I want to say "thank you" to the Principal of EVCS. He is a wonderful leader, and a smart and thoughtful guide for our kids. At the beginning of this year our son had an incident with another boy that wasn't much fun to navigate, but Bradley handled it perfectly. He put the kids together, had them sort it out, was patient and understanding where he needed to be, and unrelenting in his expectations that they kids get to a place where they both felt comfortable and heard. He showed expert skill at diffusing the issue, and both the children benefited from his focus and attention. I am so grateful to him for the way he handled that - not just for my own child, but for the other child as well.
The EVCS teaching body is AMAZING. During our 5 years so far our son has never had a teacher he didn't like, respect and trust. They are so dedicated and focused - all of them. They are good people with a real commitment to teaching our kids. And they really enjoy being there! That's very important - it translates to the children, and makes them excited to be at school and part of something positive and useful.
The homework packets are carefully measured - we've never felt as though we were mired down with home work at all. The packets are fun, considered, and very useful in reiterating the lessons the kids are learning in class. Our son loves to do his homework!
Absolutely. EVCS is all about TRYING. It's not about whether you are the best, it's about DOING your best - and this determination and persistence that they're learning now is something they will take with them into further education.
Respect is earned, and I believe the Leader and teachers at EVCS truly earn the respect from the students that is so palpable when you enter the school. This respect then translates to their peers. What they see, children imitate, and this school is setting a very high standard for our kids.
EVCS follows the 'responsive classroom' model, and led by a Principal who makes himself available to both the student and parent body every day, the kids are shown that the best way to communicate with others is with compassion and caring. The School Wide Morning Meeting that we have every couple of weeks says it all - the school gathers to sing songs about unity, compassion and caring, and then the Principal reads aloud a letter to the school that usually touches on things that are happening as well as what he's really enjoying see grow in the school - always a positive, caring and empathetic message.
EVCS has a very well-developed social-emotional curriculum which is really the foundation of the school. The Principal and teachers model honesty and integrity for the kids, and use various techniques to teach and encourage the kids to do the same.
EVCS is a fantastic school. The Principal is a smart, forward-thinking leader who makes himself available to the parent and student body at both drop off and pick up every day. He leads an amazing team of teachers who are committed to their task of educating our kids, and do so with kindness, warmth and clarity. I couldn't have imagined that a NYC public school could be this good! It really is just a wonderful experience - our son has been at EVCS since Pre-K and is in his 5th year so far, and just loves it. We feel so lucky to have a place at this fantastic school.
It's my daughters second year and like at all schools you'll find a few kinks. I mean not everyone will be happy. My daughter was bullied by another girl but I took care of that day 1 and it was handled. The parents are a bit clicky but as people we naturally gravitate to those who have similar interests and views . But overall I like the school. It's welcoming for those who are different which is all of us. Lol. Everyone here is a bit kooky in their own way. After the nightmare at my sons school I must say I love love love EVCS.
Remarkable model for a progressive NYC Public school. Interactive curriculum, with a socio-emotional foundation focused on the "whole" child. The increasing wealth in the neighborhood makes me concerned for its future, but for the moment it remains a culturally and socio-economically diverse place that spends its time and resources focused on creating the best educational experience available. We really love this place...