The Goddard School
13036 Rivers Bend Blvd, Chester, VA 23836
Goddard School's premiere educational program nurtures children's lifelong love of learning.
The Goddard School's year-round program nurtures children's lifelong love of learning by providing dedicated teachers in a private and happy setting.
: (804) 530-1667
: (800) 463-3273
We offer year round extended day & half day programs for preschool, kindergartenn, before & after school care and summer camp for parents who want the proven advantages of high quality education for their children.
Our school is located near the intersection of River's Bend Boulevard and Route 10. Turn onto River's Bend Boulevard and the school will soon be on your left.
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10/17/2011Provided by Citysearch -
My children have attended The Goddard School at River's Bend since my youngest was in the 3 year old Pre-School and my eldest was in Pre-K. What has resulted from their time spent at Goddard? To name a few: an above average foundation for their educational futures, where opportunities abound for growth of knowledge, even in the youngest years; lasting friendships with their classmates; and strong relationships with their teachers that emphasize mutual respect, appreciations for differences, encouragement for children to be children at all times, and caretaking that complements children's own families. In fact, everyone at The Goddard School has become like family to us.
My children started at the school with only 1/2 day Pre-School experience, and have progressed to scoring above average on the Kindergarten ""readiness"" test required by Chesterfield County, have adjusted remarkably well to the classroom environment, and continue to have learning experiences before and after school in the care of the Goddard teachers. The summer program (for pre-schoolers) and summer camp (for school agers) the school provides is exceptional! Not once during the summer did I hear from my children ""Do I have to go?"". They experienced an enriching program that included guest visitors with stories and experiences from around the world, multiple field trips, and tons of fun indoor and outdoor activities thrown in every week.
The owners, Paula and Stephen Graham, as well as the outstanding staff they have assembled, continue to impress and amaze me. They know the name of every child and parent in their school. They make special times incredibly special, like the Pre-K graduation ceremony and the first time a new Kindergartener climbs onto the school bus, both of which are sure to draw a tear from every mother's eye. They are there, with tissues and support - and coffee if required. They understand the needs and limitations of working parents and give great considerations to those needs. For example, dance classes and soccer coaching is available to pre-school children during the day, undoubtedly freeing up after-school time for families to spend together. There is an opportunity for school agers to receive tutoring or homework assistance before and after school by the Goddard teachers, but it is not presumed they will do so. It is aways the sole discretion of the parent regarding the amount of schoolwork is done after school at Goddard. Beyond the school day, The Goddard School provides opportunities for families to enjoy themselves with the rest of the Goddard family. Just within the last year, we attended a Flying Squirrels game, participated in a 5k race and decked out the family mobile for ""Trunk-or-Treat"".
Not once in the time our family has been a member of The Goddard family have I regretted sending my children to them. On my initial interview, Stephen described the philosophy of The Goddard School, which is essentially educating children in a loving atmosphere with the center of focus being fun. As a Registered Nurse (and a mothe ) with knowledge in pediatrics, I know and appreciate that ""Play is the work of children"". Thank goodness they agree with this at The Goddard School, River's Bend!
10/16/2011Provided by Citysearch -
My kids have been at the Goddard School in River's Bend since 2006. My son started off in the pre-K class and both my children have gone to the summer camp program every year. Goddard started picking up at Hopewell schools last year so we're now able to keep them there year round. Summer camp is great, with lots of field trips and activities and after school care is too, with dedicated homework time and staff that is there to help the kids when they need a hand. For a working mom it's a blessing to have smart and enthusiastic teachers helping my kids stay on task. It's not all homework though, there are also lots of games and activities. Every evening when I pick up my kids they're running around, playing and getting exercise (rain or shine, since there's a big gymnasium for the school-agers).
The staff and teachers at Goddard are fantastic. Most of them have been there for years; there's very little turnover which says a lot about the positive environment at Goddard. I definitely recommend Goddard to other parents.
We have been taking our two sons here since July 2008 when my youngest was 2½ and my oldest was 4. I had previously been a stay-at-home mom and was very concerned and rather picky about my choice of preschools/daycares. I researched a lot of places and am very happy that I chose The Goddard School at Rivers Bend to take care of my sons when I went back to work full time. Stephen, the owner, has gone above and beyond in making sure everyone is happy. I feel completely safe in leaving my children here while I’m at work. The boys love going here and have made great friends and love their teachers. They enjoy the variety of activities and special guests. I am absolutely thrilled with the Pre-K curriculum. My oldest son was completely prepared for Kindergarten and tested excellent in his elementary school’s entry test. I feel he easily adjusted to elementary school because of this preparation. Also, The Goddard School held a Pre-K graduation program that was very special. The after-school program is also very good. I am especially thankful for the bus drivers keeping track of my ever-changing schedule (I now work three days a week but not always the same three days). My five-year-old son has to either get on The Goddard School bus or our neighborhood bus after school depending on whether or not I’m at work. I rely on them staying on top of my schedule and making sure he gets on their bus on their designated days. They do an excellent job! They will not leave the elementary school without him if he does not show up at their bus. Stephen and Paula give each family individual attention and are genuinely concerned with each child’s well-being. The teachers and staff put a lot into the learning while making it fun. I highly recommend this school.
Our kids have been at the River's Bend Goddard School for almost two years now and we love it. The staff is great and the school seems to have lower turn-over rates than most other childcare centers, and it seems that the turn-over they do have is due to the staff becoming licensed educators in the school system. The center is bright and clean and offers a lot of engaging activities for the children. The new gym is a great addition for rainy days for the younger children and for a nice, separate space for the older children who attend before/after care... so they don't feel like they're lumped in with the "babies!" All in all, I highly recommend the River's Bend Goddard School. They are very accommodating, from helping you get your child/ren in/out the door to signing for packages for you during the daytime, if needed! ~ Emma & Nicholas' Mom
05/25/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I have to say as the mother of four children ranging in age from 3 to 18, and having had all of them in various daycare/preschool programs over the years. The Goddard school has proven to exceed all of our expectations in comparison to the other schools our children have attended over the years. We have two children that attend (one preschool, and one school age), and while at school, I know that they are being very well cared for. They receive a great education, lots of fun crafts and activities, and most importantly, they are truly loved by all of their teachers and staff. I know that at the Goddard school, my children are not just a number, they are cared for by the staff as I would care for them if I could be there during those hours. I can not say enough good things about this school!!*****Great Job Goddard Teachers and Staff!!!!!****
The Fields Family