The school we switched to has a far more solid academic program than The Academy, particularly in Science, Math, and English. Our friends switched to another school, also with higher academic standards. A third family did say that the academics were "easier" at the school they switched to, - but the package of programs at the new school was much more interesting. The Academy likes to point to past successes - it used to be a good school - but it has lost most of its good teachers in the past three years or so, and hired mediocre ones. There are many other problems with this school - none of which mattered to us in the end, as the teachers and the academic focus that had originally attracted us to the school simply weren't there anymore, so we left, along with many other families. Just ask how many kids who're in upper school now have been at TA more than one year: almost none!
I was surprised to read in one of the comments that The Academy is "a place of bullying" and "mediocre academics". If anything, academic rigor is what this school is about. We have friends who left the academy and went to other private schools and all agree that the academy was academically more rigorous. When Academy students leave the school, they usually get accepted into any other private school of their choice. And when they go to public schools, they often get bumped a grade. You only have to look at where they place their graduates to see that the academics cannot be mediocre. As for bullying, I don't know where that came from. We've had our children in the academy for 6 years now and have never heard of a single bullying incident. The class sizes are too small to allow for bullying and it is in no way tolerated by the school. While no school is perfect, one should be fair in posting comments so as not to mislead others.
The Academy is the best kept secret among private schools in the East Bay. Both our children are thriving there. Several attributes distinguish it from other private schools: 1. high academic standards: the teachers are outstanding and the curriculum challenges the kids; one only need to look at the high-school placement of the Academy children to see that this school is doing something right! 2. true diversity, in all aspects: many students have parents who were born outside the US, which enriches the experiences of all children; there is also a remarkable ethnic and socioeconomic diversity for a private school. Unlike most other private schools, the families at the Academy are a true reflection of Berkeley's diverse society. 3. small size: this creates a caring community, and allows the teachers to give students a lot of attention in class. Both our children are thriving there, both academically and socially. If you are looking for a private school that will push your children to excel academically, receive a great education and have friends from all over the world, the Academy is the place.
Both of our children have thrived in this supportive, academic environment. The teachers are excellent and the student body is diverse.
An amazing school with a curriculum to match. Socially, this school is perfect for any child. There is a complete absence of any sort of bullying or misconduct. My child was able to quickly make great friends that are in turn a positive influence on him, which was not the case at the other private schools he previously attended. Academically, The Academy is above and beyond. This is truly a school I expect to produce some of the great minds of our time. Not only are the academics rigorous, but a true sense of the importance of hard work is instilled in each child. As per the staff; the teachers are incredibly responsive to your needs. They are always willing to set up a private meeting to discuss any aspect of your childs education. The administration works very hard to improve the school more and more each year. I am always pleasantly surprised to see some sort of new addition when I return each year after summer. All in all, this school is a true gem in the sea of mediocre schools out there. Thank you The Academy!
The Academy was not a good school for my daughter. She suffer a lot there and I found the teachers are not helpful at all. They preacher kid but not in a helpful way. It was a bad bad choice.
The education is superb! The curriculum is challenging and really pushes my son to learn. I am happy that so many people of different backgrounds attend the school. The parent involvement is wonderful and it is very inclusive. I feel like it is one big family. I recommend this school to everyone.
The Academy has been a great fit for our 2 kids (in K & 4th). The academics are exceptional and the lower school places strong emphasis on obtaining a strong foundation to build upon. The teachers are committed and the diversity, especially for a small school, is wonderful. We initially chose the school for its excellent academics but have stayed for many reasons. The teachers seem happy to be part of the community. The small atmosphere creates a family type of respect for one another. Bullying of any sort is not tolerated. That said, I would advise parents considering The Academy to carefully assess their child. The academics are strong and expectations are high. If you have a child that can't sit still or really hates homework, you may want to shop around for a better fit. That said, I give The Academy a big thumbs up.
Our daughter is in 1st grade, and we all are loving it. The school provides an inclusive, positive environment which fosters respect, curiosity, and interest. High academics then then just naturally happen. We actually were attracted to the school for non-academic social aspects, but are getting a strong preparation for anything that follows second to none as well. Principal and teachers are excellent and they all work on having a great relationships with children and their families. Excellent extracurricular activities for such a small school. We wish there were more schools like this..
The Academy is an amazing school! My daughter attended Kindergarten there and we could not have been happier. She was challenged academically in a nurturing environment. We have since left the area and have not found a school that parallels The Academy. We will not soon forget this special place!
This school is a gem. Its small size makes it a home-away-from-home. The Academy does't seek diversity, it just IS. The traditional academics are top-notch. The kids are well prepared for the best academic high schools.
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