Also to the parent that complained about the contribution: What is mandatory is that you do a tour and attend an information session about the school. When you do this, you become aware of the many extra's you get at McAuliffe that include: field trips, supplies for the classroom, supplies for art, science, math, literature, PE, gardening, cooking, two part time librarians and instructional aids for ALL classrooms. You also become aware of what will be asked of you when you VOLUNTARILY come to McAuliffe. That includes a monetary contribution, aiding hours in the classroom and driving/chaperon hours for field trips. If you do not like what is being asked of you, do not choose to leave your neighborhood school and come to McAuliffe. IF you make a choice to have your family attend this school because of the many field trips, unique learning opportunities, small group activities, etc...you need to participate and fulfill ALL your commitments to the school. Please keep in mind that we do not ask you to sell popcorn,cookies, gift wrap, candy nor do we ask you to wash cars to raise money for all the items I have previously listed. We ask for a contribution, not fundraising.
To the parent that complains about the contribution. The payment is not mandatory!!! This contribution pays for the instructional aide for every classroom, field trips, cooking class supplies, classroom supplies and much more. if you go to Stokelmeir there is 1 instructional aide to 5 classes. Please go to your home/local school if a contribution to your school community for an instructional aide in each class and other ammenities is not what you want.
It is supposed to be a public school, though there is a m-a-n-d-a-t-o-r-y "contribution" (donation!), to be paid, 1k per child, and it is right down annoying if you are late at paying. Also, they want you to pay checks in advance if you don't pay the full amount at the beginning of the school year. This is a public school that demands this payment. As a donation I wish they would be more flexible as to timelines and not remind parents, it is your "commitment" (which alternative do you have if you want your child/children to go to this school?)... Maybe all parent associations are like this, but, kind reminder, this is a p-u-b-l-i-c school. And 1k per child is a significant amount.
Our 8th grade daughter has been at McAuliffe since Kindergarten. We are very pleased with the education she has gotten. As a member of MENSA, she has been academically challenged sufficiently without the stress or threat of grades. McAuliffe offers her the opportunity to explore her interests deeply in the context of student driven projects. Through these projects she has developed valuable critical thinking and researching skills that are usually addressed in high school.
Describing a school is like the blind men describing an elephant: there are so many different facets, they are all true, and none is exclusively true. My experience has been that my son is flourishing, and having rich experiences that friends at other schools aren't. And, I enjoy the heck out of working in the classroom and feeling part of the school.
There are good and bad teachers. If you are lucky, the teacher will understand your child and guide him/her in her education. But sometimes you feel the teachers are not up to the philosophy and just get by the day with the aiding parents. Also, "the office" seems to have gotten control of the school dynamics. It used to be a school were parents organization and input was encouraged, not any more, it feels more like a "break" and conquer situation, all goes through the "veto" of "the office".
Dogmatic adherence to their stated philosophy results in a curriculum dumbed-down to the lowest common denominator. This school offers little differentiation to match the amazing variation in curiosity, drive etc across its students. If you believe your child has average intelligence and curiosity and want your child educated at a mediocre school, send them here-you won't be disappointed! If you want your child to retain the twinkle in their eye that emanates from a genuine love of learning, look elsewhere. And, if your child has top decile+ IQ-this school will almost certainly be a disaster-your child will likely be extremely-bored. Further, if you are a parent of a boy please think even harder before enrolling here. One of this school s many weaknesses is its inability to celebrate boy energy. Parent participation is terrific in theory; as practiced at McAuliffe, it can be downright intimidating to some kids. The training parents receive is not remotely enough to effect fundamental change in, say, temperament; many 'parent-volunteers' have absolutely no business being around children (some parents do not realize the scarring that can result from yelling at 5 year olds).
Excellent school --- lessons go beyond classroom; students take ownership of their learning --- critical thinking, research, creative problem-solving, teamwork --- students develop desire for lifelong learning, not working for a grade or a reward. Excellent teachers who care and teach meaningful concepts, not rote memorization and worksheets.
Too much horsing around. The parents build a universe around the kids, and they act accordingly. The kids show little curiosity outside of play time. This is too far of an extreme from traditional schools, and very few kids every get their outside assignments done.
It is like a Montessori school. The parents and teachers are very tight knit community who are very helpful and the teachers are great
Christa McAuliffe provides my grandaughter with much more than the 3R's by providing hands-on learning experiences, exposure to the arts, development of communication and decision-making skills so important for life in the real world.
I love this school because the staff and the teachers are great and very friendly.
I have never seen a school program that teaches children to think for themselves and problem solve at such a young age as well as Christa McAuliffe Elementary. I am amazed at how much excellent out of classroom experience the students receive, that obviously creates an atmosphere of excited learning. My niece constantly surprises me at the level she can think, communicate and confidently speak her mind.
Without this school's participation, 'Their Future is Now' Campaign wouldn' have raised the 3 million it needed to save 115 teacher's jobs! The parent involvement in this school is phenomenal!!!
Heard good reviews about the school; nurtures kids and lets them be kids
My kids love going to school everyday and I believe they are learning the skills necessary to succeed in the work place and in life.
This school offers a perfect alternative to our districts K-8 schools. It gives students a wonderful way to enjoy learning and prepares them very well for high school.
They really design their teaching approach to your children's needs instead of a 1-technique works all!!
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