I am so glad I got my child out of there!!! While I thought Courthouse Academy was going to be great for my child, I find out they let my son cry all day and absolutely NO parent / teacher communication on their part. We would have never known he was crying all day until I asked. The front staff and director aren't organized at all. Everytime that I took my child in, the front desk was ALWAYS on the cellphone. She didnt even make sure that kids were signed in - very unprofessional. I would NEVER recommend Courthouse Academy to any parent.
I don't normally write reviews, but this place has bona above and beyond. After countless tours of different schools, my family and I finally decided on Courthouse. When touring, the front desk was extremely helpful and answered any questions I had, and when I came back with my husband, we spoke to the director who was extremely knowledgeable. My child has been there 3 weeks and loves it - he actually cries when he has to leave! He loves getting Spanish, Music and Computers weekly, as well as fun "extras" like Soccer Shots! It is like a family there, I am always greeted and asked if I need any help. The front office is extremely attentive, I have seen them monitor who enters the building, and ID people they don't recognize to make sure they are authorized to pick up children - I feel better knowing they have such security in place. No place will suit everyone, but I am happy I gave this place a chance. The school is huge - there are going to be unhappy families regardless of if it's a public or private school. Give the school a chance, we were apprehensive, but I am so glad we gave it a chance! We love it so far and cannot wait for what the school year holds!
I have 2 children that attend courthouse academy, one in the nursery and one in 2nd grade. I have nothing but great things to say about the programs, teachers and staff. My oldest struggled with behavior but excelled intellectually and Ms. Julie ( the director) went above and beyond to help him. The Spanish immersion program is amazing as well, I've never seen anything like it. I'll be sad to see my oldest leave next year but I'm excited for my little guy and the awesome experience he'll have. Keep up the great work courthouse!
I agree with most of the comments with regards to the front end staff, price increases, and board of directors. While my child did well (we did a lot of teaching and extra work at home), I'm happy that we made the right decision to pull our child out and send to public school.
My 2 children have attended Courthouse Academy starting in 2010 to the present. I would not recommend this school! In the recent years, it has changed for the worse! Our early experiences were it was a school that felt warm and inviting and very child centered. It now has lost that feeling and seems more about money than the kids at all! Their curriculum is lacking (I know of several families who's children entered public schools In our area behind academically and were told CHA has the reputation by TEACHERS!) They also did do away with the enrichments like computer, music and Spanish for the younger children although they sell that as a perk when paying their high tuition. Lastly, the administration and office staff is rude and incompetent! I would not recommend this school and my children will NOT go back! I'm sorry I didn't withdraw them sooner!
My name is Kym Pomares; I am the Founder & President of Courthouse Academy. Thank you for your reviews. Here are my responses to 2. *I agree it was unfortunate that a small increase in tuition was necessary after school began last year; fortunately it has only happened twice in 22 yrs. *Enrichment classes are available as always. *For over 20 yrs, the children s best interest is always my number one concern! My practice of improving early childhood education is ongoing. *I encourage families to discuss concerns with the director; every effort is made to resolve any issues that arise. *I'm always sad to hear a family is leaving. I would prefer to see them stay, but in reality there is no school that is the perfect fit for all families. *I apologize to the parent who believes she was treated poorly. I really am surprised! I'm proud of the staff at the front. They work hard so the school can be the best school possible. Happily not many people have had a bad experience because enrollment is up! *When choosing a school, tuition is only one factor to consider. Regardless of where you choose to send your child, my wish is that you find the very best fit for you and your family.
Highly recommend! My son has made great progress the past few years and I love the teachers and staff. There's always someone at the front to greet you in the morning and the director goes out of her way to make sure everyone is well cared for and has everything they need. It's a must see school!
Would not recommend this school at all! My child went there for Pre-K and K. We loved it for Pre-K but during her kindergarten year, they increased prices in the MIDDLE of the year, they removed all the enrichment classes (such as art, dance, gymnastics), her kindergarten teacher i was not happy with most of the time, they send soo much homework out but do not do any of it during afterschool care. The new "board of directors" do not have the children's best interest in mind. After talking to most of the parents in my daugther's class, and in other classes, we all feel the same and will be sending our children to another school. Courthouse is NOT worth the money they charge for tuition.
Courthouse Academy is going downhill fast, especially with the new director. The front office staff is very rude and unprofessional. The new "board of directors" is a complete joke! This school has turned into nothing more than a money making business. The class sizes are ridiculous too, but they do have some amazing teachers! I loved my childs teacher for the two years we were there.. They need all new front office staff or I see this school losing a lot of enrollment in the very near future.
