The GreenMount school has been an absolutely wonderful experience for my child and the teaching staff has been utterly incredible. The Math and Language Arts Education in particular are tip top. The faculty is extremely kind and super nurturing.
GMS has been a 5-star school for us. It has changed over time, which is not necessarily a bad thing. There is, though, a lack of transparency and back and forth communication that in the past was open and encouraged. Noticeably absent are weekly head of school communications, parent/teacher curriculum committee, year-end survey (which was way too long = low reply rate, then rethink it!).
The many staff changes underway, including that of our admissions director, a longtime GMSer, with only a letter to communicate this has parents rightfully concerned.
The comment the lower school is great while the upper school is not, does not hold true for our experience. It is rigorous and there is a learning curve making 6th grade a challenge, but my child is now able to delve into a subject, debate and critically think through both sides of an issue, write a comprehensive /informed paper, time manage a project, and even find something deemed "uninteresting" actually is interesting. Special programs round out student's experience: service learning, study skills, camping trips, apprenticeships, and an 8th grade trip (Costa Rica canceled without much communication, but thanks to 8th grade parents a trip to Utah turned out great, yay parents!)
For a school that doesn't do high stakes testing our students test very well, get admitted to the high schools of their choice, and more importantly excel.
Unique, a bit quirky, affordable, parent involved, this is what has drawn diverse families to GMS. While change happens and can be good, if the long held culture and mission of GMS becomes more about the school building, milking parents for money (which seems escalate each year) while voices are being stilled, the question is: will we become just another private school? That would absolutely break my heart.
as a parent of a child at Greenmount I was directed to this site by another parent to see what is going on. I am appalled to see what is clearly open warfare between factions at the school. I was told it was parents against the leadership. This was a great school but it is clearly headed in the wrong direction and no one is in charge.
From small class sizes to Theme Based Learning, The GreenMount School sets itself apart from other schools. My Kindergarten aged son has gained confidence over the past eight months as well as astounded me with his classroom learning. He is learning the fundamentals of math, science and language arts. But I also see him developing an inclusive world view and strong sense of community. I look forward to next seven years at GreenMount.
All students learn about a world that extends far beyond the four walls of the classroom. Through theme studies and teacher developed curricula, students have a chance to apply what they learn to the real world. Older students apply the empathy they've developed in Capstone service learning projects.
GreenMount integrates Four Pillars of Character Education into its curriculum: Academic, Community, Civility and Integrity. These are more than just lip service. Students and faculty hold each other accountable to these pillars to help the children grow into solid community members both in and out of school.
As part of the Four Pillars of Character Education, students are encouraged to be active listeners, respect other's time and space, take care of community property, be inclusive, treat others with courtesy. The strong character traits show through in the children's behavior and how they interact with others.