This school is nothing special. Compared to some schools with G&T programs - it's bellow average.
There's no personality and no diversity. If you happen to be a bilingual family then most likely you and your child will be discouraged from preserving the first language.
Communication? There is no way to communicate digitally. There are no emails, no school portal, and no active Facebook. You're pretty much in the dark about what your child is doing in school for 6 hours. Parents are told to write notes and the teacher may or may not reply. If you happen to be picking up your child from school, the G&T teacher, Mrs. Lynch will discuss your child at the door in front of other kids and parents. It's not clear what the kids' daily schedule is like. They definitely study a lot. Which brings me to 2 things: HW (write your name 5 times an write a word 5 times. After New Year's Social Studies Homework asked 5 year olds about their New Year's resolutions.) and TESTING. Now, at no time whatsoever does the school administration or the teacher ever state to the parents that the kids are constantly tested. It starts with Go Math (you as a parent have to prepare your child for the test), then it's reading, and writing. Then there are tests that happen in the classroom which you as a parent don't even know about.
Your child tends to behave like a 5 year old? Well, Mrs Lynch loves saying things like "you're not awesome today, you're a bad girl", also there are cookies and stickers for only those who "behaved" and staid on the green card. Yes, the school doesn't practice any of the more modern methods to encourage kids to be kind and respectful, but they use the RED, YELLOW, and GREEN cards to keep children in check.
Lastly, Mrs. Lynch is regarded as the best teacher. Im' guessing because she manages to squeeze out good test results out of kids. She's not very personably, but comes of as cold and doesn't really care about connecting with the kids. She is also not a fan of Russian speaking kids. My daughter started to refuse to speak Russian at home because 'Russian is a bad language and only bad people speak Russian" and "Russian is not important, only English is important."
No. This school puts major emphasis on studying and testing, and not much else! After being kindergarten class for 4 months, my daughter didn't really make any friends. "We sit on our tushies and learn, learn, learn!!"
There are numerous studies out there that clearly state that homework at the early school age does more harm than good. Asking kids to write their name 5 times every day is not creative, besides being unnecessary.
Great school. My kid just love it. Excellent program, a lot of fun activities for kids and their parents, nice teachers, parent coordinator is always there for you. Hope, that my other kid will get there some day ))
I had 2 students at the school, in G&T program. School is very good. It is especially clear after couple of years in the different school in the same district. Good academic level , teachers are great - attentive and friendly - to kids and to parents , kids are well prepared for the middle school. Parent coordinator always around and ready to help. Plenty of extra circular activities , music class, good trips .
Everything is good in this school, but i think there must be more stronger security. Once i came early to pick up my child, doors open nobody at the front i was wondering should i go up or wait for securitY??????? so i waited for about 3 min. ITS ENOUGH TIME TO LET IN DANGEROUS PERSON IN THE SCHOOL! SPEACIALY WHEN SO MANY TERROR ACTS ARE HAPPENING AROUND THE WORLD! So security guard came out and sad to me; I apologize i was in the bathroom! Wich is ok everybody has to use bathroom, but there is other security guard to stay there while other one is in the bathroom! SECURITY GUARD MUST NEVER LEAVE THE SPOT! HOW OUR CHILDREN CAN BE PROTECTED IN THIS WAY?
There is a lack of extracurricular activities. The STAFF SHOULD NOT PARK their cars in the school yard, it's unfair to the children. The lunch room is overcrowded and chaotic, there needs to be more control, and more seating during the lunch period. That being said the academics are strong, the teaching is very good. There are a large amount of teachers with years of experience. The new teachers are excited and innovative. I think the principal is very caring and chooses her teachers well.