Olive-Mary Stitt School has been in the forefront in embracing, educating and executing fine educational programs that have benefitted each student that they are responsible to educate. They have taken time and money to educate the teachers in these fine programs and have been accountable to the outcome of these programs.
The Olive teachers, students and community are the best. As a former employee who worked under various leaders, I feel it is unfair to point fingers at administrators and/or the multi-age program for the school's successes and struggles. The expectations placed upon schools nowadays is far different than it was even 10 years ago. In the age of NCLB and a high emphasis on testing, schools are given little choice but to place an emphasis on testing. Let's try to be fair to those educating your children.
Olive is still a great school, but its glory days are behind. Under the leadership of Marybeth Anderson, the once-touted multiage program has been eliminated and the focus of the school has become max out ISAT scores. There are still many, many wonderful teachers, and that is where Olive really shines, but the feckless administration has not been good for this school. Having said that, it is still several notches above surrounding Districts.