My husband and I could not be more pleased with our daughter's experience at Friends' School. She matriculated last year as a preschooler and has returned this year as a "Pre-K" student. We plan to return next year for Kindergarten.
Our daughter has blossomed tremendously during the past year and a half and I attribute a lot of that growth to Friends'. The entire community works hard give each child the tools that he/she needs to grow in mind, body, and heart. Academic instruction is creative, hands-on and personalized to each child's needs. Preschoolers spend roughly half of their 3-hour day outdoors in the AMAZING schoolyard, and elementary students get multiple short recess breaks in addition to the traditional lunch/recess combo. This added "play time"--even for older elementary students--has been well-researched and shown to enhance student's ability to focus and better process information during direct instruction.
Character growth is a huge part of the school's culture and a main attribute that drew our family in, and the social/emotional curriculum at this school is second-to-none. Teacher spend a great deal of time helping children navigate tricky situations with friends and challenging group dynamics. By learning these skills early on, children will be able to concentrate on school as they grow rather than on peer difficulties.
The degree to which teachers--and even staff--get to know each child at the school is astounding. Our daughter used to avoid a lot of physical play. Her teachers introduced to her the concept of "body challenges" and the idea that when something is hard, that's actually great, because it means you have a chance to "grow your brain" or "grow your body" by practicing. In addition, our child doesn't like to fail. The teachers have emphasized resiliency and talk about "bouncing like a ball" when you don't achieve your goal the first time. The change in our daughter has been wonderful to behold. She now enjoys "body challenges" and "growing her body" by trying new, hard things on the playground with her friends.
I truly could not say enough great things about this warm, tight knit an caring community. The families, staff, and especially the faculty are the best. Definitely worth taking a look if the concept of "educating the whole child" is of value to you and your family. This place nails it.
Our kid is in his second year at the Friends' School Preschool Program and he is loving it. We feel so lucky to be part of the Friends' School community where we are all learning how to educate the whole child; head, hand, and heart! They offer many educational series for parents as well as extra curricular programs for students. The summer camp programs are phenomenal, we've done the backyard camp twice and we've made some great friends here too.
My kid had a hard time making the transition into Preschool and the teachers made this experience easy for him with their loving and compassionate care. They also identified a speech dysfluency early in our first school year which their pathologist has supportively assisted us with. Now his speech is right where it's supposed to be! Thank you Friends' School.
Two of the Preschool teachers are recipients of the Boulder County Best Teachers in early education award 2 years in a row! The ratio of teacher to student is amazing, for all grades. Friends' is nurturing self awareness and creative thinking while integrating standards of learning in an environment full of respect. If only every child's learning could be like this!
Both our children are lucky enough to have gone to Friends' School, to experience their incredible play-based learning environment and develop their social emotional skills within the most warm and welcoming community. Their teachers are amazing in their depth of knowledge and experience, and their compassion in working with each child. I only wish it went through high school!
Our oldest child started preschool at Friends' this year and is having an exceptional introduction to the school experience. Each day, one of the first questions we are asked is: "Do I get to go to school today?" The teachers are welcoming, enthusiastic, educated and so much fun! The classroom environment offers wonderful learning opportunities and, most importantly, social/emotional confidence is at the core of the program.
My 3 children have gone to Friends school preschool over the years. This school holds a special and dear place in my families hearts. I can't think of better teachers and community to start off my childrens academic careers. My kids have come away with lifelong friends, a good basis of knowledge and social and emotional guidance which will help them throughout life- I only wish everyone's kids could have this experience!
I wish to say a heartfelt thank you to Ann Reid at the front desk. Ann is an ever present force of positivity and good in so many ways. This woman is one of the most caring and nurturing people I have ever had the distinct pleasure of meeting. She is the lifeblood to this fine institution. We love you Ann!
In 3rd grade the students were assigned homework on a Monday and were expected to hand it in on Friday. For our daughter, this task was daunting because she would often leave it to the last minute to complete. This year, the 4th graders are given just enough every day to keep them interested and not overwhelmed. This year's workload is just right IMHO.
While some kids learn at a different pace and/or unique skill set(s), Friend's adapts to each one and encourages many different ways to achieve a positive outcome. Teaching determination without intimidation is how I would describe this.
Again, I have 100% confidence in the fact that this is not just being taught to our kids, but exemplified from our parent/teacher community. Through osmosis, this school has made our entire family more respectful and patient people. They practice what they preach at Friend's.