CRANE COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL

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1795 SAN LEANDRO LN
SANTA BARBARA, CA 93108
Phone: 805-969-7732
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Not Reported
  • Type: Private
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 8th Grade
  • District:
  • Students/Teacher: 7:1
  • Students/Grade: 27.8
  • Number Students: 250
  • Number Teachers: 30
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Peggy Smith
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
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School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (21 ratings)
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    School Reviews (20 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-05-04
    "I am a real parent and will write as honest and unbiased a review as I can. We have an actual gifted child, and for 4+ yrs we have tried to get some changes and have been told "No" at every turn. It's been very frustrating since this school does give support to learning challenged kids. All of the special treatment that the '4th grader' (written about below by a supposed crane parent) has been given has not been offered to my child or any of the others I personally know. In fact the very things listed have all been brought up by me... The idea that the librarian sets aside separate books is laughable! Our child has read college level books for years and is told to pick books from a list for 8-10 yr olds in order to do book reports. The reports have no room for creativity and must strictly adhere to answering questions even if they don't apply to the novel. Then, they must be a specific # of sentences, or else loss of grade points! You ask why we have stayed; 1) the public school to is not an option where we live 2) there are other opportunities which ARE great such as the Spring Study week, the beautiful safe campus, teachers who are warm and caring, school plays, garden"
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    Posted 2014-05-03
    "I completely agree with the last post. The headmaster and board are after big bucks. There seems to be one admissions criterion; how much can you donate? Grade inflation runs rampant, and the teachers who really are mostly great, are left on their own to deal with behavour issues and low ability without support of the parents or admin. They are so busy with this, they seem to resent kids on the gifted end who want differentiated work. It's also true that there is really no experiential learning anymore...they tossed that out and just memorize lists all week, every week...the sense of entitlement is very high and many of the kids think that they are in charge. Honestly, there is just no room for someone who does not fit in a box, or thinks outside of it. Most kids with high ability are mis-labeled and end up unhappy, unchallenged and bored. There are cliques for sure, and for girls it's a rough middle school experince. This is not a school where it's cool to be smart."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-05-01
    "I wrote a review two weeks ago, addressing the lack of ability with which Crane can educate the gifted, but also how much emphasis the headmaster puts on fundraising and hanging out with the richest families. Somehow, SOMEHOW(?) it was removed and all of a sudden a review about how great gifted kids are treated appears with a host of others...after years of no new reviews. WHAT A JOKE...at least a dozen families with gifted kids are fleeing this year alone, due to rote, redundant and repetitive teaching to the test! Moreover, since they let in anyone who can pay and donate, the teaching level has gone down and down...which is not the fault of the mostly wonderful teachers who are the silver lining. Crane loves to shove things under the rug...student behaviour, lack of diversity, why teachers are fired...and that a small cluster of super rich run the school with a private board which meets in secret, and to which no regular person is allowed. This school needs a makeover, and instead it is building a new parking lot...priorities! There needs to be a real psychologist, a nurse and honestly the teachers would live in less fear of the board and the head if there were a new one!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-05-01
    "At Crane my daughter is surrounded by loving teachers and immersed in joyful learning. She tests as gifted, and I wondered if a small school would be able to offer her enough challenge. But her teachers invite her to go farther and deeper in every lesson. She writes every day; the librarian sets books aside for her; the math specialist creates problems that take days or weeks to solve; there s real lab science and studio art every week. Some other highlights are the summer-reading challenge, where kids read anything they love and earn rewards like lunch with the head of school; Spring Study Week, for which teachers create experiential workshops around an annual theme; and the social-studies simulations at each grade level (for example, the Fourthie-Niners Gold Rush unit). The teachers at Crane are the best: professional, imaginative, and totally committed to creating a sense of community. Plus my daughter can run like a wild creature on the beautiful campus at recess: even though she s heading into the tween years, at Crane she can still be a kid. Crane tuition is a big sacrifice for our family, even with a substantial scholarship, but I can t imagine a better gift for my child."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-30
    "Apathy is at an all time high at Crane right now. And it starts at the top, with an administration that is more concerned with raising money to build new buildings (an indoor gym in central California!?!?!) than it is with investing in the kids. The curriculum emphasizes rote memorization and a one-size-fits-all approach to education. The administration is checked out and it filters down to the teachers and parents. The community atmosphere that they "sell" is gone. In the old days, there were too many volunteers for field trips and school events. Now, It's nearly impossible to find volunteers to help out. The school couldn't even get families to donate items for a food drive this spring. Pathetic."
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