As a parent, I can tell you that every day my children jump eagerly out of the car and skip into school. They can hardly wait to get to see their teachers and friends. Our family values the strong character element along with a balance of good solid academics provided. Can't imagine my kids being any happier or more eager.
To the Sept 23rd comment that Pegasus employees are not writing on this site, if you scroll down to the July 23rd comment below the poster identifies themselves as a Pegasus employee. Also if you read over the reviews for the last several years a glowing review appears the instant a negative comment is posted you have to be extremely naive to think parents just happen to run across the site and post instantly when a negative comment is made. Also I posted about my experience with the admissions process and checking now, the comment has been removed despite it being completely factual. Pegasus should more honest about the fact it caters to wealthy parents rather than gifted children.
In response to the assumption made on Sept 14th that, " Pegasus school personnel" are writing the 5 star reviews, I can assure you that that is not the case. I wrote one of the five star reviews. As a former Pegasus parent whose child was educated through the latter elementary grades and middle school, I feel I can speak knowledgeably about the school. Our daughter was always pushed to reach her potential, and received a top-knotch, well-rounded education from caring teachers. She is now thriving at a highly competitive high school. I can assure you also that I have never worked for the school.
We transferred our child here from a public school, where she was in the GATE program. Although she was in GATE, we found that she was simply not getting the tailored attention that she needed, i.e., she often finished her work early and was left to read on her own while others caught up or was forced to revisit math concepts she had long since mastered. We can see that, at Pegasus, the instruction is appropriately tailored to the child, as opposed to the other way around -- we love this, as so does our daughter. My daughter really likes her fellow students and has commented that this is a place where it is cool to be smart. Looking forward to the rest of the year being as great as the start. Holding back one star to see how things shape up over the course of the year.
It is apparent that their is a disgruntled parent writing the majority of bad reviews and Pegasus school personnel writing the majority of five-star reviews. Thus, I consider both extremes invalid. Can an unbiased parent please list the positives and negatives associated with this school? Specifically, I have been informed by a knowledgeable university professor that there is no reason beyond extracurricular activities to send my child to Pegasus if he/she is a top student in the public schools because the curriculum is the same. (Pegasus apparently does not have four-year-olds or many young five-year-olds in kindergarten. Thus, the kindergarten is more academic but the public schools catch up by second grade.) This professor believes Pegasus is a great choice for kids who are in the middle third in the public schools. The small class sizes, nurturing environment and different approach to learning can often benefit these children. Would current or former Pegasus parents agree with this assessment?
When my younger son started preK two years ago, he barely spoke in class (after a couple of days when he finally managed to speak up during a class discussion, a classmate shouted "He can talk!" as I was told), rarely made eye contact and hardly engaged with anyone during recess. By the end of the school year, he had transformed into a very confident and social child who ran around the playground like it was his backyard with his friends. His preK teachers provided him with not only academical stimulation but the nurturing that he needed to be able to thrive in school and he couldn't have had a better year. His kindergarten year was no different. My olders kids who started Pegasus in 1st grade has always been met with strong and well-rounded curriculum and enthusiastic teachers who always challenge them. When I picked them up after school, my three kids can't wait to share their day with me and often they comment that "This was the best day!" What more could a parent ask for but knowing that your children LOVE school! My youngest child is entering preK this fall. I just can't wait for her to experience all that Pegasus had to offer!
As I read the "reviews" on Great Schools, it occurs to me that extreme feelings are what generally motivates a person to post. For some it is a love of the school; while for others it is disdain for the school. Rarely do you get the back story of what prompted the post. For this reason, I caution anyone from placing any weight on what they see here. It simply does not reflect the experience of the average family at any given school. Additionally, every child & family is unique. What works or doesn't work for one is not universally the answer for all. If you are making the VERY difficult decision of choosing a school for your family, take the time to visit the school, heck, visit a few. Get a first hand account of what is being offered out there & formulate your own opinion for your own family. While your there talk to the students, they're happiness and success is what matters most & they'll give you a truly honest assessment. I often ask my kids what they think of Pegasus & they always respond they love it (even on bad days, which happen). They say it's all about the fun they have every day with their amazing friends & teachers.That's good enough for our family.
