After our June 20 post, the Head of School contacted us to express his disappointment and correct our facts: (1) He did not hire his wife as Head of Communications & Admissions. She was hired via a separate process and has a different supervisor. (2) She didn't mistype our e-mail; she corrected it. True - after we sent messages requesting it corrected, it was. (3) Many parents volunteer at the school. We must not have tried hard enough. (We volunteered to lead an after-school robotics course, and we only followed up once). (4) There IS aftercare at another school (for extra cost) & MSS transports some kids there. We should have known about this. (5) Not all stories told at Worship are violent OT tales. If we had attended Worship more often, we'd know that. (6) The 5th grader who left the commencement ceremony crying had only been at the school for 2+ years not six. Also, his mother and grandmother were mistaken. He wasn't crying because his name was omitted from the list of 5th grade students in the commencement book (because his family chose to take him out of the school before end of year). It was because he missed his MSS friends. / ...So, we're leaving after 2 years.
I'm a teacher at another private school of the same grades Pre-K - 8th and a mother at Mustard Seed. Most people don't understand that not every school is for every child. MSS focuses on the complete child. Their curriculum seems not as in dept as traditional schools because it isn't. MSS finds ways to breakdown the fundamentals of work from the basics so that children can understand why things must be done this way. Math for example isn't taught as 1+1=2 it's taught as why does this sigh exist. Beyond looking at your child as an individual and helping him or her find themselves. MSS teaches a strong Christian faith. The faculty are loving, caring and go beyond their way to provide knowledge. For me I describe MSS as a school as having the faith as a Catholic school, the exploration as a Montessori and the interdependence as a charter school. Like I said its not for everyone.
imaginative, creative, strikes me as the best way to learn--and such a great atmosphere--if I had children I'd send them here. I loved it!
While I am not a parent at the school (I don't have any children), I am a community member who is a supporter and fan of the Mustard Seed School program. After having been introduced to MSS years ago, I continue to be amazed by this school's unique, innovative, and rich approach to education. The school has found a way to incorporate into their daily routines a wide variety of learning experiences, such as establishing an "I Love Math Day," offering children choice and freedom as they work on their art projects, giving a book to each child on their birthday, matching younger and older students for mutual learning and mentoring, and providing worship times that highlight a variety of faith traditions. Community is fostered amongst children of diverse backgrounds which enhances their shared learning. I appreciate that financial scholarships are provided to fifty percent of the student body, enabling all families the opportunity to participate in this outstanding educational experience.
This school is a small school that seems to be run like a club for kids of board members and faculty. If you are not a part of this exclusive club, as we found out, your child will not be treated equally. The academic standards are quite low, and extra curricular activities are minimal. There are very few reasons to send your child to this school, unless you are offered some kind of financial aid.
I have three kids spread out across the different programs at MSS. The school has a very challenging curriculum and places every year their students in the best high schools in the area. Moreover, the learning takes place in a broad multidisciplinary setting, providing the kids with the ability not only to learn the material, but to constantly find it in different areas. Equally important to me, the school community instills in my kids the kind of values we teach them at home, helping in a significant way to turn them into happy, responsible, hard-working, curious kids, that are confident to shape the world around them. All good schools are able to make good students learn math. Only great schools makes them resourceful in the way they approach these and other problems they will face in life. It is great to see how my kid on 6th grade perseveres over hard math problems this work ethics will be invaluable in his future. I strongly recommend MSS for families looking for a great school and community.
I am a parent of three Mustard Seed alumni.They are three very different children and each received an excellent education,suited to individual style and needs. They all reported feeling very well prepared for competitive high school work. I think that in addition to a good academic program, they benefited from emphasis on time management, management of materials and study skills. In addition, they experienced a loving diverse community and couldn't imagine life being any other way.
