Prospect Sierra is an exemplary school. The teachers are all very enthusiastic about their respective subjects and take time to help each student. The school provides extremely rigorous classes for students. Especially, I would like to note that the humanities program is very strong. A recent graduate from Prospect Sierra, I find that I was prepared in excess for high school. The drama and music programs are extremely strong and provided a fantastic outlet for students' creative interests. I have personally taken part in many music and drama performances and found them to be extremely valuable experiences. I performed in roles in two plays. In music I have played with the orchestra, rock band, jazz band, and with my own student led group. The math program is very thorough and caters to students of all mathematical backgrounds, while providing advanced students with the opportunity to enrich their knowledge. In 7th grade, I explored topics in trigonometry, combinatorics, and the basic theories of probability. The science at Prospect Sierra takes a hands on approach. Students initially learn various topics in several branches of science, while learning scientific procedures. In 8th grade they take a thorough and current events centered course on biology.The visual arts program is very challenging and students learn many advanced skills and techniques. I found the art teacher to be extremely patient and enthusiastic. Prospect Sierra incorporates technology in modern, inventive ways, although occasionally they overuse it. The robotics program was a very good experience for me and my team won innovation awards two consecutive years. The athletics program at Prospect Sierra was also extremely well developed. I participated in the basketball team, cross country team, track and field team, and ultimate frisbee team. The coaches helped me improve immensely so that I could win third place in the 800m. The student council at Prospect Sierra was an amazing learning experience. Being President, I had the opportunity to play a role in the many student activities that exist at Prospect Sierra. I found this to be a very gratifying experience. Prospect Sierra is very welcoming to new students. 5th and 6th graders have a chance to participate in an orientation led by 8th grade student ambassadors. Having been a student ambassador, I found this experience to be valuable.
Everyday I am thankful we found Prospect Sierra! My child s classroom is bright, spacious, well designed and well stocked. The walls are covered with vibrant child-centered art, creative learning tools and diverse family photos. My child doesn t sit at a desk, but instead goes from center to center exploring foundational concepts in reading, writing and math in an integrated highly creative way. My child gets to attend art, music, library, PE, Spanish and science lab every week. Individual attention and differentiated learning are the norm. The teachers are professional, happy, supported, collaborative and accessible. There is a low student/teacher ratio. The school has a well-developed, fully integrated K-8 social emotional learning (SEL) program. Snack and lunch are eaten outside at picnic tables in spacious age appropriate play yards. There are numerous volunteer opportunities and coffees to engage and build community with the parents, administration and teachers. This school lives and breaths their tag line, Heart, Mind, Community . The children at Prospect Sierra are given an environment that fosters the love of learning which will last a lifetime.
When I was looking for a school for my children, I wanted a school that would foster a lifelong love of learning. I wanted a place where my children would be safe and comfortable and learn in a way that was suitable to their unique personalities. I toured many schools, both private and public, and narrowed down and applied to 3 schools. We were fortunate to have been accepted in all 3 but in the end decided that Prospect Sierra was the right fit for our family and children. We were very impressed by the warm and welcoming atmosphere. The teachers and staff were very dedicated and they all seem to love the children and were willing to meet the kids at their level. We felt a very sincere sense of community and openness from the parents, who were all very happy to volunteer and actively participate in their children s education. Now that we are Prospect Sierra parents, we can honestly say that this is definitely true. The parents and families love Prospect Sierra and the kids love Prospect Sierra!
A middle school that works to help students become thoughtful and creative citizens who think globally and independently? This is it! Our son is thriving here. He loves everything about the school and so do we. The academics are stellar and so are the arts and music programs, Dedicated teachers who love their jobs and have the support and autonomy to build classes and assignments with contextual meaning, independent and collaborative problem solving, and cutting edge technology make this place very dynamic for learning. In our experience Prospect Sierra delivers everything they promise and the children are incredible there. Also the place scores pretty well on a culturally, racially, and economically diverse community; definitely worth visiting and seeing if it's right for your child.
We are an African American Family - our son attends Prospect Sierra and is a 7th grader. He was immediately welcomed into the school community. His transition went extremely well and has made some really good friends.The strong sense of community is driven by the Head of School (Katherine) and Head of Middle School (Heather) - Great and effective leaders! I like the collaborative, supportive and warm feel we get from Admission,Business Office and Admin. Support Staff; The faculty is a strong collective of committed and talented educators. They also effectively communicate to parents on their child s progress. The essential academic program is strong; effectively prepares students for the skills they will need for high school. The Arts, Drama, Music and Sports programs are all also very good! The class diversity numbers at the school (in terms of students of color) is not where they would like it to be The new Director of Admissions and Director of Diversity and Inclusion are committed to having a diverse and inclusive environment. I would urge all families (especially families of color) to strongly look at and consider Prospect Sierra Middle School for their child!!
This school has had so many problems for me, but maybe because I am personally not an "excellent" student. I mean if your child has extraordinary talents and enjoys school then they will love prospect sierra, but one thing that I do have to say is that the arts program is amazing. I would not recommend this to an average student like myself.