Southwood Pre-School

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I DO NOT RECOMMEND! Southwood preschool is absolutely NOT a safe and loving place for kids. I would NOT recommend this place to anybody. There is no one monitoring the main entrance,(which remains unlocked) and kids come and go as they please. I went in for more information, and their director, "Cookie" was not friendly at ALL. She answered my questions as if she were doing me a favor by accepting my kids into the school. There are no policies in regards to kids who misbehave, no policy on student or teacher conduct, no policies, on anything! I am so glad I went in for a visit, because I do NOT want her to be the "director" of the school my children attend. She seems really unorganized and a little racist. She only greeted one particular ethnicity of parents as they entered the school, and clearly did not greet any parents of color during the hour that I was there observing. She also does not allow potential clients to drop in to observe, she only wants scheduled appointments. It seems like she has something to hide. I am very suspicious of directors/preschools who do not allow potential clients to drop in without notice. If you care about the welfare of your child(ren), do NOT send them here.
Jennifer A.-I don't even think they have community college degrees. When I inquired about their degrees, I was ignored,

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★☆☆☆☆

I DO NOT RECOMMEND! Southwood preschool is absolutely NOT a safe and loving place for kids. I would NOT recommend this place to anybody. There is no one monitoring the main entrance,(which remains unlocked) and kids come and go as they please. I went in for more information, and their director, "Cookie" was not friendly at ALL. She answered my questions as if she were doing me a favor by accepting my kids into the school. There are no policies in regards to kids who misbehave, no policy on student or teacher conduct, no policies, on anything! I am so glad I went in for a visit, because I do NOT want her to be the "director" of the school my children attend. She seems really unorganized and a little racist. She only greeted one particular ethnicity of parents as they entered the school, and clearly did not greet any parents of color during the hour that I was there observing. She also does not allow potential clients to drop in to observe, she only wants scheduled appointments. It seems like she has something to hide. I am very suspicious of directors/preschools who do not allow potential clients to drop in without notice. If you care about the welfare of your child(ren), do NOT send them here.
Jennifer A.-I don't even think they have community college degrees. When I inquired about their degrees, I was ignored,

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I wish I could review this school, but I can't because they will not let you drop in. You need to make an appointment. As a school principal I have an inherent mistrust of a school that demands appointments of prospective parents. It seems odd to me - so I wouldn't even consider them. Parents should always be welcome in any classroom with very few exceptions.

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I wish I could review this school, but I can't because they will not let you drop in. You need to make an appointment. As a school principal I have an inherent mistrust of a school that demands appointments of prospective parents. It seems odd to me - so I wouldn't even consider them. Parents should always be welcome in any classroom with very few exceptions.

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My twin Sons attended Southwood Pre-School and it has been a wonderful experience! My Sons were always excited to go to school and that was very rewarding as a Parent. They provided breakfast, lunch and 2 snacks which was very convenient. It expanded my Sons range of food preferences and we can always find something on a restaurant menu now. Southwood also had many outside activities, school or pony pictures, aquarium visits, swim lessons, etc. My Sons are very prepared for Kindergarten and will start this year! Thank you Southwood for the enjoyable & educational experience. I highly recommend this pre-school!

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★★★★★

My twin Sons attended Southwood Pre-School and it has been a wonderful experience! My Sons were always excited to go to school and that was very rewarding as a Parent. They provided breakfast, lunch and 2 snacks which was very convenient. It expanded my Sons range of food preferences and we can always find something on a restaurant menu now. Southwood also had many outside activities, school or pony pictures, aquarium visits, swim lessons, etc. My Sons are very prepared for Kindergarten and will start this year! Thank you Southwood for the enjoyable & educational experience. I highly recommend this pre-school!

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Both of my kids attended Southwood. They loved it and still ask to go back and visit. The teachers are caring and friendly. My girls were very prepared for kindergarten when they left Southwood. I would definitely recommend Southwood to a friend.

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★★★★★

Both of my kids attended Southwood. They loved it and still ask to go back and visit. The teachers are caring and friendly. My girls were very prepared for kindergarten when they left Southwood. I would definitely recommend Southwood to a friend.

