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PK-8|Private
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Since 1973, High Meadows School has inspired children in Preschool through Eighth Grade to think critically, learn creatively, act globally, and live compassionately. "From the start, we believed in children's innate love of learning and our responsibility to nurture and encourage that spark." -Jody Holden, Co-Founder of High Meadows School
April 17, 2017

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Update: To the family/parent that has reported the possible bullying issues they feel they experienced - I am sorry that you feel this way and would be especially sorry if what you were saying is true. We have not heard this from any other parents/families in our 4 years at the school, and I would hate to think that you had this experience and did not work to fully remediate it with school staff (and they are absolutely available and equipped to deal with any situation). Obviously something happened that upset you greatly, and I in no way want to minimize that - However, what gives you the right to impugn and malign the character of our two wonderful children and the other 385 fantastic children and their parents by saying that this school caters to children with severe behavioral issues and insinuating that all children there have them?? Your statement is completely untrue and seems an intentionally malicious and insensitive thing to say. -------- -------- -------- -------- From the International Baccalaureate Program, to the amazing Teachers and Administrative Staff, to the incredible Support given to Students and Families, to the Community Feel, to the wonderful Grounds (including animal farm, rolling fields, great buildings and amenities), to the Activities and Experiences, and to the overall Learning and Development that helps our children grow - High Meadows School is absolutely fantastic! This is a magical place, but remember: a School is what you and your family make of it. Become involved; know what the teachers and students are doing, know the people your children learn from and who they play with, understand the processes and methods, and ask lots of questions. If you do, you will be guaranteed a more rewarding experience at any school, and most especially at HMS.

Handles bullying effectively: Agree


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They are partners with the ADL and No Place For Hate, plus they have their own extremely rich anti-bullying policies and training. While we know of no terrible incidents or issues, there have been a few random and rare small 'kids being kids' things that have come up with one of our Sons...on both ends of the spectrum: He was overheard by a teacher lightly teasing another student on the school play field. It was immediately addressed - He was made to apologize on the spot; he was spoken to by the school counselor and my wife and I also met with him and the school counselor to stress that it was unacceptable; we discussed it with his teachers and other mentors in his life (martial arts instructor, neighbors, family, friends); and we apologized to the other child and his parents (who were very understanding of it being a small thing and kids being kids). That was the end of it. We all put it out in the open, discussed it between all parties, helped each other resolve it, and moved on. Our son and the other child actually became good friends. In a separate issue on the other side, our son was teased a little by some other boys over a Summer Camp at the school a few years ago - We brought it up to the Camp Leader and he immediately apologized that it happened, addressed it with the rest of his Camp staff and the other boys, and made sure that it did not happen again.


Develops character: Agree


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In almost everything they do they teach these primary factors to all children in all grades: respect for themselves, for those around them, and for their environment; integrity in their actions and words; compassion for others (people, animals, the world around them).

Amount of homework: Strongly agree


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This school spends their time during the day actually teaching enough that not a lot of homework is required...but of course they do assign it. Your childs' learning experience depends on other homework factors that parents can very well supply (Kahn Academy, Code.org, manually created work pages, other workbooks for their age/school year, etc), and this would be on top of the IXL, Typing Agent, and other web based as well as teacher assigned and project homework the school does already require. Also, studies have repeatedly shown that most children get too much homework and it is reasonably unhelpful in their overall learning (and in fact can be detrimental to their overall learning/growing experience). Engage with your children like your HMS teachers do and as a parent and you can be one of their best guides for learning.

Effective school leaders: Strongly agree


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Leadership has been wonderful to work with. They have been understanding and they and all staff truly try to recognize each students character and needs to create a healthy environment to teach them in a wholly fulfilling way.


Teacher effectiveness: Strongly agree


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Engaged, knowledgeable, communicative with parents about their children and class/school activities, supportive, progressive, fantastic.

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SCHOOL LEADER
High Meadows School believes strongly in encouraging life balance for our young learners. Research supports that homework doesn't benefit young children's learning or school performance, and we're happy our students have time for family, extra-curricular activities, and adequate sleep. We encourage families to spend time reading, learning, and experiencing topics of interest together. In upper grades, students to take on more homework as they prepare for their successful transition into high school.
Posted April 17, 2017

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SCHOOL LEADER
Since 1973, High Meadows School has inspired children in Preschool through Eighth Grade to think critically, learn creatively, act globally, and live compassionately. "From the start, we believed in children's innate love of learning and our responsibility to nurture and encourage that spark." -Jody Holden, Co-Founder of High Meadows School
Posted April 17, 2017


Handles bullying effectively: Strongly disagree


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My child has been bullied multiple times. The offenders have for the most part admitted what they did yet there are no consequences.

Effective school leaders: Strongly disagree


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Leadership doesn't seem to care about fixing the issues, just about cashing the checks.

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