Like any school, there is some variation between teachers, but I think that Claypit has a really nice sense of community, good academics, and is well-rounded overall. The homework is less than maybe other districts but my understanding is that this is a conscious choice to let young children have free time and time to pursue other activities. I do wish that Claypit (and all schools) would work in more recess time to their day based on recent research showing how this increases kids' school performance and attention.
We have had very little homework. Our teacher gives us 15 minutes of reading anything a night and 1 math sheet. There is no homework on weekends.
It has been just right thus far, but I hope and believe there is more constructive work in the 4th and 5th grades.
They have a wonderful program teaching empathy and raising awareness on behavior, sensitivity, honesty, etc... which is well integrated in the curriculum. They kids discuss in morning meeting, or circle time, and as they get older skits and other performances.
My child has been in Claypit for three years. It's a terrific school. His teachers have been firm but loving. They are creative and fun in their approach to teaching, and the classrooms always seem quiet and productive. When my child voices hurt feelings, the teachers have been actively involved in resolving the issues. The impressive test results speak to their success. I have not given the school a 5 star rating because of the Arts and the new Principal. Wayland's music program has received awards and rave reviews but I have not been impressed thus far. Additionally, the studio art is subpar. The Principal is new so I'm giving her a pass but she is certainly not as endearing as the past one.
We moved from Norwood to Wayland and our son attends Claypit (This is his 2nd year). Teachers are incredible! They are creative and very involved. The principal and the administrators are very reponsive and kindly helpful. Very big, helpful community with regards to sports, events, parties etc... I work full time but other parents generously help me get my son to and from activities and birthday parties (Otherwise he wouldn't be able to go.) My son loves school and he learns - I mean REALLY learns. This school cares about every member of the community and deserves great kudos. This school provides an unbeatable educational and social experience for students and families. Positive, positive, positive!