There are so many wonderful things to say about Park Maitland. Our son started in K-4 and has loved every moment of it. I particularly like the message of balance that they instill in the kids. This school really teaches students how to be leaders in everyday situations. I have noticed a tremendous amount of confidence in my son across several aspects in his day to day life. For me, the excellence of Park Maotland goes far beyond the curriculum. It's the intangibles that gives my son what he needs to thrive. There is so much personalization and the teachers communicate well to make sure that your child's learning style is catered to. The entire staff is fantastic. Besides being knowledgable, hard working and professional they genuinely care about the children and their development. They instill a curiosity and encourage the children to discover and experiment outside of school. This school sets the foundation for children to make a difference in the world and become tomorrow's leaders. We couldn't have dreamed a better situation.
My kids came to Park Maitland from public school, and has been game-changer in their lives. My son was in 3rd grade when common core was officially adopted and the state test, which was the entire focus of school from January to May. Through that year, his behavior changed in a bad way and he developed some nervous habits. He was not the same kid. Fast forward to his first semester at Park Maitland and his nervous ticks and outbursts disappeared, he was smiling, telling me all about his day and closed up the year by saying, "That was the best year of school I've ever had. I can't even pick a favorite teacher…" And now in 6th grade, he can't stop talking about all the cool stuff he's doing in school. He loves his teachers and that really inspires him to work his hardest, which says a lot about a typical 11 year old boy.
My daughter is very passive and sweet and I knew she would get lost in the shuffle of a big public school. She is thriving in the small classes at PM. She needed extra help, they helped her and made it fun. I brought her in late the other day and brought her into PE and she was greeted with a hug from the teacher who was truly happy to see her. To know that this is how she is treated at school makes my heart full.
The academics are amazing, small classes mean that each child gets what they need. The curriculum is so much deeper than you'll ever get at public school. But the "specials" (PE, Spanish, Tinkering lab, Smart Tech and the 6th grade electives) and arts concentration has made a phenomenal difference with both of my kids. Drama has been a great outlet for both of my kids, my son loves improv days, my daughter loves dress up days.
I struggled with the decision to move my kids to private school and Park Maitland has been the best thing I have done for my kids.
We and our child have experienced Park Maitland to be a gift and exactly what we looked for in the most critical aspect of raising our child: provide the best educational environment we can afford. Our commitment and appreciation for our child's daily experience, not just learning the "content", is reflected by our continued commitment to the long commute. Passion, when combined with expertise, is perhaps the most powerful and effective way for all of us to achieve our professional goals. We find the teachers at PM to possess both. There are variations in every individual, but each year, by far our child has interacted with teachers that are at PM because they are passionate about the subject they teach. We are simply grateful to be in a station in life that allows us choices and ability to offer our child a private school education. We chose PM over other well-reputed options due to the smaller size, and PM's focus on self-management. We fight daily our tendency as current generation of adults in overparenting, and I am humbled daily as I watch my child, learn to plan for the week, know exactly when quizzes and tests are, do what's necessary, and then continue to make sure I don't react /respond/judge and intervene because I as an adult are imposing adult standards of "outcomes" I want my child to achieve. We have been very appreciative of the many families and students in the PM environment, these are families also raising conscientious children who will be "good people". PM's curriculum has been appropriately and highly challenging for our child, in fact, when reflecting on what I learned in 5th grade, I am always amazed I got to where I am professionally with far far less than what my child is experiencing. We appreciate the great balance between core subjects, smart tech, art and music, spanish, and seriously, how many children know how to play cricket? The rare times when I have concerns or questions about either the curriculum or anything else, the administrators and directors of the grade appropriate curriculum are incredibly responsive and open to meet, discuss, formulate plan, and follow up. We have experienced an organization/school which has clear mission, vision, execution, and LOVE for the children/students, above and beyond all else. No school may be "perfect", as no individuals are, but we are grateful for PM each and every day.
Park Maitland School is a wonderful elementary school. I have had children at the school for 12 years and credit the school with instilling a love of learning in both of my children. My daughter, who attended for all eight years, thrived here. She was happy, engaged, encouraged to be creative and learned valuable public speaker, organizational and leadership skills. She is now in high school and has mentioned often how well Park Maitland prepared her. The teachers are excellent; they are engaging, challenging and very responsive to both the students and parents. The school has a wonderful arts and music program as well as an outstanding PE program. I love that my children are exposed to so many different ways to learn and be creative. I know that I speak of only my experience with the school; but the excitement that both of my children (who happen to be very different from one another) have had every morning going to school is a testament to how wonderful Park Maitland School is.
