We are so glad we transferred out of Beacon. We left because we were persuaded by friends to switch schools. It was a real eye opener for us at the new school. Beacon Educated! Our child performed significantly below grade level in basic writing and math skills compared to other students who were at grade level. Our child does not have a disability or learning handicap. Through hard work by our child and support from the teacher and staff he was able to achieve above grade level performance by the end of the year.
For many years we supported Beacon's educational approach. Now with our own experience we can relate to and understand why so many families have left Beacon. We consider ourselves fortunate that we did not stay at Beacon longer. Our child receives a well rounded quality education with access to superior academic resources and support.
The academic program is not graded or certified by any third party institution. Children can be way below grade level performance with no testing or metrics for what is standard academic performance for each grade.
Academic program is too weak to develop persistence, grit and determination. Additionally, the work load is too light, children are able to skirt by with less than minimal effort nor the real world experience of completing project the first time correctly. Late work and redo of work is always allowed.
We transferred from another private school, St. Theresa to take advantage of the smaller class sizes and individualized learning. We love the school and have seen a marked improvement in our daughter's academic progress.
Beacon had a terrific reputation for many years. Sadly, after the mass exodus of long-time faculty, teachers, and students (announced after contracts were signed) who made this school such a wonderful place, Beacon now (2015) finds itself in complete disarray. What is left is a skeleton and mediocre faculty, administration, and staff along with questionable curriculum. Questions and concerns on various topics were raised by some parents and brought to the school for discussion. It took over 5 weeks for a response. If you are looking for a community and a well run, stimulating learning environment, definitely look elsewhere. If you have heard good things about Beacon, this is old news.
The main reason we left Beacon Day School is because of its administration and school board. Over the past year, drastic cuts were made to the teaching staff and curriculum and then these changes were communicated to the school community, after the fact. It concerned us that board meeting dates were not announced and board meeting minutes were not published. We did not feel that the board wanted community input or involvement in these important decisions. Another critical area we felt the board did not adequately address is a recruitment strategy which is vital to the survival of any private institution. For a school this size-now down to approximately 100 students-we found it unacceptable not to have a voice or input in any meetings. We did our homework,researched other private schools and discovered there are much better choices out there.
Beacon has been great for out son. He entered Beacon for middle school and he has loved it. He was a cautious and quiet child upon entering and has since opened up and is developing a strong and confident sense of self. Beacon has been a safe environment for him to develop his academic, social, and athletic talents. Staff, teachers and leadership at Beacon are all dedicated and responsive to students and parents. We feel fortunate to have our son attend Beacon.