We love this school. I have two boys enrolled, one just started in Kindergarten this year and the other is in 3rd grade. There is so much understanding here for the emotional development of the kids. The pace that they work on their learning, the group work and mixed ages/grades in each class really all add up to an amazing experience that approaches each child as a whole person. They learn personal responsibility and also group dynamics and working out their problems with each other. Each class, and the entire school is very Democratic, in that each student can make a difference, and is encouraged to speak up about any changes they feel are necessary, and then discuss them as a class and/or as a school.
The small size of the school makes it feel like a family environment instead of an institution. It is such a great place to build a strong foundation for learning and for understanding life.
Since they are a charter school, all the same options for learning such as speech therapy, and eye, hearing screenings are all available just the same as any public school in the area. Plus there is a no pressure type of learning taught here. The school knows each student learns differently and at their own pace and they support this type of learning.
The school is extremely encouraging and teaches its students to be encouraging also. By meeting their needs with compassion and respect, the students reciprocate these feelings and actions and bring this home with them as well.
We have great, patient and caring teachers that do not shame, or yell or argue with students. Teachers "work out" their problems with each student by talking with them - as a peer. The teachers take the time that is needed for each student and let them know they are there for them.
This school believes that children work their hardest learning for hours and hours each week and don't need to work at home. No homework is given here. The occasional worksheet a student needs to catch up on, or class projects/science projects are the only thing sent home to work on!! No arguing and fighting over homework!! Amazing.
We pulled our daughter out of another school after 2 years of not being happy - and put her in at Alfred Adler. This is her 2nd year at AA. The change has been remarkably positive. She is thriving and loves it there. Alderian philosophy is very different from the typical "teaching for testing" type of school that is the norm - so the kids ad AA are actually learning & not just being taught at. We love it and are looking forwarding to our son beginning next fall.