Galloway can be a very 'endearing' place. The community is close in many ways, but in some ways that becomes a negative - parents are overly involved with some aspects of the school. Great strengths in some areas are brought down by weaknesses in others....academically as well as extracurricular offerings, etc. The very small size makes it difficult to offer a real variety of extracurriculars and quality concerts, plays, etc. Our daughter now attends a very good public school and we see some of the areas in which she missed opportunities and was not as well prepared. A student must be highly self-motivated, because there are very few opportunities to be 'pushed' or encouraged, or even asked to work a little harder.
Those who say that The Galloway School is not challenging are missing the interest required to learn. I am currently a Sophomore (grade 10) at Galloway, and have found the high school to be both challenging and fun. I like school. I like attending school, being at school, and even staying after to get extra help with concepts that I'm having trouble with on occasion. My teachers are all very experienced (10 years or more of teaching at the least); some have up to 30 years of experience. The courses I take, from electives to AP classes, each demand that I do my best, and are not by any means 'unchallenging' to me. I am not only challenged at the school to do my best work, but I am expected from. I am expected to want to learn and discovers a different thing each and every day.
My son started 5th grade this year and the experience has been very positive. I am impressed that many of the teachers create curriculums that make the children think about subjects and not just regurgitate information. He loves the art teacher, even though he never was engaged in art in the past. The kids have been welcoming and inclusive and my son said that his friends at Galloway like school!
I guess Galloway can be better than average, because it's a very nice school with other activities other than classes. Lots of after-school stuff, and what I really love is that there is a no-cut policy. The sad thing about that, however, is that most of the children that are not athletic don't get to even play in the games, just because they aren't as good. What kind of opportunity is that? My brother did not play in any soccer games when he was in the 7th grade because they never tested him, they never gave him a chance. Then he got in the 8th grade, they found out how fast he could run and how good he was, and then they played him in every game unless he was sick! All in all, it's a pretty good school. But it makes you wonder sometimes...
My daughter is a first timer at the galloway school...She entered the ninth grade this very school year. I've found the school to be an excellent fit for her - coming from a public middle school...She is an overacheiver who doesn't require being pushed to excel, however she still needs to be challenged, and i've finally found the winning combination within the galloway community.. Although she is still very much a 'loner' .. She is thriving with the initimate,fellowship style of learning that the entire community of galloway all seem to posess.. I am honored and very grateful that she's been given the opportunity to be a part of such a great establishment... .
Galloway is a terrific school where my children have thrived and have been challenged. The curriculum allows children to practice the art of problem solving and taking personal ownership for themselves, two qualities sorely missing in most academic programs, but much needed in the real world. I have found the favulty and administration to be highly competent. If you are interested in really preparing your child for future learning, Galloway is the place.
I love this school. I go there currently and it is amazing to know that I go to a school where I am comfortable hugging everyone in my class and teachers.
On balance, Galloway has more negatives than positives -- too small in high school, not enough rich extracurriculars, inconsistency in teacher quality and attitude, leadership that has not yet defined what Galloway should become in today's educational environment. Bright, highly motivated students will be under-rewarded for their efforts, due to the 'fear' of 'competition'. Mediocrity is often acceptable. There are some fabulous teachers, but no consistent curriculum 'program' that ensures what your student will get from year to year. Education is adequate in most cases, but not stellar.
I am a former student of Galloway, now in high school at another private school. After 7 years at Galloway, I left because of the unsatisfactory quality of the education, educators, and environment. The curriculum is no where close to challenging for an average student. The extreme lack of discipline is evident in the interactions between students and teachers. I would not recommend this school to anyone.
