October 21, 2009
Sea Crest offers our children a warm, caring environment for learning - from the staff and administration, to the classroom teachers and all the teachers in the arts, sports and spanish. The interrelationships between the middle school children and younger children with service projects and academic learning is amazing, and allows the older children to find a great deal of esteem in being able to mentor and nurture the younger students, while allowing the youngest students to feel comfortable in the setting and know that there's more than just a teacher looking out for them and cheering them on. The school administration and faculty focuses on teaching critical thinking in the context of being a part of the community, and it is amazing to me how sophisticated even the youngest students think about the world around them. Sea Crest really promotes a life long love of learning, and encourages real learning, not just rote memorization or learning to a test. The curriculum is well-integrated between subjects, and progresses appropriately and cohesively through the grade levels. Middle students graduating from Sea Crest are well-prepared for high school in so many ways that I never realized until I had a student in that position. Besides having outstanding academic preparation, particularly in Spanish, Math & Writing, they are able to organize and complete major projects and maintain academic discipline, while at the same time, learning how to consultant with teachers as advisors, not intimidating figures. Through the service learning program that is integrated into the classroom, they learn to focus outward on issues in society and how they can help others directly in so many different ways, while learning the political and societal factors that contribute to these issues. The integration of the drama, art and music departments in presenting an annual all-school musical allows the children, starting at kindergarten, a way to develop poise and comfort in being in front of an audience, find that it is amazing what can be done as a team, and allow children to develop talents that may well have stayed hidden in a different environment. The school offers after school programs, including a full gamut of sports, and leadership opportunities in student government as well. It is truly a multi-dimensional education, and I'm pleased to have my children in this program. Three cheers for Sea Crest!
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