I went to this school about 9 years ago and it is a wonderful community with nothing short of wonderful people. You will make friends here that will stay your friends for the rest of your life. Meher School doesn't prepare you for the real world because being there is like a fantasy. Simply put, I want to go back.
I was a student at Meher and have only wonderful things to say about it. The school's environment is both welcoming and nurturing and can make anyone feel right at home. When I entered middle school I was suprised because I had already learned much of the same material from Meher the previous year. Not only does it stress creativity through writing and the arts, but it also has wonderful after school activities. Looking back, I think it was what made my childhood so memorable.
In a town renowned for its great public schools, we decided to keep our daughter in Meher School after her wonderful experience at the White Pony Pre-School. Meher is an exceptionally nurturing community-where respect isn't just a curriculum bullet-point but a genuine and guiding principal. The school provides a very solid foundation for learning. In 5th grade, for instance, the children have a special writing coach in addition to their gifted 5th grade teacher. They are given challenging and ultimately very rewarding writing projects which give them solid skills and experience for the transition to middle school. The school celebrates learning through the arts--singing, theater, art, etc., and these activities are part of the basic core curriculum. The tuition of the school is among the lowest in Contra Costa County. The White Pony Preschool is a rich and amazing preschool for little people, too.
I graduated in June of '08. Meher is a wonderful school. I was there since the day I turned two. The teachers are kind, generous, beautiful people who are committed to their students. Not only the teachers, but the school as a whole gives a vibrant, loving energy. The people you meet there are the people you have an indescribable connection to forever. I very strongly recommend this magical school.
My son just finished his First Grade here and he could read instructions on how to cook or how to put his toys together. My husband could not believe it! His spelling is excellent. Math is so easy for him, too. The best thing is that he really adored his First Grade teacher (Ms. Maggie). He kept saying that he missed her already, the first day after the school year ends. I am very thankful that he is a student here. His focus and his drive are excellent, better than his friend in a public school in Lafayette. He always wanted to be the best.
We loved the pre-school, however, we have been less pleased with the elementary school. Not all teachers are properly accredited, and the administration is extremely unresponsive to parental suggestions or complaints. There seems to be a rather paternalistic attitude of, 'We know best' that my husband and I have found extremely offputting.
I am a student at Meher and it is a wonderful enviroment. All the teachers are patient, and loving. I have been going there since pree-school, and now I am about to graduate from 5th grade. I love Meher.
Where I grew up, a third world war-torn country, I taught/shared with my classmates everything I knew. When I was attending UC Berkeley (not even an expensive private university), I was shocked by the level of high competition/arrogance by some students. The philosophy at the Meher Schools (love, cooperation, community, service to the world) brought me home and I could not believe that there was a school that I cried to beg for admission of my 5 year-old son. For the first few years of schooling, learning to have a great character, to be creative, and to be strong yet caring individuals is more important than knowing everything in the text book (we can look up at any time). My son loves/respects his teachers, who are like angels to him, and enjoys his program very much. This school is the best place for him in this part of the world. Sonia
What a wonderful, loving, nurturing environment! We moved away from the area, but otherwise would never have left. My daughters flourished there and we were very proud to be part of that community. A well run, safe, affordable, private school is almost unheard of these days.
'Meher' literally translated means love and compassion, which is in evidence at this school each and every day. My daugher attended Meher Elementary School for 3.5 years, until we were transferred out of the area. She thrivedD in this calm, peaceful, caring environment where children are treated respectfully and given every opportunity to learn critical thinking skills versus becoming rote learners. I found the children at Meher to be some of the most kind, considerate, well-behaved, intelligent, and articulate children that I have had the privilege of meeting in my lifetime. My daughter loved her teachers and could not wait to get to school each day. This environment is unique. Teachers encourage and reward good behavior which promotes the development of self esteem versus berating kids thereby making them feel inadequate. Kindness is the norm. Respect for each other and the world at large is integral to this school.
Music and art are a major focus. There is a loving atmosphere and the school's philosphy is to encourage children without being punitive. Parent's are not required to participate, but almost all do in various volunteer capacities
Great teaching and support for children in a loving atmosphere. Promotes diversity and tolerance for others.
White Pony is a wonderfully nurturing preschool. Our very shy daughter started there at age 2 and was immediately taken under the wings of the most wonderful preschool teacher, who paid very special attention to her and got her to acclimate very nicely. The teachers here are very warm, loving, and caring. The children are happy and thriving at this school, and I can't recommend it highly enough. There is very little turnover at White Pony. Many of the teachers have been there for years and years. Some of the aides were former students there, and they now work there. Quite a testament to a wonderful school!
White Pony is the preschool, and it's just fabulous. Our daughter went there at age 2 and stayed throughout preschool and, as she calls it, pre-K. The teachers are wonderfully loving and helped our daughter, who is shy, transition very well there. We kept our daughter there for elementary school, which is Meher School. She is finishing 1st grade now and she has had a very positive experience there. The teachers have been wonderful, and have in particular been very responsive when issues have come up in class. The principal is also extremely responsive and available. We are very happy with our experience at both the preschool and elementary schools.
My daughter just completed 1st grade at the Meher school and is reading fluently. I am very pleased with her progress and I attribute this to the individual attention she receives by the dedicated teachers. She is loved and nutured at this school, which is most important. At the Meher school, they focus on the children.
My son has been a student at Meher Schools for 3 years and I am disappointed in the curriculum. Neighbors who attend the nearby elementary school are much further along in the basic school skills of reading, writing and arithmatic. Also, since an unfortunate incident, the school feels like a jail in that the grounds are more tightly fenced in and the parents are asked to wear nametags and the students are not allowed to be alone with a teacher. We have decided to have our son go to the excellent nearby elementary school next year instead of staying at the Meher Schools.
Meher is a wonderful place for children to learn. Everyone there, including the office employees, are there in full for the children. Each child is treated respectfully, which in turns creates a positive teaching/learning environment. I have three children attending and each are very different; but each one of them are developing with confidence in their academics, creative endeavors and in their socialization with other children and adults within the school as well as outside of the school environment. It is truly a lovely place for both children and adults.
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