The school is full of love. Love of learning, love of exploring, love of sharing. It is a place where the students and teachers work together with the community. I've driven my children there for over 14 years. A one way trip is 27 miles. That's 108 miles a day, every year, because it is the best present I could give my children.
Gardner School is very diverse in its population os students and staff. All of my children attended this school and have wonderful memories. It is amazing to me how 20% of the student population is fron 25+ miles away, where parents drive them to Gardner, instead of having them attend the local school.
The school is excellent. The school continually receives a high and excellent rating on the SAR, the Governor's report card, it makes and exceeds the state average on all test scores and our kids love to go to school.
This school has the potential to be great. Unfortunately, the teachers and administrators seem to view the low teacher to student ratio an opportunity for less teacher involvement. The students are not challenged. Level of education is at least a year behind the national average. National and State standardized test scores are mediocre. Without parental support at home, the Gardner students are destined for indifferent colleges and poor quality futures.