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.
May 30, 2012
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I can’t imagine a better gift I could give my children than to offer them the opportunity to learn and grow at The Children’s School. TCS is not only a school but also a community. Over dinner recently, a friend asked how we picked it four years ago. My list went on and on: diverse students and families; emphasis on the whole child; embedded focus on building character and values; dedicated, happy, talented, committed teachers; customized instruction for various learning levels; reasonable, high impact homework; responsive, accessible school leaders; engaging TCS University parenting education; leadership and mentor/mentee programs through Big/Little Buddies; prioritized learning through play with plenty of recess; open, bright, flexible, collaborative classrooms; small classes and great teacher/student ratios; spotlight on outdoor education and self-responsibility; strong project-based, multi-disciplinary, hands-on learning initiatives; commitment to teacher professional development; access to technology resources; focus on learning over teaching. After attending a panel presentation and conducting my own research to see how TCS graduates were prepared for middle school, I concluded that without question, TCS had provided the core academics, problem-solving, social skills, and resiliency to prepare its alumni with thriving minds, hearts, and hands no matter where they chose to go afterward. Like that old quote about what is important to give children, TCS surely does it, providing children with both roots and wings.
We have loved the Children's School because they teach to each individual child's strengths and weaknesses while still letting the kids be kids. The teaching is very play based so the kids are learning, but in a way that is fun and not just rote memorization. Both of our kids are excited to go to school each morning because school is fun to them. And we cannot say enough about the teachers who not only are teaching our kids academics but also how to be responsible, proactive members of the community. The warm environment the teachers, staff, and other students provide helped both of our kids transition to the Children's School seamlessly and have made our family feel like we have been a part of this community for years instead of just a few months.
There is really no way to express how much I cherish the experience our son, who is three years old and in a pre-primary class, is getting from this school. At his age the focus is on play-based teaching and learning by doing rather than by simply listening. The kids spend over 90 minutes outside each day, and that time is divided between various activities such as planting seeds in the organic garden, playing on one of the multiple playgrounds, building blocks or playing with trucks outside...the list goes on and on. Our son has been in school since August, and in this short period of time his vocabulary has expanded tremendously and he is gaining confidence in himself and who he is. The school environment focuses on embracing individuality, so there is no dress code or rules in place about length of hair, rather it's about being who you are and being the best version of yourself that you can be. There is a big buddy program where the kids in the fifth grade help and guide kids pre-primary classes, which has been invaluable to our son.
The school ranges from pre-primary until sixth grade and I spend a lot of time volunteering there, so I've had a firsthand look at how the school and the classes run and I can only be thankful that our son is lucky enough to attend this school. I grew up attending a very highly rated public school in the Midwest, however my experience is nothing in comparison to the amazing opportunities afforded the children attending TCS. If you take a tour of the school, I really think you will be enchsnted with the campus, the administration, and most of all the teachers at TCS.
I wrote a LONG review of The Children's School and its wonderful teachers. It's somewhere in the Internet abyss. Our child is starting a third year with TCS and absolutely LOVES school. TCS does a lot of things extremely well and it shows on the kids. We have been most impressed by the teachers -- the people that have the day to day interactions with our child. Many of the teachers have been with TCS for 10+ years and have fine-tuned the art of educating young kids. There are also some excited newbies on campus who infuse the place with new innovations. We've been really happy with the way the teachers can balance class needs -- being firm and nurturing, allowing a child to be the center of attention and also a contributing part of the group, teaching the tried and true academics and character-education. On top of it all, the teachers we've had are super creative and organized. They have truly been partners in maintaining the joy our child has for learning!
So far, all we can say is "wow". TCS has been amazing for our children. We have twins who enrolled in Kindergarten and are now in first grade. Children's has lived up to - and in many ways exceeded - our expectations in every way. Our children are challenged, inspired and very much cared for. The teachers really know our girls as individuals - and at a level that is surprising. We wanted a school environment that would instill a deep love of learning in our children. One that challenged them academically and creatively. One that inspired confidence to try new things and not be afraid to take a risk. One that exposed them to different cultures and perspectives. And one that provided a well-rounded education, with the opportunity to pursue developing passions. For our family, Children's is it. We feel really lucky to be a part of this community.
My wife and I love The Children's School and are so happy with our son's teachers and the overall program. As a parent, it is amazing to know that our child feels known and that his academic, social, and emotional needs are met. The hands-on approach to learning is spot-on and we also like how the school is incorporating STEM/STEAM into the curriculum. The community is genuine and the teachers are experts in teaching elementary-aged children. We could not be more satisfied with our choice. We know that he will be well-prepared to transition after 6th grade.
We were very disappointed by this school. There are many excellent schools in this area, including the Public schools Springdale park, Morningside and Inman where your kid would get much better education, not to mention a better environment.
TCS is a great fit for our 2 children. Because of the school's size and grade levels (2 classes per grade, 3 year olds - 6th grade), it is able to specifically focus its energy and resources on the development and enrichment of pre-school and elementary age kids. While the learning environment is structured and purposeful, it allows for lots of imagination, creativity, critical thinking and innovation through hands on experiences. The school takes advantage of its multi-building campus and location (near Piedmont Park) to provide lots of outside play and fresh air for its students. Other positives: a reasonable approach to homework; a Big Buddy program where students in older grades regularly spend time with the children in younger grades; diversity that feels authentic; a focus on character and community in the curriculum; a Head of School with a strong vision to provide the kids with the skills they will need to succeed in the future and the drive to make that happen.
I can't say enough wonderful things about TCS - curriculum, environment, teachers, administration and families. TCS has a warm, friendly atmosphere, but high expectations for the kids. Academics are appropriately challenging and teachers focus on ensuring children progress each year which means assignments are often individualized. TCS has a unique focus on building character to develop independent, strong, compassionate kids. My 6 year old/rising second grader has recently faced her first challenging situations with friends from other schools and I was amazed at her ability to address the situations head on, successfully resolve conflicts and teach others how to be inclusive. The new head of school, Nishant, is a strong but approachable leader. He is eager to continually identify opportunities for improvement while continuing to promote what works. With 24 kids and 2 teachers per classroom, there's opportunity for individual attention. Our child will be well-prepared for the rigors (academic AND social) of private middle schools.
WOW...are there K rooms overloaded. Not sure I want my child in a room with 25 kids that I actually have to pay for. Seemed like some teachers don't have teaching/ed backgrounds as well. Kids seemed happy though...and saw lots of parents hanging around.