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Posted July 05, 2011
- a parent
Saltonstall is a innovative, multiple intelligence based k-8 school in a diverse and culturally rich community. The scool program is multi age classroom, extended day and extended year. The school has experienced growing pains with its recent expansion to 8th grade but the ship appears to be righting with committed leadership and parental involvement. The majority of hte teachers are very committed and shared leadership with the administration is fostered whenever possible.
The Saltonstall school in Salem, MA is nice but leaves a lot to be desired acedemically and socially. This school is going through some major transitions this year. With a new principal on board and the relocation of the students/staffl for the upcoming school year due to major renovations. Getting any type of feedback from my childs teachers regarding tests, homework and basic class issues is atroshish! The lack of teacher / parent communication is a very big concern. It's tough to establish relationships at this school because most of the parents that volunteer are a tight group that stay to themselves. It's nice to see the groups of friendships but sometimes you may feel like you are the outside looking in. I do not feel like my child is obtaining the best education at this school and we are considering leaving. I do hope this insight helps.
I love the Saltonstall school for a number of reasons. Our extended day, extended year, multi-age classroom program focuses on the Multiple Intelligences Theory for instructional purposes. This program helps to determine each of our students best learning processes and helps them to apply those processes to their individual learning styles. More importantly, Saltonstall is committed not only to the students, but to the entire community. Our students are taught from day 1 the importance of teamwork, effort, caring and responsibility, which we refer to as "Saltonstall Pride". They are encouraged to give of themselves for betterment of others and the entire community.
I have been a parent of Saltonstall for 8 years. I have three children that currently attend this school. As each of my children are unique in their own way they have been able to demonstrate what they learn in various ways due to the multiple intelligences way of teaching. The staff are exceptional. They instill a love of learning, a passion for being involved in your community, and the respect and understanding of the importance of diversity, that each child has their own voice and as a team anything is possible. I could go on and on. This school not only has a phenomenal staff, they also encourage and appreciate parent involvement. Every Friday you will find between 30-40 parents and community volunteers at the school to run various Friday Clubs. It is truly a special place to be!
My daughter is able to rely on teachers, paras and friends to see her through the day. She loves school and that she gets to learn by using multiple intelligences. I love the extended day, extended year so that my child is learning during the critical years of her life.
Saltonstall is a GREAT community of students, professionals, volunteers, parents... all working hard to raise happy, healthy, intelligent, aware, and responsible people. Caring, Effort, Teamwork and Responsibility! Saltonstall Pride!
Love the year round schedule. The Saltonstall pride - caring, effort, teamwork and responsibility the kids practice. The family atmosphere. Friday clubs which connect the kids to the community and inspires all involved!