The IDEAL School is amazing. It is innovative and is changing education. The faculty are stellar. Strong creative arts department - music, art, dance - as well as a fabulous tech and robotics program in the middle school. Sorry to see folks who might not have been a good fit complaining here. Come see the school for yourself and you will see a warm, inviting, and rigorous program that helps every child succeed. Very diverse too - a real strength. 60% families of color, 30% students with learning differences. Very accepting and helps students develop a strong identity. A must see!
While The IDEAL School presents a unique and much-needed set of values, the leadership at this school is disgraceful. On IDEAL's own website, it claims that it's "mission" is to develop students who are "responsible" and "compassionate human beings". The leadership team at IDEAL, particularly the head of school, are some of the most unaccountable, ignorant individuals. They have very little idea as to what is actually taking place in the classrooms- both with students and staff. While the school presents an accessible space for children in need, think twice before sending your child into the hands of IDEAL's tyrannical, hypocritical leaders.
As mentioned below, the school does discredit students when they're on the way to transferring; either by not completing applications, recommendation letters or inaccurate grades. Usually the grades are inaccurate because parents are made aware of their childrens' progresses twice per year - no numeric/alphabetic grades. If your child has a special need, any at all, big or small, this is a warm environment that will embrace him/her. The more severe the issue, the better the school will be for your son/daughter. As the school grows, it looks like it has the potential to learn. The staff has favoritism to certain students and parents; while the staff and parents are very clique-ish. Many personal and unprofessional relationships exist among staff and find their way into the conversations of the students. Bottom line: not a place for me or mine. Don't be fooled by the generous scholarship to lure you in.
Not a good school. I would not recommend the school to anyone. If you want to take your child out, they discredit your child to other schools, as in suggesting they have a learning disability. All along you as a parent have never been informed of such.
The Ideal School is a great school for learning. No more than 14 children per class/grade. Very small and supportive education community (everyone knows the children and families). The academic is individual designed for the student. The teachers are very skilled and gifted educators.
My dd loves this school. I'm not as enamored. What it lacks is academic rigor. They talk about differentiated education for all learners, but the admin and faculty have some ways to go in order to truly rep that title. My dd is extremely bright and has some problems being challenged within the school's curriculum. With what she does lack academically, I'm having to compensate with outside resources. It's a bit of a frustration. Challenging academic programs, Ideal does not have. If you're looking for academic rigor, look elsewhere. What I like about the school is the loving, warm, inclusive environment. My dd has grown into an empathic social leader within her community and I know her social and emotional growth is leaps and bounds past what I hoped for her, in the beginning of her career. The teachers and the principal are very personable and obviously care. Sometimes, I feel like I can't get a straight answer but then again, aren't all schools bureaucratic to some extent? It's not a perfect school, but you can see they're trying. It's a young school with growing pains. We're making of it what we can, and if our situation changes, my dd and I will move on.
this school is failure. It has not lived up to it's vision by providing a differentiated education to "all learners". In recent years the school has been bleeding special needs children as the administration found it impossible to address their needs without violating their rights. At the same time some basic needs of general education students have gone unmet.
Our daughter has attended The IDEAL School since Pre-K. Our family feels as though we've become part of a community that is committed to nurture, develop and support our kids. The children hug each other and their teachers in the morning and at the end of the day! The art and music teachers are terrific, the school is growing slowly and deliberately and has maintained an amazingly diverse and high-potential student body. Staff diversity could be better but everyone's the right fit and the head of school has created a culture that listens and values parent partnership.
My child has attended this school for 3 yrs and we love it. It is a very warm and nurturing environment. The principal is on point with pupils as well as the parents. All staff including security provide a great place for learning.. :)
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