For our multi-student family, this has been an excellent educational experience. Our children are performing well above standards and what would be expected, and we see them growing into responsible, caring people who love God and love people. It is difficult to get enrolled, and important to start in preschool in order for one's child to more likely become enrolled into kindergarten and beyond. I fear that some are posting quite negative comments after not making it through enrollment (being angered by that), rather than actually experiencing this school and its caring staff and faculty. Also, as it is a religious-based school, some may be attacking it with negative comments simply for that reason, not even having had children attend here. I am a parent, and our children do attend here. We (both) cry when we watch them at various performances and events, so amazing and high quality are they, with a spiritual sense of God's love...it is evident that they are getting our money's-worth and a lot more. We would have our children attend here before any other school.
Mrs. Flores, the Principal, has a tall order in running this enterprise. There are so many moving parts and so many students, and there's not a District that is providing guidance and resources like other principals would have and enjoy. Thank you, Mrs. Flores. (Not to exclude so many others that should be thanked also.)
I could go on for a long while about how truly effective the teachers our children have had are. But I won't. They simply are very effective. Our children wake up in the morning and WANT to go to school. They miss it during the summer, and on Christmas break, and tell us emphatically. That should be a major indicator.
It's tempting to answer this as "not enough" or else "too much" as others have. Yet, how can one really know what the "right amount" is? We're not swamped with homework. Yes, there is often homework, most often daily, and sometimes it takes a good while (30 minutes to over an hour) to complete. That seems like a healthy amount, for young students. I think a lot of parents will just have different impressions of this based on their own schooling experiences.
Our children's persistence, grit and determination keep getting stronger. It's almost annoying...they are strongly determined to excel and achieve as perfectly as possible, that we at times have to remind them that they are young and *learning*, not simply producing a perfect answer or product on the first try. But I don't see that the teachers are shaming the students into being perfectionists nor that there is a massive reward for being perfect. Rather, they really just seem to take pride in their work and enjoy being strong achievers and showing that their skills are increasing. I find it very unlikely that this school would produce any lazy students, and society is going to benefit for decades going forward due to this school's graduates.
We haven't been attending at this school long enough for me to input "Strongly agree," as our children are still young and working on the "respect" aspect. Many very young children are only starting to grasp being respectful and listening. I feel that the school does focus on developing respect and that this will come along also as the children age and learn. The school IS serious about making sure that parents and students are informed for moderate and egregious episodes of disrespect; those rarely occur, but these students are human beings after all and have their occasional break-downs.
Compassion, caring, and empathy are where this school really shines. I'll state it again--we (both) are moved to tears when attending events and performances with our children/students at this school. Most of that is because of the spiritual atmosphere developed, including compassion, caring, and empathy. The staff and faculty demonstrate it, and the students then exemplify it in their performances and activities. There is a strong sense of "community" at this school, for these and other reasons, which I find unlikely to occur at many public schools, unfortunately.
These aspects are central to this school's reputation as a private religious school. Children are being pulled apart by society today, and honesty, integrity, and fairness are hard to find in so many settings with children in the general public. I don't see these problems, or hardly ever, when attending events at the school, and it is evident that the staff and faculty are not only instilling these, but also demonstrating them in a way that is absorbed by the students.