My learners are in the Lower Village, and we have been at the school since its second year. Their facilitators have been excellent every year, and the model ensures facilitators can be collaborative and creative. The administration is hardworking, organized and committed to excellence from themselves, facilitators and learners. My learners have friends who are creative, engaged kids with interests beyond the usual -- a reflection of the diverse and creative parent community. There's a theme here... If traditional school is not for you or your family, look into Nea.
We have two children that go to Nea, both very different learners, and are happy on both fronts. Our older child uses special education services and we couldn't be happier with the willingness of the school to accommodate her. When going through the IEP process, we were warned by parents in other school to be ready to fight tooth and nail for services from the school. We had the complete opposite experience. The special education department worked with her classroom teachers and everyone is willing to accommodate her in any way possible. Alternatively, our youngest has an easier time with learning and is very self-motivated. The students are given opportunities to think about and improve upon projects, sometimes revising a project several times to see how they can make it even better. Both our children enjoy school and love their teachers.
My two children have been going to Nea since it began, and I'm delighted with how responsive they are to my children's very different learning styles and needs. Having two children with diagnosed learning differences (ADHD, ADD, sequential processing), and how inclusive, flexible and creative the teaching and paraprofessional staff are with them is amazing. I love that my intelligent, playful, artistic, and imaginative children's abilities are not only recognized, but welcomed and encouraged. My son loves his robotics class, and didn't want to miss school just so he wouldn't miss that class. My daughter adores writing, now, she didn't before, she hated it, and the forward thinking facilitators have taken what used to be a closed spigot, and changed it to a deluge, to the point that she has created her own blog! The school encourages the learners to be forward thinking, democratic, care for the planet, and technologically savvy. I know my children will be able to speak up for themselves in a thoughtful and collaborative way. I believe they will be intelligent, thoughtful, compassionate and contributing global citizens who strive to always learn more. What more could I ask? Not much!
This is my daughter's second year at Nea and she is thriving! After attending two different Alameda schools we found that while the schools were good, they weren't challenging or engaging her in the way we had hoped. We toured Nea and were so excited to have found this innovative, exciting option. Nea has not disappointed! The teachers are exceptional and the curriculum is outstanding.
Our child has been at Nea for the last three years, since kindergarten. She loves going to school every day, and has had fantastic teachers three years in a row. The project-based work the kids do is so cool- really interesting stuff going on in all the elementary school grades. Our daughter loves the mixed-age electives that all the teachers offer. Over the past few years she has taken dance, theater, knitting, card games and more. Really impressed with all the teachers, and how engaged the kids are, as well as the diverse and creative parent community.
Nea's been doing great by our 3rd grader. Her abilities in math and english are amazing. I believe a majority of the 'sour grapes' reviews are from families who just didn't fit back then. When common core testing starts getting traction Nea is going to start pulling away from the pack. All this being said there's no substitute for parent involvement and great teachers - our children has had both at Nea
First off, a lot of the positive reviews are clustered on the same day, leading me to believe that someone's faking them up. This school was an absolute disaster for my daughter. She always got great grades and was very popular with other kids at her previous school. At NEA, her grades dropped, she began to hate school, and she had no friends. We homeschooled her over the summer and we were shocked at what she hadn't been learning. She was WAY behind in math. She's a well-liked honor student at her new public school. She once again loves school. I'm just so sorry that we inflicted 2 awful years of NEA on her. The school leadership is a disorganized, arrogant disgrace.
My school is good but my math techer doest teach well at all.And yes I do go to upper villige.
this school is very unorganized if your child is more social this isnt the school for them. Every year almost the whole staff is replaced with new and clueless teachers. The principle hardly even knows whats going on. The only reason the test scores are higher is because the 6th grade-12 grade consist of about 250 students. This school doesnt even have text books for students to overview for extra help or notes. they give you so much time to slake off. The teachers are clueless and dont know how to teach every year for the past two years a teacher has been fired in the middle of the year.
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.
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