We have nothing but great things to say about MUSE school. Our child just enrolled this school year in the ECE program and over the past 5 months has grown tremendously Emotionally, Independently & Socially. This is our 1st school experience & for our child to want to come to school everyday and come home talking about his great adventures is fantastic. Not only do we feel safe, but the Staff & Administration make us feel at home. We always wanted our children to have a hands on experience & believe we have found that & much more at MUSE.
We could not be happier with our experience at MUSE. Our daughter is so excited to go to school everyday and can't wait to tell us what amazing things she has done. The learning at MUSE is definitely passion based with hands on learning. I think this helps the children retain what they have learned for a lifetime rather then just for an exam and then forget it. I see teachers and children of all grades saying hi, playing with and being friends with my daughter. She is loved and embraced by all and know one even notices her disability. She is passionate about the things she is learning. As soon as our son turned of age we got him signed up too! We would never go to another school. We interviewed at dozens of schools and MUSE was the right choice for us. We feel privileged to be apart of this amazing program and experience. Thank you MUSE for allowing us to be apart of your family as we feel like this is our extended family. As far as the changes in staff, we have not seen it adversely effect us. I trust in the school that they are making the right decisions for our children.
I was stunned to see the disparaging reviews from former MUSE parents. Our previous educational "journey" at both a private preparatory school and a top-tier public school ran the gamut of hastily prescribed special education labels, meager gifted and talented (GATE) programs and endless testing and meeting with school officials. No self awareness or self-efficacy training. When public schools criticize MUSE because a child is "behind" think of the criteria by which public schools compare children...ie, high stakes testing . The controversial "No Child Left Behind" policy has been clearly been shown to be a failure. With no emphasis on social-emotional development, self direction or ability to think independently or on problem solving skills, what would one expect? MUSE gets that part. The Process Communication Method (PCM) which is practiced and taught by MUSE teachers and staff is simply a means to that end. As a career scientist with a passion for life-long learning, I am delighted that my child has thrived at MUSE. Sure MUSE has had some growing pains. It is a small school with big dreams. The teachers at MUSE are excellent, and the directorship highly capable.
We have two children at Muse School. This school is a dream come true for our family. Our children are responding greatly to the curriculum and the ideal setting. Our children work on a higher level than their previously number 10 ranked school. We love that the school supports deeper study in their passions. Our kids are no longer bored at school. They enjoy sharing their projects and talking about what happens at school. We love that their teachers provide individual attention and use what they are passionate about to further their understanding. At Muse our children are given the opportunity to work at their own pace which is great for gifted and talented kids. They are not held back from advacing because they need to stay on par with their classmates. The kitchen is certified organic and the school menu is amazing! This place is like no other. Muse is non traditional school at its best.
Muse has been such a let down. Muse tells you what they think you want to hear(check out PCM) about how they are going to teach your child,then don't deliver. They hide behind the term of "self Efficacy" to blame the students for not learning anything. For a very expensive private school, they don't even give a low public school education. Our daughters and son will not be returning to MUSE and I would advise anyone touring the school to ask the important questions. Why is the head of school not an educator or someone with years of experience in education?Muse pushes a lot of PsychoTherapy because that is what the head of school is, an MSW. Who wants to pay to gamble with their child like that? At one point the school told us that our children would be exposed to technology everyday in the classroom and then later on when we asked where the technology was, we were told that they were a "Waldorf School", there is no technology. When we asked what happened to the passionate French teacher, they claimed that she retired. What teacher retires in the middle of the school year?They claimed to have a "GREEN STEAM" program, but that never materialized. MUSE is pricey homeschooling at best.
Muse has been a wonderful experience for our family. Our daughter is in the Early Education program and we are very impressed with her teachers. She is cared for and nurtured at Muse which was a top priority for me. The staff is warm and engaging, the campus idealic and the progress of creating an environmentally sustainable school while giving back to the local community is inspiring. The issues arising from staff leaving mid year is alarming and we hope that whatever the administration is doing is for the good of our school community . I think the parents need more reassurance of stability. Despite the Issues we love the school and hope to be there for years to come.
