That last review was written by Ms. Blanc. We actually don't miss her at all! Unless somebody misses being yelled at and intimidated by a crazy person who hates children. Many families have come back to school since she is gone and that is great. Things seem to be run by somebody who cares now. Most of the changes are for the better and that is a positive turn for Big Lagoon. The teachers seem to have more say in how they teach. The new principal seems to know what he is doing. I am concerned for my daughter going into the 7/8th grade teacher's class since he seems to pick favorites and fails to teach to everyone but we shall see.
This is a unique school in a wonderful setting with the forest and nearby lagoon and ocean. Your child will receive individualized instruction and benefit from small class sizes. For a small school they have remarkable programs that other, bigger schools have cut: Art, Music, and an outstanding hands-on Science program K-12. All the teachers are dedicated and care about kids. Unfortunately the staff morale has always been high until this year when they hired a new principal. I wish Mrs. Blanc was still here. She was really terrific and cared about kids and the school. The new principal has made a lot of people really unhappy and caused people to leave the school. The school doesn't feel the same. I hope it gets better. It deserves the best.
We were very disappointed when our daugher who was alway a straight 'A" student at this school seemed VERY unprepared when she entered high school. Studends are heavily prepared for CA standardized tests and even a failing student will 'apparently' do well. The teacher supervision is often lacking allowing problematic students to be continually disruptive and disrespectful without consequence. They accept repeatedly suspended or expelled students from other local schools. The arts program is creative but there is nearly no music and zero organized sports or even so much as a PE class.
We transferred our children to Big Lagoon 6 years ago and we made the right choice! They are thriving with all of the personal attention they receive, the guidance they are given and the fun they have outdoors. Stats show that children in K-8 settings do better academically. This little school is a "family" . The science and aquatics programs are amazing. The setting is incomparable.