Our family has been in attendance at Park Maitland for many years. This school is so enriching in many, many ways. The campus is just so storybook that every time I drive up, I want to go to elementary school all over again! In addition, the teachers and the entire staff there are first rate, top notch and leaders in their fields. Our child has not only flourished there, she has found a family amongst all the grades. The school's academics are not to be matched by any other school. They are preparing them and providing them with skills that they won't get in other schools. They are teaching them organization, planning, and prioritizing, in addition to amazing leadership skills. These are all skills that our child will keep through college and beyond! The staff really cares about the child's development, learning, happiness and well being. I can't think of a better place to send my child and I wish I could've attended Park Maitland too!! You will be making a decision to attend a fabulous institution and you won't regret that decision for one moment. I go to bed every night knowing that I am making the best choice for my child and the future!
Park Maitland is beautiful school, facilities are top notch! Faculty hiring process should be done in more selective way especially for K4 level because teachers at this level are below average. They run the school how they want no mater how much impact they are having in children's physiological well-being and the administration seems to turn a blind eye. Favoritism is a prominent issue at Park Maitland and I think is having a negative impact in school's reputation. Favoritism is going to happen in a different ways throughout children's life but having to deal with it at age 4 is very harmful!
Subpar academics and teacher quality, particularly in math and science. Lab experience is nonexistent in science - and six months out of nine focused on one science fair project. Math comprehension skills are disregarded. Comprehension skills even in reading are not adequately addressed. As a parent, PM feels more like a social club than a school. Some staff members treat parents and children unprofessionally and without compassion. In our experience, school administrators are unresponsive to parent concerns. Very frustrating, especially when you hear from other parents who have expressed similar complaints. Problems in the classrooms are repeatedly ignored or denied. Families don't come first and are treated as expendable. Over the past few years, only half the students stay for sixth grade and entire families have pulled out of the school. PM is a family owned business, and the owners' presence has been noticeably absent for the past several years, and I'm not sure they are ignorant of the decline and dysfunction or ambivalent and focused on revenue. Just in the past two years they have been asking for "donations" to cover expenses - I feel uncertain about the financial stability of the school even in the short term.
Park Maitland didn't meet our expectations, and we lost faith that anyone in charge would make our child's health or academic wellbeing the priority over school politics or revenue. The school lacks strong leadership, intelligent decision making, and a clear purpose. The crowded campus is loosely run, and some older facilities are unexpectedly below average. The curriculum as a whole is outdated, lacks necessary depth, and contrary to what was marketed, several subject areas are at grade level - not above. Lots of rote memorization and special projects (plan on busy work, spoon fed material before tests, lots of fluff) packaged in a rigid, one-size-fits-all-students, departmentalized approach. The math program gets reshuffled every year and needs an overhaul from the top down. The K4 program was a costly joke and mirrored FREE VPK standards offered elsewhere ("Letter People") - the entire year was a regrettable waste of time and money. Limited communication and interaction with teaching staff, except for weekly homework updates on an outdated portal. The school has a conformist culture - your child adapts to their small box of standards - limiting personal, academic, and social growth, as well as school diversity. The older grades are particularly outdated and lacked appropriate maturity in content - my child lost interest. Even the youngest children switch classrooms and teachers throughout the day, and the breaks in between classes is when my child was repeatedly picked on by another student - discipline and supervision were lost in the constant shuffle. Pushy parents play politics and successfully get what they want for their own kids over yours. Plan on being an active advocate for your child. Park Maitland is privately owned and for-profit, and the focus is on generating revenue first and foremost. The owners are rarely on campus, and accountability and oversight are lacking from the top down. PM is very good at marketing a decades-old reputation, but in reality lags behind several other area private schools academically, and didn't deliver what was promised.
My son has been attending Park Maitland School since K4. He is now a 5th grader. My husband and I don't have enough wonderful words to describe how amazing this school is! The staff is extremely kind, knowledgeable, sharp, caring, charismatic, and compassionate. Academically, it is impressive and extremely effective. They work with each child individually. If the child is falling behind they offer extra help (support system) before the child even knows and if the child is ahead, they appropriately challenge that child to utilize her/his full potential. Their teaching approach and strategies are very effective, and we could not be more delighted with our choice of having our son at this amazing school!
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Park Maitland. My daughters started Park Maitland in 1st and 3rd grades. My girls were in public school previously and they were not challenged and were bored by school. When we moved to Park Maitland, it was a little bit of an adjustment for my older daughter as she had to work harder. Since then, both of my daughters have flourished at Park Maitland. My oldest daughter will graduate 6th grade from Park Maitland this year. It has been the most amazing year for her and the best experience. My older daughter who was shy, leaves as a superstar student, a leader, and a young lady of confidence. I cannot say enough good things about Park Maitland. They teach students to work hard and they gain an incredible work ethic. They also gain public speaking skills. I love that Park Maitland has a strong arts program as well. The girls love the visual arts and performing arts at Park Maitland. Though it is a challenging school, students gain an incredible lifelong work ethic. I am truly grateful for the wonderful teachers and staff. The teachers are truly happy to be there and my children are happy to go to school each and every day.