The teachers know their students well and are in tune with their individual needs. The kids are totally excited and interested in going to school every day.
Beacon is amazing. What they promote as their approach to teaching is what they provide for their students. It is a wonderful year-round program that supports working families. Each child is challenged and gifts are encouraged to develop as well as risk taking for new things. A wonderful learning enviroment!
Just look at the 8th graders at Beacon. Such well rounded, CONFIDENT, smart kids. My children are just starting out at Beacon, but I hope they achieve the same greatness!
Beacon is a learning environment that celebrates individuality, diversity and community. It grows children into competent, compassionate and likable adults.
Beacon focuses on raising and educating a whole child, not just an academic performer. They focus on truly raising a child that is healthy in all areas of development - academic, athletic, social, emotional, etc. Each child is different and Beacon fosters and celebrations that diversity. The support for families is incredible - through discussions and classes that focus your child's development, how Beacon is approaching their education during that development, and how I can be a better parent. The faculty & staff are devoted educators, many of whom are Beacon parents too! My child is accepted for who she is. She is positively encouraged to explore and expand her own dreams of what she is capable of becoming. And Beacon safely guides her (and us) along that journey. I am so thankful for Beacon and the loving care they provide my child, and my family.
Small class size, individualized attention to each student, offers computers, physical education, dance and music weekly to every child from preK to 8th grade.
this wonderful school provides the tools to be academically sucessful in life, and also teaches them socially, emotionally, and to instill a confidence that no matter who they are, they are special. The diversity of this institution matches the world that our children will occupy in their adult lives, and teaches them that no one is excluded due to their backgrounds. These kids truly know how to work through conflicts with others, how to take responsibility for their actions, know that they may have opinions and views that differ from others, and its OK, and, through very well developed and skilled teachers, teach at the speed the student can grasp..
The teachers are passionate about teaching, and encourage children to learn in many different ways. As a result the children are passionate about learning.
Beacon is a very welcoming school. The staff and teachers are incredibly passionate and sincere about all the children receiving a great education. The kids at Beacon are engaged, happy, and learning. My family and I are very happy to be a part of Beacon Day School.
Love the faculty and staff, friendly hardworking and sincere. Truly diverse without bragging about it; very down to earth and cutting edge in academic approach to children and their learning. All the kids know the teachers and staff and the staff/faculty get to know the children as well. Everyone is diverse economically and racially...
We moved to Oakland from the East Coast. We were not overly thrilled about any of the schools that our son had previously attended until we came upon Beacon. The school philosophy of fostering life long learning seems to work. Our son now likes going to school (as much as 9 yo boy can). He has become more confident and likes learning. The full year program is much more manageable for us and takes a lot of pressure off of him (and us) since there is no homework for K-4. It is pricey but we believe that it is well worth the investment. Also the school recognizes that parents are busy and does not overload you with fundraisers, events, etc. The teachers also seem genuinely interested in the kids learning and the small class sizes and individual attention is good for kids who do not fit the cookie cutter mold.
The faculty from Richard, the Head of school, to the after care teachers are all wonderful! My child looks forward to school...weekends at home are 'boring'! Mondays can't come fast enough for her...All the children are so engaged!
It has provided my son with the most nurturing and supportive environment for his success-I love it!
We love Beacon Day School! It truly is a fantastic place to learn. They are passionate about the Arts, and have challenged and supported my son academically. It is a year round school, that understands the needs of a two working parent family. I can't say enough great things about Beacon... I highly recommend this school!
Beacon helps create confident, successful learners, who truly enjoy school, enthusiastically embrace the arts and are at home in a genuinely diverse community.
My two kids at Beacon are thriving both academically and socially. The arts programs are strong, but I wouldn't consider it an art school. Academics are rigorous, but it the program stresses that the kids master a skill before they move on. I can imagine that might leave some kids who transfer out to a public school mid-stream feeling behind. However, I've seen first hand that if the kids are allowed to learn this way, they really MASTER the skills. They don't teach to the test and don't force kids to learn all at the same rate. My bright kids feel challenged but not burned out by school. They love to learn and read more than most kids I know (they have time without all that homework). Both can't wait to go every day of the 230+ days of school every year.
My child went to Beacon for four years. Beacon's program is not academically sound. In Math when my child transferred to a public school she was two grade levels behind. I would not recommend this school to anyone that was concered with making sure their child was on competent.
Beacon Day School addresses how children learn better than any other school I have seen. All children at Beacon master the skills of reading, writing and math before they move on to more challenging work. My 6th grade daughter is thriving because she loves school. Homework was given in 4th adn 5th grade at an appropriate level and now in 6th grade although she has hoemwork daily, she is ready to take it on. She didn't need 2 hours of homework a night since 1st grade to learn how to do it. All Beacon kids are able to experience daily success at school and this enables them to take acdemic risks as they are presented.
This is our second year at Beacon. The longer I am there the more amazing things I discover. The children are so very happy, they love coming to school! By 6th grade the students on average test 2 years above grade level, mainly because they do not advance until they have mastered each skill...and kids who advance quickly move on quickly - lots of gifted kids. Kids are very attuned socially and differences are respected. The teachers we have had are amazing, quite experienced, are highly organized, and know exactly what they want to accomplish. But they are also very personable and the kids just love them. I just think this is a hidden jewel of a school. Don't be put off by its location, which is a bit urban feeling. Apply for financial aid, it can really help the tuition crunch. Quite a value since it is year round.
This is a fabulous school. The staff is very attendtive and the school has such a strong liberal arts program. The parent participation is strong and there is a strong sense of community.
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