The parent body here is exceptionally warm, committed and down to earth. Many of the comments here reflect what is essentially a lack of an overall theory and approach to the emotional and social lives of kids over the age of 6. There are no rules or management strategy or training for the teachers and "discipline" is handled on the fly, and this result is a remarkably uneven responses to behavior. This impacts the Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary programs significantly. There is a very real gender bias that crops up -- a "boys will be boys" attitude -- which results in the upper level classes being disproportionately made up of boys (3:1 in many classes). As has been observed by others on this site, the classes get very small in the upper grades (only about 10 kids typically graduate in 6th grade) which makes the deficiency in a strong and experienced approach to the emotional and social aspects of the student body even more problematic. This seems to be a relatively new situation for MMS, as these reviews began when the current Head of School started roughly five years ago. Hopefully the Board will be wise enough to encourage her to move on, now that their major Capital Campaign has been completed, and a new, more experienced Head can take her place.
Head of School and Associate Head of School are great team along with their staff - good combo of outward and inward facing attention and everyone in leadership is always focused on best education for children