The Beginning School could be a great school but sadly it is lacking in leadership. The facilty is charming but rundown. The classrooms are dated and dirty. The teachers are fine but lack any curriculum or guidelines.
For many years, this school has been run by a very poor/nonavailable/noninvolved owner/administrator. But the teachers were so absolutely fantastic, across the board, that parents have happily put up with the "director" for the best Preschool and Kinder classroom experiences in the city. But the last few years the issues due to poor management have gotten notably worse (ratio of staff to kids before and after school, availability of supplies, safety issues with access to the school, and complete lack of response to parents, who have to write LETTERS and send them to the director via an unempowered office staff) that the very best teachers are leaving. It's a travesty, as our experience, due to teachers, was magical. Ask who is in charge. If it's Betsy, find another school.
My child attends this school and loves it. It is a great learning environment with good staff. I highly recommend Mrs. Mercedes as a teacher!
The playground should be larger and have more shade. I liked the cribs and highchairs in the 1-year-old room. I didn't receive much information about the facility on my tour.
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