April 13, 2010
My daughter is now in 3rd grade here, and we are thoroughly enjoying both her time and ours at this school. All the teachers & staff that I have gotten to know are stellar examples of their craft - they are incredibly imaginative, creative and have high expectations of their students. They mentor each child according to his/her strengths and struggles, and help provide an excellent social atmosphere that nurtures both the kids' brains and their sensibilities. The curricula are well-balanced for arts, math, science, social studies, languages (all kids are taught Spanish, and ESL kids are immersed in English) and technology, with elective classes mixed in (3rd-5th gr) where kids may follow their own favorite pursuits. All subgroups at this school are expected to excel, and they do. The IB program is integral to the school's approach to learning. Kids learn from the first that they are citizens of the world, and are encouraged to always consider how they can support each other, their school. their community, town, state, country and world, in all areas, including treading lightly on the planet's environment. There is a strong PTA, a parent-teacher Green Team (overseeing environmental, beautification & recycling concerns), Student Council, an ELAC group, School Site Council and an Annual Fund committee - all strong presences on campus. There are several good after-school programs that offer varying levels of homework help, playtime, and social & team activities (not to mention helping parents who need a safe place for their kids to stay until after work). There are lots of fun communal events that take place during the school year where everyone may mingle and learn about different subjects, buy books, take action, or just enjoy a hotdog and a movie! Our families and community partners support and interact with the school to enhance the daily programs. My overall impression is of a big diverse family of people coming together, where everyone gets to know everyone else, and each person involved with the school contributes what they can in the way of skills, materials, knowledge, and especially enthusiasm towards making it a great place to be.
- submitted by a parent