This school favors students with middle to slightly above average academic ability. The school climate is quite negative and teachers absolutely favor girls and can be damaging to less mature boys or students who need extra support. Upper-school teachers are intolerant and often unkind towards "active" children. Faculty, students, and parents tend to gang up on students who do not fit their vision of a perfect student.
Madeleine Choir School offers a unique experience but doesn't fully explain the choir commitment to parents until it's late in their education. The demand of the choir program coupled with 2-3 hours of nightly homework that begins in earnest in 6th grade and is relentless through 7th & 8th grades does not allow kids to be kids. These kids are no more prepared for IB Programs or Cathloic High School than kids coming from other Cathloic Schools or advanced placement courses.
Teacher turnover is high.
Teachers job share and make it difficult for kids to access teachers; kids can easily have up to 5 tests in one week.
One dissapointing fact is they will stress to you tgey are not a "test heavy school." Completely false. I've heard kids getting anxiety because there is constant testing. There is no emphasis on Science or Social Studies. They might have only 1 test in an entire quarter. The school uses the AimsWEB testing and it only focuses on Math & Reading, hence the focus in class.
We have been here for 4 years, and both of our children love it. Our son in in Pre-K and the teacher is incredibly patient and makes learning so much fun. She has gotten our son, who wouldn't even try to draw a circle before school, to write all of his letters, pictures of all kinds, and love learning. They also have a very broad curriculum, unlike public school. They begin Spanish in Pr-K, they also have music, violin starting in 2nd grade, art and pe. The teachers are all such a high caliber of educator, and the parents are very involved. The music education is amazing, and the basic curriculum is thorough and challenging. It is worth the money to send our children here. Education is about children, not standardized testing!
As a parent whose two children graduated from here (2006, 2012), I can't say enough about the quality of education they received. Your children will receive a classical education here: music from Kindergarten forward, music theory beginning in Grade 4, Latin beginning in Grade 4, violin in Grades 2 and 3, and choir in Grades 5-8... plus a top-notch science and math curriculum, and a delightful art teacher/classes! Students learn respect, personal responsibility, and the desire to do excellent work. The choir commitment is quite demanding and absolutely worth it. This isn't a regular "school choir" -- this choir is recording CDs and performing to sell-out crowds, and touring Europe every two years, and domestically every other year. While both my children were choristers, they also both excel in math and science. I'm certain there's a correlation! Come check out this school; private tours are always accommodated!
This is an excellent school! This school has a fun atmosphere. it is a big choir commitment. There is also a program for called collegium who are not good enough to be in choir or just do not have enough time. The teachers are great. I absolutely love it! I have learned so much. I have been to Italy and Spain for this school! I will never forget that experience. It can be a bit challenging, but it will set you up for an excellent high school and college career. You will not regret sending your kids to this school!
Incredible school! The caliber of the teachers is the best I've experienced while being there! Very strong 10+ have their Masters or two! My child went on to test into the higher Math, Science and Language (Latin) classes in High School after graduating from the Choir School. They were very forthcoming with the choir involvement. With my 3 students of various grades the choir component has paid off in so many ways!! Time management, discipline, the focus on service to others, in addition to the advance music training they receive. They also have a great Athletic program!
Great school in the past. This year six new teachers. Less experienced and it shows. What they don't tell you about is the huge choir commitment starting in 5th grade. Hard to balance kids' outside interests with choir. Kids not intent on music and choir feel left out.
My son has been with the school since K, and is now in 3rd grade. We love the school, especially it's focused on music. Music supports all aspects of the solid, well-rounded curriculum, and the sense of community is like no other. My child loves going to school, isn't that the ultimate litmus test?