1 through 3rd grade at this school is excellent. Then it goes down hill. fast. They have lost all their good teachers and now they are on a mad scramble to find ANYONE to teach. The 6th and 7th grade class room is a room in a cold drafty barn separated by a canvas cloth. The school's campus is absolutely terrible. The teachers are really experienced and bring little to the table. You have to spend an HOUR doing a wacky terrible meeting called "morning meeting" every morning. Almost all the students hate "Morning Meeting." You are forced to sing Morning has Broken every morning and it feels ritualistic. The school has NO physical education, NO health class, and NO sexual education. I love this school, I love the people but I can't stand it. Its is wildly overpriced. Most of the teachers just teach so their kid's can get in for free or discounted. For every 1 student they gain they lose 4 more. The school is on a rapid decent and needs to get it's act together. fast.
Mountain Shadows is a student centered school. The learning is experiential and comes in many forms. If you know Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences, you will understand the approach of this school. The students that come from this school are polite, able to converse with adults and love to learn. The setting is lovely and the sense of ritual and tradition is unmatched. My son loves going to school and I feel very lucky to have him there.
I started at Mountain Shadows when I was in second grade and continued through 9th grade. I can't explain how deeply Mountain Shadows shaped me and made me the person I am today. I still know all the songs and lessons they teach, 'please and thank you help to make the world a happier place to be'. By far the best thing my parent have ever done for me. It's the best place on earth!
Mountain Shadows is the place to send your child if you want every aspect of their being to be nurtured and brought to their full potential. I have never met a more caring group of teachers or students.