Gilbert >The Goddard School
1420 N. Higley Road, Gilbert, AZ | Directions 8523433.37471 -111.72222
M-F 7am-6pm, Sa-Su Closed
OMG they have a real actual garden for the kids to grow real plants!
Please forgive my enthusiasm but my son has been cooped up in an apartment (pretty luxury but a no-backyard apartment anyway) his whole life. And now he is spending part of his day tending his tomato he planted! How cool is that? Every morning he goes out in the outside classroom at this Goddard school to water his plants, clean up the soil and learn about life cycle and composting and recycling.
This is a very unique program I've seen only at this location. I am not an environmentalist or naturalist or anything like that, but I do love the idea of my son learning to garden and learn about responsibility and appreciate the foods other people grow for us to eat.
If you want your children's hands touching real earth and real dirt, take them to this school. I was sold the very first minute they took us out to the classroom they built outside for this program.
Besides the excellent care and education there, I really love the "international feel" of this school. In the foyer they hang flags of the countries where their students & parents come from. And it looks like a mini UN. There is real effort to learn the best from each unique student and their family. We are white and came from a place where there was almost no diversity at all. Now our children have a chance to get exposure to different things in life. In our opinion they need that exposure for the world economy they are getting into.
My son graduated from the Goddard school on Higley a few weeks ago. And after a couple of weeks in a public kindergarten I now know how powerful the Goddard school is. The Kindergarten teacher says our son is head and shoulder above everyone in the class. His math, reading and pattern recognition is at least one grade above. His computer skill is a lot better than children his age and his overall manner is very pleasant around other kids. She said he looks and talks with confidence.
The people at the Goddard school said it was his good gene, they just helped a little. But I know better!
Thousand thanks to the Goddard school and their Pre-K program.
I was so impressed with their new Promethean board. I saw this when I toured a couple of weeks ago. I saw it for the first time in my life (never heard of it before, in fact) and received a short demonstration and liked it so much.. But only now after a couple of weeks hanging around the class I truely know what an effective teaching/learning tool it is. I did a little research and found out it is very expensive, used for corporate offices or universities. I wonder how they can afford this for 2, 3 years olds. Well, it's good for our children, and they are learning like the fun would never end!
I like the rate!
I was attracted to this Goddard school on Higley road after reading the reviews online (thanks to the folks who spent the time to help me out). I came to the school and found no surprises. Everything was nice and pretty, just like the words of mouth. What I found as a big (and pleasant) purprise was their tuition rate. I always hear they are high-class and expensive. But that was not true. They gave me the tuition rate which was very competitive with other preschools, but they had much more (and much more) to offer. So, value-wise, it was such a bargain for my family.
Did I also tell you my daughter loved it there? We all do, every day.
I was in an identical situation as Beth, another reviewer on this page. But my ordeal lasted only 5 weeks. And I was treated absolutely the same way: no change in being respected or niceness. You would never know that I was laid-off and didn't pay tuition for my son. And I didn't know about Beth nor she knew about my situation, until last week when we compared notes.
So we decided to go public with a public THANKS to the Goddard School on Higley road. Now you can put a gun to my head and I wouldn't leave these good folks.
Fine School, Fine Folks
The folks running this school on Higley road are fine & kind people. I am an Engineer with a stellar credit, but all of the sudden I lost my job due to a lay-off at my company. I found myself in a hand-to-mouth situation, and was forced to take my daughter out of the school. But they insisted I didn't. For over three months they did not say a thing about tuition, fees or money. And they treated my family just the same: with the same respect and courtesy.
Since then I found another good job and paid back everything I owed - without interests or late charges!
I am not sure that is a good business practice but it is sure more fun than cutting throat - even though they had every right to cut mine.
Bravo Big Heart for a change!
A very good place to send your children to. We send ours beginning tomorrow. Very pleased with what we saw on the tours and the phylosophy of the school. We were sold in the first five minutes with the push for education. The deal was closed at Parents Night Out. My wife and I have not had a real date in ages. We are looking forward to this Sat when we can go out for a decent dinner and a movie just by the two of us. Simple pleasure, but so hard to have!
This is as close to a perfect preschool as I can find. We enrolled last year are still happy as day one. Everyone is very committed to making this institution the best they can. And they don't run this like a business at all. Our son gets up and can't wait to go meet his teachers and friends there.
The owner is very committed to – We are here at this school for a while and still love it! The owner is really committed to keeping the top notch people working there. Over the months I saw some turn-over and I would approve every decision. Each time, they replaced the previous teacher with a better person. They are really committed to serving the families. It is obvious they are not in just for the business part.
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