Our family was lucky enough to find Mulberry right before our son started kindergarten and we couldn t be happier. We are continually impressed with the experiences and learning that he encounters, and that we encounter as a family. Mulberry is not only supportive to the child as a learner, but to the family as well. The teaching, parent and administrative community are inviting, compassionate and understanding. We have found that our son s academic learning is well balanced with music, art, Spanish and physical education. He is getting a well-rounded education but equally important he is learning to be a member of a classroom and school community which we know will translate into the larger world. Mulberry teaches and supports children in so many areas, from problem solving, to inquiring about learning that interests them. Not only is our son happy, he is excited to go to school every day. I cannot say enough great things about this school! I wish every parent knew about Mulberry.
This is our 4th year at Mulberry, and we have 3 children enrolled there. Despite living in a school district with a parent participation elementary school, I choose to send my kids to Mulberry due to the excellent education and fabulous teachers. The enrichment activities (art, music, cooking, spanish, and gardening) are incorporated into the curriculum on a regular basis, not just for a few minutes once a week. They are encouraged to be analytical thinkers, and to love learning. The community is warm and welcoming, and really steps in to help when needed. The excitement is contagious this year for the future of Mulberry as we celebrate our 50 year anniversary. They are truly preparing the next generation of kids in a remarkable way. I came for the teachers, and stay for the quality education, the wonderful community, and the incredible teachers.
I believe that my family is the only current family, who has had a child in Mulberry for a full 12 years, and we continue to love Mulberry as much as we always have. My oldest child is a graduate, and I credit Mulberry school for her academic success and for the smart social choices she made in middle school and continues to make in high school. My younger child adores Mulberry and her teacher. She goes to school and leaves every day with a smile on her face. Mulberry school is a caring place for learning, the art is fabulous, the academics are impressive and creative and the graduates leave prepared to tackle the real world with the memory of of Mulberry to treasure throughout their lives.
Our family has been a part of Mulberry for 12 years. It has changed and the children are no longer the focus. There are new teachers who have no experience or educational background. A few of the teachers are good. Others are temperamental and selfish. If the staff and teachers like your child - all is well. Otherwise it is hit or miss. Academics are less than stellar. The art is not as good as it was in the old days. A recent change in the school leadership appears to have made the situation worse. Parents are now being excluded from the common areas on campus. My family is sad.
It's funny how perspective is everything. My son has been attending Mulberry since preschool and he is thriving. School is not always easy for him, but he has never once, in his 7 years here, said that he didn't love it. I believe that Mulberry is all about teaching to the children and helping them discover the way that they learn best. The teachers' focus has always been the children and what would be the best for them as learners. Being an independent school, they are able to embrace new and innovative ways to teach our children that in pubic schools might take years to adopt. This also means that they don't have to stick with something that isn't working. Their passion for teaching and working with the children is contagious! Academics and art are woven throughout the entire curriculum, which is rich with hands-on experience. This is a school that embraces parent participation and offers many opportunities for families to share their special skills while learning about parenting and child development. I have found that I get back tenfold what I put into this magical place. The community is welcoming and engaging and certainly worth considering if you're looking!
This is our 4th year at Mulberry. It has been a great experience, both for our kids as learners and for us as members of the parent community. Our two kids are very different in learning styles--one with significant self-esteem and learning issues, the other confident and quick to learn--and both have been appropriately supported and challenged at Mulberry.
My family has had a very positive experience at Mulberry. The teachers really care about the learning going on. The curriculum is fresh and interesting but also academically appropriate. The teachers really walk the walk in using Positive Discipline with all of the children in all circumstances. There is a great deal of diversity among the families and many cultures are explored and celebrated. The best part is that my children look forward to going to school everyday and their enthusiasm shows in their schoolwork. Mulberry is a wonderful environment for children and their families.
