This is an amazing school even though this year at the fairgrounds has been challenging. They have been very positive. I pulled my kids (1st grade and 5th grade out of Bellevue Elementary where they yell at the kids and are extremely lacking) to go to this school. I love the teachers and staff! They are friendly and take care of my concerns and are always welcoming to me. They do not give out too much homework. I love that they go on many field trips and have a "hands on" approach to learning. I have met so many other wonderful parents who care about their children's education and how they treat other kids (unlike Bellevue elementary). It reflects in the way the children act. This school has over come many challenges this year and I love the family feeling and positive discipline techniques. My only wish for this school is to serve "hot lunch" and for them to have a bus system in place. But those are sacrifices that have been worth it because this school is fantastic!
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.
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.