The Galloway School is in the midst of a huge transition which I hope will have positive implications.. Overall, I think this is a nice little school. The positives: a fantastic preschool program, nice looking facilities and a solid educational philosophy. There is a lot of ethnic diversity. The curriculum is advanced in the EL program. The children are happy and enjoy school and many of the educators are exceptional. The community is made up of involved, like-minded parents who value the whole child, are educationally minded, and value substance over form. The art program and the theater program are wonderful. The negatives are more troubling: the curriculum is wildly inconsistent from teacher to teacher and grade to grade. The ML and UL curriculum and sports programs are limited. MANY of the teachers are incredibly negative towards kids and parents. The overall experience is VERY INCONSISTENT.
As I think back to my years at Galloway, I graduated with a well rounded education that allowed me to excel academically in college. I really appreciated the discussion based classrooms and learning how to apply a theory, not just the wrote memorization of the concept. The faculty is great at what they do, and I feel they really want to be a part of the Galloway community.
I attended The Galloway School for many years and absolutely loved my experience. It is an incredible learning environment that stresses high academic performance while providing immeasurable support. I felt extraordinarily confident entering college and continued my Galloway learned pursuit of excellence throughout my educational and professional life. It taught me to be more than just a student of books, but to be a student of lifelong learning. Many don't understand this amazingly unique institution. Its an organic and evolving educational movement driven by the members of its great community. If parents and students fear and/or judge this nature, they fail to realize the control and influence they hold. The Galloway School is a gift and a rare gem to academics and cognitive development.
My son entered public school after several years at Galloway. He was behind in English (especially 'mechanics') and math proficiency. More importantly, too many Galloway teachers have gotten 'inertia' and are more complacent than they should be, especially given the kind of learning that Galloway purports to provide. Students are too often allowed to settle for less than doing their best -- or finding out how to do their best. It's fine to have kids be 'comfortable' at school, but they also need to learn about non-negotiable boundaries and fair competition. My son has benefitted from some fair competition in academics and extracurriculars; it's not always detrimental. In too many cases the school is not 'rigorous' enough.
This is not the same school it was 5 years ago. Changes in the Administration and Faculty are eroding the vision that Elliot Galloway had when he founded this school. Teachers range from good to exceptional, but the Administration is ineffective in dealing with many typical school problems.
My child attended middle school at Galloway and now attends a public high school. She is definitely not as well prepared in some ways as students from a good public middle school or other private schools. Grammar and writing skills, along with math, are particularly deficient. Galloway needs to do much more to adequately prepare students for the 'real world'. Galloway can be, and often is, a caring environment -- but there is much more required for a 21st century education and not all of it gets done at Galloway.
My child came to Galloway from government school for 8th grade and is challenged daily. Homework is managable. My child had not a single issue being accepted by fellow students. The teachers are all great, caring people. It is obvious they love their jobs. There is a lot of freedom at this school which is a great relief coming from the prison of a public middle school.
i go to galloway, and i LOVE it. everyone there is just great, there is tons of freedom, and nobody judges you. at galloway, you can totally be yourself. there are absolutely no limits. if anything, the performing arts program is remarkable. we have so much fun, but still put on a great show
I am currently a student at The Galloway School and I think that it is a one of a kind school with one of a kind students and teachers.
As a mother of an EL student, I cannot say enough about The Galloway School. The program is creative and makes learning fun. My child was reading before even entering kindergadent and I am amazed by the variety of things he learned: from academic basics to having in depth knowledge about animals, our world etc. My sense is that although their EL program is excellent, there is not enough consistency year to year. However, that aside, the teachers are experienced, kind and inspiring. My child never wants to miss school and has learned more than I expected of him at this point--what else can you ask for? Top notch.
I have never expericned Upper Learning or Early Learning at Galloway, but let me tell you as a student, the Middle Learning program is terrible and dissapointing. ML is a time in lots of adolecents lives when bullying occurs and you run into a lot of issues with friends, etc. Galloway does not help those problems at all. The ML program, teachers, and administrators make everything worse. The amount of bullying that occurs in ML at Galloway is astonishing. And whats even more astonishing is how naive and unsupportive the faculty are when you need help. They avoid the problem instead of solving it.
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