Okay, I will admit we are a 'well to do' family - HOWEVER: this school is full of the MOST SNOTTY and EGOTISTICAL parents and kids I ever knew! We went to private school last year and the people (parents AND kids!) were so much more evolved spiritually, intellectually and emotionally then almost anyone we came into contact at OMS last year. The parents here encourage their kids (boys in particular) to be 'alpha' and to dominate and be competitive - give me a break! They are little kids. To see how terribly 7 year old boys can be to other 7 year old boys was sickening. I'm saving my pennies to send my son back to private school because of the way these parents are raising their sons. It really makes me feel sorry for the kids that their parents are such wankers.
Old Mill has some great teachers and some not-so-great ones. The good ones are clustered in the lower grades. It benefits from Kiddo's support tremendously with great music, art, PE, and Library teachers. Unfortunately, as the smallest school in the district, it has the largest class sizes (25 in K and 3, where they are capped at around 20 in the other schools). Also, it is going through a rough patch (2010-11) with a new principal who is not well liked by faculty, staff, or parents. This is a decent public school that serves the middle of the curve. If your child is either gifted or in need of extra help and services, this may be a bad fit.
Sent my two daughters through Old Mill, and they loved it, as did my wife and I. Involved parents. Engaged teachers. Small facility near the redwoods and the public library, with personal and very supportive staff.
Best public school with all the benefits of private. Kiddo rocks as an organized parent fund raiser providing amazing art, assembly, music programs.
It's a great school, Old Mill make me so proud and my daughter is so happy there!!!!!!!!!!!!
My daughter Pim is in her 4th year at Old Mill School and she absolutely loves it. Class sizes are not too big. Teachers are consistently of high quality and very responsive to the needs of parents and students. It feels like a supportive community.
We have awesome teachers, staff and kids and a fabulous parent community that constantly steps up to volunteer and donate.
the children have no discipline and are always picking on kids that are poorer then them.
Public school with a private school feel. Old Mill succeeds because the staff and teacher are wonderful, the parents are incredibly invovlved and the school sits nestled in a beautiful part of MV, which makes it feel good to be there.
This is our second year at Old Mill, and coming from he east coast and the private school experience I can ,unequivocally, tell you the differences between the two are negligible. This school is outstanding! The quality of the education, teacher's commitment and stewardship from the principal are like no other.
Excellent school, great teachers, parent involvement, administration. I have two kids at this school and wouldn't send them anywhere else. Teachers keep them challenged and teach to the individual, not to 'the middle.' New administration in 2005-2006 made a tremendous, positive, impact.
Old Mill is troubled by number of very poor quality teachers that it has on staff. Many of the most interesting and brightest students have already left the District. Unless this is corrected, Old Mill will continue to lose its most promising students and be a school that caters to the middle of the pack, ignoring both the top and the bottom of the population. This is a sad commentary for a public school.
This school has high test scores for California but in reality will only teach 'to the middle' of the class. They make no effort to help exceptionally bright or slow children. Socially there are many activities to see classmates through sports and other interests on campus. The parents are very involved. The teachers seem to disdain the parents for their involvement. They do not want parents to have input into their classrooms and resent the many educated, successful stay at home parents that want to be involved in the education of their children. If it weren't free, my kid wouldn't be there.
Strong academics, excellent music and art programs. Level of parent involvement borders on excessive. Lots of type A parents with over-achieving, over-scheduled kids.
This school provides a balanced and strong academic program to its students. The arts are not yet forgotten here. All of this is a beautiful natural setting.
Quality school with good teachers who care about teaching and their students.
My 2 daughters attend this school. They are in second and fourth grade. This school has overwelming parental involvement and especially excels in the arts (Self Funded through local organizations). State scores comparing schools of similar demographics can be skewed in extreme positive and negative directions from year to year. Overall this is one of very finest elementary schools in the state.
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