About This School
In 2010, Carbondale New School had 8 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Illinois average is 16 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Carbondale New School Reviews
Things have changed...
This is not the same school you remember. The teaching quality is a mixed bag from good to poor. Fundamentals are not properly taught in the K/1 classroom in particular. This school isn't appropriate for children with learning disabilities. They do seem overly tolerant of children with serious behavior issues as long as you have money. Older male children have very few boys their age to socialize with that don't have behavior issues. CNS is not dilligent about doing background checks, and doesn't see to mind if parent volunteers have hx with DCFS. My kids were happy to return to public school.
Carbondale New School is a unique educational experience and the best school in the area. My daughter has attended for 4 years thus far and absolutely loves it there. Their emphasis on responsibility, kindness, and independence prepares children for success in later life. Many children who attend here skip grades once they transition to high school. Read the reviews written by former students - it is a wonderful school!
CNS is amazing.
My daughter has been a student at CNS since 2nd grade, and she is now in 8th. This is her final year, and I would not have her attend any other school. I value many things: community in the corporation members, parental involvement, the quality of classroom instruction and high expectations, the emphasis on ability over age for classroom placement, and the fact that the students still get art, music, yoga, field trips, and Spanish. Content is taught in context and thematically rather than in isolation. The teachers are dedicated to their students, as is the very small staff. Tuition goes to educate the kids - the teachers, the space, and the classrooms - not to a huge administration. We truly are a family, and it's all about the students.
College Student reflecting on time at CNS
I am currently a senior in college and have recently been reflecting on my past. After moving from Chicago, my parents enrolled me into CNS from Pre-K all the way through 6th grade. Thinking back on the times I had at Carbondale New School bring back almost all positive memories. I have to say it is a big reason why I am who I am, as well as my two other brothers. They offered superb individualized attention (punishment and reward) and a uniquely customized curriculum for each student. Being surrounded by my friends, family, and CNS definitely enhanced my childhood growth in a positive way. I'm not sure how much the administration and it's policies have changed, so I will reserve further insight there. However, if it is anything like it was years ago when I attended it is definitely worth your time to look in to.
out with the old
If the board had not been taken over by teachers there might still be a reason to spend big money here beyond pre k. Anyone who has had insight to the behind the scenes attitude, and values integrity more than warm and fuzzy has made tracks outta there. Its time to let the ones who threaten to quit if they don't get their way make good and give the parents who want something different a chance to get it.
Carbondale New School started as a great collaboration between parents, students and teachers. However, in recent years, there has been a shift away from responsiveness/inclusion of parents and students towards teacher/administration control. In fact, things have shifted so much that parents who raise concerns are "problems." The board is not responsive to concerns when raised, so the system of exclusion continues. In 2013, a large number of families left, registering their disappointment as they did so. Many of them were active parents who became disillusioned by being asked to support the school (with required volunteer hours) but not allowed input into the school. This school might be for you, as long your expectations are not high. Your child will benefit from smaller classes and more personal attention. You will not, however, be allowed input or be constructively approached about problem solving. If you have a problem, do not expect administrative support.
My 2 daughters went to CNS - a total of 15 years! I volunteered, donated, drove for field trips - anything I could do to support this wonderful school. My girls loved it so much they hated being sick! Their educations were individualized, with a loving and highly competent teaching staff, caring parents always around to help, and a "kindness overall" rule that helped kids thrive. Kids of all "stripes" attend CNS; differences are enjoyed because they learn that everybody has something interesting about them to discover and be discovered. It's a family in so many ways. I wish they had a high school.
I used to go to Carbondale new school and I said I want to go back.it was the best school I have ever gone to my brother used to go their and now at his other school he is getting great grades
This is the best school in Southern Illinois. I had two daughters go to this school. Because children learn at their own paces, one daughter skipped grades. The instruction is exiting, engaging and NEVER boring. One of my daughters hated school until she got to Carbondale New School. She loved school at CNS from day one! We drove a great distance to get to the school, but there are car pools available from just about anywhere in southern Illinois. The small class sizes, the creative instruction and the individual attention has set this school apart from many others.