Atlanta >Community & Social Services > The Suzuki School
443 E. Paces Ferry RD NE, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030533.837691 -84.373132
Neighborhoods: Northside, Northside, Buckhead Village
I cannot speak highly enough of The Suzuki School. As a new mom balancing the act of working away from home with finding the right care for our child, Suzuki was a complete blessing. The attention and investment we witnessed in the development of our son was top rate, as was the kindness, love and genuine care from the entire staff. Our voice was always heard, welcomed and encouraged as parents, and the partnership created with the school provided a wonderful relationship. We have since moved away from the Buckhead community, but remain in close touch with our son's teachers and the school administration -- a reflection of our high regard for the people and the philosophy represented at The Suzuki School.
SUZUKI SCHOOl TEACHERS WITHOUT DEGREES!!!! – We are at East Paces Ferry location, Northside. I love new building, colors and peacefull environment. It seems like a wonderfull place to send your kids. The teachers are very friendly, but this is not the reason we attend this school. I thought there were a very good reason we pay such a high tuition at suzuki school, but not any more. I've recently talked to a lot of parents and realized that some teachers don't even have a 4-year degree in a Early Childhood Education. I am very concerned about overall education. You would expect to have the best teachers here, but that is not the case at suzuki school. I am very dissapointed with management and who they hire.
Unless you want to pay for the name.... – We have sent two kids to the Suzuki School over the past 6 years; one of them is still enrolled. The old Cains Hill location was run down and small yet we got the sense that the teachers really cared for the kids and actually TAUGHT them something. Since moving to the new location on Paces Ferry and opening another campus on Northside, the school has become more focused on profits and less concerned with the education of the children. My oldest daughter was able to recognize all letters and numbers by age 3. When you ask my current 3 year old "what did you do at school today?" she shows a picture of elmo that she colored. That's what I get for $1430 per month? That's right, it started at $1100 6 years ago and now the tuition is up to $1430 and you can expect it to go up 5 - 6% every year, as though this is a university.
The 2010 calendar just came home and the kids are out 3 of the first 8 days of September - not counting Labor Day. As one parent pointed out, the inclusion of religious holidays now results in almost a two fold increase in the number of days out of school. This year they cleverly call them "teacher training and fall break" when it happens to be Rosh Hashana. Save the beating around the bush for the kids and call it what it is.
Unfortunately the new regime is more focused on profit, higher student to teacher ratios and they don't care what the parents think. As far as they are concerned you can withdraw at any time because there are ten other people waiting in line behind you. Consider yourself warned. Unless you just have to pay for the name look elsewhere.
Suzuki School...Teachers without degrees?!?! – The Suzuki School seems like a wonderful place to send your children. I’ve researched many schools in the area, and many of my friends send their children there. The teachers seem engaged, and my son has enjoyed his time there. He really loves his teachers! However, I’ve begin to notice a few things over the past few months. My son has recently begun “pre-reading” activities in his primary classroom, where I notice a lack of phonological knowledge and logical progression through the sound-letter correlations. Furthermore, it seems like all of the activities are about phonics, and not about learning to love to read. Where are all the fun and great kid’s books? While the activities seem like they are useful, I’m concerned about his overall education.
Due to these issues, I’ve become concerned about the quality of teacher education. I’ve found out that teachers at private schools do not have to uphold the same standards as those at public schools. When asking around and after reading teacher bios, I realized that NOT all of the teachers, who we pay a great amount for, are even certified to teach in the state of Georgia. You would expect, that with our exorbitant tuition, they would be to hire better teachers than the public schools, or (much less) even teachers who are qualified to teach in Georgia. Instead, many of the teachers hold irrelevant college degrees. However, these don’t inform their teaching practices. A degree in Political Science does not help a person learn how to teach young children. Do any of those teachers even have Master’s Degree in any related area? I would expect to have the best teachers at a school such as this, and I am disappointed to find this out. Don’t our kids deserve the best teachers?
Wonderful wonderful place! – Our son attended Suzuki from when he was a baby (9 months) to 4 years old. The Suzuki School is an amazing place with amazing people! Our son grew and flourished there thanks to the dedicated, hands-on teachers and staff. From the potty training days when we would get notes home on his progress to the days when our son would rave about the cool projects he was working on in Pre-K he was always happy. The teachers were always available to talk and very personable. The facility is top notch and the lobby with its colors and animals (fish, birds, little lizards) is like sensory overload for the kids. It's not the cheapest place in town, but it's worth the money when you child is happy, and actually wants to go to "school" every day!
