several last minute meetings with the teacher and center director regarding my son's crying, anxiety and hyperactivity. After basically demanding a 1 to 1 for my son, and writing a list of all the things negative they could think of. Even accusing my son of having "abnormal gait - always runs, only walks with supports" which basically means my son doesn't know how to walk. Which is an outright lie that was observable by the evaluation team during his in home evaluation by NHS by the way. The school following the evaluation was then unhappy when they were informed that he would not have a 1 to 1, and that he would instead receive 2 hours special instruction, and 2 hours occupation therapy per week. I will run down my son's last week there. Monday - my son had a quiet and calm day. The center director asked my husband "Did you give him cold medicine" as if we drugged our son. We did not. The second day a paper comes home stating my son Had another reserved and quiet day - is everything ok? I then replied that home life was positive and he had a wonderful weekend, and we even adopted a kitten after reading companion animals help with anxiety. School went as far to say today that my son could be "Bipolar, and should be evaluated by CHOP", because this week was an unfair representation of him, and that his service providers were not able to see his extreme hyperactivity. I work in mental health - a child would not be diagnosed until age 4 for a mental health diagnosis first of all. Second of all how OUTLANDISH! He is 2 years old! Even more appalling - The school said my sons last day would need to be 3/4/16 because they cannot serve him. No, no today was his last day because my son deserves so much more. 250 per week for what exactly?
I have two children who are both attending Christian Life Academy and my daughter will start when she turns one. We have been VERY happy. I have in fact not wanted to leave this area because I am so happy with it! We appreciate the structure, bible-based teachings, the many school family activities they plan, and the dedication to safety and preparing them for elementary school. I couldn't have asked for a better start for my children!
This is an average preschool. They have a good structure for imparting learning. But if you are looking for children to be given love and affection to grow in confidence, I found it lacking in many ways. The school leadership does not invest in building relationship with parents in our direct experience. They let our child play in the school ground after sunset without a jacket (in early December). When she fell sick and did not attend school, they did not call to ask about her. Our 3 yr child spent 4 months in this preschool and did not even speak to teachers till the end. We took her back to her old preschool, Goddard, and are extremely happy that she is excited to see her old teachers there. I recommend you try those first. Truly private schools are more accountable and more open to parents.
Staff is great, level of academic programs is high, children up to 2nd grade have thrived very well and shown pure enjoyment with learning. Music is not available outside of chapel, no chorus, art is not a strong area nor is the PE Class.
My experience with Christian Life School has been mixed. They have instilled in my child a strong christian foundation, however, I find they have a lack in quality teachers. Disorganization and lack of consistency would be my major complaints.