MARY COLLINS SCHOOL AT CHERRY VALLEY

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1001 CHERRY ST
PETALUMA, CA 94952
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Phone: 707-778-4740
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 6
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 8th Grade
  • District: Petaluma Joint School District
  • Students/Teacher: 22:1
  • Students/Grade: 39.2
  • Number Students: 353
  • Number Teachers: 16
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Chad Carvey
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  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
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School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (25 ratings)
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    School Reviews (25 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-04-24
    "Warning! I checked this site when I decided to send my child to kindergarten at MCCV. I was excited about the school. Had I known then what I know now, I never would have done so. It's important to first acknowledge the great parts of this school. It has an amazing librarian. It has a good garden program. It has a good counselor and an emotional tool box curriculum. It has a charming music program. The parents contribute to the foundation. The problem, and it is a really big one that matters, is the absence of academic rigor and some of the teachers' role in ignoring and denying the problem. The problem is that this school seems incapable of realizing that it is objectively failing at its core mission and that the test scores are indicative of smart and notably fairly privileged children falling behind. How to say it? At worst, capable children are being harmed. Yes, some kids that would do well anywhere do well here, but capable kids are falling behind with basics. There is no excuse for this. This school has also recently gone through a series of principals and each has left after a year or two. As of this year, there have been three principals in three years."
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    Posted 2013-06-29
    "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."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-06-23
    "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!!"
    Teacher Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-06-18
    "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."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-03-31
    "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!"
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