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  • Mary Collins School At Cherry Valley8

    Petaluma, CA | Sonoma County

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    June 29, 2013


    As a parent of a now 6th grader, 10th grader (NHS), and college fresh(wo)man, I can tell you that regardless of test scores, MCS teaches children to think, to problem solve, to organize, and to imagine. These skills are invaluable, but often left out of test-based teaching. MCS has nourished my children and taught them to not just worry the grade, but to investigate, to listen, to engage in the larger project/idea. I say all this because I've heard the not-rigorous argument for 11+ years now. My kids (like the twin salutatorians at Petaluma High this year) have not suffered because they didn't have grades to worry about k-5 or because they learned in the garden and at the river or because they sang in the choir or because they were read aloud to in 7-8. Quite the contrary, they are thoughtful students and mentors. For our family, creating a life-long love of learning is the most important thing a parent and a school can teach.

    Submitted by a parent

    June 23, 2013


    Fabulous teachers!!! If your kid isn't doing great at MCCV, then its whats going on at home, not the curriculum or the school or the teachers!! This is a great educational environment that teaches kids to think outside of the box. They learn to respect the environment, each other and the value of education. If there is an issue at school, you can be sure it will be addressed but every parent needs to be involved. My kids went from K-8, are now in Jr HIgh and High School, have 4.0 GPA, are respectful, kind and determined in their school work and outside activities. I owe all of this to their years at MCCV. And yes, good parenting. Parents have to be held accountable for their own parenting skills because that is usually where bad behavior begins. MCCV grows GREAT kids but parents are the seeds!!

    Submitted by a parent

    June 18, 2013


    MCCV believes in a constructivist educational approach that allows students, teachers and families the freedom to be who they are, learning in ways that suit them. Having K through 8 gives opportunities for joyful, cross-age relationships and a lengthening of childhood. We are developing along with the recent introduction of the Common Core Standards because they reflect more depth in learning, which is what we strive for. My child has been welcomed as a community member and grown just as I'd like him to, confident and curious.

    Submitted by a teacher

    March 31, 2012


    Every school is not for every family. When you're searching for the right school, look at it for your family needs. I grew up with lots of homework! I moved to CA and had my 1st child go to CV. I was worried he wasn't learning and behind. When he went into High School, I was grateful that he went to CV. He and his friends learned the most valuable lessons they can learn in elementary school. #1 - They learned to love learning and not resent it. #2 - They all learned how to have confidence in their own mind #3 - They didn't give in to peer pressures in HS, because they learned confidence in themselves. #4 - They learned how to be a friend. They've all gone separate ways to COLLEGE and all still remain best friends. #5 - They learn through projects and using their reasoning skills, instead of being taught at and memorizing things they don't understand. My 2nd is now at CV. He's a different child then my first. I was worried he wouldn't be successful with the learning style at CV, because he needs more structure. The teachers and staff immediately acknowledged his needs and quickly placed him in programs in which he can be successful! He is happy and thriving!

    Submitted by a parent

    March 30, 2012


    My four are behind in everything. My kinder doesn't know her alphabet, my seven year old can't read, doesn't know phonics ,can't count to twenty. One is struggling in math and reading, the oldest is bored and wants homework regularly. The school seems more about play time and arts. No diversity! Children or staff and this is California. When I call the office for information, they don't really return calls, I have to wait until parent/teacher conference for info & by then my kids are struggling. Problems should be addressed as they come up not wait until conference time.I prefer traditional education with routine curriculum & proper testing. Safety is a problem. No locked fence around the school. The building needs repairs. My children's favorite part of school is lunch and recess. I ask during parent/teacher conferences "how to help my children improve", the teachers aren't able to give me helpful advice. They say my kids are young, give them time and they will get it later on. They only say to read more with my children. The student/teacher ratio is bad. It's more like an over size daycare center.The principal favors married couples and not single parents. That's discrimination.

    Submitted by a parent

    February 23, 2012


    I have children that go to MCCV and a few of them are behind academically. This school compared to several others that my friends children attend doesn't focus on homework and only once a week is it expected to be turned in as other schools have homework every night. I believe that's why my children aren't succeeding academically where socially they enjoy the school. I have come to find that many of the staff are prejudice and unless you are social with certain individuals they will not treat you the same as everyone else. If you are a divorced parent the school does pick sides and outcast the parent they don't agree with. I don't feel safe having my children attend this school as the campus is open and anyone can step foot on the grounds without permission. We had an incident where a person went there to speak to one of my children and was able to take my child away from class while school was still in session. A moment later that individual followed my child into the class and made a disturbing scene. The police were involved and luckily my child was safe and returned to me, the parent. I do not feel good after such an incident and will be taking my children out of this school.

    Submitted by a parent

    August 26, 2011


    We love our MCCV!! I have 3 boys there and they are happy confident kids who love to go to school. The middle school program (6-8) is awesome and doesnt have a lot of the same pressures of Jr. high. The teachers are wonderful,smart careing people who really show they love to teach! We are really happy to have our kids go to such a special place.

    Submitted by a parent

    May 31, 2011


    We love MCCV! Our daughter is going through the middle school years and she does not have to deal with any of the difficulties most junior high students deal with. She looks forward to school, is learning in a creative and positive environment, has gained self-confidence through participation in the arts, and her teachers and administration really know who she is. The librarian is amazing--my daughter never enjoyed reading before MCCV---now she loves it! It is such a comfortable and positive place. So glad she doesn't have to deal with the "nasty mean girls."

    Submitted by a parent

    October 3, 2009


    MCSCV not only teaches the children the 3-R's, it teaches them to think for themselves, and how to be productive and positive citizens of the world!

    Submitted by a parent

    September 17, 2009


    Great teachers, curriculum, lots of art and science. Love that it teaches children to think for themselves and be curious.

    Submitted by a parent

    September 17, 2009


    My child loves going to this school and really enjoys learning. I attribute that to the mission statement of the school, it's teachers, the principal and staff. As a parent I stay involved. I truly appreciate and enjoy the community at this school.

    Submitted by a parent

    September 17, 2009


    Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley is a conversion charter with an emphasis on environmental education and visual/performing arts. We are committed to the education of the whole child.

    September 17, 2009


    I love it because the teachers focus on creating an environment where the children love the process of learning and the wonder of the world around them. It is very community minded as well as involving many of the parent body. My kid loves his school!

    Submitted by a parent

    September 16, 2009


    All 5 of my kids have gone - or are currently going to Cherry Valley. This school teaches respect for yourself, others and the world around us. The teachers honostly care about each child and their individual needs - it's a wonderful place to go every day!

    Submitted by a parent

    July 2, 2009


    I can't say I have been impressed about the academics, they do not even teach spelling to the children (no spelling tests and no phonics). Nice teachers and nice campus but too little focus on math, writing and spelling.

    Submitted by a parent

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