As a parent of two Stanley students, I do not understand comments about the headmaster and about the preferential treatment of "jocks". First, the headmaster is outstanding and one of the brightest educators I have known. Yes, the school does have to work within its own budget, and it is his job to be sure that happens. Within the Stanley community, he is revered and held in very high esteem. The "jocks" comment makes no sense at all -- maybe the person meant to review a different school? Athletics are embraced at Stanley, but there is a noncompetitive atmosphere and I cannot recall meeting any students who are intensely focused on athletics. As for the emphasis on test taking -- I am flummoxed by this comment. My kids have only ever been given one formal assessment test, and the teacher called to ask my permission first. Every teacher knows his or her students very well here and we feel fortunate to be part of it all.
I have been a fan of Stanley BPS for many years but I feel I must add my voice to several here who have written about mission drift and a different direction that the school has taken in recent years. This was a school founded on the principles of love of children, love of learning, curiosity, curriculum skillfully interwoven, and teachers following the interests of the child. This is all eloquently stated in the school s materials. Sadly, very little of it holds true any more. There is now much more focus on adult-oriented goals, test scores, and top-down curriculum (as well as on fundraising). My middle school student, who began at Stanley with a joyous Kindergarten teacher, is overloaded with homework and tests. The school is no longer a place where individuals are celebrated nor where children are free to take risks to learn about themselves. They are getting pushed through the cookie cutter of traditional schooling and parents can find that option anywhere for a lot less money. There are still some good teachers at Stanley, but less curiosity. Take care to compare the information you receive with what is really happening in classrooms, particularly 3rd grade and up.
Stanley is a wonderful community of students, teachers, parents and administration. From top to bottom, Stanley is truly a "community of joyful, lifelong learners." There is support throughout the community and the administration is one that leads by example. I'm convinced that there isn't a happier place that exists. From the moment you walk into the school, it's apparent that the students and teachers are all thrilled to be there. Schools like this are rare and it's a privilege to be a part of such a beautiful family.
As a parent of a young student, I have been so impressed by the intentional events to help our family become part of the community. We love the teachers, multi-age classroom, the ability to challenge my child at her academic level, and the social emotional curriculum. We could not be happier with every aspect of the school and look forward to our other child being part of this incredible school.
The idea of this school is grand, but execution falls short. I am extremely frustrated with the headmaster who is unresponsive to parent concerns. There are some wonderful teachers and an equally wonderful parent community, but vision and leadership are lacking.
If I had rated this school 11 years ago when our first child started here it would have been 5 stars, long story short awful administrators over dedicated, but frustrated teachers. They lost their vision and mission, so sad!
As a first year teacher, I could not imagine a more supportive or engaging school to begin my career. Stanley's administration treats staff members with the utmost respect, allowing all teachers and staff members to take risks, challenge themselves, find joy in their work, and focus on the most important thing: the students. Many teachers have stayed at Stanley for 10+ years due to this environment and I cannot imagine a better place to teach or to send a child.
Stanley BPS has been an amazing school for both my children. The environment and community is so different than how we learned growing up. My kids are loved, honored and treasured by their teachers, staff and their diverse group of peers. They have learned to be confident in their strengths and to work on their weaknesses. Both my children take educational risks daily because they feel so comfortable and supported by their community. I truly believe the world would be a different place if the Stanley philosophy was widespread in current schools. Our family feels truly blessed and grateful to be a part of this community.
Could not be happier with this school. The staff and the community are amazing! The educational philosophy of the school provides the children with life long skills needed to make a positive impact in their community and the confidence to achieve success.
Stanley is a wonderful school with an incredible philosophy supported by amazing leadership, educators, staff and families. The school community is warm, friendly and welcoming as well as incredibly inclusive - embracing and celebrating diversity in its many forms. Parent involvement and participation is encouraged in both the classroom and the broader school - which is run very transparently. The thoughtful curriculum intentionally takes into account the development of a child as a unique individual, and supports an individual learning path, while also promoting working together in groups. Multi-age classrooms combined with exceptional teachers able to differentiate curriculum allows my children to learn at a level appropriate to them as individuals. In addition to a rich academic and arts education, social emotional programming is very thoughtfully interwoven into the school experience which results in an incredible sense of classroom and school community, and a sense of comfort and belonging for every child in the school. Happy children who love school and love to learn - what more could you ask for?