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I can't believe the original comments. I have had two children go through Southwood Preschool. One is attending now. I agree that they teach while letting the kids be kids. Each room they move into focuses on age appropriate learning and play time. When my older daughter started Kindergarten she was extremely well prepared. We picked southwood because of the fact that they aren't forcing kids into classroom environments at age 2. They let them have fun and gradually build on classroom and learning skills. We also picked it because of the amazing, healthy lunch program. It was much better than the numerous other preschools I visited in the south bay, focusing on fresh ingredients and not just cold sandwiches and chicken fingers. I highly reccomend this school. And I don't find it "cheap" at all. It's pretty much in the middle of what's available.

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I can't believe the original comments. I have had two children go through Southwood Preschool. One is attending now. I agree that they teach while letting the kids be kids. Each room they move into focuses on age appropriate learning and play time. When my older daughter started Kindergarten she was extremely well prepared. We picked southwood because of the fact that they aren't forcing kids into classroom environments at age 2. They let them have fun and gradually build on classroom and learning skills. We also picked it because of the amazing, healthy lunch program. It was much better than the numerous other preschools I visited in the south bay, focusing on fresh ingredients and not just cold sandwiches and chicken fingers. I highly reccomend this school. And I don't find it "cheap" at all. It's pretty much in the middle of what's available.

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Wow, below review possibly came from one of the competitors.What are you comparing? God knows I went to them all! And all I can say is that my son loves it! Anyone I talk to loves it! Its the funnest, cleanest preschool with the most age appropriate activities around! They let kids be kids while they learn. Everyone is supper friendly and kids always come first. Other preschools take you on tours during naps and let you walk around little bodies sleeping. This school doesn't even let you in the classroom. Hot meals are prepared in a very clean kitchen and not delivered from fast food places as most others offer.

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Wow, below review possibly came from one of the competitors.What are you comparing? God knows I went to them all! And all I can say is that my son loves it! Anyone I talk to loves it! Its the funnest, cleanest preschool with the most age appropriate activities around! They let kids be kids while they learn. Everyone is supper friendly and kids always come first. Other preschools take you on tours during naps and let you walk around little bodies sleeping. This school doesn't even let you in the classroom. Hot meals are prepared in a very clean kitchen and not delivered from fast food places as most others offer.

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We really wanted a nuturing environment for our child and this place is not that at all. We like the all day program and lunch provided but even the lunch is rather unhealthy therefore not worth it. The director and assistant director don't seem to have a degree in childhood education beyond community college. The owners run it like a heartless business instead of a loving child care facility. I can't recommend this school unless you want something cheap and need the all day care. Don't expect the "teachers" to crack a smile. And, if your child comes home shouting, using unfamiliar language, and displaying aggressive behavior you can bet they learned it from one of those "teachers." There are so many other places to bring your child for a loving, nuturing, safe, caring, and fun experiences trust me, this is NOT it.

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★☆☆☆☆

We really wanted a nuturing environment for our child and this place is not that at all. We like the all day program and lunch provided but even the lunch is rather unhealthy therefore not worth it. The director and assistant director don't seem to have a degree in childhood education beyond community college. The owners run it like a heartless business instead of a loving child care facility. I can't recommend this school unless you want something cheap and need the all day care. Don't expect the "teachers" to crack a smile. And, if your child comes home shouting, using unfamiliar language, and displaying aggressive behavior you can bet they learned it from one of those "teachers." There are so many other places to bring your child for a loving, nuturing, safe, caring, and fun experiences trust me, this is NOT it.

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I was happy to read the comments by m o m which were spot on, because I am not the only one who feels that way about the school. The teachers do not seem to be loving or caring or even fun. They have lots of fun acitivies but they completely lack enthusiasm and don't seem to love their jobs. I had my child in daycare (which was really a small school with just as many children in the classroom, but just located in someone's house) and the lady had so much enthusiasm and love for her job and her children. I've also noticed on a few occasions my child's diaper was not changed.

