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.
Thank you Beacon staff for teaching, loving, and caring for my child every day and creating an environment where he loves to go to school! Thank you for knowing that teaching is more than making kids learn information but that it includes building positive relationships with them so they know they are cared for at school.