This could be a great school if they put their money where their mouth is. Overall program is good, BUT has all this touting about open-mindedness by staff, yet poor leadership leaves it at talk. Walk the talk, staff and parents. If you really were into open-minded diversity, it would exist there. Form a diversity committee to increase diversity events, staff and scholarship programs for students-real upfront scholarships/aid not 'lip-service'. Offering some aid but you don't know until after you pay unrefundable deposit and committ to high tuition and promise to give up your free-time to volunteer with no guarantees of aid or idea of how much is really more of a pseudo gatekeeper keeping the school in a bubble. If you are mid to upper middle class mid-road politics-caucasean, this school caters to your demographic. You can feel good about being "open-minded" and feel safe that your kids really are just hanging out with kids just like them. Step up to the plate Mulberry...I was so dissappointed it wasn't real, it really seemed like a great place. I'll say it again, it's time to step up, Mulberry....."walk the talk".
I have had 3 children at Mulberry since 2001. Although the parent participation has been a challenge for me, I do it because it is such a wonderful place for my children. The teachers are such committed, gifted, and loving individuals. They put so much into their very creative curriculum. Although I initially had worried about whether it was academically challenging enough, I now have seen how well my kids and their friends have done since their graduation from Mulberry, going on to excellent schools, and am completely reassured. I think the best part of this school is the social skills the kids gain. The kids in the 5th grade have better conflict resolution skills than most of my professional colleagues. Although, each of my 3 kids are very different from each other, they have each found what they need to thrive at this school.
My son is in his 2nd year of preschool at Mulberry and will go to JK there next year. Our daughter will enter preschool there next year. This has been an amazing school for my son and he has really thrived there. The teachers are great!!! I'm surprised to see reviews saying that Mulberry 'caters to special needs' children - I have not found that to be the case at all! In fact, most of the children there are extremely bright. We also have not had any problems with bullying or discipline - the teachers are very responsive and handle these type of situations very well. I am so happy we found Mulberry!
the teachers are amazing, able to teach to each child's individual strengths while building on areas of weakness. focus on developing the whole child, including fostering problems solving, emotional intelligence, leadership skills in addition to strong academics
The school seems to cater to children with special needs. The curriculum and student performance is below grade level. There appear to be many social emotional problems in the student body that are not adequately managed.
My son has attended Mulberry from preschool through 5th grade. The extra parents in the room make it possible for each child to receive lots of individual attention and for the teacher to provide lots of hands-on projects. He is now entering 8th grade at a more traditional middle school and is doing very well.
This school is wonderful when it comes to the staff and the quality of the teachers. But somehow bullying still goes on undetected and unaddressed in the school and the children are testing below grade level, in some respects two grade levels below. The school at this point in it's history is quite a contradiction and has gone from being a rock solid emotional and social growth school to less than what we would expect from a public school. It is sad because again, the teachers are a wonderful team. Also, having the parents and parental politics involved really effects the development of the children and they are greatly effected by the tension when it occurs.
We fell in love with this school's mission and philosophy, but were bitterly disappointed by the disconnect between intentions and implementation. The academic expectations and performance level of most students in our child's classroom was below grade level. The classroom environment was chaotic and often unsafe emotionally and physically. Our concerns and comments were repeatedly dismissed at all levels.
An excellent parent-participation elementary school providing a well-rounded curriculum designed to help students become life-long learners. Focus on not only traditional subjects, but an extensive music and arts program is also a part of regular classroom life. The current Education Director, January Handl, is a gentle loving soul that the children adore. The teachers are absolutely wonderful and we look forward to the beginning of each school year. Recently recognized by Dr. Jane Nelson, author of the Positive Discipline books, as a model school due to the approach used at Mulberry. The WASC Accreditation team also provided praise about the program during the School's recent re-accreditation process. What was most impressive to me about the school when touring prior to enrollment, was the amount of laughter and joy was a part of the learning process. The children truly seem happy while being fully engaged with their teacher while learning.
A caring staff of teachers and administrators who strive for a warm, nurturing atmosphere for its students.
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