I have to agree but I would have to say that there is no first hand experience at The Saklan School. The conflicts among students are nipped in the bud before it gets out of hand. All inclusive culture at the Saklan minimizes any conflicts to begin with. The small size of the school allows faculty and staff to individually focus on students attitude and behavior.
The head of school has a vision of a school that is consistent with the school's mission. While some people who do not often communicate with him may not always realize, he leads his team of teachers and faculty to achieve an environment that is positive, inviting, and enriching for the students.
Saklan teachers are the stars of the school. Some are warm and caring, some are loved and revered. But all teachers work hard to make sure that students achieve their best in both academically and in personal growth. The best part is that students rise to meet their expectations.
They follow the homework policy of 10 minutes per grade. Although there are occasional anomalies, especially if the homework involves research projects or writing essays, most of the days' homework is less than the policy.
This is the place where children are happy and enjoy learning. The students are enriched with music, art, and physical education. They are challenged academically in a positively motivated manner to achieve higher. Strong morals and having positive relationships with other people are emphasized heavily as well. Last but not least, self-confidence and public speaking is naturally incorporated into the curriculum. It is a place that develops well-rounded children. The positive changes that I see in my daughter who transferred from public school is a reason enough to continue to keep her there. While middle school can be challenging times for kids, Saklan middle schoolers are grounded and self confident. They receive support from faculty who are dedicated to help students find themselves in a safe environment where they are not afraid of being judged. We are grateful that we found The Saklan School.
Regretfully, our overall experience is that this was not the case for our child and multiple others in grades before us and behind us. After repeatedly asking for additional help for our child we were promised some accommodations. They were put in place verbally yet a week later, forgotten by 50% of the CORE teachers.
Leadership is lacking from the top down. Saklan has a lot of potential when it's finally under more professional management. Small class size, unique travel opportunities to enrich learning are all positives, but ultimately, it's falling short of what it could be.
It depends upon which teacher. I only have experience of the middle school. When I look at the CORE teachers (4) I must agree with a previous parent's comments that 50% are effective. The Language Arts teacher and the Math teacher are not effective. As mentioned, the LA teacher can be demeaning and the math teacher, while a nice person, is not what I would call a "checked in" teacher. Not what I am used to in a private school setting.
I disagree because from my experience and my kids' experiences, bullying doesn't exist at Saklan. That's not to say that there aren't conflicts - there are plenty! But I credit the faculty for dealing head on with any disagreements among the students. They are taught to discuss and work things out and try to really understand everyone's point of view and use words and to be honest. Things don't fester because the teachers see the issues and don't just gloss over them. It's real social emotional guidance that these kids get - it's amazing!