Our child has finished the first year at Beacon. It is a fantastic school with highly skilled, caring teachers. Since it's a small school, teachers can individualize the approach they take for each student. Students are very bright. At the same time, if your child has a learning disability (for example ADHD), the school can accommodate that and come up with a specific learning plan. There are students who are gifted academically, and they are able to take some classes with higher grade students. Most schools teach to the middle and cannot individualize. Beacon is small enough to teach according to each child's unique needs and talents.
Research shows that homework in elementary school (other than reading) does not improve learning outcomes and too much homework is detrimental. I am so grateful Beacon does not do homework below 5th grade.
My daughter started 6th grade this fall at Beacon Day. We were very excited to go here but worried that the school would not live up to the hype of admissions rhetoric. I am happy to say that it was everything and more. Although we have only been there a short time, teachers are extremely responsive and always willing to make time to talk. My daughter felt comfortable there from day 1 and has an extremely easy transition. She is happy and doing well.
The school has high expectations for the students. If a student is struggling, they teach the child the communicate that they need help. I believe they have a strong tone of honest and open communication.