My child is in kindergarten this year at Corvian and we could not be any happier with her teachers and the school. The staff is always friendly and the school's focuses on being a community and teaching the children that they are unique in the world and to accept and embrace each others differences. From what I have seen the children have plenty of time outdoors to play and explore. They are taught a diverse curriculum (which includes Spanish, Yoga, Music and Art) but from what I have seen so far in Kindergarten they are not pressured or pushed to meet rigorous testing standards. I am pleased with how my child is learning to read and write and the math skills she is learning. The teachers have been amazing at inspiring my child and she is excited to go to school every single day. That to me speaks volumes.
I believe so. I have seen children come in on very different levels and each be assisted and motivated in their learning. I also feel that they are not pressured to all fit a mold in a specific amount of times like many other schools do. This is one reason I think they are excited to learn and are happy to go to school each day.
Absolutely! They have a daily motto they recite each day that teaches them that they are each unique in the world. Corvian focuses on character building and integrity, compassion and respect. They do Marvelous Me where each child has a turn at being the subject and the entire classroom draws a picture of them and go around saying something they like about that child. This makes them feel special and helps build their confidence. This is one aspect of the school that is unique and amazing.
In my daughter's Kindergarten class we have a daily book to read each night and sight words (along with a small Valentine's Day project). I don't consider these homework but I also feel that at this age they don't need the added pressure of being sent home with more.
Corvian is great if your child is a self motivator and really only needs someone to give them the material and go though it once for them. If your child needs any extra help and doesn't grasp the concept quickly its not the school for you. If you have a child that is in the EC program there is no tolerance for there behavior. They expect autistic children to control their behavior and really don't attempt to teach then anything. Its just babysitting. If your child has a melt down or shows any autistic behavior that they consider different they will send the child home and tell you that your child is bullying. An autistic child does not know what bullying is. Its just easier than hiring qualified teachers.
The administrators are all about looking good to the parents. Stacey Haskell only cares about the money the school needs to expand. Maybe if her salary was less than $75,000/year she could afford to build that high school. The first year they had a middle school they hired an Athletic director that had no sports. They had teachers volunteer to coach the few sports they offered.