After 2 years of watching our daughter's self-esteem and confidence level consistently drop, we knew we had to find a school that the social learning component was just as important as academic performance. We were referred to Rancho Encinitas Academy and this school has literally changed our lives. Our daughter is confident, independent, and self-reliant, a complete turn around from where she was a year ago. Contrary to some of the other posts, I found the school administration to be supportive and caring. This school was built because there was a belief that each child has a different way of learning, an understanding that not everyone can be put in the same box and achieve the same results. What I love about this school is how in tune the teachers and administration are with each student and what their needs are so they can achieve success. The school has an overall expectation of acceptance and kindness toward each other and they provide resources and classes, such as Social Thinking, to help them learn how to communicate effectively. They instill old fashioned values with innovative teaching methods (such as incorporating standing desks with a moveable foot bar in the classrooms to allow them to "fidget"if they need to- which improves their focus) creating a beautiful future for our kids. I would highly recommend this school to anyone who is looking for a positive and nurturing environment that provides individualized learning, leading edge educational tools, and who believes character is just as vital to a child's success as academic performance.
The school provides a small welcoming environment for students. The school offers a low stress environment for students to do well. Our child was stressed and often wanted to come home early from school. Since coming to this school he enjoys school and its no longer a chore to get him out the door in the morning.
REA has met and exceeded our expectations. We have two children enrolled in the school; they are thriving academically and socially. In our experience, the students on campus are polite, courteous, and accepting of each other, across all ages and grades. (Our younger child is high-fived by the older students as they walk by each other on campus.) Coming from EUSD, both the unique atmosphere and academic environment at REA have given our children the opportunity to grow and learn through individualized and small group instruction. The teachers are always willing to discuss any concerns, at any time. The campus at REA is a gem: the natural setting we feel has contributed positively to our children s experience and their learning environment. Lastly, we have had many conversations with administration and have had nothing but positive experiences with both the ease of communication and access to the administration at any time. They are accessible and visible every day on campus. We recommend REA to anyone looking for a private school offering individualized academic instruction, an atmosphere that fosters acceptance and encouragement of peers, and a unique natural campus setting.
We transferred our kindergarten son this year from another private school, the REA kindergarten teacher is amazing! Our son was so stressed our and dreaded attending school prior to the transfer, now he loves going to school and is thriving. She allowed him to be himself, work standing up, sitting in another area that he was comfortable in and taught with many hands on activities. We are so grateful for this teacher and returning a love of learning to our son. The teacher did all this while having the best behaved, most respectful class on campus. There is lack of communication from the administration to the parents, most things happening around campus or staff changes seem like a secret. Our experience with this amazing teacher outweighs the lack of professionalism from the administration. We look forward to another year and knowing he can see his teacher around campus keeps him excited to return next year.
Some aspects of REA are fantastic, but buyer beware: not all teachers have a teaching credential, despite the claims on the school's FAQ. Please take a careful look at each teacher when deciding whether or not to send your child here. There are great teachers here, as well as unqualified ones.
REA is a wonderful school. I cant say enough good things. We transfered our children here from another private school in Encinitas. We originally had some worry as to the smaller size of the school, but our worries were quickly put to bed. The education was night and day compared to the children's old school, gosh did it open our eyes. We are thrilled that the teachers and administration take such great pride in their school, the curriculum and how & what education and life lessons are being taught to our children. Communication with the teachers and staff has been a true pleasure, it is a non issue - something that is also an extremely nice change for us (the parents) coming from our previous school. The special assemblies that the students earn all throughout the year are off the charts, and just plain awesome! The stress free natural environment of the school grounds is so welcoming and comforting for the kids and the parent involvement is wonderful, not too much, not too little, its just right. We made the right choice when we decided to make the move to REA.
This is a great school if you're looking for a small, non-competitive environment. It's low stress and we feel it's a very child-centered, safe place for our child. Well worth the money if you feel nervous placing your child in a crowded public school or a highly competitive private school. The parent group is great too - everyone has been very down-to-earth and friendly.