My husband and I are Mustard Seed School parents. Our daughter is an alum currently attending a most selective college; our son is in the 6th grade. Our daughter was accepted at each of the 6 High Schools she applied to which included the area s best private and public magnet schools. We chose MSS because of its academic excellence and its ability to prepare children for the rigors of a college preparatory High School. Here we found a curriculum that challenged our children with both conventional and innovative programs including its award winning shared-space in the lower school and its Student Exhibitions in the Junior High. As important to us as academics however, and what I believe distinguishes MSS from other area schools, is what it teaches children about character. The school views each student as having inherent value and they are treated as such and soon grow to see
I m a parent and all three of my children went to Mustard Seed from K through 8th grade. All three were accepted into highly regarded Manhattan independent high schools. All three have been accepted at top 20 research universities for their college studies focusing on mathematics, statistics, engineering or economics. Any claim that the school is somehow inadequate in math and science education does not ring true when I look at my children. There is more to Mustard Seed than the academics, though. They really work on developing the child as a complete person socially, emotionally and religiously. I can very honestly say that I found it very comforting to know that the values I tried to teach my children at home (hard work, discipline, courtesy, inquisitiveness, etc.) were supported by the School.
I attended the school from K-8th grade and have been impressed at how the school has grown since I went there. I follow the success of the students each year and see that they are regularly accepted into the top high schools in the area including St. Peter's Prep and McNair in Jersey City, and dozens of fantastic schools in NYC. Mustard Seed alum have or are attending top universites including Harvard, Boston College, Rice, Brown etc... I personally know of alum who are educators, researchers, artists, business owners and members of our military. Each of them would say that Mustard Seed directly impacted their sucess today. The teachers care about the personal development of each child and do a wonderful job creating the leaders that our world will need in the upcoming years.
My daughter attended MSS from 1st-8th grade. The school taught her to be a discipled scholar, a community leader, and to be a compassionate person who can articulate her faith. The arts and music rounded out her experience. Every teacher knew her by name (and they knew me as well!). She was loved and challenged by a team of nurturing, well qualified teachers who make huge sacrifices to work at a school they love. She went on to High Tech High School and just graduated after 4 years on an academic scholarship from Drew University! Thank you Mustard Seed School for the many ways you built this foundation for my child!
This school has a very high student turnover rate. This year in fourth grade alone over 25% of the students are leaving, with a majoriy of them switching to other local schools such as St. Francis or Hudson. I would have to agree with some of the other parents' comments that the academic standards at this school are just not at par with others in the area. This is the main reason we made the difficult decision of pulling our child out of this school.
Hopefully, the educated reader an see that the last two or more reviews have been written by someone with an axe to grind, with no specifics mentioned. My niece attends this school she and my sis couldn't be happier with the level of learning and care administered by the staff. It is a well established fact that the graduating students go on to attend the best high schools in the area, and this school has a history of emphasizing being a good, caring person. Aren't anonymous online bad reviews annoying and unproductive?
This school is ok for mediorce students who are unable to get into a better school. The academic standards are quite low, and not much is expected of the students, or for that matter, the teachers. Many of the brighter students end up leaving after the 4th or 5th grade, but find themselves struggling to catch up at another school.
The school seemed promising at the open house, but after two years we are highly disappointed. The academic standards are worse than the public schools in the area, and the anti competitive credo is taken to such an extent that students who are invited to local events are provided with next to no preparation, for fear they may feel "special". Do not send your child to this school if you have any ambitions of sending him or her to a decent high school after grade 8.
I can't speak highly enough about the dedication and caring that is displayed every day at this school. Every child is treated as an individual with respect to their personal learning style.
The teachers are wonderful: They really care about each and every student, helping them to be the best they can be and encouraging them with the things that are difficult for them. I have even seen teachers working with my daughter to give her extra help, on top of the long day they already put in, and the relatively modest salary they are working for. Additionally, the teachers truly model Christian values; they are wonderful role models in their interactions with one another as well as with the students! The director, Christine Metzger, knows each and every student in the school by name, even the new kids! I can't say enough about how wonderful this place is, for me as well as for my daughter.
All children should be lucky enough to have such a loving enviornment to learn in! We feel very blessed to have our son in a place where learning is made fun and exciting and makes the children crave more and more. Not only do they read about things but they actually get to do touch and see what they have read about, making the lesson so much more interesting. The teachers and staff have a sincere interest in each child and know them all by name! It is a community.This school is a true blessing and I am glad my son is a part of it!
My child delights in attending school. He is offered choices at school and is able to explore his interests and areas of strength. He is also challenged gently in the areas where he needs to be stretched. His teachers know him well and are committed to his growth. I love the community of parents and the professional development the teachers engage in. We especially value the context for his spiritual exploration and the development of his understanding of himself as a member of a community.
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