January 23, 2014
This is my 3rd year at the OC, and I think it's a great fit for a certain type of parent/child team. It's wonderful for our family, because I am involved in his work, know his friends and know all of the teachers, the principle, the janitors, the lunch ladies at his school. It's a community, and you get out of it what you're willing to put into it. And sometimes, instead of griping about the quality, you have to use the 'Open' nature of the OC to improve the quality in the places you see a need. I am a biologist, and the science curriculum in my son's class is heavily influenced by me. If you're a writer, and you don't like the level of literacy instruction, you can campaign to change it. As a matter of fact, if you don't, I think you're a passive consumer of education, and this school requires participation. The kids are confident and capable, and will rise to meet the rigor. This is a special place, but it won't fit the type A, early entrance to Harvard at all costs, parent. It's a community-based, whole child education. That said, my 2nd grader reads at the 7th grade level and is doing multiplication and division in his head.
- submitted by a parent