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Supports LD students: Agree


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Great School for any child with a learning disability, but the opposite end of the spectrum should steer clear.

Develops character: Strongly disagree


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Having a plan to instill character (see four cornerstones) doesn't change a person's character. A true test is what you will see when no one is looking, and in reality a lack of diversity makes just astounding amounts of hateful statements and remarks go unnoticed.




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I think a lot of parents on this site remain oblivious to the social scheme at sears, and even those who attempt to remain vigilant rarely portray a positive message onto their kids. I have graduated already from this school, but the forethought of the lack of diversity, and culture all together at this school will shock anyone coming from anywhere remotely diverse, pushed me to write this review. As a student I experienced first hand a ridiculous inadequacy in teaching students to think. All discussion based classes that lacked order but instead were driven purely on thoughts and arguments that were evoked as a collateral were shot down quickly by a principal who although has good intentions, tries to inflict change so frequently that her policies often leave each grade feeling like a "test dummy." There are a few hidden gems teacher wise, but overall a lack of real discussion seriously hinders a student to think. This pales in comparison to a vicious social scheme. Kids with upbringings from extremely wealthy families, and in many cases, inherited wealth, find themselves surrounded with other affluent kids. Turns out though that in modern day America the following circumstances lead to an all white community with little to no diversity. I'm going to say it flat out, but everyone at sears is racist, and whether it be from the school or the parents I've witness allow such things, the lack of response never ceased to astound me. White Students run around the playground making supremacists jokes and calling each other the n-word during basketball games justify this by saying in pop culture African Americans use the word complimentary and therefore this justifies their use. At the end of the day, you'll be prepared for high school, but a lack of diversity, culture, and ability to think leads to a serious inability to act with much dignity at all socially. New Trier is a slight improvement, but if your looking for a full education, look further then Sears, because every lesson exists for the purpose of helping you freshman year, and none of it is there to help you grow as a person.



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Sears is truly a wonderful place. It fosters a tight-knit and inclusive community facilitating a breadth of academic and extracurricular activities. Our children made lifelong friendships and felt more prepared than those from other schools when entering high school. They will always have their fond memories and friends from Sears.



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We have been very pleased with Sears School for our children. Our three children attended the school all the way through. Each of them had a great experience with quality, responsive teachers and many extracurricular opportunities. We were very pleased with the education they received and felt our children were well prepared for New Trier and beyond. There are opportunities to be involved in many ways as a parent and the community is welcoming and supportive. Overall, we have been thrilled with the experience.


Teacher effectiveness: Strongly agree


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With three children who each spent ten years at the school, we feel we know many teachers. We were pleased and or thrilled with all of them. They were caring, responsive, knowledgeable and took their job seriously. We always felt they were open and available to us.

Develops character: Strongly disagree


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The four cornerstones of the Sears School code of conduct are Respect, Responsibility, Honesty and Kindness. These cornerstones are discussed at every age level and posted around the school.

Teacher effectiveness: Strongly agree


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Very effective. I always receive very specific and thoughtful feedback from teachers at conferences. Many Sears teachers hold advanced degrees from very good schools.


Amount of homework: Agree


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The amount of homework progresses as the student progresses in age. Some parents think it is too much but I don't. The kids will be ready for New Trier and that is what matters.

Develops character: Agree


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Yes--- Sears prides itself on instilling 4 cornerstone behaviors (including honesty, kindness, integrity) in its students.

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Last modified The Joseph Sears School is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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