Parent teacher conference they did not know anything about my kid! Told me her writing was great in her daily journal, opened it open and she had not written in it in weeks. Asked about her reading scores dropping a lot and teacher said she did not notice. Horrible place!
There is NO respect for the kids. They are cattle to push around and not question anything. The head of school is ego driven. Listen to her talk, it is about her not the students. Kids never smile. Teachers push kids around and make them feel worthless.
Again, from the head of school down, it is a mentally abusive place. Kids best interests are an after thought. Bullies, mean egotistical staff. Just talk to secretary at front door, even her attitude to kids is bad. No one respects the kids.
The teachers are bullies. Kids are not happy. Walk the halls, no laughing, go to a performance, kids do not smile. The parents feel forced to use the school since it is less money than othe private schools and the public schools are not very good. The school is all about the head of school not about the kids. There is very little exercise and they immediately take it away as punishment.
Student retention is dropping fast. My child's class had 4 students drop out mid year. Parents paid and still pulled kids out, that is how bad it is!
From the top down, the school needs a reorg or to be closed. People ask and I tell them it was an abusive place and we are sorry we sent I child there. Mentally abusive. Kids are mean. Teachers are bullies. It is not a happy learning environment.
Our son is attending his third year at Weiss, and we couldn't be more thankful for this school.
The advanced curriculum is spot on for his needs, and each of his teachers have been beyond wonderful. The school both meets the academic needs of bright kids who need to be stimulated and challenged, while providing a nurturing and warm environment. People often mistakenly assume that school will be easy for a gifted kid, but if bright kids aren't being challenged and focused in the right way it can lead to behavior problems in a traditional school setting. This school really "gets" gifted kids, and it makes such a difference that the entire school experience is tailored to their needs. The pull out programs for gifted kids in traditional schools are helpful, but smart kids need to be taught as smart kids the entire school day, not just during a pull out program. The entire curriculum at the Weiss School for all grades is specifically designed for the needs of gifted kids, and individualized as needed for each student.
In the short time we've been part of this school community, there have been further enhancements to already great programs in language arts, technology, music and science. Additionally, the school has a very robust offering of after care activities every day of the week (robotics, theater, yoga, taekwondo to name a few) as well as a summer camp. Our son loves going to school every day, is challenged at his level and is with other great kids that are like him. We couldn't imagine sending him anywhere else. If you have a bright child who could benefit from gifted education, you owe it to yourself (and your child) to consider this school.
Today, I visited The Weiss School and want to express how very impressed I was with each classroom. What a jewel you have in The Weiss School! The students, their sense of respect, and the work they are accomplishing is fabulous. Having been in the business of educating our most precious assets, our children, for many years, I can say without a doubt, The Weiss School is doing an excellent job of preparing their students with work and social skills from which they'll benefit throughout their lives. Laura Kuniansky, M.A. Reading Durango, CO
Our child has attended The Weiss School for two years. Her 1st year at the school she was in Pre-K 4 and loved every moment. We were very pleased with the enrollment process, environment, curriculum, and especially the teacher. The next year she attended Kindergarten and we had similar expectations. The course load was much greater than Pre-k, which was a bit of a shock to our daughter and us. We initially had trouble working with the teacher to ensure our daughter s individual needs were met. After we had her assessed by an outside person, it was discovered that she had some learning difficulties (twice gifted). We had the report sent to the school and Dr Spirou worked closely with us and the teacher to create an environment that was conducive for our daughter's unique needs. Although no school is perfect, The Weiss School and its faculty really do try to create an environment where their students can flourish.