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Testimonials

Below are various written testimonials of satisfied customers.

Written Testimonials
Christa M - Huntington, NYSeptember 04, 2017

We are thrilled to be part of the Village East family. Tobi Phillip's ingenious curriculum epitomizes "outside the box" education. Mrs. Phillips truly understands the non-conventional needs of gifted children and is intensely dedicated to their development, well-being and success. Our three elementary age children look forward to each weekly session. They feel comfortable, are encouraged to think in an abstract manner, express themselves and exercise their imagination.
The Village East program is an incredible compliment to both public and private schools. Our children feel empowered by the enthusiasm of Mrs. Goldfarb and Mrs. Phillips. Our kids enjoy all the special projects and showing off what they have learned during presentations at the end of each session. It is evident that all three have gained and also retained a wealth of information.
We highly recommend Village East and have referred many friends. The fact that graduates of the program score in the top percentile on the SAT and are accepted to the finest universities is only the icing on the cake. What truly makes Village East so incredible is how the children feel about themselves. They have gained enormous confidence and are being taught how to truly write eloquently. This is the only program that we know of that effectively teaches children how to write while enjoying the learning process.
Our children each have a special bond with Mrs. Goldfarb and Mrs. Phillips. They care deeply about their well-being and encourage children every step of the way. At the end of each session, the most difficult part is getting them out the door. Village East is one of a kind. There is nothing else like it!

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Robin L - Mellville, NYSeptember 04, 2017

Two of my children were fortunate to have experienced the VEG program and all Mrs. P has to offer. The program is so rich in unique learning opportunities. My kids couldn't wait to spend time with their peers being challenged with fun, exciting material. My oldest daughter is a college senior now but holds such fond memories of being in Mrs. P's house, where is all began. There she connected with children who were like minded. It wasn't just a school to her, it was a second home. By the time my son came we were so excited to see how the school had grown and evolved in the most fantastic ways.

Over the years, Mrs. P has worked hard to offer many options for the different needs of each child. Every student who attends is able to have fun stretching their minds and finding their interests. If you are looking for a one of a kind enrichment program you have come to the right site. My family is so fortunate to have met Mrs. P and what they have acquired from the VEG program.

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Allison K - Mellville, NYSeptember 02, 2017

My children have found a second home at Village East Gifted. They look forward to their classes each week as well as seeing their like-minded classmates. Tobi P and her entire staff encourage and work hands on with every child. Children are able to voice their opinions and make decisions when doing group projects. The scope of this program is impressive. Village East Gifted has given my children the best gift of all - a love of learning.

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Rachel M - Huntington Station, NYAugust 29, 2017

As a young student, VEG was the absolute best school I could imagine. As an employee eight years later, I am delighted to see my original opinion hasn't changed in the slightest. I began attending Ms. P's classes when they were still in her basement and it quickly became my favorite place. I still remember my first class with Ms. P. I was with two other students, and we were tasked with creating our own island. We decided it would be made up of sheepskin and Cotton candy, and dubbed it Nasheepital Galore. One of my fondest memories of VEG is writing under the tables. I hated writing with a passion but Ms. P tried to make it as bearable as possible, allowing me to grab a lamp and write under the table in the snack room. Along with providing memorable experiences, VEG opened up more outlets to explore different topics than I would've had the chance to in school. It encouraged me to be as creative as possible instead of stifling me, as many schools tend to do. Not only did it allow me to be innovative, VEG made me more eloquent by broadening my vocabulary and strengthening my writing skills. I am indebted to Ms. Phillips for taking me as a student and providing me with an environment that has aided me in my successes today.

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Andrea R - Dix Hills, NYAugust 28, 2017

My time with Ms. Phillips in school and in Village East Gifted were easily some of the best experiences of my childhood. Participating in the Odyssey of the Mind competition & learning Latin and Greek word roots are just a few of the many memories from my times with Ms. Phillips. Experiences like these have allowed me to "think outside of the box" and now that I am in high school I find myself using many of the things I learned in Village East Gifted everyday. Ms. Phillips is one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable people I know. You'd be hard pressed to find someone who has done more in their lifetime than Ms. P

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Age 15 VEG Alumni @ Bard College - Dix Hills, NYAugust 28, 2017

Quantifiable gains in academic performance are the first and easiest things to point to when parents ask whether or not your program works (because it does, and now the numbers prove it.) Long Island was pretty bad at writing before VEG came along. You're doing the world a service. One of the reasons that your program works so well, at least in my opinion, is that it breaks so radically from the standard high school teaching structure, and thus keeps kids from associating the two and getting fed up with VEG because they're fed up with regular education

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Lori V - Huntington, NYAugust 27, 2017

My daughter, Lena, started with Ms. P when she was in pre-k. Lena is now entering 6th grade, and I owe her confidence in her intellectual capability to Ms. P. From the Geography Continent stories to the creativity they used to remember the definitions of higher level vocabulary, Ms. P made every challenge fun and exciting. Lena's favorite day of the week was always the day she got to come to VEG. I always joke that I have to bring my crowbar to pry her out of the classroom when I pick her up. This has become a second home to Lena. No matter what day you step into VEG, whether you are met by Ms. P, other teachers, or assistants, you are always welcomed with a warm smile. I honestly cannot say enough about Ms. P and the other teachers. The enthusiasm Ms. P brings to each class is transferred to her students. She loves what she does, and even more she loves her VEG kids!

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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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