"Buyer be aware" Science consist of watching popular children science videos. No Social Studies Curriculum. Picture on website with kids with goggles and white jackets is not at Hacienda. Better Montessori Education option at Valley Montessori in Livermore. Hacienda does not have enough room. Students are doing independent work time with music, chinese, group spelling or reading groups going on in same area. Spanish is held in the kitchen. Computers in lower school are not used and in fact most computers don't work and no IT person on campus. Just ask Director. School is not Accredited that is the clue not a good fit for parents looking for a solid education.
Teachers want 5 to 12 year olds to take responsibility for the education and get their work done with very little encouragement from staff. Most long term teachers have left. Unable to get new teachers so Director is in the classroom.
Very disappointed. We felt the full day program matched our work schedule well and we had a Montessori preschool program that we loved. However, we really felt that the attention was more on the generating conserving money than the kids. We moved out to a local public school and have been really happy and it has been good for our child who needs extra challenge. We were surprised that the expectations for reading levels was higher in the new school. I guess if we didn't have an excellent public system it would have been good though.
Hacienda school provides excellent education in the basics such as reading, writing and arithmetic. It also provides outstanding training in music, foreign language and science. The learning is rigorous, but self-paced. The program is year-round, with special programs available during the summer. The class day is long enough for students to complete assignments at school, so we have no struggles over homework in the evening. Most importantly, the children learn about living. They learn to act responsibly and treat other students and teachers with affection and respect. The teachers are enthusiastic, knowledgeable and caring.
Hacienda excels for the following reasons: small class size, great parent-teacher communication, very personal (student is not just a number), they continually foster growth at any grade level (ie, a 1st grader can learn multiplication if he is ready).
The teachers teach a lot more than public school and they are very energetic, professional. Kids love them and love to go there every day. Great academic curriculum and great music program. Students are trained to take the initiative on their studies. When we bring kids outside for family activities, people recognize them with their knowledge learned from school and leave impression to them.