My son's teachers went way out of the way to provide quality instruction for him. One teacher took a group of students to Salem and Washington DC, much of it on her own time to ensure the highest quality experience for the students.
Homework was manageable, it of course varies with teachers as in any school. I think the reality of modern learning is there has to be some homework to keep up with the higher expectations of the common core requirements.
SWCS is not just a testing school. It's students spend a large amount of time on experiences outside the classroom interacting with the community in a variety of ways to shape their learning experience.
My child attended SWCS for six years and is now in High School I cannot say enough great things about the school. He thrived there. The Teachers and Staff are great. Everyone who works there care so much about providing a quality education and it shows. My son is a smart, caring and compassionate learner and I know that SWCS had a big part in fanning his natural desire to learn. He is now finishing up his Freshman year in H.S. with solid A's. Thanks so much to our SWCS family, a great place for your child.
Awesome caring teachers who are incredibly skilled at bringing place-based learning into a curriculum still beholden to state mandated common core guidelines. My children developed compassion for others who are different from them in many ways. They developed critical thinking and engagement in their community and the world. Their experience here truly shaped them into individuals I not only love but respect.
Has to choose one person, but I will say I am grateful to Sarah Anderson because of her knowledge and skill with place- based learning. She leads the school in developing meaningful partnerships that not only serve the community but truly involve learning and developing critical thinking, language, and other traditional learning necessary to be an informed citizen of the world.
My child was consistently bullied here. Several meetings with teachers and principal led to no changes. My child would come home in tears on a regular basis. I was consistently told by staff that my child needed to learn to "ignore" and walk away to get the unwanted behavior from others to stop. We tried to work through it and do what we could to avoid and walk away because my child loved the school and the teachers and really wanted to stay at the school. After several months of it though we had to pull our child out and place them in another school. It was the best choice and now my child is thriving and coming home with smiles. It seems the bullying policy here is to blame the victim.