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Stamford, CT
Students enrolled: 110
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1095 Riverbank Rd
Stamford, CT 06903

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(203) 595-9500
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January 04, 2015
Happy to be a parent of a Mead student. The school brings great skills and values to it's students, any of the events that highlight the internal school calendar bring this truly home, whether the alumni at light and life, the creative acts at spring fling or the transformation of children into owners of their own destiny as displayed in the final graduating projects. A child advocating for themselves can only help them get ahead and help their development and that of those around them.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2014
My son has been at the school for 7 years. His Mead experience is by far, one of the most important foundations he will carry with him throughout his entire life. Mead does what I have never seen anywhere else, they listen and grow with each student, at the same time as they consider the school community needs. The kids are encouraged and nurtured to be strong self advocates. To stand up for them selves as worthy members of a larger society. Their voices are honored, valued and recognized as individuals. Critical to Mead's astounding and continued success is the fact that Mead School does not buy / purchase rote, regurgitated curriculum but rather builds fresh and consistently high quality curriculum around the current interests of the students. All this while nurturing the students academics in tandem with their social and emotional growth with great balance. Mead does what I have never seen anywhere else, they listen and grow with each student, at the same time as they consider the entire Mead community needs. He will have 11 teachers this year, often getting 1/1 attention. Students have a sense of where they stand academically, socially and emotionally.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2014
I'm a long time parent of the school and can say unequivocally that a Mead education is helping to shape and create my children into great learners and people. Over the years I've watched graduates give incredibly moving and insightful speeches about who they are, and what they have learned at Mead. You forget that these are 13/14 year-olds on the stage presenting to hundreds of people!!! They all posses a je ne sais quoi.....a quiet maturity..... a type of charisma that comes from being comfortable in their own skin... no matter what their unique skills and abilities are. It is something that even local public and private secondary schools remark on. As they are giving their speeches, I reminisce about what they were like in 1st grade, or 5th. They didn't get this way overnight, they had lots of practice! It starts with group sing, sharing assembly, Primary Play and snowballs throughout the years with so many experiential opportunities for learning. Learning how to manage their emotions. Learning how to collaborate. Learning academics. Mead's program is based on a progressive education philosophy, so do a little research then come see how truly great Mead is!

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2014
The Mead School is a truly unique school. Kids who attend The Mead School are happy and whole. They are self advocates. They are autonomous learners. At a very young age, they learn academic, social, and emotional skills. Where else can you find Third Graders who say, "I don't understand this. Can you explain it to me again in a different way?" and "Mistakes are not bad. They're part of learning." If you have a child who hates school, The Mead School is the place for him/her.

- submitted by a teacher
April 09, 2014
One parent and 2 former Mead students have their own personal estimates as to when the school will fold. The school begs for new leadership. It is a fantastic school, and I believe wholeheartedly in its approach to social-emotional learning, but it lacks professionalism. Where is a biannual school bulliten? Where us an open house where the school is operating during that time? Where is there a proper reading curriculum in place? I realize that Mead is into organic learning but there must be some sort of scaffolding ax there was when my oldest daughter started at the school. And yes, my 3rd daughter was bullied, but she was always blamed, and it was not handled appropriately.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2014
I had an opportunity to work at this school and I can tell you that the staff is dedicated and truly invest their all in the students. It was a fun place to work and the students were wonderful.

- submitted by a community member
March 15, 2014
As a parent of a student for many years, I cannot speak highly enough about the wonderful staff and administration at this blessing of a school. My child prior to Mead was ostracized and because they weren't insanely competitive were cast aside by students and teachers at their old school. At Mead, my child is honored for who they are, supported to find out who they want to be and taught in a way that makes sense for them. The fact that reviewers come on here and make fun of people's weight clearly shows someone who has an axe to grind and someone who just doesn't get it. If at any point I've needed/wanted something for my child I have gotten immediate communication and action from the staff. Not only that but the idea of the Alumni talking "bad" about the school is preposterous. Just take a look at Light and Life or the Spring Fling performances where there are dozens of alumni coming back "home" or some of their testimonials about their Mead experience and you will truly understand how Mead is a school with an incredible and special connection with all that have walked through their doors.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2013
My child graduated from the Mead School last spring and I am blown away by the skills she learned that other kids her age don't have. Not only did Mead give her the academic foundation she needed to go on to a very demanding private school, but their preparation has allowed her to navigate complex social issues in a mature and confident way. The admissions officers at all her schools said she had "an old soul." What she really has is a "Mead soul."

