THE CAREY SCHOOL

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1 CAREY SCHOOL LN
SAN MATEO, CA 94403
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Phone: 650-345-8205
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Private
  • Grades: Preschool - 5th Grade
  • District:
  • Students/Teacher: 9:1
  • Students/Grade: 35.7
  • Number Students: 250
  • Number Teachers: 23
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Duncan Lyon
  • 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
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (11 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (9 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-06-13
    "While it may be obvious, I wanted to highlight that people with negative comments are more likely to feel compelled to come post a comment here. Carey is a wonderful school with a great community. There are always some families for whom Carey is not a good fit (no school is right for 100% of kids). But as an involved parent at this school, I can say that all of the parents I know are thrilled with the education that their children are receiving. The best advice that I can give is to come visit the school and see for yourself. You will know if it is the right place for your child."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-03-15
    "My child attended The Carey school for three years. I choose the school for two reasons: Good Teacher/Student ratio (each classroom has ~20 students per Teacher+Assistant), and an emphasis on Community. Unfortunately, even though each classroom has two teachers, most of them have not been good. Of the six we encountered, one was stellar and five were below average. Also the auxilliary teachers (science, art, fl, music) are all below average. Mostly due to keeping teachers on well past their prime. The other big disappiontment has been the community emphasis. Parents are not allowed to participate in the learning process, though they are required to help with many fundraising activities. Also, despite the "community" emphasis, siblings are not always invited to attend. Our second daughter who has shown signs of brilliance also has an independent streak and Carey said "No Thanks" at the last minute, which really put us in a bind. Doesn't say much for community support if you ask me. The principal has a way with words and is very flowery, but seems driven by whatever book he read last. This is irrelevant though as he and the assistant are both leaving this year (6/2011)"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-02-13
    "We have two children at this school - the differentiated learning strategy at the school is well deployed and copes well to address both their needs, and keep them both challenged and engaged. The teachers who we have experienced to date are outstanding. Our son's experience with his first grade teacher this year has been exceptional - his reading and maths abilities have grown exponentially directly as a result of her teaching methods, but moreover, he has grown in confidence being in her class due to her care and consideration of him as an individual. I would not change one thing in Grade 1 - it's an excellent balance of academics and emotional development. The school for us is the right combination of community, academic depth, and personal/character development. After visiting over 10 private elementary schools prior to making our choice, Carey is easily the best on the Peninsula."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2010-02-04
    "I have 3 graduates of Carey all of whom are thriving now in high school. Carey made learning fun in a safe and happy environment. I'm sure their success today is due in large part to the excellent foundation they received from Carey."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2009-03-08
    "I have a child at Carey School, and have made an effort to review the academics and overall quality of the school over the last three years. My conclusions are as follows: the teachers at Carey are gifted, affectionate, and intelligent--my child loves her classes and has thrived wonderfully there. Eric Temple, the Head of school, is brilliant, practical, and devoted wholeheartedly to the children. He has markedly improved the facilities and brought the parent community closer together. John Loeser, assistant Head of School, working with Eric, has given close attention to best-practices pedagogy, and has made strong, effective refinements in the academic curriculum. I have recently had occasion to visit a number of other private schools, some of them of national reputation. I finished my visit with the conviction that Carey is one of the finest elementary schools in the country."
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