As a current parent, I just can't brag enough about this school. WOW. What an awesome, awesome place. The saying is, 'It takes a village to raise a child', this school--'this village'--is definitely doing all the right things. My children are young, but I cannot wait to watch them grow and learn here. They've got an UNBELIEVABLE arts program--GET THIS--FREE String ORCHESTRA, four days a week starting in KINDERGARTEN! The kids are so musically talented, it blows my mind. Drama programs begin in sixth grade--we are talking BROADWAY-QUALITY Musicals. And the academics--I can't say enough, again. Last year's eighth grade students read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, all the advanced literature. Sciene Faires, Mathalons, school-wide Spelling Bee--What more could you ask for? The academics are stellar, and the list of high schools and colleges students attend afterwards is impressive and exhaustive. FOUR WORDS: ENROLL YOUR KID NOW.
Not a good school as far has reasonable excpectations for the childrens age group. They expect your child to be a genius.
The teachers at this school are wonderful and very caring for the children.
The school engages in dialogue with parents in order to further the best interests of the children, specifically: their future.The frequency of these meetings depends on your child's needs and behavior and are not punitive but are meant to enlist the parent's help in guiding your child to the brightest possible future for them. Graduates go on to prestigious boarding schools and local private schools, often on scholarships. As a parent, you are asked to be involved in the school at large and specifically in your child's educational and, social and intellectual develpoment. All of that is worth the high level of involvement by the directors.future for the . , these communications, oftern face to face
I would never ever recommend or ever go to this school again. I feel now we are being harrassed by not just a few members on the Board of Directors who actually run the school but they act like they are the Mafia and can do anything they want to anyone's family. What a horrible experience we have had.
Warning to potential parents.Do not enroll you child at this school. 1. The academics are behind the public school system. 2. The staff is very hypocritical when it comes to discipline. 3. Boys tend to be expelled at a very high rate. 4. More time is wasted on singing and celebrating then on academics. 5. Students books are very outdated. I think the time has come to close this school down.
Love the teachers, staff and directors. Other schools should follow the Northern Light lead. Quality in education and genuine care for our children.
Has some great things: field trips, environment, caring teachers. Too many short days, half days, wasted time, shorter school year than other schools. Need to beef up academics.
Northern Light School is an excellent place for your child to receive a quality education. I have two daughters who attend the school, one in Preschool and the other in Kindergarten. I am still amazed at the depth of knowledge the preschool children exhibit--learning to count in English, Spanish, Mandarin & other languages is something most adults never experience in their lives. Parents are expected to and have many opportunities to be involved which adds to the overall family-oriented environment that I have experienced and enjoy here. The addition of a full-time physical education teacher has been pleasing in light of the problem with childhood obesity. In the school, the children are encouraged to be themselves while still having respect for others. The music program is good and growing although I would like to see it available to the younger children. Overall the school is great and highly recommended!
The class size has increased to 16-17 students. The academic program is good but may lag behind other private schools in math. The music program is an additional cost as is drama, and all other extracurricular activities. Parent involvement is low compared to other private schools.
Great small school w/ huge parental involvement. Strong academics so far. A good music program and extracirricular activities such as drumming, basketball, spanish and other sports. Some diversity in professional staff though they need more especially in the upper school. Beware of placing boys after 5th grade as they will be scrutinized and if they are not 'with the program' in any way shape or form, they will be expelled (w/ little warning) and they don't wait until the end of the year or the end of the semester to do it! Better to enter boys early so that they are indoctrinated into the system. Liberal 'politically correct' environment - corny and a little removed from the real world at times. Emphasis on non-violent solutions to conflicts, broad range of life experiences and self empowerment is strong. Expect 3rd graders talking about what college they are going to.
This is a one of a kind school, the children are treated with respect, the teachers really get to know each child. They work hard to keep tuition affordable. My spirited child is flourishing in every way. They let the children be children while teaching them they can make a difference in the world around them. This is a great school. They don't have great technology or extracuricular activities, but I'd trade those any day for the respect for humanity my child is learning and recieving for who she is.
I thought this was a really good school initially. Some aspects of the school are really great such as small class side and their approach to non-violence. However, the overall curiculum is something to be desired. Math is a very weak spot. My child and three of his peers left the school to attend public schools in different cities and were behind in math. He is finding it difficult to keep up while doing a fairly good job. (Started 20 lessons behind the majority of the class in math.) Just make sure that your child is keeping up with the math skills at home :)
Northern Light has a diverse student body and there is some diversity among the teachers. The school has strong discipline which is heavily directed at the African American male students. The classroom size averages 10-15 students making the learning conditions above average. There is an arts focus for upper grade students in the after school program. There is one computer in each classroom but no computer lab. Parents have been promised a lab for over a year and in fact computers were donated under a government program but there has been little effort to open the lab to the students. The computers are owned by the church that leases the building to the school. The parents group meets monthly and is poorly attended. The group has a focus on fundraising. Parent volunteerism is mandatory and many grandparents work to fulfill the requirements. Adult volunteers help tutor students both during the school day and as part of the after school program. The morning circle is held daily and offers the children a chance to connect and reflect on the beginning of each day. Students sing and celebrate birthday s. Parents are invited to participate. One of the most enjoyable aspects of morning circle is seeing the birthday child pick friends to sing and skip in celebration of their special day. The school isn't perfect no school is. My children love the school.
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