The school really focuses on developing social emotional skills -- it is part of the fabric of all classes. In addition, last year they added Carin, a staff counselor, who invested significant time working with kids and families to proactively address challenging social emotional topics.
Our son has attended PKS since 2011 -- three years in preschool, one year in kindergarten and now he is entering the first grade. He loves the school, his teachers, his classmates, and even many of the parents of his classmates. The entire PKS community provides a loving and safe environment that acts as his fuel for learning. It is so comforting to see how happy he is at this wonderful school.
Our daughter has attended PKS since 2014 -- she has really thrived in this unique learning environment where she can develop her Mandarin language skills and, more importantly, develop social emotional skills that are the foundation for future learning. It is great to see how happy she is at PKS!!
This is my daughter's second year at PKS preschool and we absolutely love it. She had a tough time adjusting to the school last year and the school director, teachers, and fellow parents reached out to her and me to provide lots of support and tips to ease the transition. Throughout the last academic school year, she grew leaps and bounds in terms of social emotional, self help, academic and language skills. The teachers are extremely loving, caring, and are always available for quick chats or talks in person or via email. The Regio approach and the curriculum are designed so that kids are constantly having fun but learning a ton. We were amazed at how much our daughter knew by the end of school year. Lastly the parent community is incredible. It's warm, welcoming, supportive and we've made some good friends here. We are so excited about the school and look forward to staying there for the long haul (it goes up to 8th grade)!
The presentations that the teachers give to parents in the Spring showcasing the project based work that the preschoolers have done during the year always blows me away. The teachers are educated in progressive, constuctivist pedagogy and they are native Mandarin speakers. It's a killer combination!
Our preschooler really flourished at PKS. The teachers are wonderful and warm. They really do care about the kids, and it shows! The student-teacher ratio is fabulous so there's always an adult there when needed, or simply just to do a project with. The teachers really follow the Reggio-Emilia approach, which is really very different than traditional Chinese/Taiwanese methods of teaching. However they do it quite well, in Mandarin, I may add, which I attribute to their dedication as well as the time the school also puts into teacher development. It really is a treasure of a school because I don't know any other place that could pull that off. The English level of the teachers is good, so you shouldn't have a problem communicating with them. The preschool director and the head of school are also quite excellent and professional. The most wonderful thing about the school is the parent community. The parents are very involved in many aspects of the school. The administration embraces this very warmly.