Pegasus stood out when we toured schools in our area. For starters, there is a great sense of community and diversity at this school and you feel it the minute you walk through the door. We just completed our first year here and the school has exceeded our expectations on every level. The school focuses on building a well-rounded child and character and intellectual development are emphasized. The class size was held to 18 students and the two teachers we had in Kindergarten held their PHD in Education. Our PreK teacher team was so special and talented and they nurtured our four year old and instilled a love of learning. Our child begged to go to school on the weekends and our older child would come home weekly and state, I love to learn. The curriculum was challenging and the school seems to care deeply about every child s diverse talents and needs. The Pegasus reading, writing and math program is above par compared to schools in the area. In addition, they offer a computer lab, arts program, science, music, sports, theater arts and a remarkable after school program. If you are looking for a great school, you need to schedule a tour. The Pegasus family is truly amazing!!!!!
I am a parent of two daughters that currently attend The Pegasus School. We have a good public school in our neighborhood, but we were discouraged by the large class size. We have been going to Pegasus for almost six years now. When our oldest girl first started the school, she was very shy, now she is an excellent public speaker along with earning other academic achievements. My younger daughter is on her way; she loves her teachers and wants to get back to school. The Pegasus School is known for their strong academic program, but it also has theater arts, music, foreign language programs, science lab, art studio, cable studio, library programs, organized athletic sports and after-school programs that cover any interest my girls may care to explore. Given the public speaking programs in each grade, small class size and the emphasis on the learning inside the classroom, we know we are giving our girls an advantage in their education. We feel very lucky to have found The Pegasus School and encourage any parent that is looking for an alternative to public school and/or interested in private school to schedule a tour of the Pegasus campus and judge for themselves.
We know how hard it is to choose a good school - After touring Pegasus we knew immediately it was the school for our children. Our oldest son has been at Pegasus since Pre-K and in three years he has truly thrived. The teachers are so dedicated, they are attentive to his needs, the class activities inspire his desire to learn, and the nurturing environment has built his confidence beyond expectations. Assisting in the classrooms as a parent helper you really see first hand the excellence of the teaching staff. Seeing our son be challenged and excited by what he is learning and knowing that he is happy and loves school is so important to us, and we are so pleased that our other son will also be attending Pegasus. We have nothing but praise for Pegasus. You really have to tour the school and you will see and feel the nurturing environment that this school offers.
None of the positive reviews address the many, gaping deficiencies in Pegasus' curriculum and leadership. Any school, especially private, should offer a comprehensive and up-to-date curriculum. Pegasus is far from providing this. Let's first consider their reading program: Open Court Reading. This program has been largely abandoned by most Californian schools because it leaves very little room for imagination and creativity. With regards to mathematics, ask anyone in the education field and they will tell you that Saxon Math is a weak program. Pegasus' science curriculum isn't any better. I am a scientist and I was appalled by the way it was taught and failed to encourage critical thinking. At Pegasus, we were met with complete arrogance, disdain, and inflexibility, particularly from the headmaster and the director of the primary school. Neither have the best interest of the children in mind. If you are considering Pegasus, take the time to fully investigate this school and to compare it to your local public school where your child will be better prepared academically and socially for a competitive high school and college. Don't hesitate to contradict my review, but give me FACTS!
Two of my four children attend Pegasus. It is a perfect fit for these two kids, for many reasons: the depth of the projects, at each grade level; the public-speaking requirements; the very strong community; academic challenge, peer enthusiasm and a powerful identity. Every night one of them will say: I can't wait for tomorrow! Seriously. None of us, in our family, could imagine these two NOT attending Pegasus.
I have two children at Pegasus and have been thoroughly impressed through the seven years we have been there. The teachers are outstanding, attentive to each child and create an environment where there is a thirst and hunger for learning. Neither of my children could stand to miss a day! I am confident that they will be well prepared for high school and beyond. Fabulous place to create a foundation!
