As an education professional, I had the opportunity to work with Wellspring Elementary both in regards to curriculum enrichment as well as individual student assessments. Having also worked with other Islamic schools throughout the NYC area as well as Long Island, I can confidently say that Wellspring Elementary holds true to their standards by exhibiting a superb level of creative education complimented with support, technology and motivation. The Wellspring Model is truly a diamond in the rough when it comes to Islamic school education.
Creative high performing school? No, not at all. Wellspring sells ideas it does not uphold. Kids do not have enough hands on science projects in class, creativity and academic performances when evaluated by OUTSIDE sources have significantly gone down. The curriculum changes every year...no consistency because there is no one properly leading this school. Teachers give students “Study sheets” and test them from there, to ensure high tests schools and to mislead parents. The admin has no interest in listening to parents, instead, they dismiss concerns and have the audacity to call parents trouble makers if they speak up. We have no nurse, no principle, no school counselor, assistant teachers are cross utilized, and teachers are spread thin and have to do everything on their own. Teachers are not all certified.
We pay 9K per child a year for a small startup running out of a basement and they advertise themselves as a state of the art school. It’s a scam and they have to be exposed as such. Wake up wellspring - kids at other Islamic schools are winning cross national competitions in robotics, science and literature! Islamic schools are becoming nationally accredited and certified. Their children are getting accepted into Ivy League schools! Stop cheating the families and invest where you are supposed to - your parents and resources! Not on technology screens and pretty marketing pamphlets. Enough is enough.
Think very hard before coming to this school. If the leadership had any intention of reaching out to parents and truly improving themselves, rather than spending money on false and miss-leading advertising, I MAY tell you to take a shot with hope things will improve. However, year after year, this school continues to go down in quality.
The good: Hifz and arabic. Due to amazing Quran and Arabic teachers, who are extremely committed, the arabic and quran program at this school IS one of the best in this area. 5 thumbs up.
The bad: everything else. This school will pull you in with ipads, smart boards, a computer lab (which by the way the majority of schools have now), promising an "innovative", "hands on" and "creative" curriculum. It’s all false. There is no wellspring model - it is called your luck with whatever teacher you get every year. Every year our children experience COMPLETELY different teaching styles, experiences and qualities of education (which goes down). I will not say it is due to the faults of the teachers, rather, it is due to the fault of the non-existent administration. Were there good years? Sure - but because they had amazing teachers - not due to any model or support from the admin. In fact, the administration under pays their teachers so those who are over qualified, leave. The "creative director" is essentially a "wear all hats" manager who can only do so much. They do not have anyone who is qualified (master’s degree, certified or even has a background on leading, and growing schools) leading this school. Neighboring schools search across the nation to bring in qualified principles and leaders to grow their schools. Here they say you don't need a principle.
seeing progress with the issues that parents are having with the school, the teachers are great but strongly feel that the CEO needs to step aside for the good of the school and let it be run by new management. Looking at how this year goes to determine whether my kids will stay or not.
great atmosphere for kids, but admin needs to pay more attention to parent concerns
Ideas sold to parents are different from what takes place. Parents are kept at an arms length. Extremely high teacher turnover. Teachers are changed without notice and parents not informed by the school. Some grades lost 3 teachers in 1 yr. Admin gets defensive when concerns are brought to them. Website displays credentials of teachers that are no longer at the school. School is marketed to make you feel they have the best teachers/best islamic environment, but with non Muslim teachers teaching your children it's hard to agree. No school nurse, high teacher turnover, teachers underpaid/ finances not explained. Each year more parents withdraw from the school. Children who left wellspring and gone to public schools have been behind academically. The wellspring model of creativity, islamic /Arabic concepts being integrated into the curriculum is misleading. I have not witnessed it in hw/classwork. On the positive its a small school, kids are familiar with each other. The Arabic and Quran teachers are great.