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Program Reviews

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Program Reviews
George Martin Stephens, Renowned Author and Former Headmaster of - , NYDecember 28, 2017

Before "A Day at VEG": I've waded through tons of literature over the past year. The majority of it is either couched in psychobabble, written by people who haven't met a child in a classroom in decades, impractical or bland beyond belief. Village East Gifted seemed one of the few sites to offer at least a promise of something new and radical, yet with feet firmly on the ground. There's a dearth of original or creative thinking in the G & T materials I've read; yours was different. Secondly, time after time in my research the successful schemes (I'll step aside from defining 'successful' for the moment) I've seen have been fired by a passionate and committed individual. I've almost come to believe that it's not the scheme but the person who makes things work. You come over as just such a person. Thirdly, I really don't know how I managed to become a member of the UK Educational Establishment. I'm basically a rebel and a maverick ( I was expelled from school at 14 for leading a hunger strike) and have got in to all sorts of trouble by not being willing to compromise if I thought children or their parents were being sold short. I thought I detected a kindred spirit! After "A Day at VEG": I'd seen a load of very good schools before I came to see you, all of which did wonders for raising the achievement of disadvantaged and others. Yet I had this nagging doubt that the primary aim of a generalist school meant that it was not releasing the most able. I think our day with you confirmed that however you manage it you give the most able their own special food and mix like with like.

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Eric G - Melville, NYDecember 12, 2017

I spent so many years as a student and then working as a teacher's assistant with Ms. Phillips! I can't recommend Village East Gifted enough. It's an amazingly creative, safe, and nurturing environment that allows children to think beyond the rigidly structured confines of traditional school curricula. Your child will leave VEG happier, smarter, and with a great deal of worldly knowledge!

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Claudine W - Huntington, NYNovember 30, 2017

When we came to Village East Gifted, we were very excited to know there would be an educational environment where our son could "FINALLY" thrive. As a student in the gifted kindergarten program this fall, we have been blown away with the level of education and stimulation our child has been exposed to. We know that he is being challenged and is really excited about learning once again. After a year of being extremely disappointed with a Montessori program that failed to provide an adequate balance based on his needs and abilities, we were relieved to find this program. We do understand that children need a balance of academic and social engagement. However, a vast majority of programs fail gifted children in their ability to truly meet the needs of the "whole child". They're young, however, children should never be placed in a bucket and assumed to be all the same because they share an age. Village East Gifted has validated our thoughts and over delivered on our expectations. Our son is working at a level that shows no bounds. They educate to his ability and not down, nor limit him due to an arbitrary age guideline. We highly recommend this program to parents of gifted and/or advanced children. We look forward to continuing to enrich our child through the Village East Gifted program for years to come.
Thanks you Mrs. Goldfarb & Tobi Phillips, we are forever grateful to you both.
Claudine & Charles

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Lisa D - Melville, NYNovember 28, 2017

Our daughter has been with Ms. Phillips for nearly seven years. I have never seen another teacher with the insight and enthusiasm that Ms. P exudes. She opens new educational doors with her classes and guides each child toward achieving his or her best. Over these many years, I have watched in amazement her energy and care as she teaches the varied subjects she offers and how much the kids enjoy the learning process. Ms. P is a gem! Thank you for all you do - for the honest and true love of learning you've demonstrated and the power of example that you are. We think that you are the best and feel so very fortunate to have you in our lives!

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Denise G - Melville, NYNovember 25, 2017

Ms. Philips has been a wonderful influence on my son throughout his years at VEG. She sets an example that anything is possible and hard work can be fun when its taught in a caring environment. Her endless energy and creativity in the classroom sets the tone for a truly unique learning experience.Every year she continues to set the bar higher for herself and her students. It is a rare gift that she generously shares with anyone who is lucky enough to know her

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Karen J - New Hyde Park, NYNovember 23, 2017

Ms.Philips has been a wonderful influence on my son throughout his years at VEG. She sets an example that anything is possible and hard work can be fun when its taught in a caring environment. Her endless energy and creativity in the classroom sets the tone for a truly unique learning experience. Every year she continues to set the bar higher for herself and her students. It is a rare gift that she generously shares with anyone who is lucky enough to know her

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Marlene M - East Hampton, NYNovember 05, 2017

Julian started with Mrs. Goldfarb when he was just two. This year, he is in the early learner's program for three-year olds and he is absolutely loving classes with Mrs. Goldfarb. We travel 2 hours in one direction just to get there, but it's more than worth it! He is learning, understanding, and retaining at an advanced level. Julian is thriving and I have learned so much about how to teach Julian at home. VEG is a truly unique, enriching, foundational program. We just wish is was closer to home!

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Leslie H - Dix Hills, NYOctober 28, 2017

My daughter has been attending VEG for the last few years. Mrs. Phillips is an extremely creative, enthusiatic teacher who makes learning fun! My daughter looks forward to each class and comes home excited to share new ideas and experiences. Her vocabulary and confidence in her writing has blossomed and is reflected in her academics. I highly recommend this program!

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Ramona S - Huntington Station, NYOctober 01, 2017

Finding this enrichment program for my daughter was the best thing for her education so far. She joined the program last year in September and she enjoys coming to VEG every week...always looking forward for the next class. The Curriculum, the way very advanced information is presented to them is just amazing. It's also great to know her surrounded by children who enjoy learning as much as she does.

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Matt M - Cutchogue/Mattituck, NYSeptember 28, 2017

Contrary to what other students might think, I'm Ms. P's biggest fan. Personally, I think that the absolutely wonderful, wholly unorthodox and original approach she takes towards teaching academically advanced students more than justifies this sort of dispute. To put it simply: she's worth fighting over. I think Ms. P.'s lifelong philosophy is "thinking outside the box", a belief she spreads wherever she goes. She's always looking for new ways to impact others. Ms. Phillips never reaches the bottom of her well of ideas. Her teaching methods are, quite frankly, genius, and she is individuality's biggest fan. Many of us consider her the finest educator we've ever encountered. One struggles to define Ms. P., but the best word to sum up her multifaceted personality is: awesome.

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