MUSE has been a dream come true for us. We love the campus, the curriculum, the staff, the students, the field trips and the after school classes. My daughter had the flu this week and was choked up Tuesday morning when I told her that she had to wait one more day before she went back. She has not had a single unhappy school day at MUSE since she started in September. She has grown tremendously in all areas including academics. She believes in her passions and her ability to make her dreams come true. I'm deeply grateful to MUSE and the MUSE Community.
MUSE School is a fabulous school all around. When we were searching for a school for our first born who is now 5 years old; Me and my wife dedicate our lives towards finding the best education that also had passion based learning and a focus on on the child emotional stability. We wanted a place where we felt comfortable knowing our child was getting the proper attention. We looked at about 25 schools and narrowed it down to the 5 top schools in Los Angeles in which we ended up picking MUSE for many of reasons. The first walk through was excellent. The New Family Camp Out at MUSE was ground breaking in which we were hosted by the teachers and faculty in a over night camping event with our child amongst other parents and their children which gave us parent a bond that we would never forget. Once school started; Our child was excited to go so and is still excited to go everyday. The passion based learning along with the self efficacy is also implemented which is awesome for our child. Our child feels like and does achieve in every aspect that MUSE learning programs offer. Their approach to nutrition and health is the best. The campus is beautiful and peaceful. Get MUSED!
MUSE School is Perfect for my son. He is learning so much through his passions. We, His parents and family are so happy to see his actions and expressions about his school. He speaks highly of his teachers, faculty members, and his peers (Students). For us; We have great relationships with other parents and the MUSE community is ever so close to each other. Everyone is REALLY dedicated towards assisting our son in the life lessons he will use to champion himself amongst the society we live in and around. The after school programs are fabulous. The faculty REALLY cares about the students and families. The head of school is a breath of fresh air in terms of keeping the school community perfect compliance wise and well informed. The security, mentors, falconer, and administration are true ambassadors to the school. Plus the school Chef; Wow, great job with the wonderful healthy menus. The school is very proud on picking the best teachers and in a imperfect world; they know how to deal with the ongoing changes to make a well defined represented school body. MUSE School in summary is the best choice we as parents made for our son. Signed, Content Kindergarten Parent.
Love Muse! Our child is getting a wonderful education! We couldn't be happier! I would encourage parents to take a tour and see for yourself. I would recommend Muse to anyone.
Muse is truly an amazing school! We have been a parents at Muse for four years and I have had the privilege of seeing the changes the previous person discussed. What we love about Muse is that they are committed to their mission and philosophy. My family has experienced all the changes in staff etc...... And we have no concerns at all. In fact it keeps getting better! I appreciate PCM and Self -Efficacy being implemented into the curriculum. I would encourage any prospective parents to first Tour Muse, and take the workshops so you can see for yourself that Muse is cutting edge! Kids are learning more than academics....they are learning how to take their academic learning into real world with real human beings in order to be self sufficient individuals and make a difference in our world. We are so excited that our children at Muse can discover their passions and grow up to be what they decide to be. We are looking forward to many more years at Muse!!
We too came into this school with high hopes for our daughter. The tour paints a beautiful picture of what a MUSE education could be like but sadly it has not been a positive experience for our family. I am sure some children do well here as some of the reviews below state and they do really teach environmental sustainability quite well ... however when the exact words of my daughter were "Mom, it feels like they care about the way we treat the earth but not each other." ... I began to worry. For our family sustainability includes sustaining a community, not just our planet, and that is one of the places where MUSE School falls short. My daughter entered MUSE reading and doing math at grade level and now we find that she is a year behind. We will have to tutor her in order for her to be caught up by next year. We had an amazing experience last year with the science teacher but sadly that teacher did not return and they chose not to replace her. I wish we parents knew why they have made and continue to make so many teacher/staff changes at MUSE (we are not told) but in this parents opinion they have negatively impacted both the learning environment and the school community.