2
★★☆☆☆

I was happy to read the comments by m o m which were spot on, because I am not the only one who feels that way about the school. The teachers do not seem to be loving or caring or even fun. They have lots of fun acitivies but they completely lack enthusiasm and don't seem to love their jobs. I had my child in daycare (which was really a small school with just as many children in the classroom, but just located in someone's house) and the lady had so much enthusiasm and love for her job and her children. I've also noticed on a few occasions my child's diaper was not changed.

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Awarded ""Best Pre School"" in So Cal by L.A.Times Reader's Poll 2011. A sincere ""Thank you"" to all of our parents who over the years, recognized us recently in the L.A. Times by saying nice things about our efforts. Thank you for choosing us as your child's pre-school. Len Ingalls, Owner, SWPS.

5
★★★★★

Awarded ""Best Pre School"" in So Cal by L.A.Times Reader's Poll 2011. A sincere ""Thank you"" to all of our parents who over the years, recognized us recently in the L.A. Times by saying nice things about our efforts. Thank you for choosing us as your child's pre-school. Len Ingalls, Owner, SWPS.

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To ""Mom"" who wrote the negative review: You're way off. Cookie is very sweet and patient with the kids, as is everyone I've run into at Southwood. \n\nEach week is a new theme: Pirates, clowns, olympics, etc. They do adorable things for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Christmas, etc. Every afternoon, the kids come home with detailed report cards explaining their day, fun arts & crafts perfect for hanging on the fridge, and most importantly - big smiles on their faces.\n\nTake it from someone who toured nearly a dozen pre-schools before choosing Southwood - it's the best one around. I have no complaints whatsoever, and if you're fortunate enough to get Miss Annette as your child's teacher, you've won the lottery, because the woman is absolutely amazing.\n\nOne thing I do agree with is the snack/lunch criticism - I do like the fact that Southwood has a wide-open kitchen so parents can see food being prepared (and 1-way mirrors in the classrooms so you can also observe your children learning) - but, bologna sandwiches and cookies are a bit too prevalent. More fruits, veggies, etc would be nice. But ultimately, if you're a good parent, you make up for that one little drawback at home.\n\nOverall, a wonderful first schooling experience for any child in a very loving, caring, clean, brightly-colored environment with a fun, safe, huge playground. There's a good reason why Southwood has a waiting list - because it's worth waiting for.

5
★★★★★

To ""Mom"" who wrote the negative review: You're way off. Cookie is very sweet and patient with the kids, as is everyone I've run into at Southwood. \n\nEach week is a new theme: Pirates, clowns, olympics, etc. They do adorable things for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Christmas, etc. Every afternoon, the kids come home with detailed report cards explaining their day, fun arts & crafts perfect for hanging on the fridge, and most importantly - big smiles on their faces.\n\nTake it from someone who toured nearly a dozen pre-schools before choosing Southwood - it's the best one around. I have no complaints whatsoever, and if you're fortunate enough to get Miss Annette as your child's teacher, you've won the lottery, because the woman is absolutely amazing.\n\nOne thing I do agree with is the snack/lunch criticism - I do like the fact that Southwood has a wide-open kitchen so parents can see food being prepared (and 1-way mirrors in the classrooms so you can also observe your children learning) - but, bologna sandwiches and cookies are a bit too prevalent. More fruits, veggies, etc would be nice. But ultimately, if you're a good parent, you make up for that one little drawback at home.\n\nOverall, a wonderful first schooling experience for any child in a very loving, caring, clean, brightly-colored environment with a fun, safe, huge playground. There's a good reason why Southwood has a waiting list - because it's worth waiting for.

