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.
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.