My daughter attended first and second grade at Northeast School. I found her teachers to be thoughtful and genuinely interested in the well-being of the children. Like many parents, however, I moved my daughter to private school. The school needs work, has no air conditioning and generally brings few intellectual challenges to the students. My concern, therefore, was that my daughter would become bored with the work being given and lose focus. By comparison, the children in her private school seem far more advanced, both academically and socially. Despite the expense, it was a good choice.
We have been at Northeast for 3 years and couldn't be happier with the school, the staff, the parents and the other students! When we moved from NYC we were a little worried about the schools. Our son has had wonderful teachers, he is thriving academically and he is so well adjusted. The school is a very happy, cheery place and parent involvement is strong. I had a chance to meet a ton of students at the annual talent show when my son was in kindergarten. I saw kids of all ethnicities, sexes and ages working together and encouraging each other to do a "great job" performing in front of the audience. I've heard terrible stories about how kids can be so mean to each other, even in elementary school. I was so pleased to see that this is NOT the case at Northeast. The kids seem to very much want to help each other. Even on the bus, the older kids look after the younger kids. There is diversity in the school, as with most city schools. In our minds, our son has had a wonderful opportunity to make friends of all races, in a non-pressure cooker environment, all the while thriving academically.
Gearing up for another great year at Northeast! My child has had wonderful, caring teachers in his first two years at Northeast. (Mrs. Cutter is the best kindergarten teacher anywhere!) Academically, my child is ahead of his preschool friends in the neighboring towns (New Canaan and Darien). As far as we can tell, smart kids are challenged and do very well here. Our neighbors kids (our babysitters) and their friends have gone through Northeast, Scofield and Westhill, and have all gone on to great colleges (Dartmouth, Virginia, Middlebury, NYU, etc.) In trying to figure out how this school gets a 6, I can only assume that this relates to the inclusion of one English as a Second Language (ESL) class per year (out of roughly 6 classes). I suspect that if the data were cleaned up to exclude the ESL classes, Northeast would get the rating it deserves - a 9 or 10. The community at Northeast is great. The school productions are funded by the PTO, and I am always amazed both by the quality of the productions and the talent of the children. Parents are actively involved in the classrooms and in events like field day.
Norteast is an excellent elementary school. The teachers & principal are dedicated to the students and are eager to make sure our children are getting an A+ education. I think this website is good in terms of forums and questions, but to rate this school a 5 is ridiculous. Stamford is a CITY, we have non-english speaking students that come into our school and are given a CMT. We are a diverse community, not all of our children are the 'same', which is why our testing comes out lower than other TOWNS. It depends on what you are looking for. Children from all walks of life attend Northeast and all of the Stamford schools. They go on to college being well rounded individuals and are able to adapt well to people and situations very easily. I give Northeast a 10!
Our son is in 5th grade and we're extremely pleased with this school. The Principal seems motivated and genuinly invested in the welfare of the kids. We were a bit concerned in the beginning of the year when we learned that our son's teacher is new (from another state) but she's turning out to be one of the best teachers our son has had. I found out from another parent that this particular teacher had job offers from neighboring ('better' ) districts and opted to teach here which tells me that Northeast is serious about pursuing top teachers. Again, very pleased! Wonder why it's only a 5 rating!?
My daughter is now in 1st Grade and I would like to give special mention to her class teacher - Diana Schuman. She is an excellent teacher and her guidance to parents as well as students is amazing. My daughter is shaping well in her Reading, Writing as well as Math along with her zest for extra curricular activities. -Manali