SUZUKI NORTHSIDE A GREAT PLACE; WONDERFUL MODERN ATMOSPHERE; EMPHASIS ON LEARNING AND ARTS – Suzuki is an excellent school> The Northside campus is wonderful. No place is perfect, and it is certainly NOT the place the reviewer )who last gave it ONE Star) describes. I am a journalist, and i will say - he has a lot of factual innacuracies. First of all, i have to be at work daily at 730a. I am NEVER late unless i have a planned appointment. The days i bring my daughter in, i come in at 710a...a teacher is there by 715a as promised. I can not speak to the first reviewers experience, he or she is not very detailed...but the school follows standard school hours and days off. What will this person do when his/her child enters K-12??
At least Suzuki also has summer hours. The teachers are dedicated, i have seen no turnover in the months our daughter has attended. Teachers go the extra mile with a lot of love on many occassions.
The environment is beautiful, and the children seem very happy. My daughter has learned so much in terms of her letters, numbers, vocabulary, getting along with others, arts, music, ballet.
Fortunately we're blessed to afford this tuition. It's worth the extra money for the high quality. The directors are very dedicated. I'd like to see more outside activities for smaller groups Also would like to see a Christmas/Hannakuh/Ramadan type of event along the lines of what they do for Spooki Suzuki . My 2 yr old says "spooky " a bit little too much my personal taste, id like to see this downplayed a bit..and Thanksgiving event seems a little jam packed...but other then that, ive been very happy.
I respectfully disagree with the last review written. – Our child has been with Suzuki Learning Center since opening day and we cannot be more happy with the staff and the attention and care that our child receives. The progress and growth that our son has shown since we enrolled him with Suzuki has been tops. I have to say that we are very satisfied and happy with choosing Suzuki. We spent considerable amount of time researching and scrutinizing their competition and could not find a more structured, safe and professional environment for our only child. I am not aware of any other parent who shares the views of the last commentator, and am actually surprised to find that this person chose to express his/her discontent through this medium. We should be more understanding of the fact that they cater to a number of other parents, each of which has distinct responsibilities, schedules and obligations. Not to mention, that Suzuki also has to abide by the terms of their lease. Clearly it is understandable if they cannot please 100% of parents. It is just not a realistic expectation. My words are just meant to give Suzuki a fair shot. They have been great with us. We love their staff and when we needed their support and had to pull our son out of school for personal reasons, they were very understanding. Even with the opportunity to choose another provider for our son, we chose to come back to Suzuki and we are so glad that we did.
The Suzuki School Northside - not a good package, not living up to its promises, all about profit and good at cutting costs/services – Owners and management are horrible at Suzuki School Northside -
Watch out - once you are in and give it 6 months, you will notice the followings:
- High teacher/staff turnover
- Operating hours from 7am to 6pm - but basically no staff at your child'a assigned room before 8am (from experience Jan/Feb 09), you have to walk your child to another room and stay there until your child's staff arrive. All about cutting costs!
- Suzuki School closes many days and limits both drop-off and pickup for their staff meeting and planning - absolutely rediculous! They are not willing to pay for the extra hours of staff meeting/plannings!
- Teachers are nice in general and they are so scare of management - not a pleasant working environment.
- They are running it like a profit center, cut many of the promises.
- The Suzuki Northside location is clearly having a problem - no consistency and definitely not anywhere close to the curriculum as originally promised.
- Overall, you can get great care and education for your child elsewhere. As typing, we and a few other parents are glad we out from Suzuki School Northside.
Great for Kids - Brutal on Working and/or Secular Parents – Attention Parents!
If you want to join Suzuki keep the following in mind: (i) it is an excellent school and you will like the teachers; (ii) the children learn a lot; (iii) it is expensive; (iv) you may not like the service as a parent.
The school is great and many parents swear by the work they're doing with their children but they have made several PR blunders with parents this year as they grow. In essence, they have been insensitive to Secular parents (it's an increasingly Jewish Organization so brace for a kosher menu and the Jewish calendar even if you do not live in a Jewish area), they have added more and more days off while raising prices, and they tend to avoid direct/honest communication in favor of misleading communication if/when the news is unwelcome.
At Suzuki, your children will be well cared for... probably the best in Atlanta. But I can only give them 4 stars because you will not be respected as the parent/consumer of their premium services as their growth aspirations now appear to trump respectful service. This is not a random rant... attend any Suzuki birthday party in Atlanta these days and listen to the Buckhead Parents for the inside scoop. They all stress the same things - great school (wonderful program)...did you see prices are going up again.... wow, yet another day off... do you think they realize we work for a living?
In the end, I still recommend Suzuki because parents must always put the kids first and it is a great school. But if you find a suitable alternative you should consider it... for your sake.
A Suzuki Parent
Best Around – Though I've read some negative reviews here, it seems they come from people who are ignorant to how suzuki really works. The pod system prevents the "overcrowded" feel of the place, and I certainly never got that impression. The teachers are always very helpful and open about the children and very good communicators. The director knows each child by name and is very connected with the staff to promote good communication. Her daughter even went to the center when she was a child, so you know that the place is good if the director would trust her child here! Overall I give it 5 stars, and I'd give it more for its new location coming soon!
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