Circle of Friends, in my opinion, is the best preschool in Sarasota. The facility is expertly run by a caring owning and director who truly put children and their families first. The family-centered approach is evident the moment you walk through the doors and validated by the many accreditation and certifications they maintain year after year. Additionally, the teachers are absolutely wonderful and very knowledgeable within their respective fields. As a father of two small children who attended/attend this fine facility, I can say with confidence that they experienced top notch pre-elementary education and are very much positioned to excel. Thank you Circle of Friends for shaping our youth in the most caring, compassionate and professional way.
This is a well kept secret that you should take advantage of.My son first attended COF when he was only 2 1/2 years old. He ended up attending full time for 3 years until he finished VPK. I found all the teachers to be exceptionally qualified and caring, and would have no fears to ever leave my child in the care of anyone of them. My son was very well prepared for kindergarten. In kindergarten it was clear that he (as well as most of his classmates that attended COF) seemed “ahead of the curve “in all areas of academics and social skills. The owners, Jeffrey and Claudia Drimmer are conscientious and run a very professional, very clean, very loving pre-school. I highly recommend COF to all parents that want the best for their children.
My daughter first attended COF when she was only 2 years old. She ended up attending full time through VPK. I found every single teacher to be exceptionally qualified and would have no fears to ever leave my child in the care of anyone of them. My daughter was very well prepared for kindergarten. In kindergarten it was clear that she (as well as most of her classmates that attended COF) seemed “ahead of the curve “in all areas of academics and social skills. The owners are conscientious and run a very professional, very clean, very loving pre-school. I highly recommend COF. I have even sent my daughter back during summer for the programs that they offer in K-2nd grade Art and summer camps. She loves COF!
This is absolutely the best, and one of the most accredited preschools in Sarasota. It is a remarkable place of learning and development. The school offers an advanced curriculum to ensure all of the children are successful. It is truly a place that prepares students for schooling at the next level. Our three-year-old daughter attends daily during the week - it is remarkable how much she learns every day. She was younger than most of the children when she started at the school. The director and teachers made the extra effort to ensure she received the very best attention and was afforded the opportunity to learn just like all the others. We are expecting a baby boy soon and will be enrolling him with Circle of Friends as soon as possible. Again, I highly recommend this preschool to anyone living in the Sarasota area - and thank you to all the staff for your dedication to the educational success of our children.
I have had two children attend this school and have never had anything but glowing experiences. They provide a structured environment that is so loving and nurturing that my kids beg me to stay all day every day. My youngest is graduating this year and I am sad he will be leaving but so thrilled we found this school. Both my kids have been encouraged to learn far beyond the standards. Any new concept for which they have been ready they embark on with the full support of their teachers. The kids in both of their graduating classes have been at the top of their classes in Kindergarten and are more than ready socially and educationally for school. The teachers are over qualified and adore their students. All of my oldest son's teachers have kept track of his progress in school to this day and love on him when they see him as if he were still in their class. At COF the activities are out of the box and artistic but grounded solidly in standards. It is a perfect mix of student led and teacher led activities and they encourage different students with different gifts to shine throughout the year. The director is firm, which is initially tough for some new parents particularly parents who hover, but all her goals align with what is best for the students. Her European background gives her a no-nonsense approach but I quickly saw through her tough outer skin to the immense heart for children she has on the inside. She truly prepares both parents and students for a realistic environment in elementary school. I recommend this school to any parent looking for this kind of healthy and honest environment.
this school is by far the worst setup I have ever seen.... no precautions towards safety have even been thought of... My kid got bit 4 times and had one or two bruises every week... we finally gave up after numerous times of mentioning to the headmistress that this is abnormal... do yourself a favor... stay away from this school... there are tons of other institutes that both give better education and safer environments... I never write any reviews about anything... but they have by far crossed the border line.... also... in one of the parent teacher meetups one of the teachers made a sexual joke in front of everybody... why? I have no clue... awkward and very unprofessional...
Circle of Friends is the best Preschool in Sarasota. The director is devoted to all the children and parents. The staff is well educated and experienced. My children love going to this school everyday, where they have so much to do. The school has large shaded playground areas for the different age groups. I truly recommend this private school, a well kept secret, to anyone that is looking for quality care and learning for their children.