Our oldest daughter started pre-k 4 there in 2012-2013 with zero spanish experience and now as she finishes kindergarten she is speaking exclusively in Spanish on Spanish days. The unique mix of students (some are English-primary speakers while others are spanish-primary) has really accelerated her learning. Plus, having the challenge of learning a second language has helped her remain focused and engaged at school as she does not get bored. The principal is very accessible and open to feedback from parents and the staff is very caring and dedicated. We get along great with the other parents and there really is a sense of community. Our other daughter will be starting pre-k 3 in the fall for 2014-2015. While the school is currently without some important components, such as a playground, modern cafeteria, and sports teams they are in the middle of a massive renovation and are expected to have those things by 2015. Lastly although it is a private school it is very diverse, both ethnically and socioeconomically and the tuition for those of us who pay it is less than half what you would expect to pay at a typical private school.
I've been attending Archbishop Borders for about 5 1/2 years and in the earlier days were great. But now the school has moved to 3500 Foster Avenue. There been some two unnecessary changes to the school of 2013-2014: the second floor students does not have any recess and the two morning classes are 1 hour each. The Math classes are follow the Common Core style, which means the Algebra has become harder. The main the problem to me is the recess problem. If Grades 5-8 do not have any recess this year, the grades might go way lower. In the Scholastic News or TFK Mags, there have been a study that kids need recess to help them get better grades and do better in school; this study was shown in the magazine in the earlier year - about 2-3 years earlier. This is the reason why I didn't give my school a five-star review. -Paul Zheng, student of the current 8th Grade
This is a terrific diversified school. Academics keep student intrigued.
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