The positive dicipline has been truly amazing for our family. We are so pleased with our experience with this school and the community. Wouldn't want to be any where else. Thank you to all the amazing teachers who really out in their all.
Mary Jo Hamilton, the School's Office Manager is also the resident miracle worker, good friend, problem solver, and people connector. She is a gem and we are so lucky to have her at Santa Rosa Charter School.
I'm also grateful for the wonderful parents who helped build the school, and continue to do it as it encounters each year and the challenges and opportunities those bring. For those parents who work as board members, thank you too. Your leadership is inspiring.
children are encouraged to keep trying, and know that they can grow. traditional grades are not used, but a more flexible numerical scale that is more affiliated with doing personal best and showing growth.
What i love is that this school values mutual respect. So children respect each other, the teachers and parents/adults. But also we think that likewise, parents/adults, teachers need to also show respect for all the children.
this school uses positive discipline and a democratic approach to classroom management. children are part of discussion problems and finding solutions. Punitive approaches at other schools are not found here, but this school helps kids make amends and heal what is broken, help where friends are hurting and speak out when things don't seem fair.
What I want for my own children is a place where the teachers know my kid, and know our family and care about not just academics but healthy social, emotional and physical growth. Where there is flexibility in the curriculum to allow kids to learn at their pace and truly inquire and develop both creative and critical thinking skills. The preschool taught me so much about how to be a good parent, and the same lessons help carry me through the elementary and middle school programs. Everyone participates in the parenting classes, so you get to know other families and have deep meaningful dialogue about what it means to be a parent and support your children in the best way. I have had three kids start in the preschool and move all the way up through middle school there, and they are bright, caring and capable kids thanks to this program.
Since this is an INDEPENDENT charter (the oldest one in Santa Rosa--it started 20 years ago) the school has more autonomy over the program, the curriculum. I love this school.
Catherine McCracken-Jones for giving my kids a great foundation for learning and exploring.
LaDonna Moore for being a great Director and host of the lunchtime girls group, which was responsible for preventing a lot of girls issues. Thank you!