I have been a parent of Muse for 3 years and I am very content with the school. I can understand some reviews and concerns from former parents. There has been two other heads of school and changes in staff, however I feel that the administration is constantly evaluating the school as a whole and is making effective changes in order to provide our children with a quality education while practicing and living up to its philosophy and vision. My child is reading and writing at grade level, maybe even above that. I am looking forward to seeing the growth of the school. It has truly been a unique experience.
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 is a wonderful school where the children thrive and are respected for who they are. The teachers are wonderful, and the staff and leadership are communicative and caring. If you are looking for a traditional education following California core standards then a progressive education may not be for you. If you are looking for a school that teaches children reading, writing, math and also critical thinking and executive functioning, MUSE is it. My is motivated to learn there and In science the kids are learning far above there grade level. She has learned how to problem solve, advocate for herself and communicate far beyond her peers at traditional schools. Best of all she is curious and believes in herself. The MUSE administration, staff and teachers are always available to meet with the parents. I have never had a problem that they have not partnered with me to solve. At any school there are parents who are unhappy. Yes, there has been changes made and change scares some people even if they are positive ones. Come visit the school and see for yourself.
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!
My 3 3/4 year old son is in his second year in the MUSE Early Childhood program, which he began at 2 1/2. His highly educated, caring teachers are dynamic, engaged and 100% attentive to the needs of each student.. The enthusiasm and compassion of the staff is simply unparalleled . The unique teaching philosophy allows the children to express their individuality and gain a sense of self efficacy and confidence. I am excited that MUSE plans to open a middle school and possibly a high school as I can't imagine anywhere else I would want my child to be educated.
There is a definite MUSE magic at this special school. Kids are nurtured from the inside out--healthy bodies and minds, and joyful curiosity and creativity. Yes, they do all the skills and the subjects, but the difference is in how they do it--with the brain and the child in mind and at the center--kids at MUSE lead, kids at other schools seem to be taught to follow.
MUSE elementary offers a joyful, rigorous, and nurturing education. The school's culture is very welcoming, so it was an easy transition for my 4th grade daughter who is a new student this year. The teachers are amazing, the classes are small, and the school lunches are delicious (and healthy)! MUSE is moving next year to a new campus off of Las Virgenes, so next year will be a shorter drive for some and longer for others. We couldn't be happier with our experience. MUSE is definitely not a "cookie-cutter" school where they are trying to mold all the kids into the same shape. I would recommend going on the school tour to see if it is a good fit.
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