The teachers I've met this year are phenomenal. Not only do they know how to reach and engage kids, but they also know how to engage parents. It's the whole philosophy of the school -which then hires teachers who are excellent. Each time we meet a new teacher at the school, we are impressed.
So far we are facing more homework that we had in past years --as we transferred from a public school. We believe it is about 3-4X as much as the previous school year. it's a bit challenging at times but we hope that the work feels more meaningful (at home).
it's just incredible how issues of empathy and care are just a part of the school -- it's embedded in all things in the day (from the songs chosen for music class to the books discussed in class). Teachers are stunningly wonderful.
This school is new for us and we could not be more pleased, despite the cost and change in our commute. Our child's previous school was a short walk up the street. The teachers are very smart, aware, intone with subtleties, interested in expanding and not simply teaching in a rote manner. We are new and are finding it so helpful that it is a "give and take" between parents and teachers, with teachers being very interested in changing what they do to help the child. Going outside for daily play and letting kids be kids, seems so common-sense, but this was not our experience in our previous years in the local public elementary school where kids were not allowed to even run during recess. It's an A+.
This is an excellent school. Students are kept engaged throughout the day with various hands on learning experiences. The focus of education is on the process, with the children getting a deep understanding of the material. If you a looking for a private school for a bright kid who is bored with mindless and unneccesary paper work (work sheets), this is the place.
Definitely not worth the cost! Enroll your child in a very good public school like I did, and sign him/her up in all kinds of extra curricular activities. I went for a school visit and noticed that my child was receiving the same education, if not better. My daughter walked out with a fruit loop necklace. (That's what they were doing in the first grade :/ ) It made me appreciate my child's 1st grade teacher. Save yourself thousands of dollars and do the research for a good public school. ;)