Too much homework for no reason. Principal told the parents during HSA meeting that if you dont like the homework load, you can find another school. Fair point, but why give homework to kids for the sake of giving homework
This rating applied to the pre-K program, as I have no knowledge of the other campus. The principal is the best educator I have ever know, and I come from a family of educators. She knows every student by name, and is very approachable. When we had a problem, the principal personally looked into it to help fix it. She balance of strictness and compassion. The teachers follow the principals lead in striking an excellent balance between discipline and compassion. They are dedicated and generous people who genuinely love their work. Finally, the pre-K is excellent at developing the sense of community.
I am surprised by the harsh reviews of this school, it is great. The day is long and structured, however, the children learn so much they are well ahead of their peers in public school. They encourage and expect parental participation. It's very family-centered. It's a wonderful alternative to a G&T program. They offer a nice balance of academics and extra curricular programs including art, yoga, mandarin, Chinese culture, piano, dance, swimming. It is really a great value, in particular for working parents, who require after school care. They even have a Lego League for older children. Their summer program is one of the best values in the city. I look forward to my child continuing to thrive here.
As a parent, you'll find a lot of things to like about this school. The teachers are dedicated and the quality of the academic education is high. You'll probably question that balance between work and play and you won't necessarily welcome the stress of trying to get 4 and 5 year old children to do an hour of homework every night (particularly after a 9 hour day at school.) Do kids flourish under these conditions? The real problem with this school will become apparent when you have an issue which merits being raised with the principal in charge of pre-K. Parents leave her office confused and upset and feel they don't have a voice (although they will be told that they do - "my door is always open" is a typical phrase). If you find yourself in that situation, the answer is simple: stop responding to the endless fundraising requests that the school sends you. If enough people do this, then you will certainly have a voice. When the principal starts to treat parents and teachers with the respect that they deserve, then this school will really start to shine.
This school is a gem. The principal in the early childhood campus makes every child feel welcomed and special. She greets and addresses each child in the morning by their names. The elementary school is a stricter environment where children learn to be responsible and respectful. The principal in the elementary school is also very approachable. There are these parents that want to run the school because they feel that they are paying and have the right. My child is heading to second grade. His kindergarten and 1st grade teachers have prepared him well for second grade. Love this school!
I have two children who attends this school. One child struggles and the other does well academically. The support the school provide for both children is beyond excellent. The school caters to the child who struggles with immense help in order for that child to perform at the same level as his peers. The Other child who does well is constantly encouraged, motivated, and challenged to reach his highest potential. It seems that both children are getting the individualized attention they need. As a parent, I cannot ask for more.