My daughter struggled with the transition to preschool but when we enrolled her at Lucy School she thrived. She has been lucky to have had very good and caring teachers. I agree with a previous comment about a lack of transparency however the school has worked with us to provide financial assistance and I believe the director tries to work hard with each family on a case by case basis. I've talked with other families that feel the academics are too light and others that have thought they were a bit stringent for pre-schoolers. We have found it to be just right for our daughter but I can see why it might not be a good fit for some. The campus is absolutely beautiful and I love all the time the kids spend outdoors.
Magical. Lucy School isn't just a place to go for learning. The teachers are inspiring. I believe their enthusiasm and joy of teaching is genuine. They know & love my kid. It is a giant family, and like any parent knows: the best learning comes not from flashcards but from doing. In preschool, my daughter's class was weighing and graphing the amount of trash/compost they produced on a daily basis, and predicting future outcomes. One lesson involved scientific method, math, weights and measures, ecology and plant science. Then they drew pictures of the compost! Amazing integration. I've always found the administration and staff easily accessible. If anything, I feel like they should have more time available for themselves. Never has it taken more than 24 hours for anyone to get back to me.
We have been at Lucy School for a few years and our family is extremely pleased with our experience. Teachers are extremely committed to meeting the needs of each individual child and are very responsive when we have questions or concerns. The emphasis on the arts and environmental curriculum is well organized and executed well. Our children have always looked forward to going to school and are excited about what they are learning, whether it be in math, language arts, art, music, drama... The campus is beautiful and when contemplating preschool or elementary school options, setting up a tour at Lucy School should be on top of the list.
My children love the Lucy School. They are engaged and excelling academically. They love to run in the fields and play in the woods. They excitedly tell of art projects and adventures in drama, and sing their songs from school. Their teachers show great care for the students, with effective classroom instruction as well as attention and support for students' social development. This is our second, wonderful, year at Lucy School. I have always found the director, the administration, and the teachers to be accessible, attentive, and responsive to any issues I have raised, questions I have asked, or special circumstances that I needed help with. Our children are happy and thriving at the Lucy School.
There are many wonderful things about this school. The teachers are overall excellent, the educational approach is superior to the "prep for the test" orientation of public school these days, and the facility is gorgeous. My children have largely enjoyed their time here. But. there are some major problems. The director is completely tuned out and never present, and yet won't delegate authority; the school feels like it has no direction and getting basic issues addressed -- like problems in aftercare or even getting an email answered - is a nightmare. There is no transparency: no board, no public budget, no meaningful parent involvement in crucial decisions. We are not told when our kid is hit by another or gets hurt while playing. The focus on "sustainability" is ecological and not social: expensive buildings that can be shown off, but underpaid staff who have no benefits. In short, it is billed as a cutting-edge school but in many respects is extremely traditional and authoritarian. It does spill over into the children's experience. We're moving on.
Lucy School knows how children learn best and prepares them more for the real world than anything else. Student-centered teaching at it's best, helps my daughter learn to LOVE learning and be inquisitive of the world around her. She is learning how to work cooperatively with others, and think critically. Public schools and their large classes do not afford students the vital 1:1 time children need my child gets loads of it at Lucy School. It is worth every penny we spend for tuition; by far the greatest investment we could make in our daughters education. It is in these formative years that she learns to love school, learning about the world and finding her place in it. We are so fortunate to have Lucy School as an option ~ we could not be happier!
We couldn't be happier with the program our son is in here and can't wait for our other son to join him when he's old enough.
My son has been in preschool and is now in kindergarten at Lucy School. The journey with Lucy School has been incredible. My son has grown so much. All of the faculty has played a huge role in my son's life and learning. The school has been one of the best experiences as a parent. I would recommend this school to anyone.
Excellent , non-traditional and unique learning experience. The Director is an academic visionary and understands the role of creativity and imagination in childhood development. At the Lucy School children learn much more than reading, writing, and arithmatic. Children are encouraged to be independant thinkers and to express their personality and emotions through art, dance, drama, and music. Classes are small and my 5 year old received exceptional, personalized attention. The teachers at Lucy School truly love their profession and make sure each child's experience is positive and well rounded. Lucy School introduces children to other cultures through special guests, story telling, and fun events. The farm like location of Lucy School is peaceful and quiet which is refreshing and unexpected for any school. I consider Lucy School to be the top school in Frederck County and the ideal natural setting to faciliate learning and development. I thank Vicky and Chris for being forward thinking in their vision of what learning should be and determined to make that vision a reality for so many children. The Lucy School should be the leader in how we educate our youth.
