Homework is mostly online, and not instructional. As a parent and educator, I believe a combination of online and written homework would be a better mix and challenge critical thinking. The dominance of online homework seems to be a way for teachers to manage the high student to teacher ratio.
We are a family with two children enrolled at Ramalynn and another child who graduated from Ramalynn last year. We are not celebrities and we are not wealthy, but we have made the education of our children a top priority. We are extremely pleased with Ramalynn. One of our children has severe life threatening food allergies. Ramalynn has been a safe place for his special needs. At Ramalynn the teachers go above and beyond to get to know each child and their unique abilities. They are then able to guide students to work up to their highest potentials. With Ramalynn's small school size every child has a chance to participate in high quality academics, music, arts, theatre, sports, spanish, Knowledge Bowl, Lego League, Chess and Odyssey of the Mind. The teachers and classmates become like family. The staff cheer every child's success and empathize with each student's special challenges. We have one child who is crazy about sports, one child who focuses on the arts, and another who is interested in a little bit of everything. All three of our children have found a safe and supportive place to express themselves at Ramalynn. We feel blessed to be a part of this school and community.
Each student is held accountable for their own behavior and how it affects the greater community, including the broader world. Through programs such as Wisdom Tales, Environmental Studies, and work at the Ramalynn Farm children learn how every action causes a ripple effect of positive or negative forces in the world. Children are encouraged to use compassion and honesty at all times. Bullying is not tolerated. With multi age classrooms, older children work as role models and mentors to the younger children fostering a sense of community and inclusion.
The teacher to student ratio is too small to allow teachers to be effective. In the two first to third grade classes, the main teachers average more than twenty children per teacher. This is about the same as public school with less administrative support.