My child has been attending The Pegasus School for going on 4 years now. We took the time to interview at several Private Schools in Orange County and the minute we walked into Pegasus, we knew! This was the perfect choice for us! We have had an amazing experience and our child is growing, thriving, well rounded and happy! He has had 3 outstanding teachers and we are confident our 4th will be just as outstanding. We are looking forward to 7 more years at Pegasus!!
As a former employee of the school I need to put my review out there. My opinion is that the public school education system is failing and so investing in your child's education via a private school (a good one) is the way to go. The Pegasus School always had awesome resources for children. The teachers and staff are well compensated as they deserve to be. During my tenure the founder of the school encouraged continuing education for the teachers, a great benefit package for all, and above all she LOVED the kids. The flaw that I saw, and need to point out, is that the wealthy parents really do run the school. I saw a child's final grade go from a B+ to an A-, against the wishes of the teacher who gave it to him, because his affluent mother demanded a meeting with the founder and said teacher. This school is influenced by the wealthy families of OC and only those 1% are allowed into the school. The whole "diversity" thing is joke. As a parent, I care about my children but I also care about how they perceive their community. There are other schools with just as good quality of education, if not better, that do not perpetuate "entitlement".
Considering you have yet to make an specific comment about this school, other than your conspiraracy theories about the posts here, who knows what legitimate knowledge you have about Pegasus? Please share your PERSONAL experience already because so far, you just sound bitter for reasons unknown. Listen to yourself, good grief! As a PARENT at this school, I shouldn't even bother with you but your attempt at circular logic is ridiculous and I can't help but respond. However, I am now done, maybe you should be too.
For the author the June 11 post replying to my post, no one doubts that there are great kids at Pegasus. There are great kids everywhere. I find it interesting that when I post an observation that the positive reviews here read like they were written by a school employee rather than a parent, a review pops up claiming to be a parent that just happened to find the website, who just happened to reply instantly to my observation and who just happened to use the identical wording (of being compelled) that the other positive reviews use - and that the poster claims to know definitively what my experience with the school is. Fits the pattern, doesn't it?
I have two children at this school and have been nothing but pleased about the academic rigor as well as the school's emphasis on the whole child. We are not on finanical aid but are far from weathly and do not feel any fundraising pressure. My childrens' teachers have been nothing short of wonderful and I am constanlty impressed by the quality of work my children are performing. I have another child in the local public school so I am able to make comparisons and though the public school is highly rated, it cannot even begin to compare with Pegasus on so many levels. To address the comment that children are a year older than in other schools - both of my Pegasus students are the youngest in their classes and still performing at least one grade level above their grade. Take a look at the birthdates in the local public schools - kids are being held back or given an extra year across the board.
Any school that chooses to proclaim its excellence through high gloss color brochures highlighting the amazing "stand out" students they have "produced" and name dropping well off or famous parents does not put quality education at the top of the priority list. We looked into this school, and from the first tour it was obvious the school wants to find "stars" they can exploit and parents who want to think their children are "stars" and are willing to pay for that privilege.There is nothing exceptional about the curriculum here, in fact, it is dated. The teachers vary widely in quality. No school can make every kid a stand out star, so what you end up with are a bunch of parents all believing their child is a stand out and students struggling to be noticed, not learn. This combination of egos and money does not make for a quality educational experience. Many parents put their kids here because they want to believe they are the future leaders and a few big names have attended in the past. We are not disgruntled parents, for we chose not to pursue the school. We are conscientious parents who did lots of homework and found more outstanding schools in Orange County. Do your homework.
On the comment below that "This school does ask for money and most of it goes to financial aide to allow all opportunities for all children" from a "parent" (I use quotes because that reads like it was written by someone at the school and not a parent) - every nonprofit is required to publish their tax forms and they appear at a website called Guidestar dot org. The most recent filing for Pegasus is their 2010 Tax form and it lists the school as having receipts that year of $11,056,239. It also says the school had "savings and cash investments" of $3,593.072 and paid six employees a salary over 100K each. If the school wants to pay themselves fat salaries by catering to wealthy parents, that's fine. But don't pretend to be a school for Gifted Children.
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