I Love Lucy! Ms. Vickie Brown what a wonderful school you have created! Lucy School makes me wish I were 5 again to start my school life there, instead of my parochial school with 30+ kids, uniforms, and Nuns. Everyone I have met from Lucy School has been one of the nicest people I have ever met, everyone! That is an amazing staff you have assembled! You and they are something very very special and I look forward to having both of our daughters attend Lucy School each year you offer classes for their grade levels. We love the arts based concept, it is weery inspiring in its simplicity. Driving our two girls to school everyday is easy due to this program. At bedtime each night they ask "Is it a school day tomorrow"? They look forward to going to school, and I look forward to them describing their day in the Big Red Barn, or what they saw at the pond, waterfall, where ever they went, or did in math or schience. This is education, creating an interest in learning by seeing the world up close at an early age. Thank you very very much for creating such a WONDERFUL, and SUCCESSFUL school for children! To do a common thing uncommonly well brings success. Henry John Heinz
Very disappointed with this school. There is not enough structure which does not adequately prepare students for traditional schooling. Also, the EXTREMELY child-centered activities do not challenge students as they are TOO free to CHOOSE everything!! It is unique idea and many of the students and staff have fun...but not a very practical reality for real learning.
Disappointed with this school. It did not prepare our son for a school outside Lucy. But, some folks obviously love it.
Lucy School is a truly unique learning experience for children. I wouldn't think of sending my daughter anywhere else!! The children get to be children while all the while learning what they need to but in a different way. There are no endless worksheets. They are constantly outside observing nature, learning about different parts of the world through drama, expressing themselves in music and movement and so much more.Learning is made fun and exciting. My daughter has developed such empathy for her classmates and a creative approach to problem solving all thanks to lucy school. This is the way school should be. I feel so very lucky that my daughter has had the chance to attend Lucy School!! I know that her life has been enriched socially and academically by this wonderful school and she will carry this with her all her school years.
A LOVE TO LEARN - Lucy Schools #1 Characteristic is That Learning Is Made Fun! Two of my kids went to this school and enjoyed it thoroughly! Their unique curriculum and facility is perfect for kids Pre K thru 3rd grade! This School set my kids up to make learning fun & exciting. This fact becomes perfectly clear when they transition into another school, and you will be thankful they attended Lucy. They made many friends as well that continue on to this day. I figured this out this when my kids went to elementry shools and continued to excell. The staff, teachers, parents, and owners truely care about the succes of each student.
The Lucy School Difference - that's what I call it when people talk about how my 9- and 12-year-old approach school projects with eagerness and curiosity not common in their peers, or make up songs on the spot that you would swear they heard on the radio, or problem solve with creativity and confidence. I worried about the transition to public school with my older one, but the format of the school mattered much less than the joy he has in learning, so it was fairly seamless. Now in Middle School, he is considered a gifted writer and advanced in all academic subjects. And he still loves school. The younger one was not as academically advanced and has reading challenges -- did Lucy School not prepare him? Turns out that learning to love stories was the saving grace for him. He WANTED to read, PRETENDED to read, PLAY ACTED constantly and IS NOW READING just like or better than his peers . . . because he can't get enough stories. Other children in his classroom with similar learning issues gave up two years ago, but the driving desire to engage with stories that was fostered at Lucy School pulled him through to success years after he left the Big Red Barn. Lucy School is awesome.
The Lucy School did not help my child prepare academically for her next school. Wish I had sent our kid to the public school from the beginning and saved the money.
I was skeptical about the Lucy Shool's non-traditional approach to education. (where is the letter of the day? How do you "invite" a child to literacy? How does dramatic play translate to higher placement for my bright child??) but our daughter loved the place and loved the people (as did I) and we took the risk that it was the best place for her. 10 years and 3 kids later, I get it!! Did they trick us into academic excellence? Because while the kids were observing animal habitats, studying Miro, acting out Greek dramas, engineering elaborate ice structures, and incorporating music and rhythm into math lessons, they somehow worked their way to advanced classes when we switched them to the public school system. This school is somethng special. I simply can't say enough good things about this wonderful school. My children have soared academically, socially, and personally thanks in no small part to this school.
We have been a part of the Lucy school for almost 5 years and this a fantastic place to build your child's early education.
Unique school - wish its philosophy were the norm. Lucy School uses a combination of innovative educational methods with a few tried-and-true (but apparently forgotten) favorites - like play and outside time. My children flourished at Lucy School and beyond - in public school, in group settings, with close friends. The skills they learned went beyond academics (though those were great) and helped them become life-long learners who know how to think and solve problems, whether those problems are in math class, with friends, or bigger issues about humanity and the earth. I often wonder whether Lucy School could be duplicated in a public school, and if its philosophies could become the norm. While I think that some strategies could be incorporated I'd guess that the intense one-on-one time with a teacher who knows every student and can focus on *that child* is hard to do in a larger setting. I'm just glad my kids had this opportunity when they were young; it's served them well as they have gotten older.
Our son has been at the Lucy School since he was in the 3-year old program and is currently in the second grade. The school has provided him with a solid academic foundation and exposure to the arts in a caring and supportive environment. Young children get still get to experience the outdoors at this school--trees, grass, dirt and more. His teachers have been excellent throughout the years. When compared to our son's friends that go to good Frederick County public schools, his academic, plus creative and analytical thinking skills are more advanced. We looked at other private schools for second grade, and they all assessed him above grade level. This is a good school that has produced tangible superioir results.
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