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Near West Intergenerational School5
Posted June 05, 2013
- a parent
NWIS just finished their second year and I couldn't be happier. My older son was an inaugural kindergartner when NWIS opened. Small class sizes (16 per classroom) with attentive teachers. The multi-age classrooms made the transition from one year to the next very smooth. Kids get regular mentoring by caring adults, the same adults every week. My son really looks forward to spending time with his mentors. The core subjects (reading, writing, math) are very strong. The kids get two "specials" every day, one of which is always Phys Ed (outside if possible) and either art, music, or spanish as the other special. Multi age classes don't appeal to everyone, but I found it helpful for my son to have older students setting good examples for him, which has helped him to grow into a good example for the younger kids. It also really forces the teachers to treat every child individually. NWIS was somewhat cramped this year due to the space available. For 2013/14, we are anticipating NWIS will move to a much larger building next door that will not be shared. After school programs are mostly community based, as budget and facilities constraints have limited after school programing.