We have two children enrolled presently at GSL, and really haven't been overly impressed by the school based on the amount of money we pay to send them there, and it is a lot. Like the previous poster stated, the school is touted as a great school, but really academically, it offers everthing any school should offer a child, nothing more, nothing less. Also, the constant plea to donate money to the capital fund can become aggravating. GSL has a very intimate feel, as it is very small, but it lacks a lot of diversity. Parent involvement is encouraged, which is a plus, but functions almost have too much of a 'social' feel to them. Overall, academically the school is not too bad, but cultural, not just racial, diversity is minimal.
I'll give GSL this: it has really improved afterschool care activities and general afterschool care. Aside from that, though, I honestly don't see what's so amazing about GSL. everyone in town talks about it like it's one of the best schools ever, and yes, the teachers are wonderful. I have a sneaking feeling that the teachers at other local public schools are just as amazing, though. The tuition at GSL is high, but the school is constantly asking for monetary donations to the capital fund. This is not the school for you if you want your children to be exposed to real world diversity, but if you're interested in raising your kids in a bubble, then by all means, send them to GSL. Oh, and if you're a working parent, forget being involved in the parent's association; this school caters to nonworking parents. We're switching to public school soon.
While GSL is a good school, it has its problems. It is hard to become involved as a working parent because the parent organizations tend to cater to non working mothers. The tuition is high and I would expect more activities and a nicer learning environment. The buildings are old and dirty. While the school enrolls a diverse group of students in preschool, the diversity tends to fade with each grade. I want my child to be exposed to a wider range of people and will be looking for other options. The best thing about the school is the teachers.
This is the fourth year here for my boys, and we couldn't be happier. The teachers are amazing. They view kids as individuals, and teach in remarkably creative ways. As a result, my children have a great love for books and learning. Even in kindergarten, they were writing simple sentences. The atmosphere of the school makes you feel as though you were part of an extended family. Warm, friendly, caring. The after-school care program available for kids of working parents is ideal. Fun and educational play, projects, plus enrichment classes in a safe happy environment. Love it!
I'm not sure if this site is simply for parent reviews or alumni but as a former student I can say GSL is a terrificly fun school although it is quite small. I remember enjoing the people and the terrific teachers. Mr. Phill if your reading this, you're still one of my favorits. But as I say it is a small school so if your looking for extreme variety and depth when it comes to extra-curriculers then mabe GSL isn't quite for you.
I have a daughter and a son who have been at GSL for a combined total of 14 years. What a positive learning environment! My children are academically challenged, well prepared, and happy. GSL nurtures their growth as students and as human beings.
Tuition far exceeds the quality of education as compared to other private institutions in the area. When we were new, we were treated like royalty, but as a parent they really don't care for my input.
Terrific, nurturing environment. The teachers are excellent, the parents involved and the children are well prepared for even the most rigorous high schools. My child is now graduating from high school and has been admitted to an ivy league college from this great foundation.
We are so happy to have 2 boys(ages 5 and 7) at GSL. The school is a wonderful place to learn and grow. We love the staff and the after-school activities are a great benefit to our boys.
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