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Preschool | Nonsectarian | 363 students |
Based on 10 ratings
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I've actually written a review before, but I feel compelled to write another now that my children have moved on. If possible, I think I appreciate Golden Pond now even more than when we were there! There really is no place like it and trust me, I've looked! It's a special place and you feel it the minute you walk in the door. The teachers, parents, and children are all great and my kids made friendships that have extended beyond our years there. They teach in such a fun, thematic, integrated, and hands on way that the kids don't even realize they are learning. But they are - my kids were well prepared when they moved to their next school. The balance between warm, nurturing, and engaging and structured and academic is a difficult one to find and Golden Pond has it mastered. Yes, it's expensive, but I agree that you get what you pay for. You can't put a price on a solid foundation for your child!
My son has gone to GPS for 2 years now... and by far we think its the best SCHOOL around.... my son started at age 3 years. The amount of things he learned was amazing. My wife and I searched/toured over a dozen schools nearby and they all seemed like overpriced daycare rather then a learning facility. All the staff and teachers were fantastic. The teachers are very good at understanding the child's specific needs and strengths. I noticed a post about not checking baked goods that were brought in by parents and I know for a fact this is not true.... they were very thorough in checking EVERYTHING we brought in as parents. Our friend noticed how well our son was doing and moved their son into the school as well.... and noticed a significant change and are very pleased. Those who think it is overpriced.... so be it.. .but you pay for what you get. Great school... Great teachers.... well worth it. This is not DAYCARE... so you can not compare it to DAYCARE price... Its as SCHOOL... you pay for the education.
GPS is highly overrated.This pre-K evaluates & grades your child for placement the next year as opposed to going by age.They will make their current customers camp out to enroll for the upcoming year in order to secure a spot.The school claims their process to b on a "first come first serve" basis & parents are told that the child can b placed in the level of the choosing. However we learned the school can decide to alter placements @ their own discretion based on these assessments. For new customers, there is no evaluation that can be performed on the child yet, so parents actually can have their child placed in the level of their choosing.This essentially gives an illogical advantage 2 the new customer over the current customer.GPS is not even an accredited school,so it doesn't make sense why the school puts so much emphasis on child placement since it has no bearing on the child eventually moving on to kindergarten.The school does have a nut-free policy 2 protect children with food allergies.However,they allow parents to bring in baked goods in which they do not monitor or label ingredients.This is alarming 4 the safety of those children.I don't recommend this school 2 anybody.
Well overpriced, stuff unprofessional and rude. The ladies running the front desk rude and unprofessional and just not friendly. I know, before I signed up they were very nice, after I signed up they really showed their face. they make me feel like they mind parents coming into the school and checking on the kids. It is a Little old building behind a Lido Chinese supermarket. Carpool is a nightmare, they have parents park behind that Chinese suermarket and other stores. there are angry pizza drivers trying to get out in that traffic...There are delivery trucks coming in- it does get ugly. They pretend they are so good, but they are not.
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