I love the personal attention my children get at Zion. The teachers and staff know each child by name and really care about them. They give 110% to the kids and school families in class, in clubs, and in community-building events. The curriculum gives them a really solid foundation in the basics but also builds in more advanced concepts and subjects. I love that my 5th grader is learning about the periodic table and writing reports on current events. The extracurricular activities - sports, music, theater, languages, and others - provide really great opportunities for the kids and are quite wide-ranging, especially for a small school. I also love that Zion is a Christian school not just in name only; helping students grow in their faith is an explicit objective.
I love Zion because my children loves Zion. They missed school during the summer and couldn't wait to get back. They even missed doing homework! The education is well rounded and excellent in both academics and extra-curricular activities. Children are given numerous opportunities to excel and encouraged to reach their potential. All the staff and teachers genuinely cares for the children and families. Zion exemplifies Jesus Christ in its loving environment.
The academic rigor, the sense of community and family, the nuturing atmosphere and the love. What student couldn't learn and grow in an environment like that!
My son has been at Zion for 3 years beginning from K grade. They have a fantastic K and 1st grade teacher that is very disciplined and structured. My son has learned the fundamentals that will help him excel in the future. Every school has its only political non-sense as this school has but I feel safe that my son goes there and trust them with his safety.
Our son is in 2nd Grade. He has joined this year. He is very happy with school activities, teachers, and friends. He finishes his homework at extended care everyday which we are very happy.(working parents highly appreciated) He talks about his school day what he's learned, played with his friends, and even sing. He's learned about a lot of christian since he has joined and engaged himself praying for happiness, health or whatever comes his mind. It is amazing how he can adapt so many things well. We are very happy that our son is finally found a school.
As a former student at Zion, it has built a foundation for high school, especially at Lowell. Lowell is tough, but Zion has structured me well and brought me through my freshman year especially, when I was merely fitting socially. Academically, teachers prepared me well -- such as studying and note-taking habits that I will never forget as a student. In addition, teachers worked with me side by side if I had questions, taking time off from their own time in order to work with me. Zion not only specializes in academics, but also offers opportunities in sports and participation in school events. I was never a very good athlete, but I managed to play volleyball and basketball a couple times during my career at Zion. The fact that they did not look down upon my skill comforted me. They excepted me for who I was.
This school helps the child to become a well-balanced, loving person. My child has done well academically, spiritually and socially. Among the extras, this school has an integrated computer program, all children K-8 involvement in their annual musicals and optional after-school basketball training K-4.
We looked for a new school at the end of first grade due to our less-than-pleased experiences at the former school. The principal was welcoming and straightforward. After my son spent a day in the classroom, he really wanted to go back to this school. They also invited him to spend the first week of summer in their vacation Bible school program to get to know his future schoolmates. While we do not actively participate in the church, we have never felt 'slighted'. The staff are incredible. The after-school program is excellent and the teachers and administrators truly care about the children and the school. Also, they do not have a million fundraising programs like our former school did. Right now, the afterschool program is instituting a new program to introduce new activities for the kids. Most of the sports porgrams are for kids in the older grades.
I spent 9 years at this school. I was fairly fond of my education, though my social interaction with other students weren't the most favorable. Be as it may, it is no different any where else--those clicks and what not. However, it was an atmosphere I cannot imagine myself without--one that lacked the snobbery and selfishness of a private school. I cannot imagine myself else where. It was my middle school.
My son attended this small Lutheran school from K through 8 (graduated in 2003). Although there is nothing fancy about this school or its facilities, it provides an extraordinarily high-quality educational experience at a surprisingly low cost (far below most private schools; comparable to the lower-priced Catholic schools). Excellent parent involvement at all levels, dedicated teachers, and a true 'family' feeling. Good extracurricular activities, including outdoor education in Yosemite, Alliance Redwoods, and Olympic Peninsula, as well as 'living history' events. Virtually all of the graduating 8th graders get into good high schools (my son was accepted at Lowell, St. Ignatius (with honors), and Sacred Heart (as a DePaul scholar). If you are open to the possibility of a religious school, you could not do better than Zion.
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