My child has had an excellent experience at the McGillis school. The quality of teachers is top notch, and the teachers really like teaching there. They could earn more in the Public School system, but stay at McGillis because of the kids and the support they receive from the administration. The whole concept of 'learning to learn' has worked very well for my son, and this has been a great fit for both him and us (his parents.) Can't say enough good things about the school!
We have been affiliated with the McGillis School since 1998. I have an 11th grader and a 9th grader who attended McGillis since 1st grade. They are all A students in the rigorous and academically challenging International Baccaureate program at West High. I firmly believe that their years at the McGillis School gave them a strong foundation upon which to build. McGillis' innovative curriculum, small class size, and fabulous speciality classes (language, arts, music, PE, service learning) allowed my two oldest to thrive and excel. In addition to my teenagers, I have a 4th grader at McGillis. He loves going to school, loves learning and loves his teachers and friends. The warmth and caring of the administrative staff, the incredible teaching professionals, and the fabulous families at the school all harmonize to provide an environment of learning, love and laughter.
I have 2 children who currently attend the McGillis School. The school has been a wonderful experience for our family. The teachers are the main reason we return each year--they are committed, experienced, and fabulous role models for the students. The administration is supportive and dedicated to the success of the school. My children have thrived in this environment since first grade and continue to thrive every day. It is a great school!
My children thrive at McGillis. The teachers are top-notch. The student-teacher ratio is great (11 to 1). The administration is visionary and committed. Most of all, the school is a community -- a caring, dynamic, intellectual, connected group of famlies, youth, and professionals coming together for the good of the children. I highly recommend the school!
What I like about the McGillis School is its focus on the love of learning. I choose to send my children to McGillis because it is the right fit for not only my children, but our family. The whole school community -students, teachers, administration, parents- is engaged in the process of learning. Because of the small class sizes, the teachers get to know my children and their learning styles. They individualize the curriculum to meet their needs. I have one child who struggles with reading - the teacher and I meet regularly about our plan to meet her needs. Children who excel academically are challenged to explore concepts in depth rather than just do more work or 'move up.' The teachers stress critical thinking skills and develop hands-on learning activities. My children are happy and they love to go to school every day. McGillis is a great school!
I've had a great experience with The McGillis School. My kids have grown academically and socially, and have been engaged and loving school even when they're ahead of their academic grade level. My graduate was well prepared for honors and AP classes in high school. Classes are small and include teacher aides in the elementary school. Most important, the kids are learning how to be great citizens, through service projects from raking leaves for shut ins to making brownie mix to raise money for the Food Bank. I hope the families who have made some of these posts have discussed their concerns with their teachers and administration - every time I have brought a concern forward, it has been addressed in a positive and professional way.
We went there for one year and were not very happy. They cater mostly to the parents who donate lots of money and don't require students to do much beyond the grade-level work, which is disappointing. There is also not much diversity. Pretty much wealthy parents who don't want to participate much in their child's education. My suggestion: save the tuition money, send your kids to public school and take the money you saved and go travel - D.C., Grand Canyon, Oregon - they will learn much more that way.
I have my son going here, and this year am upset. I may look else where next year. They have no set reading books for the kids! and i cant see how the kids are learning to read most by sight. It has been a month into the year and my son has not brought home one math paper are read one time to his teacher. I think they care more about asking parents all the time for money then teaching are kids! i paid for the year already and feel a little stuck. I have had to have him go to another school in the eveing just to get some edcation. So sad!
As a parent of one of the older children, I would have to say that the McGillis middle school is academically weak. It is simply not worth the money spent on tuition. I didn't feel that the environment was nurturing either. My child as well as other children were ostracized throughout the past year by their peers. Nothing was ever done to discipline the guilty party, since their parents either donated large sums of money to school or belonged to the main religious community of the school. There was also problems with thefts of school mateials and student belongings. I will say however, that the lower school was run a bit more efficiently than the middle school, but not by much. My suggestion is to look somewhere else to send your children.
McGillis has low teacher - student ratios. They have lots of offerings for kids - art, language, PE, and recently added music. The teachers are good. But they cannot accommodate kids who are above their grade level. Their answer was to give them more work that was purely review or too easy for them. They ask for a lot of money - on top of tuition, which is annoying. We've found that for the money it is not worth it. We'll take the 8k+, go to public school and do fun extra trips, activities, projects, etc. I have found that for kids who are struggling socially or are below their grade level in reading and math it is a great place because of the support and small class size.
McGillis School is a good private school. The teachers are good and there is a low ratio of students to teachers. Each class has a teacher and an assistant. There are lots of specialty classes - art, ethics and cultures, language, PE - but no music, which is disappointing. They also don't have much in the way of supporting kids who are above their classmates in math or spelling. My daughter wanted to figure out the square root of 167. She was often bored and asked why she needs to learn math that she learned at 5 in a montessori preschool. So I supplement at home, but disappointing that we spend the money and they can't accommodate. There are other kids in the same situation and I hope that they fix it soon, otherwise, we'll have to find another place for my first grader.
The McGillis School is a wonderful school with nurturing teachers and a stimulating learning environment. Students participate in service learning as part of the curriculum, which involves giving back to the community. Spanish and Hebrew are offered to students at each grade level. The teachers are very supportive and the parents are for the most part, very involved in the school. The only criticism I have is that the school has no extracurricular sports, clubs, or music program.
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