Wow! After reading the most recent review I almost thought that I had written it! We were so excited about our children attending this amazing new school, but we too have found it to be HUGE disappointment. We were Open to giving our children the opportunity to learn in an unconventional way. We were (or so we thought) Resourceful to inquire about how our child's curriculum could be individually planned for his special needs. We were Persistent in meeting with the powers that be when we were finding that his needs were not being met and asking that changes be made to help him. None of that happened. Instead we have found that they are unwilling to serve the child's needs if it does not fit into the school's needs to recruit new potential families... It was such an exciting idea and had such great potential but it is just "circling the drain" as they say... They have a horrid retention which says a great deal and have had a ridiculous amount of staff departure that just confirms that there are problems in School Leadership. When touring the local public schools in the area we have been told that MUSE kids are usually at least one year behind. Needless to say, we are NOT "A-MUSE-D."
MUSE sets the sustainability bar high with its earth friendly, yet atheistically pleasing campus. School administrators deftly describe the promise of a whole-child and progressive educational atmosphere, complete with professional chef, resident falconer, and high tech security. The shtick has been polished, and the tour comes off like a well rehearsed scene. This best foot forward approach is nothing unusual - what organization doesn't gussy up for potential new clients? The dysfunctional reality takes more time than a tour to notice, but once spotted it's tough to ignore. Change that accompanies frequent staff turnover is the only constant at MUSE, creating a general sense of unease. Evidence of unsupported & frustrated teachers, inexperienced & unfocused leadership, and insufficient core curriculum tend to compound the sense of disarray that looms over the school. Maybe the most recent staff overhaul will be enough to turn things around before it's too late. Our family, however, does not plan to wait and find out.
MUSE gets high marks for its beautiful eco-friendly campus, seed-to-table program and other great programs like music, naturalist hikes, foreign languages, etc. Unfortunately, it ends there. Even in its 7th year they are still struggling to create a cohesive curriculum that educates children in reading, writing and math. This is a large reason why more than 30 of the roughly 90 children enrolled for the 2012-2013 school year are not returning for 2013-2014. Not surprisingly, when some of these children applied to other schools they were found to be 1-2 grades behind where they should be. If you are considering this school, you would do well to ask hard questions on your tour. Interview prospective classroom teachers. Ask parents what they like or don't like. Rumors abound of chaotic staff meetings, teachers not being supported in their efforts to teach, and inexperienced leadership. No school community is without gossip, so while you can take some of it with a grain of salt, beware letting anyone gloss over everything. There are real problems to be solved here before this school can get 5 stars.
MUSE School offers a lovely, sustainable and organic environment for the children. This along with the project based learning and individual learning plans where exciting for our family. Unfortunately, when it comes to leadership and academics it falls short. There have been 3 heads of school in 3 years and with that 3 new communities. It has been a struggle and is hard to trust the future with constantly rebuilding. The teachers work really hard with what little training and support they receive. Our teacher this year seemed frustrated and defeated. The leadership keeps changing and bringing too many ideas, changes and overall moving away from the original vision. I hope things improve for the children and families.
Muse School offers our daughter a learning environment that challenges her to think critically and problem solve. She previously attended a school with very high API scores and received A's and B's. Unfortunately, she hated going to school and could only parrot what she had to know on tests. In Muse's middle school, she receives instruction which is a blending of specific skills, content knowledge, expertise and literacies with innovative support systems to help her master demanding abilities required of people in the 21st century. We loves learning now.
MUSE School IS all it's cracked up to be. Incredible location, committed and dedicated staff, great community. My family is very happy to be part of this school. Expectations exceeded every day.
I literally cannot think of a single criticism of Muse, and we have been highly selective as parents in educating our six-year-old son. He had attended mostly Waldorf schools before Muse, but the child-led, environmentally aware, Reggio-inspired approach of Muse has been a perfect transition. There is too much to say in one review but one of the most astonishing aspects of Muse (sad that it is so rare) is how involved the children - not just the parents - are in defining the direction and rules of the school. There are frequent "Global Councils," which the whole school attends, where children from pre-K up talk about their intentions, their goals and their wishes, both short-term and long-term. The result is that the children feel self-motivated and also very strongly a part of a community, in which they learn respect for themselves, each other and the environment - and especially of "the commons," that which belongs to everybody and is to be shared. Muse is also extremely generous with financial aid, insuring a broad mix of students from every background.
MUSE is a little school with a big heart! Pre-K through 5th and we're just under 50 children. MUSE facilitates a learning environment that is collaborative, respectful, and most importantly FUN!
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