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71 days ago

Berkeley College is an awesome college to attend, especially the one in Midtown. You are a block away from 42nd street and you are walking distance away from everything New York City has to offer. Although it is located in such a fast past moving city the school environment is friendly and very welcoming. I am glad that I chose this school to attend because of the professors, the internship opportunity, and the lifetime relationships I have developed in these three years.

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143 days ago

Berkeley College has so many great opportunities and it is a place for endless opportunities. There are so many offers to improve yourself and make your future bigger than what you had expected. Nothing is out of reach for any student at Berkeley College. Coming to Berkeley College was the best decision I made towards my dreams. Waking up everyday I know that I am so much closure to my dreams. Every ounce of knowledge that is shared with me from professors is so valuable and has molded me to be not only professional but extremely informative. With the knowledge I have acquired at my time here at Berkeley College I have met several people that I thought I would never meet as well as finding out my talents that I never thought I had.

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163 days ago

Berkeley College, for me, can be considered a family oriented college. We have smaller classes then other colleges or universities. This is a great aspect to the college simply because it helps us, as students, pay closer attention to what the professors are teaching. Most, if not all, the professors in Berkeley are always smiling and enthusiastic about their jobs as teachers. Our professors are actually people whom have knowledge experience in the field that they are teaching. For example my professor for the Art of Argument class is a great lawyer. This is one of the many reasons I chose to make Berkeley College, the college for me.

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178 days ago

Enrolling to Berkeley College is absolutely the best decision of my life! I love the school, the professors, the staff and my classmates. Berkeley college doesn't just give you an great education, but they prepare you for what to expect when you go out in the working force. As an international student Berkeley and the people surrounding the school have now become my new family. The professors and the school staff are so friendly and helpful, and you are always greeted with a smile. The professors are great, very good at what they do, but most importantly a lot of them have experience for the fields they are teaching, and they can mix their own experience with the books. I can gladly say that you won't regret enrolling at Berkeley! Come and be a part of the big Berkley Family!

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183 days ago

The reason why I'm giving it five stars is because this college completely exceeded my expectations. I'm an international student (majoring in international business) and I have had a great experience since I started in 2010. I studied in other colleges before, but I never felt like I belonged at my previous schools. That changed completely when I enrolled Berkeley. Since the classes are reduced, and the size of the school is not that big, I feel part of the community and I am very active at my school. There are many opportunities beyond the classroom and they do care about the student life experience. Moreover, the location couldn't be better! That was another factor that made me choose this school, it's right in the middle of Manhattan and I can't think of a more international environment than that.

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311 days ago

Buckle My Shoe - Massively Overpriced, But you Don't Get More Just Because you Pay More

When you apply to Buckle My Shoe the ever so smiling head teacher, Linda, and the other equally smiling, impossibly enthusiastic teachers make you feel so very welcome. Then they fill your head with just how excellent and superior Buckle My Shoe is, because they use the Reggio Emilio Technique, that they are expensive because they hire only the best of the best, etc... The truth however is more sinister...

Buckle My Shoe claims to adhere to the highest standards of education, but many teachers have trouble spelling basic words. For instance, 'bibs' was spelled 'bibes' and 'Dr Seuss' was 'Dr Seuse.'

I pulled my child out after one year, so let me tell you about the infant classroom. The head of the class, Miss Debra, does absolutely nothing, barely interacts with the children and rarely enters their class room. Even though she introduces herself as the head of the infant class, you will learn that you are paying her to sit all day by the front door eating non-stop. Which is probably for the best since her level of education is such that she cannot string together one grammatically correct sentence. I'm not kidding when I say that at times the woman spoke 'street.' Isn't the whole point of 'street' that you learn it on the street, not from teachers in high paying schools such as Buckle My Shoe?! Oh and she's been there for 25 years, so is not likely to be going anywhere soon. And of course you, the parent, are paying high prices to keep her (and probably her union) happy.

The remaining infant class teachers are sweet, though extremely forgetful it seems, so be sure to label everything, or your kid will repeatedly go home wearing someone else's clothes, with some other kid's bottles or bibs (bibes) or spoons etc.

The teachers, sweet as they are, seem to have trouble retaining even the most basic information. I frequently wondered why my child had diaper rash after a day at school, only to learn that the teachers were never applying the diaper rash cream that I had supplied. I repeatedly reminded them that every diaper change needed to be accompanied by a generous application of diaper rash cream, yet it NEVER happened. Each day my child would come home with a red butt. I would apply generous amounts of cream, only to send her to Buckle My Shoe the next day for another round of painfully red butt. It was frustrating.

