Suzanne is an experienced Head of School with a long history of leadership in Bay Area Independent schools. She is super hard working and has made many positive contributions to the school since coming 3 years ago.
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.
Beacon staff are caring, adaptable and attuned to the individuality of every student. They support kids in loving learning. We've been so happy we chose Beacon and our child is thrilled to go to school every day. We love the extended school year and extra learning days and we love how nice all the kids are and the diversity of the students.
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.