July 25, 2015
Summer of 2014, we moved here from over 1200mi away, from a Montessori background. Our son is a bright, funny, talented emotionally-challenged child. He is on several medications to control the many behavioral issues he deals with on a daily basis. In July, I went to Bayshore Elem to inquire about their 1st grade, as they were closest to our home. The one lady in the office greeting prospective parents was so incredibly nasty, that I was repulsed at the thought of sending my son there. The 3rd trip to student sign up (on Colonial), I was told about the Arts based curriculum at Edgewood Academy. We were hesitant sending him to Edgewood in light of their disappointing Math and Reading scores, but thought the daily performance interactions would greatly benefit our son. I stopped into the office unannounced late July, to advise them of our special guy, and to "feel the vibe" of the staff and campus. I met with Rene in the office. She convinced me that Edgewood's small enrollment and hometown feel, as well as the welcoming staff and Principal, would be a good fit for our son. We attended "Meet the Teacher" night, and knew immediately that we had made the best decision for our special dude! The first week it was determined by his 1st Grade teacher, Mrs Yeung, that he needed glasses and was unable to read. We were shocked as he had 2 previous years of Montessori education; he had been fooling his teachers by memorizing his lessons. Once that was determined, Mrs Yeung working with Principal Trombetti, devised a creative lesson plan with high expectations. The entire staff worked with our son ensuring he understood his assignments and praised him to success by supporting him, and giving him the tools to study and learn. We all cried together as he had emotional setbacks during the year, but also as his fierce determination earned an A in both Math and Reading during the second semester. We would sit at home shocked that he had learned ALL of the sight words he was given (through 3rd grade), and listen to him confidently reading stories aloud. The staff at Edgewood never let us down; they were there to listen, to help, to hold our hands, to spring into action, and to keep our little guy on the right track to a lifelong love of learning. Now he's so confident! We recommend Edgewood unequivocally to parents of a challenging student; only YOU could do a better job.
- submitted by a parent