There is much to love at AALC. The staff is incredibly dedicated, the students are encouraged to treat others with respect, and there are many dedicated families who give their time and support to the school. I feel like the values I strive teach my daughter at home, like empathy, curiosity, and creativity, are bolstered by spending her days at AALC. She is participating in a vibrant academic community with social and environmental lessons that would be hard to find at most other schools.
As my kid progresses, she gets homework that takes longer to complete. Makes perfect sense! I love that the younger kids have the time to still do kid things and not be tied to the albatross of endless drudgery yet.
Especially in the class she is in now, my daughter is expected to excel! Here, though, the excellence is measured by each child's potential-every kid's yardstick is different;) Her teacher is skilled at motivating her students without shaming them, her high standards make her students strive to live up to her belief in each of them as individuals. This has fostered determination to reach as high as they can, not just "for" the teacher, but because they each KNOW they can do it!
Mrs. Docking is the most talented, sensible, creative, and inspiring teacher I've ever met! She has an intuitive grasp of responsive classroom teaching; in her room, each student is respected and taught as the individual human that they are. She fosters good communication and respect, and holds each student to as high a standard as possible. She is amazing to watch in action. Wish we could clone her!!!
AALC is the only place that I feel my children can grow and learn. Their smiling faces and the love they feel for the entire community is enough for me to know I made the right choice. They are nurtured and respected for who they are... I couldn't ask for a better environment for my children to thrive as human beings!
I am grateful for Katrina our Administrative assistant for handling all the things as well as ice packs and injuries with grace and kindness. You are wonderful. I am also grateful for a caring school environment that teacher the power of appreciation.
Teachers are very engaged and very effective. They make learning enjoyable! My child was always coming home and sharing something interesting they learned about in class that day. The best measure of a teacher's effectiveness is whether or not your child loves learning. Ours definitely does!
Other than 20 minutes of reading with parents and a weekly spelling test, and a monthly-ish parent child project our kindergarten student had NO HOMEWORK. Which is entirely developmentally appropriate and exactly how it should be.