The last 2 comments illustrate nicely the issues with the school. One comment points out, using data, at least one measurable area in which the school is not all that it could be. The other "scoffs at the idea" that the school is anything "less than exceptional." Sadly, most of the community seems OK with getting slightly better than average outcomes from much better than average raw material, as typified by the second comment.
The Ray School is an exceptional elementary school. My children have benefited from meaningful learning experiences throughout their time at the school. I scoff at the idea that Ray School is nothing less than exceptional.
My daughters love their school. The programs are excellent, my daughters have learnt so many interesting facts this year. My first grader knows how to conduct a basic research with references! She even had a presentation about the work she did. YES she is only six years old but she and her entire class did an amazing job on animal research. I learnt interesting animal facts from those fisrt graders.
The Ray School is an education environment where every student is important. My children love their school and teachers.
Individual attention is paid to different learning styles, and art, music, and culture is just as important in the curriculum as math, science, and language arts.
Integrated arts, common planning time for teachers and a focus on meeting all students' needs make the Ray School a special place!
Fabulous faculty, very innovative curriculum, French and computer programming in 4th/5th grade!
The Ray School is a very child centered school. The administration and teachers are very open, friendly, and top notch. Our two children thrived in this educational environment. They were challenged intellectually, their reading interests were supported, and their interest in science, especially, was supported. When we moved, we really missed the Ray School, but understood even better what a valuable experience our years their had been.
The Ray school is excellent if your child has special needs. Otherwise you pay high taxes for a mediocre education and a disinterested or self-interested school board. The community is wonderful but very, very sports driven. What is touted as excellent college placement due to the HS is much more likely to reflect legacy impact. Consider a less expensive town with private schools.
All three of our children have attended this elementary school at various times. We moved here when our oldest was entering second grade. The town and community is exceptionally friendly and integrative. We moved away for two years, and moved back two years ago. This school has many multi-talented teachers, most having some dynamic characteristics which naturally provide many advantages to the students. Quality of teaching, staff, curriculum, facilities and events are excellent. Parent volunteerism wins awards in the state yearly due to the high degree of participation. This school has been a very stable groundwork for all three of our children, each having different learning styles and personalities. The school works very hard to co-ordinate teachers & students and student bodies into complimentary settings and to optimize cross-curriculum learning. Parent perspective forms are a part of this.Citizenship and respect are inherent.Arts and music,excellent.Parents, don't be on auto-pilot here.
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