We have been very happy with Sycamore. The academic standards are high, the teachers are easy to communicate with, the school encourages creativity and critical thinking. When my child was experiencing difficulties with math, I e-mailed the teacher and worked with her over the next few weeks on the strategies to help my child. The teacher encouraged exploring different approaches to solving math problems, and that's what did it for my child. I like the free spirit of the school because my child thrives in it. The school, however, is definitely not the best for children who need more structure for effective learning.
Worst school ever. The principal does not know what she is doing.I wouldnt send my dog here
this school puts different age groups in one class which is a good initiative unless the teachers are properly trained. Best way ofcourse would be with a Montessori credential. This is not the case at Sycamore there for it lacks the benefit this multiple age mix could create.
We enrolled our son at Sycamore for one year with high hopes and expectations but ended up moving to Chaparral after a couple of disappointments. Bullying is a problem, as one previous poster mentioned. Of course, kids bully each other in every school from time to time - that can't be avoided. What matters, I think, is how the school handles it, where by 'school' I mean every member of the faculty from the principal on down AND parents. In our case, the problem is that my son was bullied by the child of a couple of parents who were completely unwilling to recognize or let alone deal with the situation and that the administration failed to meaningfully intervene. My son's situation just wasn't a high priority. At the same time, we weren't very impressed with Sycamore's academic quality. I really like the concepts of mixed-age classrooms and all that in principle. Maybe the problem was in the implementation. One way or another, our son just wasn't learning at a speed that I thought he could be learning, and that problem was very quickly eliminated at Chaparral. I don't completely dislike Sycamore, but I don't think it's living up to its potential. Sycamore students deserve more.
Wonderful school which encourages children to think independently and teaches them to engage the world in which they live.
My kid was bullied at Sycamore and the principal had no idea what to do about it. Thankfully he is in a kinder place now.
I'm glad a couple of you are having good experiences with your child. For us it turned into "home schooling" because the school was more interested in presenting something they viewed as "creative" rather than teaching the students how to read. For us, their priorities were upside down, or, more probably, they didn't know what their priorities were...
Sycamore is a great school, the principal is awesome, ALL the teachers really do care about each individual student they are loving, compassionate, creative and dedicated. The teachers are absolutely amazing, the communication is much better than anything I have experienced with other schools- It is easy to feel a part of a community because parents get involved, there are so many volunteer opportunities, and it is nice to be around so many like-minded, creative and interesting parents.
Sycamore is a great school with children who are independent and taught how to think. Teachers find creative ways to teach standards while encourage students to develop in all areas. The students are kind to one another and do especially well in junior high and high school. You can always tell a Sycamore kid - they are the ones who smile when they think about their elementary school experience
If you read the reviews, take into consideration when it was written. Anything before September 2009 describes a very different school than what is here now. Poor Sycamore has fallen into the California school abyss.
I volunteer my time as well as, tutor at Sycamore Elementary in Claremont. Sycamore Elementary is an excellent school. The teachers, staff and principal are very caring. They help meet the needs of their students. Their education is student-centered. They encourage their students to strive for their very best and "think outside of the box". I recommend this school to any student who wants to enhance their quality of education and have fun while learning.
Our family actually moved to Claremont from another state just for Sycamore, as it was most like the multi-age-classroom school that we had to leave. It's unique in the San Gabriel Valley, if not all of LA County. It's a very caring, welcoming place with a great sense of community and a very enlightened approach to children's development and learning, both by staff and parents.
Sycamore has wonderful community spirit! Parents are actively involved and come from a broad cross-section of the city. Professors, artists, professionals and more bring their talents to the campus. An emphasis on student teamwork is supported with multi-age classrooms, allowing kids to develop relationships with younger and older kids. It also gives them flexibility to work in groups of differing abilities. Kids move on from Sycamore to become leaders in middle and high school, maintaining close friendships with their elementary school pals. Most graduate from college, and there is a large contingent of kids whose parents also attended Sycamore as children!
The combination of academic and ethical social education, parental involvement, positive peer learning structures and respect for the child as a whole human being put my daughter's education at Sycamore beyond measure.
My sons attended school there and the great education included the shaping of excellent characters. Peer group teaching, structures that provided opportunities for students to self assess and thus take responsibility for their education, creative responses to problems, holistic teaching methods, parental participation, celebration of diversity, teaching children the difference between kindness and transformative social practices with encouragement to do both, using students' strengths to help overcome areas of weakness - all these and more made me very enthusiastic about Sycamore. And there were the welcoming, communicative teachers who were very accessible. It was simply a refreshing and great experience to have my sons educated there.
I loved the combination of excellent academics with spaces for independent, creative thinking fostered in all my children
We are so lucky to have found Sycamore. It is wonderfully child-centered in its approach, welcomes lots of parent involvement and turns out students who love learning and carry strong self-evaluation skills with them through the rest of their lives.
Fantastic school! We have been there 3 years and it has been such a blessing. The staff is wonderful and the values taught have left a great impression on my daughter that will stay with her through life.
This is truly a wonderful school. The multi-age approach is great asset as it provides a new dimension in teaching and learning. My daughter loves this school, the children, the teacher and the principal. Anyone willing to have their child explore a non-traditional public educational system should bring their child to Sycamore.
I can't say enough good things about Sycamore. We have a good school system overall, but Sycamore is a one-in-a-million place. Unique curriculum, dedicated teachers, actively involved parents, a tremendous (if quirky) principal, wonderful traditions. We are leaving the area this year and we will never find another place like this. I'm so sad my younger daughter won't get to attend Kindergarten here.
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