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A fine neighborhood school. Both of my daughters began their public schooling at Orchard School. They each had a great foundation at Orchard and this legacy continues.
Wonderful, small community school with a big heart. Perfect combination of academic and social education. Very innovative, individualized curriculum and a very cohesive staff which fosters a tremendous sense of community amongst the children.
Yes! Cheers to Dr. Charles Abate -- surely one of the best principals ever!! -student from the eighties...
High academic standards, caring teachers and faculty, inspiring environment, great parents, just a great school. Can't say enough.
My three children attended Orchard; one is finishing up her 5th grade year. Orchard truly has high academic standards. The exception is the TERC program in math. TERC a/k/a Investigations is one of the worst reformed math programs in existence today. Our asst superintendent of curriculum favors it and it has really lowered the standards for Orchard children in math. With a new principal, TERC has been side lined. Hopefully not too much damage was done.
The constructivist math program, TERC, that was implemented in the school several years ago has brought the level of education down significantly. It is said what has happened to this school over the last several years, as well as many of the schools in Ridgewood.
I went to Orchard ten years ago and it is a warm and wonderful school. Under the leadership of Dr. Abate, it was also an place on the cutting edge of modern educational techniques. Far and away the most diverse and interesting elementary school in Ridgewood-- Somerville is also a great place for kids.
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