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Program Reviews

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Program Reviews
Andrea T - Northsport, NYAugust 25, 2017

At Village East Gifted, my daughter found an environment that motivates her to practice and perform at a very high level. She enjoys the intellectual challenges provided by the teacher, Mrs. Phillips, as well as the many unique and creative activities that fulfill her curiosity for learning. VEG has encouraged my daughter to developed advanced ways of thinking and problem-solving in small group settings where she has been able to interact with peers and form many great friendships.

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Heather P - Huntington, NYAugust 20, 2017

We just had our son's teacher conference and she said that she has noticed a marked improvement in his attitude towards reading & writing, which I absolutely correlate with VEG so thank you!

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Lisa W - Huntington, NYAugust 18, 2017

I cant give enough praise to VEG and its teachers. My daughter will be going into fourth grade and has been attending VEG since kindergarten. The program has enriched her life in so many ways and its all thanks to Tobi Philips. She has truly put her heart and soul into this school and it shows in everything she does. Her teaching style is like no other. Her style is so creative that it makes learning fun. My daughter looks forward to class every week even after a long day at school. Thanks to Tobi and her school , my daughter is thriving academically and continues to impress her teachers with the knowledge she has learned. I would highly recommend the program. Its a program that can help children to reach their full potential.

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Julie D - Huntington, NYAugust 18, 2017

My son started VEG in 6th grade and my only wish was that we found it sooner. He absolutely loves the program and everything it has to offer and can not say enough good things about the founder and teacher Mrs. P. The kids cover so much material it is amazing and to think their minds are on such a level to absorb all the material while they are having a fun time doing it with other kids like them. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for that extra special person to guide and enrich their child and keep that sparkle in their eye and thirst of knowledge going. Very grateful for VEG.

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Elizabeth V - Plainview, NYAugust 13, 2017

The past year at Village East (our first) has been a wonderful experience for my daughter. It's a safe, encouraging environment where she has been allowed the freedom to express herself without the confines of a traditional classroom. The imaginative projects have allowed her cerebral talents to be exercised and she looks forward to each week with excitement (no kidding!). Tobi Phillips is a gifted teacher who makes learning things like grammar and punctuation fun by turning the lessons into games (the local schools would benefit greatly by using some of her methods!) She is nurturing, generous, and truly cares for her students' progress. I highly recommend the program for children who are talented learners and for parents who want their child to have fun while learning.

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Ruth K - Woodbury, NYAugust 11, 2017

VEG is one of a kind! Students are taught everything from Latin to sign language to the political map of Europe to artificial organ robotics. The children are engaged in the material in such unique, creative and interactive ways that they don't even realize they are learning. They think they are just playing! My daughter looks forward every VEG class and we will be at VEG for years to come.

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Reid S - Comsewogue, NYAugust 11, 2017

My children had no gifted and talented program in their school district. They were not challenged and started showing bad habits in their studying. I spoke with Mrs. P. and felt very comfortable bringing my 6 year old son to Village East Gifted. After the first class, he couldn't stop talking about the great things he did. There was an excitement in him that was lacking from his elementary school. He was like a sponge soaking up Latin, Geography, and anything else she taught. It was the perfect fit for him. Now a few years later, my youngest son goes to VEG with the same excitement every week. I am disappointed in all of the stressing of math and English ONLY in the schools. Science and other disciplines are neglected and VEG fills the void. Mrs. P. has a love and passion for these children. VEG (and Mrs. P.) is an memory my boys will never forget.

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Kim B - Cold Spring Harbor, NYAugust 11, 2017

VEG is truly a unique program. For five years now, my 2 sons have been involved in the program and fortunate enough to benefit from the higher level of education that Toby provides. My kids love their regular school but were not challenged enough educationally, so finding this program and Toby was a gem for us. From the very first class both of my boys were hooked. She provides a fun, challenging and interactive approach to teaching the class which makes the boys both strive to learn more and want to come back to class week after week. The program offers a multitude of topics which are so beneficial but that just aren't taught in the traditional school setting at such a young age.........anatomy and physiology, biomedical studies, microscope analysis, infectious disease and pathology, engineering, genetics, forensic studies, latin root words and geography. Toby has dedicated all of her knowledge and love of teaching gifted children to this program and that is what I believe TRULY sets this program apart from anything else we have experienced. I would recommend this program to anyone with gifted children.

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Deana C. - Commack, NYAugust 10, 2017

This is by far the finest program I have ever encountered! My son absolutely loves VEG! Even after having a long day at school, he looks forward to his 3 hours at VEG each week. As an educator myself, he has learned many more things that the school systems do not cover as extensively as they cover at VEG. Additionally, their methodology for teaching provides an engaging and motivating environment. We are truly lucky to be a part of this family and look forward to many more years ahead!

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Martha N - Commack, August 08, 2017

There is no other program I would consider. My son tried the Hofstra and CW Post gifted programs, both use a lecture instruction format. VEG engages gifted minds. Instruction is hands on and immersive, using their mind and body. There is no "sit and listen" in this program. It's "get up and do". My son has been a VEG student for 3 years and hates to miss a class. Whether the subject is making holograms or learning Greek and Latin root words, he comes out of each class energized. Tobi Phillips has developed a program that nurtures gifted minds and challenges them to reach their potential.

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