About 80% of the teachers are fantastic. Others need to be doing something else! Part of being a teacher in a private school is helping out your colleagues and pitching in. Several of the teachers cannot be bothered
They lie on the transcripts to make certain students look better than they really are. A shame, as the students know this. It is the school where "everyone gets an A." Very sad for the kids who really deserve high marks.
My child has been enrolled for three years. Each year, the teachers' communication with me about his progress has been proactive and helpful. Even during the summer, at the start of camp, they stayed in touch to make sure his transition into camp was going well, to let us know how they were supporting him, and to seek ideas from us about how they could help support him. I am constantly impressed by their above-and-beyond commitment to my child.
My son is in kindergarten. He didn't have homework. The very few projects we had to complete at home (his "person of the week" journal which we did once, and a weekly list of "letter of the week" words) felt appropriate to me.
"The Golden Rule" seems to be a huge part of the school's message. Even my kindergartener knows to treat others the way he wants to be treated. I think the religious/spiritual nature of the school supports that, but this attitude is part of the classroom dynamic as well.
The faculty and families here are warm and welcoming. While there is plenty of money in the community, it doesn't feel like such an important part of the culture. Parents don't tend to be ostentatious; they seem to want their children to remain innocent and wholesome, and this is supported by the culture created by the faculty. Teachers know their students. The administration works hard to communicate clearly and consistently. As a newbie to the NYC private school world, I have felt welcomed and relieved by the community spirit here.
This school is an amazing school. It deserves five stars all the way! I am a student and I love it here! Everyone accepts you for who you are. All the teachers are so helpful,smart,and fun! I have been her for 9 years and I've loved every bit of it!
Head of School's mercurial personality is causing morale problems within the administration and parent body. She runs hot and cold and it's painful--especially for children--to be cast aside due to her extreme mood swings.