The teachers get 5 stars for sure...the communication from them has been great for the past 2 years we've been at DA. Our child has loved each teacher and the class sizes are small, which is one of the reasons we chose this school.
My biggest complaint is the amount of fundraising requests that are sent home. I don't mind the book sales, but the dining out, fun run, Jumpstreet night, dollar dress day, etc. It feels like there is a new one every week. It's excessive and annoying, especially since we also participate in giving the $400 tax credit every year. I don't recall it being this bad last year.
The staff changes are also a concern. Not so much on the teacher side of things, but the administration. A new principal again after 3 years, new volunteer coordinator, PT librarian, new nutritionist, etc. Seems like a high turnover rate which is unfortunate.
Don't get me started on the car line either. I realize the school is landlocked and there is no other alternative at this point, but it's ridiculous the way these parents drive! If there were some school officials more visible (besides the ones making the line run smoothly by calling student names) in directing traffic, enforcing lanes/restrictions, it could be much safer and smoother at pick up.
We love the before and after care program. Miss Lindsay is amazing and our child has really enjoyed attending during the summer months and has made many new friends through here.
We are currently investigating public schools within our district for the upcoming 2016 school year, as we're still uncertain whether we'll continue on with DA or not.
I can't say enough about the teachers. They are so wonderful and engaging in the students. Because the school size is smaller the teachers are able to know their students by their name and the students are not just a number. As a parent this is a wonderful feeling.
Children need structure and they need to have parents involved in their school work. Bringing home homework allows us as parents to be involved and have a Better understanding of what they are doing in the classroom.
I love that DA has set standards and expectations of their students. This includes having a zero no bulling policy. When children can trust that what they say or do will not have negative repercussions they are more likely to show compassion and empathy towards other individuals.
The school lives by 3 B's. Be safe, Be respectful & Be responsible. These are things that as parents we want to teach our children and having the support of an institution places great emphasis on how important these things are.
Both my children have been attending DA since kindergarten and have the best support system. The teachers are so wonderful and engaged in the students. They come home from school having learned things that excite them.