We are so glad that we found Sycamore School. We started there in pre-K. Each year we say to ourselves - 'Wow! It cant get better than this.' And every year we are wrong. ALL of the teachers are amazing. The experiences associated with the school are fantastic. Sometimes I have to email other parents to corroborate that yes indeed our daughter held a nonpoisionous tarantula, bats were in the class room, or she drank whale milk. The kids are challenged at their indivudal level - differentiated instruction. It means my kid is not bored nor discourage but that she is on her academic tippy toes trying new skills, making some mistakes, learning from them, and learning about herself. Sycamore is about setting up each child to succed and reach their maximum potential. Kids shione in their respective strong suits be it math or science, or art, or social studies, maybe reading, maybe spelling, music, - the list goes on. When ever we have had concerns the teachers and staff have been available and willing to work with us. Check this awesome school out. BEST money I have ever spent. BEST investment in my childs future that will hopefully impact yours too when she grows up.
This is our third year at Sycamore. My son is currently in Kindergarten and it's been absolutely wonderful. Prior to attending Sycamore, my son was in a typical daycare environment and was literally bored to tears. It was a tough financial decision for us to send him to Sycamore as the tuition is quite high (but comparable to other private schools in the area), but it is absolutely worth every penny. I am especially impressed now that academics are playing a more significant role (KG vs. preschool). My son is thriving and surrounded by kids like him. I would be very worried about sending him to a public school - I don't think he would do well there at all (what would they do with a child 2 to 3 grade levels ahead?). This school is probably one of the biggest reasons our family is staying in Indy. It's just that good. I wish that every gifted child could be in such an environment. The volunteering opportunities are great as well. We can sign up to volunteer to be a "math helper" (during my lunch hour!) or an "art helper" on Fridays. This is a great opportunity to see how great the teachers are.
I have 3 step kids who all graduated from Sycamore, and now have a 4 year old in their preschool class. The school is amazing. The teachers are caring, and really challenge our kids. In my son's preschool class, there's a teacher along with 2 teacher aide for 17 students. The teachers along with the parents are very involved in the growth and education of the kids. I can't say enough nice things about this school. Would definitely enroll my future child (in my belly now) to this school. :-)
I can't say enough about the support my kids have received from teachers and administrators. Every highly-gifted child should have an environment like this where they are truly educated with their peers. and not forced to stay in a classroom where the pace is boring to them.
Our child has been at Sycamore since kindergarten. The school has exceeded our expectations both in academics and other areas. There is opportunity for all students to participate in a wide variety of activities. Our child is very happy here!
Sycamore truly provides everything we were looking for in a school. We took a thorough approach when selecting a school. We sent our oldest to summer camps at the schools we were considering to get a first hand account of the students, faculty, staff and families in the different school communities. Sycamore is a warm, enviting, supportive and happy place. It was important for us to find a well balanced environment that went beyond academics, supporting art and music and also be competitive in sports. The curriculum provides regular field trips but also regularly brings in outside subject matter experts to help apply what they are learning to real world experience. After school activites also enable the students to either further their own interests or explore new ones. We feel very lucky to have found Sycamore.
We are in our 4th year at Sycamore, with 2 very different children as students. Both of our children, 1 with exceptional twice-gifted needs and 1 "textbook gifted" child, are thriving at Sycamore. We've received support from the Head of School, from both Staff Psychologists, and from every teacher. The Staff at Sycamore know and love every hair on every child's head. They teach to every child differently, and ability grouping has allowed our twice-gifted child to thrive in her favorite subjects while receiving assistance with others. We've received stellar referrals to the correct therapists, and sometimes I wonder where we'd be without the experienced teachers who could see through our child's frustration, and bring out her abilities. "Enriched" is such a small word to describe Sycamore's curriculum. It's engaging and exciting. I am constantly amazed at not only what my children are learning, but in their ability to apply it to their lives. They teach children to be lifelong learners, to be responsible citizens, and to respect the novel ideas of others. It's an enlightened education and a wonderful community of parents, teachers, and administrators.
Our child is in her second year in lower school at Sycamore and is thriving. She was previously at a public school which had wonderful teachers but extremely large class sizes, thus she was not able to get the accelerated curriculum that she needed. At Sycamore, she is challenged yet not stressed. She has peers who she can relate to academically as well as socially. The class size is 20 with a full-time aide, which offers much individual attention and differentiation. There is ample opportunity for the children to use creativity and problem-solving. Sycamore is a warm, welcoming environment. We are so fortunate to have this school in our community.
We have had our kids at Sycamore for 5 years now and had a wonderful educational experience. Sycamore is the perfect place for my kids - who just love learning. The advanced and enriched academic program here is impressive - and it crosses the entire curriculum from math to science, art to music, etc. We feel like the teachers know our children extremely well and work with them to develop their individual potential. You can't beat the student-teacher ratio which we think is important. This is a great school - where kids go running into the doors each morning excited to learn.
Our daughter is in her 5th year at Sycamore and we continue to be impressed with the quality of education she is receiving! The teachers are extremely dedicated and engage the students in exciting, challenging curriculum. There is a humanities approach to teaching so they study a topic in language arts, history and art classes to fully learn many aspects of the subject matter. The teachers get to know each student and strive to offer differentiated learning so each child can learn in the way that is best for them. There is a strong emphasis on the whole child and wanting them to be well rounded. There are fabulous art and music classes along with a variety of extra curricular activities. The administration is extremely devoted to ensuring Sycamore has the best learning enviroment to guarantee each child's success. We are thankful Sycamore exists to helpf fulfill the needs of our daughter. I see evidence of happy kids every day I am at school!
