While each teacher has their strengths, one of the great things about Harbor teachers is that they truly enjoy the children and are able to interact personally with each one. With small classes, the teachers get a lot of one on one time with the children, proving individualized instruction.
I would not describe the Harbor school as developing grit in my children. I would say that my children are developing a love of learning and are learning about their personal learning style, so that they are equipped to persevere in tough situations in their lives.
I have seen in the morning play, before the day gets started, teachers correct less than desirable behavior. Every time I have witnessed this, the teachers talk about feelings. They talk about how the other child feels, accountability of actions, sharing, and making good choices...
The Harbor School uses Responsive Classroom curriculum to help develop these skills. As a part of this, in each class, the children participate in develop a set of class rules at the beginning of the year. The children are held to these standards and expected to make good choices. Further, all children at the school are referred to as "friends" in their everyday speak...
There are so many ways the school promotes these principles.
Our family could not be more pleased with The Harbor School in Bethesda. Similar to an earlier reviewer, we intended to only attend for pre-school, but then fell in love with the school and its focus on early childhood education. The school truly understands young children, how to teach them, and how to foster a love of learning that will last a lifetime. Our oldest child graduated from Harbor and is now doing very well at a competitive independent school in the area. We have always felt, and continue to feel that Harbor knows our children as unique individuals and challenges them to be the best they can be.
home work was a really poor. The child would come home with a piece of paper for home work. One that had been copied off a website. The website would change nightly. No structure . Regretted not taking the child to public school instead. Really poor.
Went to the school to observe a class unfortunately after enrollment. Found half of the kids on the floor playing , doing other things than listening to the teacher. Teacher just continued the class teaching only those kids that cared to listen.