My child was in the Toddler Program for several months before I unexpectedly pulled her out. We were incredibly thankful to find a school without a wait list, but later regretted it. The office administration was atrocious from the get-go, enrolling my daughter for the wrong start date, which then messed up billing. In our next billing cycle, the amounts were wrong again, needing constant follow-up. Teachers emailed asking where my daughter was on sick days after I had notified the front office, who didn't relay the message. Constant issues. Separately, a child "pinched" my daughter on both cheeks out of frustration, and the cuts were not disinfected - the teacher said they were cleaned only with a diaper wipe. She still has scars on her face months later. The straw that broke the camel's back was when we dropped her off with a bad diaper rash, asking for special attention. 2/3 teachers in the room that day spent 10+ minutes with me discussing the issue. They even suggested a more aggressive diaper changing schedule, since my daughter had been crying and saying "owie" with each change. When I went to pick up my child and asked how her rash was doing, they told me they didn't change her diaper AT ALL. Not once. I was told they were all having a rough day, two kids missing mom and dad a lot, and another child potty training. They do not value physical needs as much as emotional ones, or communicate effectively amongst the teachers. This school that at first seemed like a dream turned into a nightmare. I'm so sad for my child's experience there. Please think twice before enrolling in this chaotic school! The basis is great, but execution is way, way off the mark. There is a reason they don't offer refunds, and it is not what is stated on their website.
My grandson attends Patchwork, and is in the "older kids" group. He began his adventure at Patchwork mid-year last year, and before he did so, I was really very concerned about and for him. He was so sad - all the time - and public school was just not the place for him. In the year an a half at The Patchwork School, I have seen him just blossom. He's confident, self assured, learning at an incredible rate and able to deal with negative feelings and oppositional behavior from peers like a champ. I can attribute his 360 degree turn around only to the amazing staff and atmosphere at The Patchwork School. He is truly excited to go to school every single day, and has so much to discuss at the end of the day. I honestly believe that The Patchwork School changed this young man's life. I will be personally, forever grateful.
The Patchwork School encourages people, regardless of age, to come together with their needs and ideas and express themselves. Behaviors that impact others, or the environment are supported compassionately, while validating all perspectives. Conflict resolution is mediated by peers and/or staff until everyone reaches consensus, at the vary least a solution is tried and then reevaluated. All feelings are excepted, and listened to until their expression can be offered through Non-Violent Communication. Students experience their right to contribute to the community everyday, through self initiated plans, community offerings and community responsibilities. Community members care for multiple animals and contribute to the wider community weather through student initiated visits to perform at geriatric facilities, trips to the wildlife sanctuary or petitioning for the legalization of chickens in Louisville. Most importantly youth are trusted to learn at their own pace that which will serve their development as whole individuals with varied strengths and weaknesses. Young people learn how to find information and support. They are motivated by intrinsic passion to overcome challenges that stand in their way and are willing to ask for help because they have experienced non judgement. The Patchwork School advocated for The Rights of The Child. In order to do that work, staff and parents are supported deeply through the work of reflection in order to shift to this new paradigm. Patchwork offers Parent and Teachers Resource Groups and communication workshops in order to support the adults in combating the isolation that is typical of their roles. Adults connect with others so that they may unwind their stories and be more present to those in their care. Young people are seen as capable and connected and any off track behavior is seen as the expression of an unmet need that the community will work to support. I am grateful that my children have a safe place to grow together, in community, and are trusted in their every ability, cared for deeply in their hardest times as well as celebrated when they shine. Now, if only teachers and Non-Profits could earn a sustainable living they could really change the world for future generations! My wish is for our passion project to be experienced by those who choose to honor their children's ability to learn at their own pace.
My son has been part of Patchwork K-12 for 3 years and it has been a really good experience for him and our family. Patchwork is his second family and community. All of the children are treated with great respect and are cherished for the unique beings that they are and they master the basics of relationship, communication and negotiation that many adults have never learned.
I could not be happier that we found the Patchwork for my son. It has been monumental in his development socially and academically as well as for his overall happiness. Watching his connection to others and love for learning blossom and grow over the years has been priceless, and having the ability to have choices in his education has allowed him to discover his own interests and become who he really is on this journey. It's obvious that the teachers and staff truly care and have each students well-being at heart.
We love Patchwork! The teachers are caring, patient and really want to know my kids. The students learn how to handle "real life" situations through critical thinking of the whole group. Rules are explained logically, never just because an adult said so. My son has wonderful interpersonal and emotional skills thanks to Patchwork, and these are areas usually ignored by traditional schools.
I am grateful to have found Patchwork School. I appreciate how they create a learning environment that is conducive to stages in our children's brain development. The sense of community and the support in parenting is excellent. My child enjoys each day they go to Patchwork and has an enriching experience with a lot of joy to report back to us. The only thing that is tough is that they require us to provide 9 snacks a year as well as contribute time to clean. This can be tough on any busy family, and to an extent, feels unreasonable considering the cost to attend.