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Bernice A. Ray School5
Posted December 23, 2014
- a parent
In reading the last comment, I find it interesting that for a well-educated community, the notion that NECAP results are a valuable indicator of a successful school is limiting at best. In review of norm referenced data for this school, they have very impressive results. Considering the school's national recognition with a 10-year performance report, it seems the last parent comment was sour grapes.
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.
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 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.