We love this school! Our children have learned how to be empathetic,kind and gracious. They trust their teachers,feel safe in the classroom and the playground,and have gained confidence beyond their years. The teachers and the administration are very warm and inviting. Coming from the public school system, this is quite a welcome change. The way the students learn is through uncovering material in creative ways that best align with their learning style. Children are encouraged to learn "by doing" versus just reading from a text or putting pencil to paper. Looking in to the middle school, we see the most confident,well-adjusted,kind and smart individuals. What more could we ask for?
We have had all of our children at Stanley. Unfortunately, over the past several years we have seen a steady decline in the quality of staff and more importantly the quality of leadership. The past head of school and founder was a brilliant woman with her mind only on the best for the children. She had created a beautiful community of commitment to that ideal. However, the new headmaster is interested only in money, and focuses on that end. They are now plagued by turnover of great teachers replaced by mediocre new college grads and families leaving in droves. Sorry to say we are among them. We are not rich, we are academicians and there is no room for us in this community.
Our girls love Stanley. They are excited to come to school every day. The teachers are incredible- very caring and supportive, and they know each child very well.
We decided to send our son to Stanley after visiting many other private schools and considering our local public option. The school was just what we were looking for- non-pretentious, warm, happy students and parents. We've now been there for five years and we have found the experience to be very postive for us and our child. The teachers are caring and responsive to our input. If you are looking for a private school that cares about academics and character and does not feel elitist, Stanley is the place.
This school is very bad. We paid a hundred grand, and watched our son be bullied after repeated attempts to have it stopped that fell on deaf ears. They only cater to the rich and the jocks. The education is a joke. Your kid will not be prepared for advanced education. STAY AWAY. No leadership or direction, just bullies and jocks. No room for creative types or non-jocks. No room for your kid if you don't make big money.
I am the parent of two Stanley students who are different in personality and learning style and I love the fact that both are served so well at Stanley. The school really lives its commitment to serving the whole child- academically and social/emotionally, and we love the inclusive, non-pretentious community. Teachers are extraordinarily committed to each child's success.
We have seen such growth in our child over the five years she's been at Stanley. She has such wonderful confidence about her as she prepares to move to high school. We couldn't be more pleased or appreciative of all that Stanley's teachers have done for her.
Stanley is a warm, welcoming community. It has a strong emphasis on what they deem "social and emotional development" and this has become a growing part of the curriculum over the past few years. I think as a result, the academics have suffered and higher performing children aren't sufficiently challenged. The math program has specifically fallen short and while the school has endeavored to strengthen this area, I've yet to see broad-based improvements. Additionally, there is an apparent reticence toward testing, so reports of successes/shortcomings tend to be more anecdotal than quantitative.
We are so lucky to have SBPS value my unique, creative, active son. The teachers go so above and beyond what is expected, and truly provide individualized learning! Each child is respected for their individuality, and their uniqueness is embraced! Academic wise we are very impressed! We couldn't have picked a better school, and we couldn't be happier!
Average. most teachers are good. as a former student i have no axe to grind, i got a good education, and made friends but i have seen a lot of my classmates doing very badly in later years because they were not taught skills like respect (teachers are called by first names) and responsibility for work (You get lates and eventually AP's and stay after, the only problem is a lot of kids didn't mind AP's and did not turn homework in) Stanley accepted everyone for who they are, the slacker, the athlete the hard worker and that's not bad but it did not push them to be more. My friend was the slacker and she had 13 AP's and had no motivation. she was fine doing exactly her standard of work and proceeded to have all c's and d's in high school. It could have done her better.
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