Virginia Beach, VA 23456
About This School
In 2010, Goddard School had 20 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Virginia average is 18 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Goddard School Reviews
My son has been at Goddard for 2 years now and we have had nothing but a positive experience. He is happy everyday and has adored all of his teachers. His academics and social skills have soared. The staff are all very friendly and personable and we feel that we can go to the administration for anything and they are always happy to help. We highly recommend the Strawbridge Goddard!!
The early education that my child has gotten from this school is above and beyond. Our daughter is far above her peers (who do not attend preschool) socially and academically. She is excited to go to school everyday. I do not feel that the staff turnover is high as the previews reviews have stated (and we have been at the school for over 4 years). Sure, teachers do leave but there are a lot of teachers who have been with the school far longer than we have. We have had nothing but positive experiences at The Goddard School and we will continue to recommend this school after our daughter has graduated!
Buyer beware!! Read other reviews posted! There are some great staff members at this school but the owners are VERY unprofessional and could care less about the welfare of your child. They do not enforce their "ill" student policies and they treat their employees and customers (parents) without any respect! The main concern with the Goddard regime is making money not the welfare of your child. Notice the staff turn over rate as well. Not a good sign. Keeping looking for other schools where you can get legitimate CARE for your child.
I loved this school when I found it, but after 18 months, I have found that the stress I get from the owners and their way of running things -- as far as their expectations of the parents, is just too much for me! They feel that it is their place to tell me how I should be raising my child. They judge every move I make, and make me feel extremely inadequate as a parent, simply bc I dont feel the need to take my child to school on days that I am off work. I believe what is best for my child, is that he is with me when I am not working, and they strongly oppose this. They also present a "threatening" like attitude when it comes to the amount of times I take my son to visit various family members, requiring him to miss a week or so at a time, even though they still get paid the same regardless of his absence. My son isnt even 4 yet. I have given them far too much control over my feelings and actions when it comes to my sons best interest, for far too long. The only good thing I can say that I have gotten from these people, is knowledge as to what I DONT want in a daycare/preschool that I can take with me on my search for a new one. I have a high level of resentment against them now, bc I have to take my son out of an environment that he has been in for so long, and that breaks my heart. I wish it didnt have to be this way. Lesson learned. They should recognize the fact that they are being paid to take care of my child in a nurturing and education filled environment -- when I need them to, NOT to co-parent.
My daughter has been at Goddard in VB since she was 12 weeks. She comes home daily with something new! We love the staff as well. We always feel welcome, even by teachers that are not in her class! I highly recommend Goddard!
Our infant was at this school for a period of 4 months before we removed him due to the following reasons:
high turnover of staff in his class room - 3 lead teachers in 12 weeks!
leaving infants in a swing for more than 4 hours in the day to, quote, "keep them quiet"
putting infants of 6 months to sleep in a swing for 6 hours per day (normally my child will nap for 2.5 hours at lunchtime)...
I can only agree with the previous comment regarding lack of parental involvement. I have met several teachers and parents since removing my child who all have the same story to tell regarding this school.
The school meets all basic requierments for safety and facilities however, parental involvement is not encouraged and extra curricular activities are minimal.
The curriculum once again meets basic requirements but does not exceed expectations in any way. I would not recommend this school because the high staff turnover (in my childs class alone 6 teachers have been rotated through in the last 3 months) does not allow the children to gain the trust of their educator and become comfortable with their learning environment. I will be following other parents and removing my child from this school at the earliest opportunity.