Within the social landscape of Denver, Graland is definitely one of the best-perceived schools. We feel genuinely lucky to go there. The school is beautiful, has great student-faculty ratios, and offers a safe community of students. Graland's unofficial mission is to make all students comfortable with who they are--and it does this very well. On the negative side, Graland continues to do poorly with diversity in administration, teachers, and the student body. Also, we've noticed a somewhat elitist culture among parents (although this seems totally absent among the kids). Graland rightly perceives itself as a great school, but sometimes that institutional pride seems to get in the way of institutional advancement. A little more flexibility and humility would go a long way in making Graland an even better school.
This is a tremendous school in every way. Teachers take the time to know your child, identify his or her learning needs and go way beyond the call of duty to accommodate those needs. All of the Faculty, from the Heads of departments to the support teachers are always available, approachable and genuinely interested in the children in their charge. There are lots of quality extra-curricular sports and various other activities for those who wish to participate and the parental involvement is very strong. Bullying is dealt with immediately, with sensitivity and taken very seriously by the school. We could not have chosen a better seat of learning for our child.
The quality of academics at Graland is outstanding and getting better each year. With the leadership in place and the quality of faculty and extracurricular activities, this school is top notch. Parent involvement is high and expected as they create partnerships with the teachers. Although expensive, if you can make it work Graland is worth it.
My daughter is attending Graland for her 2nd year now (she is in 1st grad). She has enjoyed attending Graland and frequently comes home with new information, facts about what she has learned there as well as is becoming more and more confident and capable with her reading skills. Music, art, computers, math, science all have special teachers. What's more special events, low student-to-teacher ratios (16:2), attempts to increase diversity and community outreach projects really sets Graland apart from other schools. A possible area of improvement would be more accessibility for people of lower income levels. With so many events, people who work 9-5pm days would require a lot of time-off from work to attend every event. And it seems that people of color are underrepresented at the school and older 'ethnic' children may feel ostrasized. Overall, I highly recommend Graland as a wonderful baseline from which children can grow.
My children attended Graland for the full Kindergarten through ninth grade program, and loved every minute of it! I strongly support this school and suggest that any parent enroll their child/children in it.
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