Kaler school is very diverse--my sons attend classes with children from all over the world: Bangladesh, France, Cambodia, Switzerland, and the Congo to name a few. They are exposed to different languages and cultures, and it is a great learning experience. I am a big fan of the "melting pot" classroom at Kaler.
The staff and faculty are excellent. The teachers are conscientious, hard-working, warm, and adaptable. The kids enjoy going to school and are happy at Kaler. And there is a focus on teaching kids good study habits, the importance of school attendance, and the staff makes it a priority to foster a love of learning to all of the students.
The school has made many strides to combat the low testing scores. I feel that it will come around--it already has-- especially with the addition of the pre-K program that enables children who may not have the ability to pay for preschool the opportunity to learn a rich curriculum in an energetic and supportive educational environment. The implementation of the pre-K will serve to help with reading readiness and establish independence for the students headed to kindergarten. It is also a great social opportunity.
This year I was relieved to find out that the 1st graders didn't have traditional homework assignments. Instead, there are a range of activities that they can pick which incorporate reading, writing, and analytical thinking. It gives them choices, and it is designed to be fun.
Kaler School is a wonderful school to teach at! Project based learning model has been a great change for students in that learning becomes more hands on and relevant for the students. The students become problem solvers for real life, relevant problems. The students seem to feel the strong sense of community, which our mentoring breakfast has been a huge benefit for. Kaler is a great place to work and to send your student.
Kaler Elementary School is the first elementary school in South Portland that is trying a Project Based Learning approach. This has been a wonderful way to have students lead the learning. The final products students have created really reflect the use of 21 Century Skills. Students and teachers also begin each day with breakfast mentor groups. These groups have centered students in being ready to learn and prepare teachers for the needs of their students that day. Absent & tardy numbers are beginning to be impacted in a positive way!