When my child's birthday came around, I threw a party and invited the other kids in the class. No one showed up. Weeks later I bumped into another parent who told me that no one had showed up to her child's birthday party either. It turned out that the teachers had forgotten to distribute our invitations to the other parents! Did they apologize when I confronted them. No. They just blamed one another.

And here's the worst part. Don't bother complaining to the smiling head teacher about anything, as you will quickly learn that you, the paying parent, are the enemy. I shuddered as I watched that sugary smile vanish, only to be replaced by a wall of callous, sociopathic hatred and hard eyes. I was traumatized for days by the transformation from sweet to cold in that woman's face, when I informed her about all the spelling errors. Her response was "It's just one spelling mistake. Don't be so nasty." Unfortunately I only had photographic evidence of one spelling error (it hadn't occurred to me to photograph prior ones). I did mention that there had been more than one spelling mistake, but she wasn't interested, and was dead set on defending her staff against me, the paying enemy.

After that, I was no longer treated to the sugary smile when I dropped off and collected my child.

Remember you, the parent are paying top dollar for this level of service.

Speaking of top dollar for absolutely nothing, once your child becomes ready for toilet training, I have heard from parents of older children, that Buckle My Shoe refuses to help with your toilet training routine. The classes are small, yet Buckle My Shoe claims that they can't collaborate with you. Every other school I have interviewed (that is less expensive, provides longer hours and has larger classes), said that of course they would collaborate with parents in their toilet training efforts.

Here's another rub. Once your child is in the school, if you wish to stay a second year Buckle My Shoe expects you to renew your contract in January, knowing full well that other schools start accepting applications later in the year. Speaking with other parents I found that many renewed even though they would rather have the opportunity to wait and try to get into another less expensive school. Of course, no working parent wants to lose their spot in Buckle My Shoe only to later discover that other schools are fully booked, so they sign out of fear. Very clever Buckle My Shoe.

And finally, if, after reading this, you still wish to enroll your kid at Buckle My Shoe, be sure to read the contract. You will get a refund under NO, and I mean NO circumstances. If you suddenly have to move for work, if someone dies (maybe even if you die), your money is theirs from the January of the year your child is due to start. And we all know that a lot can happen between January and September! Perhaps, if like other schools they demanded renewals in April or May, that would be more realistic, albeit less lucrative for Buckle My Shoe.

Finally, note that their contract is efficiently worded to ensure they get your money and don't really have to give you anything in return. Read it! It's all about your obligations, and mentions nothing about their responsibilities to you and your child.

The head teacher claims to love children, but when your child walks through that door every morning, she sees nothing but walking dollar bills. If you don't believe it, then compare Buckle My Shoe with other schools. Compare prices, compare payment and enrollment policies (many schools ask for enrollment in April or later, and for payment at the start of every month), compare cancellation policies (many schools allow you to quit with two months notice), compare wording on the contract (do other schools talk about their obligations to your child, or is it worded to include only your obligations to the school?). These are things you can look into before you enroll your child.

And don't be duped, when you are told that the school's tough approach to payment and enrollment is what keeps the school at such a high standard. Buckle My Shoe is not the only school to use the Reggio Emilio system, yet it is the only school to claim that in order to uphold it's 'high' standards, which as I have demonstrated above are not high at all, it has to enforce tough enrollment, payment and cancellation policies. Yeah right!

Good luck everyone. School hunting is hard, and schools like Buckle my Shoe are there to exploit the fact that finding a school is so hard these days.

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903 days ago

Mosaic is a wonderful school because it has a leader who truly dedicates herself to the achievement of her students. The principal has a contagious drive to excel, which is passed on to the teachers, students, parents and community overall. The educational growth of the children is always the focus.

I feel that Mosaic's mission of exposing children to the goal of college is one of inspiration and positivity. The staff and the Principal are always joining efforts in finding new ways to enrich the lives of the children. The school also has a Dual Language- Spanish program which as a parent who wants her children to become bilingual citizens is a huge asset. The idea of a second language is a benefit that will further the children academically, socially and one day professionally.

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907 days ago

I enjoy volunteering there and working with the children. The children are smart and loving it is a pleasure working with them. The teachers are hard working and they are into the children and they well being.

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1043 days ago

So lets be fair here. I have been here snce last year, and I was really excited and happy to make a change in my life. Lately, I'm beginning to see some things that have disturbed me. Bottom line- lots of negativity from some of the younger students, lots of black people against white people attitudes, and there is just no need for that. Professors not showing up for class, things like that. Enough to make one stop and think- OH MY GOD- I SO TRULY HOPE AND PRAY THAT I HAVE NOT MADE A HUGE MISTAKE IN COMING HERE. The only other thing that I can say is that if I manage to get a good job after all of this, well then- its been worth it.

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