My son has been in this school since Kindergarten. First they were claiming he had speech problems (mind you he is the youngest of his class and will always be the last to turn the overall class age). He speaks clearly actually better than some of his classmates. This school has some wonderful faculty but than you have others members who aren't so pleasant. This school is not such a great structured environment. They don't dedicate the time that is needed to better your child's education. Children are expected to pretty much fend for themselves and be able to learn and grasps things on their own. They don't have such a great focus for children to read independently. They are too lay back and their curriculum sucks. With the two years of experience I have had in this school I have to say it has been not only horrible but also disappointing. With all these great reviews and such great involvement from the principal and staff members I feel that my child shouldn't have had all the problems that sprung upon the school year. They should also consider giving workshops were children are taught not to be bullies and should all sign certifications that they won't bully anyone and if they see any bullying going on they will report it and try to intervene. This school is not the best and very disappointing in more than one way.
To all the teachers and faculty that took their time with my son and who dedicated themselves to him. thank you for giving him the chance others were doubtful could even happen. I am forever grateful for you guys. Thank you.
Children must learn to respect themselves before they respect others. Parents are also to teach their children this at home so it makes it easier for the school to continue implementing the same morale.
Our son is in 5th grade. My wife went to UC Berkeley and I went to Harvard and a NYC private school. We are tremendously impressed with MSC. The teachers are extremely talented and fully engage the children in learning. Our child was inspired to become quite the reader. He has done very well on standardized tests. I was informed by a New York Times education columnist that the program is the same as that at "gifted and talented" schools. The school fosters a caring and inclusive environment. Each year one of the three classes is a mix of typical children and children with non-cognitive special needs. Recent changes include a terrific new principal. Most students are staying on through 8th grade. Many parents donate to supplement the school budget.
I am a new parent in the school in second grade after leaving private school. So far we are thrilled! The school has been warm and welcoming, the other familes are incredibly engaged and interesting. So far the academic component has been on par with our private school experience but culturally the diversity in terms of race, class and differing physical abilities has already been a huge benefit for my son's learning experience.
Having just received the results of the state wide tests for 2013 that were the most rigorous tests to date, we were elated that our two children who have been at MSC for 5 years got very high marks. We attribute this to the excellent instruction which prepared them for the new "common core" standards. As a parent I have to say that I really appreciate the parent community which is full of worldly, creative, motivated and well rounded individuals. We feel especially fortunate to have such a nurturing and challenging environment for our children.
i have a first grader and 3rd grader at MSC and its really a great school. i have looked at a few of the negative reviews and I find them puzzling given that I have never encountered a parent that seemed anything other than thrilled with the school. Maybe they are in upper grades or just got very unlucky with a teacher. We are very discerning parents in terms of academic rigor and I would comment that its a tad lax on that front, but its nothing that you cannot make up for easily at home. Bottom line, its a happy, well-run school with great teachers. In K through 4th grade, that is really what you want, and the fact that you drop off and pick up from the classroom is so massive since the teachers interact with parents and caregivers constantly, and its easy to foster good relationships.