February 02, 2011
I have 2 kids at Old Orchard. What I like most is that the school offers an excellent education in an incredibly warm environment. The academics at the school are top notch, yet the school is very "whole child" focused. The kids have drama, art and music several times throughout the week. Same with PE. And they get Spanish daily. Some classrooms even have gardens where the kids plant fruits and veggies. There are also lots of field trips - to see plays, to go to museums, to go to farms, etc. In the older grades, the kids go on an archaeological dig. There is also a strong character development component to the school. The kids learn, from early on, how to be good citizens of the world. The school also has a strong anti-bullying program. The parent community is very kind and open and welcoming. There are no cliques. There are plenty of opportunities to help out at school, but you don't have to help out at all if you don't want. There is no fundraising, and no mandatory service hours. Basically, you can be as involved or univolved as you like. Finally, the afterschool program is amazing. Classes include piano, dance, drama, sports, video production, playwriting, and robotics.
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