Great teachers, well organized, private-school class size. They employ a good deal of technology and are concerned with children's safety, sometimes to the extent of being overly procedural. The only downside is the PTA which seems sometimes to cater to the needs of a high-end demographics, in that it is not very sensitive to the participation of working parents.
I have two children in the school who began in kindergarten and they simply love going to school! I've found the principal & administrative staff to be professional and the teachers to be energetic and caring. This school has a large number of international families several of which have come from as far as Australia, England, India and Japan (just to name a few). I would strongly reccomend this school to anyone considering the area and I'm sure that our principal or one our students would be glad to give you the grand tour.
Purchase school makes my daughter feel welcome. She is in Kindergarten and has never been upset or afraid to go to school. She looks forward to it everyday. At her age, feeling confirtable in your surroundings is as important as anything else.
This was a great school up until 1997...Since then it has become ridiculously overcrowded. New teachers are hired with limited experience, parking lot is a disaster as people refuse to utilize the bus service. The nurse is never in her office when a child needs medication dispensed..always in the playground or gym as kids are constantly getting hurt due to overcrowding. The PTA is always asking for money- I was asked to contribute money to a class fund of $50 for parties..almost every week,we were asked to contribute money. It's assumed that all the students in this school coem from wealthy families- The truth is many do not and excluded from playdates, parties and almost always are placed in clases with teachers who were hired only days befroe the start of the school year. There's still hope though; the midle and high school are far more diverse and both are excellent schools
I cannot say enough about this school. It amazes me every time I visit. The teachers and principal are very nurturing, even the K classrooms have computers in them, and the range of activites is superb. The excellence of Purchase is also evident when my kids interact with their peers from other schools. In both math and English, it is hard to believe that they are in the same grade. Other than core subjects, Purchase also excels. The music, gym, computer labs, etc. get them excited about many activities. It is also extremely safe and bus service is to and from our driveway. If more public schools were as good as this one, private schools would become a thing of the past.