The academic rigor of this school prepares students for high school and college well beyond their public school peers! The exposure students receive around issues of social justice was not present in any other schools that were visited. Consider yourself one of the lucky parents should your child get the opportunity to spend even a year at this school.
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).
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. ;)
Our son is rounding out his 4th year at the Gordon School and he tells me that he wants to continue there until 8th grade. The head of school is so in tune with the students that he was aware my son was going by a nickname less than a week into the school year. The teaching staff is top notch and the supportive staff as well. The academics are appropriately challenging in a small class (14 kids) setting. The library and staff is amazing. The campus is well kept and I love that the kids go outside for recess twice a day barring horrendous weather. I drive nearly 2 hours round trip daily to take my son to Gordon and would highly recommend it.
Our child has been at Gordon for her entire experience at school (from K). We have had a very good experience with Gordon. The school is well organized and ordered. Our daughter has improved a great deal in both her personal outlook and academic ability. Classes are 13-14 and there are many many activities in which to be involved. I would highly recommend this school.