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2013
My child just started daycare at Mead's infant center a few months ago, and it has been a wonderful experience for both of us. They really do tailor the infant program to each individual child's needs, and my child is always so happy every morning when I drop him off. He gives each of his teachers/ care givers a big smile when he sees them. It makes it so much easier to be at work knowing he is so well cared for. Further, he seems to be developing so fast. Between teachers that really pay attention and notice what skills he's ready to practice, and the great set up in that infant room, I couldn't ask for a better learning environment for someone his age. I haven't decided if he will stay on for the toddler program or pre-school---I will have to investigate those programs independently. But I would recommend the infant center at Mead to anyone without hesitation.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2012
I just left the Light and Life celebration at the school. The evening was wonderful, engaging, and filled with student enthusiasm. The students demonstrated hard work as they were key in each aspect of the evening-- performances, choice of music, stage management, lights. The academics have been challenging yet responsive. The teachers love what they do. The creativity is matched with a desire to balance challenge. I might like my child to have more homework but my child takes responsibility for the work which is better than what happened at the last school. The school has been a great choice because my child loves it, wants to excel because the environment demands it and provides the structure. We are delighted to be here.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2012
I have been a Mead parent for a dozen years. Sending my children to Mead has been the most important and beneficial decision we made for our children and our family. Two of my children have graduated. I love what the school did for them when they were there, as well as what the school has given them for the rest of their lives. With one in college and another in high school, they seek the intellectual stimulation, the love of learning, and abiding friendships that they developed during their many years at the school. My third child is still at Mead. I could imagine no better place. The faculty and administration intimately know my child and are focused on enriching her academic and social development. If you can't tell, I think it is a magnificent and unique school that is decades ahead of other schools.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2012
After having children here 10+ years, Mead stills continues to impress me. I am so happy I have been able to send my children to The Mead School.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2012
The childcare/preschool program provides primarily blocks and other toys that require the children to actually use their imagination when they play. In addition to facilitating creativity, Mead teaches the children to verbalize their thoughts and feelings in way that would rival most adults. They are taught to recognize if they are tired, hungry, etc. and to communicate those feelings in words. It s not an easy thing for a child to do, but the teachers at Mead are wonderful at facilitating the process.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2011
WOW, being a parent of a "Mead kid" gets better and better. My kids run to school in the mornings and their confidence and experience grows by the day. The academics at this school are brilliant while also bringing along many life skills that I've not even mastered. Would recommend to anyone who wants a smart and well rounded child.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2011
As a parent of two Mead School students I am often amazed by what the teachers accomplish with the schools learning approach. The students are both challenged academically and educated in with respect to handle life lessons as they happen. The kids are provided the education they need to be confident, eager learners with an individualized outlook on life and what's ahead of them. I wouldn't want my kids to be anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2011
Mead is a click. You either fit into their idea of what your child should aspire to or your child becomes an outsider. My son attended Mead from the Toddler Program through 1st grade. I'm only sorry it took me so long to remove him from such a hostile, unsafe environment. Academically Mead falls far short, the teaching staff ineffective and unaccountable; so concerned with doing what "feels good" rather then what's necessary. If you like surprises in your childs education, don't look farther than MEAD!

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2011
Mead is truly amazing. I have been here for most of my life and it has been some of the best learning I have ever gotten. The teachers are very involved with students' mental and physical health and I adore them. This school teaches for each student and will make the class subject around what the child needs work on. The classes are so much fun- we have debates and talk about things we read. The homework is challenging but if it was too hard we can talk to our HCD and find a way to make it work. My math classes were too easy and by standing up for myself I joined a new class where I fit better. I have never seen a fight go unsolved at mead. Always, a teacher will step in and help the students talk. The drama, music, dance and art departments are great! I really have been taught to love the arts and am going to look for a high school like mead. ( if you like master's ny chances are you will love this school. Mead is my 2nd home and Is great for me- each kid is different tho. I recimend coming to check it out- ask to sleek to one of the kids.

