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.
Sycamore is a multi-age progressive school focusing on the development of the whole child and fostering an environment that encourages creative and critical thinking. Students are engaged in their own curriculum development process and learning is viewed as a lifelong process rather than an exercise that must be done in order to score well on a test. Sycamore is highly community oriented.; parent involvement is high and students love this school. I am always impressed at how many Sycamore alumni continue to return to the school for the many special activities throughout the year (e.g. Welcome Back Picnic, Family Dance, Sycamore Fair. We are Sycamore!
Sycamore is a fantastic school (as are all schools in claremont). We moved back to claremont from seattle largely to get into this elementary. Sycamore has a non-traditional approach that is not for every child, but those kids who enjoy more control over what and how they learn tend to thrive. Mixed-grade classes allows kids to learn at their own pace, faster in some areas and more slowly if need be. Not a 'strict' environment, but safety and courtesy are stressed. Just a fantastic learning environment in a well-funded district. My daughter says 'sycamore is the best school in the world' . . . I think she's right.
Parents are highly involved. There are an extensive after school enrichment program: music, art, spanish, german, chess, ceramics and so on. The students grow at their own pace. There is not pressure on the students to perform well on test. They focus more on learn 'how to learn'. It is a really friendly school.
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