Horrible! 16 children in the 2 year old room, teachers can't keep track of student lunches and snacks and can't determine where the mixup happened and which kid got the others food, teacher taking pic of children on PERSONAL cell phones! No care or action taken on the part of "administration". They increased rates and established a "board of directors" to make it look like someone cares but it's still the same owners and same junk service. I wouldn't send my dog here.
My child has been attending Courthouse Academy for two years now. She has been enrolled in the Spanish Immersion classes and I am in awe! She is not only excelling in her regular subjects, but she has learned so much Spanish too! When I try to say words in Spanish she tells me,"Mommy, that's not how you say it". I am so pleased that Courthouse is now offering a Spanish Immersion first grade; I know where my daughter will be next year! Couldn't be happier!
My daughter and I had the opportunity to have our one year old spend the day at the school. It was the very first time we had ever left him. While we were both in tears when we left our hearts were lifted when we returned to see him having the time of his life. The teachers were incredible and so loving. We had a detailed account of his day and it sounded like he had a great time. Miss Julie and Miss Vicky couldn't have been nicer to us. We were treated so kindly by everyone. I was amazed at the cleanliness of the school and especially the rooms in which my grandson was staying in. Many thanks for the love and caring you showed to us and to our baby.
For 4 years we have sent 2 children and will be sending our 3rd preschooler soon. we have had wonderful experiences and are very pleased with the level of excellence in teachers and their programs. great job Courthouse Academy! the larger sized school/programs is exciting to be a part of for our 3rd child. LOVE the parent night outs for our 3 sweeties!
Don't be fooled by all of the recent positive reviews (also note they are right around the same dates). This WAS a great school until this past 2011/2012 school year. I had two children there and were quite unhappy with the class sizes (22 kids in one class and almost 20 kids in another). The construction that went on during school was a huge safety issue for the kids while they were there. Constant emails and corrections of emails by administration were quite frequent and quite frustrating after a while. Not what I would expect from a "professional" organization. Money is the primary concern of the administration and not the children. Sad because it used to be a great school. I can quickly name 15+ families not returning next year for a lot of the same reasons. Please ask people who have gone there or go there their opinion- don't solely base your choice on the reviews.....anyone can write these glowing reviews.
Growing at a great rate!!! My little one has grown into such a smart happy little person since starting school at Courthouse Preschool. I was looking at some of these negative reviews and I have to say it is a shame that some people get a 'mission' of negativity in their minds and ignore all of the positive experience they have had. We, as a family have had great communication, and understanding and my child is moving forward in her learning and social skills by HUGE strides. We have had an issue here and there,as with any relationship, but it has always been addressed quickly, and in a kind, compassionate manner by the owner, director and the teachers, and to everyone's satisfaction. I recommend this environment for anyone looking for a well balanced, happy place for their child, and would enroll my kid again if I had to do it all over again. That is the best accolade I can give:-)
Great program and Great teachers! All of my children have gone here and Love it! Awesome Job!
We love this preschool! We have searched all over the Hampton Roads area for a reasonably priced yet well rounded program for our children. I can send my children to any daycare but I really feel like our kids are being prepared for Kindergarten but also having fun! Thanks Ladies for doing an Excellent job!
We have been attending Courthouse for many years now. My daughter has started in the two year old room and is now in Pre-K. She has grown by leaps and bounds in the prek class, it was a great year, so much so that I am putting her in the kindergarten program in the fall. I love the idea that she is in a safe and nurturing environment where she is able to learn and have fun at the same time! Whenever I have a question or a concern I am able to go to the office and have them answered. Never have I felt that I am just a parent at the school, instead I feel like a big family, that is eager to help anyone out- they even have nap mats that I was able to buy from the school store! I love the nap mats, my daughter takes them on trips with us, uses it at school and brings it camping. I wish they sold one in my size. I would and have recommended this school to many families.
We've been extremely pleased with the quality of the teachers and the school and are so happy we chose Courthouse Academy as our "first" school!
Courthouse Academy is our second family. When my son turned two in 2007, I researched many schools. When i walked into Courthouse Academy I had no doubt this was the school for us. I love this school, is truely a preschool, from the way it is set up to the teachers. I didnt want a daycare for my son, I wanted a school and that is what i got. We stayed with courthouse all the way through kindergarden which was the best years of our lives. My son now tells me he misses courthouse. This year I enrolled my daughter who is two and she has learned so much its amazing. I feel the staff is always there for me and will work with me on any of my needs or concerns.There are so many good things i can say about this school. The academics and extra activities this school offers, no child won't succeed here. Courthouse Academy has so many originalities to them, they even share their mascot with us. The kids love him and he is so great with them. He sits and greets the families every day. Courthouse Academy is an amazing school when we are there I feel at home and I know and see how much my kids are learning. I know my kids are safe and very loved. I recommend this school to everyone!!!
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