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New Morning School5
Posted August 26, 2014
- a community member
I am a New Morning School graduate. I recommend this school to anyone ! I was challenged academically, encouraged and supported by my teachers, and had fun while learning. New Morning School fully prepared me for High School. They taught me how to plan ahead (so helpful dealing with my massive homework load), problem solve, and work in groups. The small class size allowed me to develop friendships with all my classmates. I will always look back to my time at New Morning School with happy memories! Another reviewer wrote this school is magical. It is! I am fortunate to have been part of this amazing school.
There is 2 points that I would like to say about how this School is special: - They view children as conscious beings , and not as skilled workforce for an uncertain future. The implications is that every single student will develop a multitude of skills in many directions...but mostly they will have a deeper understanding of who they are and the world surrounding thru science, music, art and foreign language . The curriculum is presented according to appropriate stage of development, not only cognitive, but emotional and social. - The school also has a great amount of natural lighting and is located next door to a beautiful park
This school is magical! It transformed my children into engaged, active, involved students. I would recommend this school to anyone! The teachers, parents, and staff are absolutely committed into making this school the best learning environment for every child! I would also recommend their summer day camp programs. The science camps are so much fun the kids do not realize they are learning!
We have been so happy at New Morning and feel its been a great fit for our child. They have a great community of families and wonderful administration. We feel they 'just get it' when it comes to teaching kids. We really value the small class sizes and individual programing the most. I highly recommend you consider this school.
EXCELLENT VISION AND PHILOSOPHY! . Teachers AMAZING!!! My children are thriving and very challenged academically here. They tailor their reading and math program to where the kids are at. The science program is incredible! There are amazingly very bright gifted children here yet there is something for every child. Music, arts, foreign language....each child is unique in their gifts and talents and love that New Morning School offers something for each child. ALL the teachers are taught to work with different learning styles and different abilities within the classroom. The teachers go above and beyond for the children!! Our lives have been changed for the better because of New Morning School.
If you are looking for a daycare option for your preschool-aged child, you must look here- they offer a full day preschool option now! My child woke up this morning asking if it was a day for school. Our experience thus far has been stellar. My child is encouraged to explore interests, while appropriately encouraged to try new things. It is a co-op, so parents participate and contribute, which can seem like a lot compared to other daycare options, but it is a lovely community to be in as a parent as well. So much of our lives as parents is about our kids, it's refreshing to be in a group of parents "just like us". Children are loved and respected at this school and I never leave a drop-off wondering if this was the right place or if my child will have a good day. Every day is a great day! We are fortunate to have a school with 40 years of history and experience in our community.
Not sure if this is true, but there are rumors that the school is close to being in foreclosure. This may be related to declining enrollment. You may want to verify the school's financial status before enrolling.
Even the positive reviews here show the basic problems with this school. 1. Most current students have struggled elsewhere and eventually landed at NMS, where enrollment is so low that they are likely the only student at their grade level. Very few families stay for longer than a couple of years, so there is little continuity from year to year. 2. The school leadership actively fosters the idea that families who choose to send their kids to other schools are ignorant, don't care about kids, and/or have harmful intent. It's an insulting attitude toward parents who never chose NMS to begin with, and a smokescreen to distract newer families from thinking critically about why so very many families and teachers have left. The intolerance and hostility toward former and non-NMS parents is contrary to the principles of critical thought, open-mindedness and acceptance that the school claims to teach. 3. Student-led learning is great in theory, but at NMS the teachers don't ensure that the students are meeting basic academic standards. If parents aren't paying close attention to academic progress, kids can fall way behind, especially in elementary math.