August 29, 2012
Research thoroughly your decision to attend this school. Academically, standardized test scores in both the elementary & middle school are low. When asked to see current test scores, the administration shared old data. Although bi-lingual schools can academically lag English-only schools, parents who left for other schools said academically, their kids needed lots of extra tutoring. Instilling a joy & love of learning, it is not practiced at all. The French teachers motivate kids negatively, ie yelling, berating, & humiliating them & sometimes causing them cry. The admin speaks of "teaching emotional intelligence", "building leaders', "teaching positive risk taking", but in practice it doesn't exist. When issues are raised, they are dismissed/unresolved w/out teacher accountability. Overall, attrition rates are high, test scores are low, teaching methodology is archaic & out dated, & teachers & administration have questionable backgrounds. Find & speak to families that have left. Bottom line, if you have goals of your child attending a top American university, do not go here. There are many positive, proven, alternatives in the area to teach your child Chinese or French.
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