I'm a 7th grader at Nea, and this is my fourth year here. Something I really like about this school is the facilitators (teachers) are always willing to help you with anything. They have office hours after school, and are friendly and easy to talk to. My Algebra facilitator is really good at explaining things. There are tons of electives to choose from. My favorite is Band. There are afterschool clubs: my favorite is track. You can't say this for a lot of Middle Schools, but I really LIKE going to school each day!
This school is awesome, I'm a learner in my 5th year now, I love this school because it really gets us on our feet about our homework, what else I like about this school is that the staff will help you until you are up to date with everything .
I am a parent at Nea CLC. My children have been attending Nea for the five years it has been open and we are very happy. The teachers are extremely dedicated, hardworking and positive. We also love the creative environment Nea offers our kids. The projects they create and participate in are a great way for them to learn and use their strengths. Both of my kids appreciate the voice that they have at Nea. There is a strong sense of learner involvement in leadership and a feeling of community in both the upper village (6-12 grades) and the lower village (k-5 grades). For our family, Nea is the perfect fit!
This is my third year teaching at Nea CLC. I am a 14 year veteran teacher and I can easily say that I have never worked with a more dedicated, creative and positive group of educators. The staff at Nea is willing to try new approaches to education and is constantly working to differentiate their teaching to meet the needs of our diverse community of learners. Our staff really feels like a team. We work together to help each other, pulling from each others' strengths and resources to make our whole team of facilitators more effective and successful. Our learners seem genuinely happy at school. They seem to feel cared for and appreciated. The learners also love the access to technology that our school provides, with laptop carts and iPads for them to use. As a facilitator, I appreciate the freedom that I have to create curriculum that is authentic and relevant for the standards I am teaching. I love creating projects that encourage creativity, critical thinking, and teamwork while giving our learners opportunities to practice their basic skills.
This is my third year teaching at Nea and I love it! I have been challenged to think harder about my students and the curriculum. The school emphasizes creating exciting and innovative ways to facilitate learners to wonder and ask questions about what they are learning. This happens because facilitators write their own dynamic curriculum maps to meet the Common Core Standards. The structure of the project based learning model challenges children to plan, execute, and complete their learning in a hands on and exciting way. In addition, Nea is a special place where learners are known by all facilitators because it a true community.
Our daughter is in 7th grade and has been at Nea since 5th grade. Her facilitators have been wonderful across the board. They are creative, energetic, committed, and inspiring. She's moved ahead a grade level in math, and her English scores have moved and stayed into Advanced from Proficient (in 4th grade). She really enjoys the project-based focus in her seminars, the choice of electives like Yoga and Fashion and Design, and the fact that she can get much of her homework done at school during her Tree time. The community has been great - she has good friends, and the learners really support each other well.
My son began Nea in January during his 1st grade school year, he is now in 3rd grade. When I picked him up after his first day of school I asked him how it was and he said, "I love it! Everyone there is nice, nice like the kids at my preschool!" He had a very hard first half of 1st grade and moving him to Nea was the best decision I could have made for his education and self-esteem. My son began love learning again and is currently proficient in ELA and advanced in Math. I cannot say enough about the rotation of the 3rd-5th grade. Here the learners (students) rotate with their class between three different facilitators (teachers). They have one facilitator for Math, one for English and Social Studies, and one for Science. This model allows for our children to be taught by experts in each subject area and by a facilitator who understands what they will need as they enter the next grade level. Also, the rotation prepares learners for middle school when they will have 6 or 7 different classes. I cannot say enough good things about Nea and hope that my youngest are accepted when they are ready for Kindergarten.
I have 2 learners attending Nea for over 4 years now. They love to go to school and learn so much more than your average public school can ever offer. They have many interesting opportunities for additional learning, be it college or AP classes or green team, programming and many more. The principal is very dedicated and passionate and willing to go the extra mile to make sure every child's needs are met. She holds weekly meetings with interested parents to inform,reach out and discuss school issues. Take a tour and be prepared to see polite, well manered and happy children, that feel empowered and well prepared for the future.
We've been here 4 years. Differentiated learning in a small, close knit community. Math placement testing so no more bored kid stuck in an easy math class. Online AP courses, available even to middle schoolers. Variety of electives. Afterschool clubs my middle schooler attends: chess, minecraft, track, and programming. My kid loves this school. Took him to Rosicrucian Museum this summer, and he talked on and on and on about Ancient Egypt. Stuff I never knew! He learned so much from the amazing 6th grade Humanities teacher.
I started in 2nd grade. Now I'm in 4th. The teachers are "teachertastic." That means they are fantastic. My math teacher works with me individually for days and days when I am stuck on something. And there aren't enough nice words to describe Ms. Michelle, my language arts teacher. She really inspires me and her level of humerism is over 1000%. My science teacher does soooooo many hands on activities and also has a good level of humerism. They all explain things really well.And repeat things as many times as we need them to. The music teacher does so many great activities with instruments. The principal is overwhelmingly nice. The kids are just so great that everybody gets to have a huge amount of friends. Nea rocks! Come join us!!
This school is not as good than other schools out there. My daughter refused to stay at this school because of many different reasons. The project-based learning doesn't work out very well with my daughter so we decided not to let her go again another year. The principle is very harsh to the learners and I don't find that acceptable. I'm sorry but this school isn't right for our daughter but it's different for everyone.
