4 years in and we love it. The children get more outside time than many other elementary kids.... the teachers take them out for breaks often. They are encouraged to bring snacks other than lunch as full bellies means better learners. Tons of extra curricular stuff to do, loads of parental volunteer opportunities... whatever floats your boat. Principal is great... she is even keeled and listens. Dr Montello Asst Principal is very hands on and knows each student and parent well. Teachers for the most part seem to love teaching. They expect a lot from the kids but so they should - that's life and the real world. Kids are loved, respected and given every opportunity to excel and excellence is recognized accordingly. No school is perfect - private or public. It is what the parents make of it and how involved they choose to be. Negative comments usually come from hands off parents who are not there and do not know what exactly is happening. Each to their own. The school is a gem and compared to many other ES in the area, it does a great job. So glad we lucked out and found this place.
We are not very impressed by Sagamore Hills Elementary. We picked Sagamore because we wanted a small community school. The standardized testing is getting out of control And the children seem over-scheduled. The Principal, Julie Taylor, is conflict-avoidant and will not take a stand on anything. The Assistant Principal, Mark Montello, is fairly responsive. My son loves science, but the STEM program is lack-luster. The children are over scheduled and don't have time for play. There are some nice parents there, but the overall feel is very snobby if you're a newcomer. If you have not been there since kindergarten, it is difficult to break into the social scene.
My son is in first grade. He has homework each night, but no more than 5 minutes of effort. It is about teaching kids to be organized and prepared. I wish I had learned those skills at such a young age.
I am surprised at the recent negative reviews. This is my son's second year at SHES and he could not be happier. He loves his teacher and has made great friends. The more I get involved and volunteer in the school, I realize what a special neighborhood school we have. Teachers, staff and parents work hard to make this a supportive and enriching environment for all.