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I am currently in my ""obversing"" period at the school where I'm learning what everyone and everything is like. So far, I am not sure about a few things:\r\nSome of the teachers don't seem as loving and caring as I hoped they'd be working with this age group. They seem to leave the children alone a lot. While they are in the same room, everytime my husband or I walk in, they are sitting and doing things like cutting and preparing materials instead of being up on their feet interacting with them. Independence is good--but they also need the structured time. I also feel like there isn't enough sensory activities planned throughout the day. Most of the time indoors is spent on playing with the toys sprawled out on the floor and table, and again by themselves, rather than exploring, feeling and learning during a period where their brain is a sponge!! I've come to question whether the teachers have any educational/childhood background and philosophy on their approach in interacting with the children and teaching? In discipline, they seem to yell a lot and say, ""NO!"" constantly, giving them warnings always. Not sure if that is effective for this age group. They don't seem to engage in conversations with the children for more than a min. and are not affectionate. I understand it is just their job, but it would be nice to have some passionate, loving teachers, too, who really care for their students. Teachers are influential figures in a child's life. \r\n\r\nAlso, Cookie's been around a long time. She also seems to have lost the passion in what she does and it almost seems like she has the attitude like if you don't like what you see, leave--we have plenty of people here and on the waiting list (which I've heard her say before). That doesn't go well for parents who really truly want the best for their child and would love to give input and constructive feedback. She is often rude to the parents and has been heard talking--gossiping about students and parents and situations here. If she is the face of the school, and the face that we see walking into the school, she needs to have the common courtesy to greet parents in a manner where it isn't borderline rude. \r\n\r\nNutrition-Their lunches aren't too bad except on few days (which repeats every month). Sloppy joes, hot dogs, bread with butter--not my favorite. Also, for snacks, it seems to always be junk food--crackers, mostly. Why can't they switch it up to healthy snacks like fruits, string cheese, veggies with hummus? Just some ideas. Also, for parties, they have these sign up sheets with many, many junk food listed on them. Really--they don't need cupcakes, doughnut holes, cookies (the list goes on) at their parties. A snack, some healthy options, too, and a drink will suffice. \r\n\r\nThey give juice at every snack. I think switching up one of those for water might be a good idea, too, since my children do not drink any water at school.\r\n\r\nIf some of these changes happen, it would be a fine place to be.

3
★★★☆☆

I am currently in my ""obversing"" period at the school where I'm learning what everyone and everything is like. So far, I am not sure about a few things:\r\nSome of the teachers don't seem as loving and caring as I hoped they'd be working with this age group. They seem to leave the children alone a lot. While they are in the same room, everytime my husband or I walk in, they are sitting and doing things like cutting and preparing materials instead of being up on their feet interacting with them. Independence is good--but they also need the structured time. I also feel like there isn't enough sensory activities planned throughout the day. Most of the time indoors is spent on playing with the toys sprawled out on the floor and table, and again by themselves, rather than exploring, feeling and learning during a period where their brain is a sponge!! I've come to question whether the teachers have any educational/childhood background and philosophy on their approach in interacting with the children and teaching? In discipline, they seem to yell a lot and say, ""NO!"" constantly, giving them warnings always. Not sure if that is effective for this age group. They don't seem to engage in conversations with the children for more than a min. and are not affectionate. I understand it is just their job, but it would be nice to have some passionate, loving teachers, too, who really care for their students. Teachers are influential figures in a child's life. \r\n\r\nAlso, Cookie's been around a long time. She also seems to have lost the passion in what she does and it almost seems like she has the attitude like if you don't like what you see, leave--we have plenty of people here and on the waiting list (which I've heard her say before). That doesn't go well for parents who really truly want the best for their child and would love to give input and constructive feedback. She is often rude to the parents and has been heard talking--gossiping about students and parents and situations here. If she is the face of the school, and the face that we see walking into the school, she needs to have the common courtesy to greet parents in a manner where it isn't borderline rude. \r\n\r\nNutrition-Their lunches aren't too bad except on few days (which repeats every month). Sloppy joes, hot dogs, bread with butter--not my favorite. Also, for snacks, it seems to always be junk food--crackers, mostly. Why can't they switch it up to healthy snacks like fruits, string cheese, veggies with hummus? Just some ideas. Also, for parties, they have these sign up sheets with many, many junk food listed on them. Really--they don't need cupcakes, doughnut holes, cookies (the list goes on) at their parties. A snack, some healthy options, too, and a drink will suffice. \r\n\r\nThey give juice at every snack. I think switching up one of those for water might be a good idea, too, since my children do not drink any water at school.\r\n\r\nIf some of these changes happen, it would be a fine place to be.

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