Still recovering from our disastrous experience three years ago. My daughter learned "nothing", At a time when adolescents are to develop research/study skills, she was bullied in the "Tree" instead, and the Facilitators did nothing, except grade papers (they were supposed to monitor the "independent" learning). We've moved on, but the impact of her negative experience shows up from time-to-time. I am seeing traces of it now in her sophomore year, and that's why I am writing this.She went to Nea at a critical period in her life, and I failed her by sending her to this school. Sending my daughter to Nea CLC was the worst decision that I have made as a parent.
Completely disorganized. The irony - students are expected to take responsibility for their own learning and have everything in order. Teachers do not accurately maintain grade books or websites, nor do they post assignments, which makes it nearly impossible for parents to follow along and help students. Parents (and students) do not find out about grades until it is too late to change. Administration is helpful when have time, but throws up hands and says has no power over grades / teachers when busy. In the end, grades do not reflect what a student has learned, only whether or not the child has reproduced the teachers' notebooks. (FYI, my child has received good grades at Nea, so this is not coming from a parent angry over GPA). Nea has promise. They need to get their acts together BEFORE the start of the school year. Teachers, books, internet, schedules, online grade books - None of this was in order at the start of the year and still is not weeks later. It is a recurring problem. The teacher turnover is crazy high, and again, this year the middle and high school are starting with new staff. So far, we are NOT impressed with the new crew.
This is the start of my son's second year at Nea. Last year wasnt the best year but ee decided to give it another chance because the office has made a lot of changes.And he loves his teachers and friends. The crazy policies the school makes change all the time and we still get a different answer from different people but its early in the year. I don't agree that a blacktop with nothing else is a chance for kids to play pretend. It makes them bored.. I understand the model but I don't see a lot of difference between the teaching here and other schools except for no homework. It still seems like the people who run the school are scrambling to fix things as they come up and they should have answers to that stuff by now. I don't see where Nea is teaching the kids in any way that is different from other schools except for no homework until 5th grade. Because of our experiences here from the beginning last year up to what we see now, and no big changes, I have to give this school a low rating. Hopefully my view of it will change by the end of this year. There's not so much fighting at recess and lunch this year, last year was really bad.
We love this school! The work is dynamic, not the boring busy work you get at regular schools. The attention is individualized. We even have our own devoted art teacher, and are expanding with more and more music programs. My child could read and write in K and continues to soar! She also already plays the violin and the ukelele and all from taking advantage of after school programs at this school.
My lower village kid is excited to go to school every day. The teachers always answer questions and concerns. The aftercare is inexpensive and staffed by creative and caring people who do paper art projects and prepare healthy snacks for the kids. There are really cool elective classes, taught by the teachers, and the kids get to know lots of teachers this way. The project based model is intriguing for the kids. They go to the playground several times a week, but even just playing outside without a play structure gives the kids a chance to make believe. Over recess, I've heard them come up with elaborate stories where they each act out a role. It's a creative environment, and attracts and keeps independent, imaginative children.
I have two children at Nea. Our neighborhood elementary school would be excellent, but we wanted something a little different for our child...who is also a little different! The differentiated learning ensures that our learner is not just doing the same old, same old worksheet. Nea teaches using projects. There have been opportunities at each grade for my learner to do different (harder) work, to do additional projects outside of school hours and present, etc. I know parents who pay for private school who don't have this level of individualized learning. Our learners are both free to do their own reading, pursue their own building projects, etc. in the evenings because homework as it is known at other schools is not part of the Nea model until 5th grade. Reading logs, yes. Worksheet-based homework for kindergarteners? No.
My daughter has been here for two years, and has just entered second grade. I couldn't be happier with the parent community, the enrichment classes, and the quality of teaching. My daughter's math and reading/writing lessons have consistently been more advanced than any of her friends going to other Alameda schools, and she doesn't even have homework. If she isn't at one of the awesome enrichment or just in the fantastic aftercare program, she's out playing with her friends. Of course, we go over her classwork, rehearse for plays and study for spelling tests too but there's more joy and less drudgery. Nea inspires and empowers its students through student-centered, project-based learning, and it attracts a community of independent thinkers. I am so glad we're a part of it.
It's our daughter's second year at Nea (1st grade). We chose the school because of its approach to teaching, its mission and its proximity to our house. I've gotten to know the faculty and parent community pretty well this past year. I am a PTSA member, served on committees, attended events and made baked goods for fundraisers...and yes! I am a working parent. Our daughter is very creative and yet needs structure, we've been thrilled with Nea. Her reading and literacy have blossomed. Her math which has been more of a challenge (read: she gets bored) has excelled. This next year will be telling of course, but the teachers are so real, honest and very experienced. She has learned a lot about problem-solving in groups and together with her friends. Little kids are always going to test each other and act out; Nea really empowers kids at a young age to teach one another respect and to take responsibility for your actions. And the older kids mentor the younger ones...I just really appreciate how kids learn to love and yet to be accountable at the same time. I highly recommend this school to parents who are looking for a project-based, close community to grow with.
I love how Nea teaches teamwork, compassion, personal accountability, and social responsibility from the time the children enter kindergarten. And, they do it in such a way that the kids are excited to go to school every day. They are helping form the next generation of active and responsible citizens, and they do so in a very positive manner.
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