- submitted by a community member
March 10, 2011
Mead is a kind and nurturing place and name-calling is not tolerated. Both my kids are at Mead and they know it. How Mead works is that the teacher engages the involved parties in a dialogue and the teacher acts as a facilitator for a meaningful discussion. It is an important part of the role of a Home Center Director. This process is used for conflict resolution for kids in all ages starting in childcare up to 8th grade. Active listening and self advocacy are two of the many important social skills that are taught at Mead.

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2010
My son is currently attending Mead. He told me he is being made fun of by a couple of his classmates. I brought up the issue to the teacher, and she said name-calling occurs at this stage and that it is children exploring their power, but that she will look into it. I have always thought Mead to be a kind and nurturing place for my son to learn and grow. I did not know name-calling was tolerated. There are many ways for children to explore their power. Name-calling should not be a venue for children to "explore their power." The name-calling issue brings to the forefront that Mead is tolerant of bad behavior by explaining its necessity through psychological reasoning. I believe there should be clear-cut boundaries on what is acceptable and what is definitely not acceptable behavior.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2008
Speak to a graduate of The Mead School or simply a child who is attending the school and you'll be blown away. I have never met children who know more about who they are as learners and human beings than those at The Mead School. My child graduated from Mead an autonomous learner, that is, he knows exactly how to advocate for what he needs. That skill comes in handy as he moves into 'the real world.' As a parent, I can't ask for a better gift from a school.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2006
We are having a wonderful second year at the school. My child is happy. The HCD is in constant contact. Truly, I am loving my experience as a parent. I was nervous when I read some of the other reviews. But my experience has been great. The new Director has been friendly and responsive. The changes seem to be working.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2006
No one should come to mead looking to have their child be the first to...Read,spell,add, whatever. Mead is about letting children feel safe enough and given room enough to learn at their own pace. Mead does not buy curriculum but rather builds curriculum around the interests of the students. The mead graduates that are leaving high school this year are matriculating to harvard, dartmouth, nyu film school, and several others; all highly selective schools. Is mead different? You bet. It required a measure of faith to let your children take this journey. The teachers know your child. They build on a childs strengths to prop them up in areas where they are weakest. Much attention is given to relationships, which, at the end of the day, have a greater impact on a persons success and happiness than any given gpa. Parents could have a warmer, fuzzier experience but there is hope.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2006
I sgree that the head of school (now leaving) was not the best for the school and Childcare. Our CC experience was actually great throughout. I found the staff responsive and caring. I did not feel that the program had suffered. I liked that the administration has been looking at issues of diversity. As for the school, my experience is more limited. So far, the teachers are great. I feel that I get a lot of info from the Home Center Director about my child. I feel like I am living in a parallel universe and my children are close in age to the previous posters.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2006
The mission of Mead is remarkable, the potential fantastic. Unfortunately, the tennants on which the school is based are not put into practice in the child care program. The infant room is the best around! Unfortunately, as the child age increases, the care deteriorates. We changed child care programs because we could no longer be confident of our child's safety in Mead's care. They do not adhere to basic, state-mandated child/teacher ratios and are slow to respond to identified problems. Communication from leadership is hard to come by. Staff changes, program changes are often a surprise. They give the impression of attempting to suppress the sharing of information among families. It's as if they are doing us a favor by letting us pay 20k+ to send our child there. I would urge anyone considering it to not send their child there. Besides, it's really not set up for working families.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2006
There is no doubt that at one time Mead was a phenominal school and childcare (we experienced it for a couple of years.) The teaching staff and administration were either completely dedicated to the mission at hand or complacent and unmotivated. Unfortunately, during our tenure Mead lost many of the teachers and staff who put the Mead philosophy into practice, the management of the childcare became non-existent, and the head of school completely ineffective. There is a complete lack of accountability for the performance of the teachers and staff. Mead is a good place if one is willing to be unquestioningly satisfied. There are some very professional, dynamic, and skilled people working at Mead, but their impact on Mead is diminished by the rest. If the school actually practiced what is expressed in the mission statement and tenants it would be a marvelous place, regretably what is on paper is only a testament to the past.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2006
My child is enrolled in the childcare program at Mead. His first year there in Toddler I was a dream. His teachers were caring and he loved being there. It has been a rapid decline since then. Tuition increases roughly 6% a year and the level of care decreases. The administration is truly lacking and communication is near nonexistent. We are pulling our child out this year. The daycare facility is only operational 48 weeks out of the year. They are closed 4 weeks each year with facility 'vacations,' staff development days and holidays. The playgrounds have been closed since last autumn and they can give no clear date on when they will be open again.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2006
All four of our children graduated from the Mead School. Their experience at Mead was incomparable, they loved school, they were excited about learning, they had meaningful relationships with their teachers and peers, they learned SO much about life, about all the curriculum areas, about how to be responsible members of a caring community, about how to negotiate and advocate for themselves . As a family, Mead supported us in all ways and it was mutual. I consider Mead to be the best thing that ever happened to our family. The oldest maintained an A average, traveled the world and is a happy, hardworking, creative person who loves learning. The next three are all in high school ...all on the Head's List(90 average) and effort honor roll. What matters most is that they are all four , happy, interested, engaged and excited about their lives and learning.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
My child has attended Mead for the past seven years. Our experience has been a very good one. Mead is open and honest about the fact that it is a different learning environment. They also let you know clearly that children have a say in their learning. We knew that it might mean that our child was not on the same trajectory that oher children might be on. I don't believe that the school is outdated. I believe that parents must feel that the philosophy is right for them and their children. The staff has been great--- stretching my child when a stretch is needed, and helping me see when I need to back off and give ownership of learning to my child. Mead is not like other schools and we like that about it.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2005
A free-to-be-you-and-me hippy dippy school. Kids don't learn here, unless you count learning how to avoid learning. The director is d by most families and under his tenure, the best teachers in the school have left. During the several years my kids were students here, we saw over 50 of their freinds and classmates leave the school because it wasn't providing any kind of academics. We pulled our kids out and put them in a truly progressive school, one that uses new methods of educaction, not the same ones in use at Mead since 1969. Between the student and teacher turnover it is remarkable the school is still standing. Don't walk, run to a different school.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2005
My six-year-old loves to learn. He is exposed to academics through meaningful learning opportunities by teachers that keep it fresh and age appropriate. I also love that he can still enjoy being a child. He isn't bogged down by homework in kindergarten! I know that he would do well at the local, public school but I wanted to give him an experience that involved social skill building and expressive arts opportunities for the whole child. Children are taught to be leaders. There is great value placed on life skills. He is encouraged to reflect, to be responsible for his actions, respect others and to negotiate for that which is meaningful to him. Self-direction is emphasized. The open building, half-walls and open doorways encourage a natural flow of activity. Children acquire a deeper, internalized stucture that is fostered by the thoughtful and consistent schedule. My son can't wait for school to start again!

