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Preschool | Nonsectarian | 324 students |
Based on 7 ratings
The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.
I am giving 4 stars to the teachers and -5 stars to the administration at MCDS. When I first visited the school in 2012, the director was flexible and explained to me that even though there was a one-week standard transition, we could extend or shorten the transition period based on our child's needs. However, a new director took over in 2013 when my child started and I was told that we had to stick to the one-week transition, regardless of whether the child adjusted well or not. The new administrators do not believe in individuality. If your child is precocious or lagging behind, they will NOT go out of the way to help advance the child. If your child can master what is required to advance to the next class before he/she turns 3, the school will not allow your request to advance the child. On the other hand, the school will not provide extra guidance/attention to your child if he/she cannot master a certain skills by the expected age. This school will for if your child is an average Joe. The teachers are caring but turnover at the school is high. We have had at least 6 different teachers in the short year that my child was with MCDS.
I cannot say enough about MCDS. Our children started attending at 18 months and have steadily grown with regard to social, verbal, and motor skills. We have developed a great partnership with their teachers, who are SO good at what they do. The school does a great job of keeping parents involved; I have found the parent education classes to be particularly valuable. Maybe most importantly, my children love to go to school!
Our daughter has been in this school since she was an infant and is now two. They are amazing in every way. When she started, she refused to take a bottle instead of nursing. She couldn't sleep without being held. They loving coached her (as an infant!) to develop those skill and start doing more. The children drink from cups, sit in real chairs, use their words (or sign language) to express their needs, and learn to be responsible for cleaning their materials and bodies. The potty training system is amazing, and makes it almost effortless. She already has many more school skills then I would have thought possible at this age. Their parent education classes have helped me learn about brain development and positive discipline, which have made a huge difference in alleviating her two-year old struggles with frustration, anger, and independence. We have a lot of friends who send their children here, and everyone is very pleased.
My son just completed his program (4 years! ) at MCDS. I cannot imagine that I could have found a better environment for him. If you are fortunate enough to get a spot at MCDS, be patient and believe in what they are doing. The more open you communicate with the staff, the better they can help your child prosper. My son emerged from MCDS with a love for learning, is well rounded culturally, academically, and socially. He is strong academically, and his new teacher has already commented that he is well advanced. I'm amazed that there are negative reviews. It may not be the best fit for everyone, but you could say that about any school. It was clear from the beginning that they were very focused on the child and the learning environment. They are not going to coddle you or your child, but trust me you will be thankful and looking back in admiration. I never had any problems with the administration, faculty, or staff. Over the years I have come to know many families at MCDS, and none of them have ever posted a review. We all agree that MCDS has provided a solid foundation that will shape their lives and propel them into wonderful people and citizens.
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