We are new to the disctrict and my child was welcomed with open arms. The Principal called me to welcome us and introduce herself. The teachers and Principal picks up all of the students from their cars at drop off in the morning with smiles and enthusiasm. The classes are small, the teachers are seasoned and everyone seems to love their jobs. This school runs way more like a private school than a public school. Parent input is requested, and innovations labs teach students to think out of the box. Even at this young age STEM is a major educational push and the district seems to be extremely focused on student needs, offering extra help whenever needed. In a nutshell we love this place...it gives us the warm fuzzies!!! You are going to love it too!!!
My son was born prematurely is the youngest in his class and stuggles in learning how to read. The school stepped in immediately and put him in remedial reading in order to bring him up to grade level and improve his confidence. I did not have to advocate for my child the way that I have in our other district. The school came to me...
The teachers work hard to provide STEM and Innovations Workshops teach children to think out of the box and work hard to solve problems and be independent thinkers. Children are encoraged to achieve their goals and build their own confidence. Caring, sharing and feelings are values that the students work on throughout the year. These values in learning create strong leaders. Without teachers and an administration that are strong leaders these ends would not be possible.
The children are given just the right amount of homework to reinforce what is learned in school. It gives them the ability to feel grown up while getting the used to staying on task and working independently.
It is a good school if you want to compromise. The teachers and parents are immuned to all the flaws including trobuled kids and in appropriate use of language by kids in presence of teachers and parents. The parents have to take responsibility to keep track of progress if not the kid is totally ignored. No strong curriculum, No strong characters , No strong staff. A good school overall, without any shining moments. Good luck.
Academics are weak at this school. There are some fabulous teachers but the great ones have been told to dumb down their curriculum. The principal is mercurial and condescending. Plan to spend a LOT of time working with your child on additional learning activities to keep up with peers in other Monmouth County towns. Very bright children will be bored out of their little minds.