We have just completed our 2nd year at Sycamore and my son will be entering Kindergarten in the fall. Sycamore is a tremendous blessing to us. Our son is rated as "very superior" on IQ tests and he is a very well-rounded and happy child. He has loved every minute of school and our only regret is that school is not year-round! The teachers are dedicated and highly trained to be able to keep up with the pace of these hungry-to-learn kids. The school community is globally and culturally diverse. I have observed that children with behavior problems might struggle with the school's culture. This is a school for kids who are eager to learn and want to be in school. Parental involvement is crucial to keep up the pace and take full advantage of the opportunities that the school offers. In addition to academics, the school offers a tremendous fine arts program and excellent language instruction. In pre-kindergarten my son was learning both Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. I highly recommend this school for children and families who place a strong importance on academic success and educational attainment.
My daughter has been at Sycamore for three years now and I can not think of how her experience could have been any better. Her teachers have all been amazing individuals who truly seem to care about the students, their needs and development. I have been fortunate enough to be highly involved in a number activities in her classroom (the teachers are always more than happy to have me stop in!) and its amazing to see these brilliant children grow and shine. When I have observed these children, I see well adjusted children who seem happy and excited about learning. Its such a pleasure interacting with my daughter's friends and the older students. I'm also very happy to have my daughter in a place where, for the most part, people (children and adults alike) are polite and friendly! I truly feel my daughter is in good hands here!
We recently had to leave Sycamore because our child was not getting the help he needed. Being extremely gifted, our child needed not just an academic focus, but an emphasis on social and emotional aspects of giftedness. After having been there for many years, it was disappointint to have to go elsewhere and leave our peer group. We are much happier at our new school but want to emphasize for others that unless your child is a certain kind of student, this is not the place. I think that those who founded this school would be very disappointed at the direction it has taken. There is lack of knowledge on the part of the staff as well as weak leadership.
We have been at Sycamore School for 7 years. The school caters to a very specific mission: gifted children experiencing an enriched, accelerated education. The school is consulted in gifted education not just in the area but nationwide. My children are not twice exceptional (giftedness and a learning disability) so I cannot comment on that. I believe the school very aptly does what it intends to do. My children are challenged, they look forward to school, they learn about subjects in depth. When we have had concerns or issues, the staff has been nothing but responsive. there is an in-house counselor as well as a consulting psychologist. The reality is this is a private school and not the beneficiary of a deeper bucket of public money-We do not feel these shortcomings negatively impact the quality of education our children receive.
Sycamore is lacking many qualities that a gifted school should have. The teachers are older and not current on the needs and learning styles of the gifted. The Principal, is friends with some staff members and not with others. This administration is unprofessional, and not worthy of the gifted children who attend. If you have a problem there you will be treated with disdain. I saw this pattern over and over. My child did not have a good experience at this school nor did I as a parent. There is not method of dealing with the common problems that gifted children might have. No counselor, no nurse, etc. This school is not full of people who are experts in gifted education and there are plenty of other schools that can do a much better job with students and parents. I would say look elsewhere if you want a good education.
School meant to challenge those who need it.. especially in middle school; middle school was more work than high school for me so far. Those who are not truly 'gifted' may struggle at sycamore in certain areas, but those well-rounded gifted have the ability to learn with teachers who literally have dedicated their lives to the kids' success. School always say how dedicated their teachers are; as a high school student at a public school I can confidently say teachers at sycamore are at least twice as dedicated to their students then elsewhere; they love teaching; they are the teachers that help bring up the geniuses of the next generation Teachers: A+ Admin: C Difficulty: A (depends on point of view) Sports Opportunities: A- Preparedness for High School: A+ (i am more prepared for high school than any person I have ever met that has not gone to sycamore)
Sycamore is a unique and wonderful school which simply has no rival. The work ethic, study skills, and critical thinking strategies that I learned at Sycamore stayed with me through high school and college, and are still a part of my academic life today in graduate school. Sycamore also taught me how to be a respectful, determined, and positive person, which are all traits that I carry into my personal life as well. I cherish not only the education that I received at Sycamore, but also my time spent there in the presence of bright peers and exceptionally bright teachers. I wouldn t trade the 10 years I spent at Sycamore for the world.
As an 8th grade student at Sycamore School, I highly disagree with some previous comments that were posted. I have had a minimum of negative experiences, which would doubtless have occured at any other school I could have attended. I have grown emotionally, physically, and most of all mentally throughout my time here. We are challenged, but not overly so. There is nothing that we cannot handle. I am very greatful that I am recieving a state of the art education, and I have lots of friends. I love Sycamore!
This school is perfect for anyone who has the will to succeed and the ability to reach their goals. The teachers are willing to spend extra time and energy with us students to make sure that they understand all of the material fully. I would reccommend this school for anyone who is academically accelerated or is bored at their current school.
My son will be starting at Kindergarten at Sycamore in the fall and has been there for two years now. there is not enough space here for me to write all of the good things about Sycamore. While other Pre-K programs are learning their colors, Sycamore is challenging kids to dissect owl pellets, learn about the environment, and so much more. It is worth all $13,000.
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