We love Gale! Before my daughter started Kindergarten, I meticulously researched 15 schools (a bit excessive, maybe) and toured my top 5 schools. I picked Gale because of: the teachers, the active parental involvement, and the overall "feel" of the school. Gale is a very caring and nurturing community. Gale participates in the Ben's Bells Be Kind program, which teaches children many positive character-building traits. This program is wonderful. Overall, I am impressed by the high quality, holistic, well-rounded education my daughter has received at Gale.
All of the kindergarten teachers at Gale are amazing. My daughter and I LOVE her teacher, Mrs. Pessin. Mrs. Pessin is an absolute treasure. She is so patient, kind, and understanding. She truly cares about her students and she makes each child feel welcome and special. She is incredibly organized and her classroom management skills are ridiculously good. We couldn't be happier! My daughter wishes Mrs. Pessin could be her teacher forever! <3
I am impressed by everything the teachers do at Gale! Not only do they teach the curriculum (and do it very well!), but they're also good at developing character in children. They are very involved and participate in school fundraisers and activities.
My daughter is in kindergarten, so I can only speak for that grade. She receives a packet of around 4 pages to complete over the course of a week, plus a reading log (students are encouraged to read at least 10 minutes per day). This works out to 5-10 minutes of homework per day (plus reading), which I think is pretty developmentally appropriate. I was resistant to homework in Kindergarten, but my daughter actually loves doing activity pages, so I'm ok with it.
There are many opportunities for students to develop these characteristics. Teachers and staff encourage children to solve their own problems (when appropriate) and to keep working towards something (a project, goal, etc.) until it's completed. They offer support, but allow children to do things for themselves.
Yes, absolutely! There is a strong focus on the Ben's Bells Be Kind program, which teaches many positive character-building traits. Each week the entire school focuses on a specific "Tiger Trait" (including honesty, integrity, and fairness, among others). The school counselor visits the classrooms to teach a lesson and read a story about that week's trait. The teachers select a student from each class to receive the "Kindness Coin" that week. Every Friday they have a school-wide assembly in which that weeks' winners are recognized and are given a certificate (which states what the student did that embodies that weeks' Tiger Trait). Furthermore, every day on morning announcements they recognize someone from the school (a teacher, volunteer, support staff, etc) who demonstrated a Tiger Trait.