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2004
Mead provides hands-on learning, student-directed activities, and tailored programs to meet both academic and emotional needs of each student. Older students are encouraged to pursue areas of interest/passion that define and develop individualized talents. A strong performing arts curriculum embraces both traditional (Shakespeare, ballet) and non-traditional styles. Additionally, the School has a recording studio students use to write and perform their own music. Public performances are entirely student-directed including: set direction, lighting and sound. Creative freedom and self-expression abound. However, academics are a concern, because we've had to afford costly outside tutoring. Honestly, our student is not necessarily a self-motivated learner. This is essential for survival at Mead. Understand, if your child needs much structure for success, Mead may confound and frustrate you both. Nevertheless, life skills such as negotiating, problem solving, conflict resolution can't be found at this level at other schools. These skills are honed continuously in every class.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
Im' not a parent, But I'm a student at Mead. Before I went to Mead, I went to public school. Coming to Mead in fourth grade was like having my eyes opened! It has been the best experience of my life. I love my teachers, friends, and classes. I have learned a ton of stuff about interesting things like ancient Greece, Shakespeare, and choreography. The school has plenty of subjects in dance, visual art, music, and theater for me to enjoy. This year i'm graduating, and I wish i wasn't. Mead is my home away from home and I will miss and remember it for the rest of my life.

- submitted by a community member

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The Mead School
1095 Riverbank Rd, Stamford, CT  06903
(203) 595-9500
Last modified The Mead School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
The Mead School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top