The teachers are one of the best things about this school. You can tell they really care about your student and they care about getting to your family. We have been so blessed by her teacher this year, and are confident that next year her teacher will be just as wonderful.
My student has about 20-30 minutes of homework a night, and unless she's working on a special project. I feel this is appropriate for her grade level, and she has often come home with it finished having worked on it during aftercare.
This year our class had two students enter late from other countries with very different cultural background. I must admit that as a mother I was wondering how integrating these new students would play out and whether it would create any issues in the social groups. The outcome was beyond what I could have imagined. Both students were welcomed by the other kids with open arms, and treated with extra kindness while they adjusted to their new surroundings. The students even celebrate their new peer's cultures during special presentations. I really feel like the teachers encourage the loving, compassionate attitudes I've seen in the kids and I am very thankful for that.
This was our first year at The Gillispie School and I can say that it will be our first of many. We are so happy with our decision to send our daughter to Gillispie. We love that the school mixes traditional curriculum benchmarks with project-based learning. We feel our daughter is hitting all the milestones while having a well-rounded, hands-on experience. So far the specialities have been great. We would like to see more Spanish or at least have what is going on in Spanish communicated to parents better. The values system is wonderful and we are impressed by the school's warmth and community feel. We couldn't be happier.
I just got off the phone with my daughter, who is well into her first job as a psychiatric counselor in a big city. I want to offer thanks to all the schools she attended on her path to this success, starting with The Gillispie School in La Jolla, Ca, which taught her the habits of academic rigor and compassionate that are so important in what she is doing now. Good habits in learning and citizenship have to be taught early; Gillispie did that for my daughter and for so many other children of families I know.
The over focus on children of rich families dominates this culture. How does respect develop when families are treated differently if they are big donors vs. ones that are not donating? That is NOT respect.
At Gillispie you will find a nurturing academic environment that emphasizes personal accountability and respect for others. I am continuously impressed by the passion of both the teachers and administration. Most importantly, my child is happy at Gillispie.