January 18, 2005
My daughter is now in Grade 4 at Holy Name School. It offers the best of traditional Catholic parochial school education--standards, strong values, safety--along with a family-like warmth and caring. The student body reflects the beautiful diversity of today's Brooklyn. So far, we've seen none of the ethnic tension, cliques, bullying, or sleazy fads that tend to crop up around this phase, either! School also opts out of the snobbish rat-race of the area's super-pricey private schools--my daughter, who is gifted, works cooperatively with students at all levels of ability and income. Facilities and programming are 'basic,' not premium (no gymnasium, for example, although there are computer and science labs and 2 nice libraries), but the school, in a lovely neighborhood, is a great alternative to the troubled NYC public schools, at a fraction of private school tuition. Nice sports program, too--again, gently priced and without pressured atmosphere.
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