Principal, dean of students and homeroom staff are complacent and seem to believe they are a protected class of people who are not obligated to answer questions or have any accountability for their performance. My 2e ADD student's self esteem and interest in learning was damaged by this staff.
Requests to opt out were not honored, and there was no partnering.
Students are assigned busywork, and the grades are not consistent in how much homework is given; e.g. if third graders should have 30 minutes of homework, or more than another grade, that does not happen. Second grade, and even first might have more depending on the class. There are no clear standards for how each grade and class should look and how much homework will be given.
Perseverance, grit, determination cannot be achieved when a student is rewarded with fruit snacks, stickers, etc. for being "good" being quiet,
and doing their work. There's no instrinsic motivation being developed or valued to develop persistence.
My son started Runyon in January 2013, he was behind with reading and had low self confidence due to past schooling experiences. Within 2 months they had identified that he needed support and by the time he finished the year he had made enough progress to advance to the next grade which was a concern in March. I now have a son who is reading independently, which was not heard of, he enjoys school and he tries hard every day. This is thanks to the wonderful staff at Runyon and I am so lucky that my son attends.