Beware! Behind the facade of beauty and truth lies the true feelings of the administration. I have found that they don't think about the child, just about protecting themselves and their name. They draw you in with their orientation speech but put all their energy into fundraising. I was promised that the curriculum would not change with the 'program of the day', for now that's Common Core, but alas, every year one more subject becomes CC aligned and Core Knowledge is fading fast into their artwork lined halls. A lot of pretense and stuffiness with no fun for the kids.
We are Sooooo happy we made the decision to come to Great Hearts! The curriculum is amazing. My child used to attend a district public school. I thought they did a good job. That was until my child starting having amazing conversations with me about topics that I learned in college!
You can say negative things about cake and ice cream if you like but so far this school has been amazing it is everything that I had hoped it would be.
My child is learning so much more than ever before and I have been very impressed with the integrity of the program. My child is learning more every day. The culture here is respect and integrity.
I told my child to study quietly while others recited a poems in order to be prepared for her recitation. My child told me that would be disrespectful to the speaker. That is absolutely correct of course, I was a bit caught off guard with my own remarks and I had to apologize for my un-thoughtfulness.
The culture here is amazing. I have read so many reviews of the Great Heart schools. It is so hard to make the decision. We agonized about pulling our child from the previous school.
Every day my husband and I joke about how much better this curriculum and school is. I don't think its overrated, I think the school has a low profile, I often wonder why they don't let everyone know how much better they are. We can see this was the best choice we have made in years!!!
There is a disconnect between truth, beauty, and goodness and the management of the school. While classes have a main teacher and an aide, in my experience, the aide's English writing ability was shockingly poor. Although when the school opened, math was broken up into 3 levels of ability, now it's just one.
It is a great school, a Great principal makes everything wonderful, the quality of the teacher A+ They're always finding what is best for kids and school always looking for the future of the generation
It is very shocking trying to apply to this school and they tell you quickly you are not accepted. They have a long waiting list and never call anyone to give you options. I really wanted this school for my children, but too bad not enough space.
I can't say enough about this school. Amazing teachers, a well-rounded, gifted education for ALL students (History, Math, Science, Writing, Reading, Social Studies, etc.), P.E., Spanish Immersion, Studio Art, and Music every other day, advancement in math according to the child's INDIVIDUAL abilities and not constricted to their particular grade level, exposure and open discussion of classical literature not taught in many schools today, lots of extra-curricular activities, and a culture of respect and friendship fostered throughout the school by faculty and students. There are also both a head teacher and assistant teacher in EVERY class so that every child gets the individualized attention they need. Teachers are trained to facilitate lots of classroom discussion within all subjects, so that they are learning not just from the teacher, but also from each other. Students are very used to being able to speak comfortably in front of their classmates knowing they will be respected, regardless if their answer happens to be correct or not. There is quite a bit of homework, which I believe could stand be lightened up, but other than that Archway has been an amazing fit for my daughter!