Both of my girls by nature have these attributes but they are learning how to help others and give messages to friends that may need help with these qualities. The environment at school because you work with others on projects helps students with these expectations.
They work very hard to teach with compassion and build expectations from their students. Newer teachers get the support they need from more seasoned staff and they do lots of great team building events together.
They have very little homework and what homework they do have it's mostly meant to do with your parents. When your home from school you should be able to have your free time not be bombarded with hours of homework.
We felt like we won the lottery when my daughter got into Explorer seven years ago. She is now in middle school at HTMMA and my youngest is in 3rd. Social emotional and project based learning was something I was very interested in for them and it has been amazing watching them grow and excel in this environment. No there is no textbooks, they immerse themselves into their subjects, truly learning about every aspect of the topic. They explore how things really work instead of memorizing facts. This deeper learning has grounded them in what their learning and instills confident innovative thinking that I wish I could of had when I was a student. I'm a member of the PA and a volunteer, the rewards I receive daily are unmeasurable. I'm constantly in awe with our teachers and wish I could bottle their amazing abaility to be patient and problem solve. This school provides a safe environment if there is any bullying it gets dealt with immediately. The students gain confidence in themselves and learn how to give kind messages to friends that may need it. I really have no negatives about HTEx Explorer, all schools have room for improvement and what works for one may not work for everyone. I'm all about progressive learning/teaching and love that our teachers and staff are always seeking new innovative ways to teach.
My son at Explorer is in one of the most truly diverse and multicultural settings I have ever seen in a school. The leadership has true vision and the teachers are dedicated to developing the whole child. Sure Explorer kids can read, write, and do math, but they can also collaborate, problem solve, and create. I couldn't be happier.
Make sure you look at the dates of each review. Whatever this school was, it is no longer. There is very little emphasis on Math and Reading skills. Children are subjected to group projects where they only become as capable as the weakest member. If you child has any abilities, it will only drown in this environment of social emotion learning. After receiving the test results ranking Explorer students to the national average, every parent I spoke to said their child ranked Below average. This contradicts what Explorer Elementary is publishing. Since last year was the first year this particular test has been taken, I believe Explorer will have to update their ranking to show that their learning process no longer works... and maybe never has.
Explorer Elementary Student Parent
Many children do not work well in this social and emotional environment. Teachers do not know how to deal with them and hugs only go so far. Bullying becomes uncontrolled and these children end up holding the whole class back. Since Explorer is group base learning, a groups with these individuals end up paying the price. It is Explorer's dirty little secret.