My son was not thriving in the public school system. He was bored and getting in trouble. He started at Davidson in 5th Grade and has made straight A's ever since. Seeing a child getting expelled in his class for inappropriate behavior was a huge eye opening experience. The teachers seem to have the time for him and encourage him to do his best. He is approaching 9th grade. I have asked him multiple times this semester is he wants to change school for high school since this would be the time to do it and he emphatically tells me no each time.
He loves all of his teachers. There is not one teacher that he does not adore. I have been in contact with most of them at one time or another and they are open to communication and to answer any questions or concerns. I feel they are focused on what is the best way to teach each student individually, as well as the group as a whole.
Last year was a transition year for us and I felt the amount of homework was excessive, but that also came from a place of having no homework at his previous school. I still think it is excessive but it has taught him to use his classroom time more wisely and diligently to get his work completed before coming home. I think if they would add a study hall period back into the schedule, it would help tremendously.
My son is in 5th grade and is in his second year at DA. We could not be happier. I will admit that the first quarter was a bit overwhelming because of the added workload but the teachers and staff were so supportive that he acclimated to it quickly. There has not been a day that goes by that he says he does not want to go to school at DA. They have helped him not only learn but grow more independent. The plays/productions they produce are incredible. He never would have had that where he was before. I am so happy we made the move.
I went in a skeptic a year ago, but as we begin to enter our second year I am very happy with our decision to send our son to DA. The school is only as good as the teachers, and the ones I have gotten to know this year are outstanding. They really love to teach and it shows. I feel like my son is getting a much better foundation than he would in our local public school.
The teachers are some of the best I've ever had contact with, and the Administration - from top to bottom - cares about your child and I've never been refused a meeting with anyone in Administration as most have an "open door" policy and are welcoming you in. DA is the place to be!
Davidson Academy is a welcoming environment with teachers who care deeply for the students, allowing them to build upon their strengths, while introducing them to new challenges and experiences. The school pride and fellowship is the best I have seen.
In my child's word, Davidson Academy is "awesome." It's a family oriented, small Christian community that provides an exceptional educational environment. The faculty members are very welcoming and are willing to help you or your child at anytime.