If you are considering enrolling in this school. Stop and look very carefully. They certainly have a WONDERFUL early childhood program but it stops there. If you ask to speak to future grade teachers (which only makes sense since your child will be going there) they will turn you down. They are not interested parent input. While my son was in the early grades, I heard parents complain and thought, "they are just jaded" it must be, "their issues". Oh how I wished I asked questions early!
The Lower School is a stand-out school in so many ways! Small class sizes and a community where the student is known well as and individual and supported are just two of the many benefits. Students are taught to think critically and across disciplines at an early age. The fine arts are strong programs for all children. The students benefit from a Preschool to grade 8 environment that is also connected to an international day and boarding Upper School. In addition to active reading skills, the physical and spiritual growth of students is supported. Respect and responsibility as part of a community is also integrated into the education of Sem students. Teaching is not to a test, leaving more time for real-life learning and creative approaches to education that engage students and help them to develop as 21st-century learners.
Having gone through a nightmare with a nearby public school in the past, what my child has found this year at Wyoming Seminary by comparison is a nurturing, encouraging, academic utopia. She is in a school where she is encouraged to do well academically (rather than being ridiculed by other students for it, as she was at her public school). She is not ashamed to participate in class now. She is thriving and happy. Students are held to a code of conduct as well and you would be hard pressed to find that at her previous school. It is VERY difficult for me to come up with tuition, but I will continue to do so for as long as I can, just so she can continue benefitting from this school.
Although a Sem education is better than most of the local public schools, I do not feel my younger children are getting the education my older child received. The newer parents may not feel the difference, but it is definately not that warm and fuzzy place it was. The education, social and athletics are not what they were. The lower school community is not the cohesive unit it was - I think it's time for the powers to be look introspectively before a mass exodus of students is realized. Definately no longer worth the tuition - other local private schools have caught up with sem at more resonable tuition rates. It would be ineresting to gauge the attrition rates at the lower school in conjunction with those at the other local private schoold. A story may be told by those numbers!
I'm an 8th grade student and I've been going to the Lower School my whole life. I think they stress academics waaaaaaaaaaaay to much and that they just don't understand that not everyone is a good student. I'm not learning much except in History class. Its just too academic and is not student athlete friendly, which is not good for me.
My daughter is an average student struggling with the challenging academics that are on par with high school, although she is in sixth grade. There is a math clinic twice a week free of charge available to any student, so I am puzzled why the previous reviewer is paying for something. The arts and sciences are excellent and she is exposed to more in depth study here than at any other public or private school in the area. We are hard pressed to come up with the tuition, but it is worth it. Other than field hockey for girls and basketball and soccer for boys, there aren't many sports offereings at the middle school level, but the area has many independent leagues that students can join.
The academics were great but if you are not the 'perfect' student you are really not wanted. Extra help is available for a price, besides the already ridiculous tuition. Not a school for the athlete. Unless you count field hockey. I pulled my kids out because I could no longer rationalize the outrageous price. My daughter had a good experience overall. My son had a horrible experience including being teased by other children and the teachers ignoring it.
Great academics however lower school teachers are overrated and cranky. The school is not sports friendly.
The academic progrms are challenging and rigorous. Music, art, dance, gym, library are given on a weeking basis. Parent Association is very involved.
I'm a 7th grade studen, and I've been going to Wyoming Seminary since I was in kindergarten. I have a lot of friends here. The teachers are very understanding, informative, and friendly, and their work is done the right way 100% of the time. I am very proud to be going to Wyoming Seminary, for I know I am getting a great education. I have taken Spanish since second grade, and I am enjoying it entirely. I have fun in school, because the teachers are friendly, the students are friendly, and the classes are usually interactive. I love Wyoming Seminary and hope to go there when I get into high school!
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