Marcia Prewitt Spiller, May 30, 2012
As the outgoing Head of The Children s School, I m proud to say that hundreds of students have been well served by the school, evidenced by the stories they ve shared with us year after year. The school has a committed, talented, dedicated faculty who work tirelessly to meet the needs of all of their students. Classrooms are stimulating, exciting learning environments that other schools and teachers work to model. The Children s School is authentically diverse in a myriad of ways. It is diverse geographically. It is diverse culturally and ethnically. It is diverse socio-economically. And it serves a diverse group of learners who graduate with confidence, poised to succeed both academically and socially. All organizations experience change. The Children s School is well prepared and solidly ready for new leadership. It is an exciting time for the school and as I leave, I celebrate all of its many successes.
As my child walks through The Children's School (TCS) campus and is personally greeted by faculty, administration and students of all ages I see the power of the intentional community that is built at TCS. While I know my son will do well academically because of the fundamentals he learns each day, the uniqueness of TCS truly lies in its dedication to community, diversity and building character. While I often wish the school extended beyond 6th grade, I know that it is the ability to focus on only elementary students that allows TCS to shine. Additionally almost all graduates get into the middle school of their choice, alleviating many concerns about what is next! No longer a school for 'aging hippies', TCS turns out responsible, academically strong students on par or better than its peers in Atlanta.
We began at TCS two years ago and we couldn't be happier. TCS is such a rich community where my children feel completely comfortable. The teachers work with individual learning styles while holding students accountable academically. The character development piece of the curriculum is extraordinary. My kids are learning to articulate feels, gain confidence, deal with frustration, and work through conflict. Spend one day walking around campus and you can see why the parents are so passionate about the school.
Our daughter, now in Grade 1, has been at TCS since Pre-Primary -- and not only does she love it but so do we! The teachers really get to know the children, and the bond created is marvelous. The feedback from the teachers to us is stupendous: they /really/ know their kids and have great insight -- this not only shows that our child is in an environment that nurtures them but also gives us, as parents, helpful information that allows us more fully to participate in our child's education. Our daughter has grown each year -- intellectually, socially, emotionally -- in ways that really demonstrate that TCS is doing a fabulous job. And while I keep telling my daughter to stop growing up (she never listens to that plea, of course) I really look forward to seeing her continue to thrive at TCS, all the way to Grade 6.
The Children s School has been a treasure in our family s life. Never have we been involved in a community so welcoming, nurturing, and culturally rich. The sacrifices we have made as a family to send our children to TCS have been well worth it. Highlights: A nationally recognized head of school who has served at the school for 20 years, knows every child by name, and regularly drops in the classroom to read a book or join in a messy project. Amazing teachers, who work in teaching pairs to give each child individual attention and love. A rich character education program, with a trait of the month and a counselor who can solve almost any problem with her basket of puppets, her student lunch groups and her welcoming couch for parents. A unique outdoor education program that gets 3rd - 6th graders out on an annual camping experience. Incredible preparation through 6th grade, which make TCS graduates highly sought after by top secondary schools.
My child has been a student at The Children's School for over 4 years, and we could not be more thrilled with the academic and social education she is receiving. I highly recommend The Children's School to any parent considering a private education for his or her child.
My child graduated from the sixth grade in June 2008. The Children's School's expertise in elementary education prepared her academically and socially. We couldn't have been happier. Two other points; we really miss the parent community (none like it around) and yes, the admissions director at the school my daughter now attends says he loves accepting TCS children. Leadership at the school is exceptional.
TCS really strives to educate the whole child--academically, artistically, physically, and socially. Academic emphasis varies from grade to grade and teacher to teacher, but the school, in line with the best pedagogy, does not force young children to sit at their desks and think linearly. The children do academic work in all grades, and by sixth grade are ready to go to any school in Atlanta, but in the lower grades academics is not the sole measure of success. The school also works to provide opportunities for, and to encourage the children to recognize and prize their gifts in, artistic endeavors, physical fitness and sportsmanship, and social learning. This is the only school in Atlanta, and I've seen plenty, where the faculty works together to discourage bullying and to teach the kids other ways to deal with and interact with each other.
We are very disappointed with TCS. Our children deserve the best and in making this choice for their education we have failed them completely. We are anxiously awaiting the end of our contract so that we can transfer them to a school where they will actually learn something.
I completely disagree that there is any uncertainty as to the academic strength of the school. The school consistently places its graduating sixth graders at top schools in the Atlanta area. The upper grade students who take standardized tests consistently rank well above the national norms for all students and at or above the norms for other independent school students nationwide. Since the lower grade students do not take the tests, there's no way to compare them to national norms, but I believe the results would be similar. My daughter, a current sixth grader, has been there since she was three years old, and she is now well-positioned to attend any school in Atlanta she wishes. More importantly, however, both of my children love to go to school and love to learn . . . aren't interested and motivated students what all elementary schools should strive to produce?
Overall, this school has a beautiful campus, great level of diversity, and a friendly environment with some great families, teachers, and staff. We never heard anything negative about the school until we began having issues, then the flood gates opened with friends of friends with similar issues and experiences. There seems to be a stifling expectation of compliance with leadership, for students and parents, and the feel of your family being marked if you show any opposition. Parents are provided some information in great detail, but in our experience, some significantly important issues were presented haphazardly and with little consideration. The level of academic strength is unclear to us and a concern of several current and past families. To make a truly informed decision, I would certainly speak to several parents of current students and ask that they pass along your contact info to parents who have left the school.
This is an impressive school! This the first year for my children after we tried a traditional school, transitioning from montessori. Though my children remained academically sound, they went from board, apathetic students to excited and motivated. My 6 year old has completed 10 books and this is only November. Last year, the only books he read were the ones we gave him at home. Its hard to describe, you would have to visit and watch how engaged and excited the children appear. I love it!
The Children School is an exciting school. I started in 1st grade and now I'm graduating. TCS has a lot of activities. This years performance in drama at TCS was The Lion King and it was a great and humorous show. The best part of TCS is that you get to go on over night trips. Some times the faculty can be a little mean and the students allways gossip about you.
The Childrens School is one of the best elemenatary schools in Metro Atlanta. The falcuty and staff are academically strong and dedicated to the children at all levels. There is a tremendous amount of parent involvement and it shows in a vareity of ways. I recommend The Childrens School to any parent that expects nothing but the best from there children and teachers. The school ranked among the best schools in metro Atlanta and Georgia.
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