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Private schools 'cure' Common Core

Brighton, N.Y. -- The Common Core curriculum has become so controversial, some local schools have begun promoting the fact they dont teach it.

Allendale Columbia School in Pittsford has used billboards and its website to tout itself as the cure for Common Core.

Right around the corner in Brighton, the Harley School is also free from the dictated curriculum and testing so many parents and educators have complained about.

My husband and I really wanted education where the teacher could be who they are in the classroom and really teach to their enthusiasm and strengths, said Jennifer Edwards, a Harley School parent.

Many non-public schools in the area still do teach Common Core, including Diocese of Rochester Catholic schools.

Some families looking to avoid Common Core have encountered a financial burden, however. Harley and Allendale Columbia tuition ranges from $12,000 to $23,000 per year, though both schools offer aid for families in need.

School administrators have answered many questions about Common Core in recent months.

I certainly had a lot of conversations with new families this year that certainly mentioned the Common Core as something of concern, said Ivone Foisy, Harleys director of admissions.

Were aware of the Common Core, said Terry Smith, head of the Lower School at Harley. Were aware of the New York state standards. It informs a lot of what we do, but we dont allow it to dictate the schedule of how kids learn.

 
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