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22 Church St
Norwich, VT 05055

(802) 649-1703
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November 10, 2014
MCS is just a gem of a school. The collaborative and supportive culture is led by a AMAZING principal, "Mr. Bill" -- and put into action by wonderful teachers, staff and helpers. We chose Norwich specifically in the Upper Valley community because of the tight-knit and hands-on approach of the school and because of all the ways that our educators work to integrate the culture and approach to education throughout the experience. The best part of this school is seeing the light in my daughter's eyes when she gets ready to go to school in the morning, and when she shares experiences later that night about her day. I am just a huge fan of MCS -- its been terrific for our family!

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November 09, 2014
With two current Marion Cross students and one graduate now in high school, I have nothing but resoundingly positive comments. Each of my children, with his or her own unique style of learning, personality and interests, has been nurtured, encouraged, and made to feel safe in every sense of the word. The principal at Marion Cross, "Mr. Bill," is, quite simply, an inspiration to the children, parents and staff of the school every single day. He is open to new ideas from the top down and the bottom up. He connects with every single child at the school in a way that makes them feel special and proud. What more could you want for an elementary school? And the teachers are phenomenal and happy to come to work every day!

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November 09, 2014
Such a great small, community school I almost don't want to write a review and open the floodgates! But I feel like I owe it to our teachers and the special leadership at this school. Quite simply, they have built an incredible school with a tangible sense of community and a real care/concern for each child. Our children are all so different and they have all found passions and great challenges at Marion Cross. We specifically chose to move to Norwich because of the elementary school--and I'm so glad we did. I'm not sure what some of the comments about the music program are about my child is in the school band which meets twice a week before school and they all seem to enjoy their music instruction during the school hours. The quality of the teachers is unmatched and we are lucky to have such a dedicated, involved principal--we often joke that he is cloned because he shows up at every school and community event ready to support.

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November 09, 2014
We have two children at Marion Cross for over 5 years, both started in Kindergarten. The school has been incredible for them. The classes are small, the teachers are excellent, and there is a solid community feel that builds safety and confidence to be themselves. We got a well needed breath of fresh and inspired air when the new Principal, Mr Bill, started a couple of years ago. He is an incredible leader-he treats each and every kid with respect, knowing their names and interests and engaging them in conversation and magic tricks. He seeks out parent's thoughts and is always available for questions. As a career-long teacher himself he inspires the teachers to be their best. This year they are taking a deep dive into embedding "Growth Mindset" philosophy into the school. Other highlights for our kids: the environmental education program (in which they explore in the woods behind the school, plant an organic garden, and take field trips down streams), the weekly "rep" at which every kid finds the comfort and confidence to perform, and playing on the green in all seasons, including on the ice rink in the winter! We HIGHLY recommend Marion Cross!

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November 09, 2014
My daughter attended Marion Cross School (MCS) from K through 6th grade and my son goes to the school now. They're very different kids. One is quite academically-focused and the other is much more sports-inclined. Yet, they both love the school. And I do too. I was a classroom teacher for ten years and have been consistently impressed by the principal, teachers and community. I am so happy we made the choice to live in Norwich and send our kids to MCS.

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November 09, 2014
I hesitate to write about our little slice of heaven here in Norwich because much of what makes it so special is our humble community. It truly is a thriving community, where teachers are accessible and parents are present, welcomed and involved. Plus, kids here are happy. That may sound trite, but when they are happy, they can focus on learning. A family recently moved here because they visited the school and the kids noted how happy the students were here compared to their current very reputable Boston private school. Happy AND getting a topnotch education. A teacher who had to move away for her husband's job said she wants to move back and send her kids here--not to the expensive, highly reputed Boston private school at which she taught prior to Marion Cross. You could not ask for a better principal--engaged, communicative, a great listener, collaborator, fun, passionate about kids and education and always reaching higher. The list goes on. Although there are other wonderful schools in the area, I would choose over and over again to live in Norwich so my kids could attend Marion Cross.

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November 06, 2014
We are so happy that we chose Norwich and Marion Cross to send our kids to elementary school. We were choosing between Lyme, Hanover and Norwich, and chose Norwich for the following reasons: 1) MCS is a true community school. It is the center of activity in town and you really get that Vermont, small town community feel. Everyone is extremely welcoming and friendly, and we all made friends very quickly. Norwich feels similar to Lyme in this way, and quite different from Hanover. 2) MCS is part of SAU#70 and hence our kids will attend Richmond Middle School and Hanover High School. Both schools have an excellent reputation, and HS kids in SAU#70 can even take classes at Dartmouth College for free if they meet course requirements. This is a huge plus for us. 3) MCS parents are very involved in the school and the school administration actively seeks parent input in almost all decisions that the school makes. MCS Principal "Mr. Bill" is a dedicated, friendly, kind, and smart person who LOVES children. Kids love Mr. Bill! I would encourage any family with young kids moving to the Upper Valley to look at Norwich and MCS. It is a great place to raise a family.

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October 07, 2013
Marion Cross School is an excellent school on all fronts. The principal is amazing, the students are amazing, and most of the teachers are phenomenal, except for a few crabby or inexperienced ones. The school goals are great and we have a lot of traditions. People come home happy every day, unless they have too much homework, and then it is for a good cause.

- submitted by a community member

January 30, 2009
MCS is an excellent school with committed teachers and a focus on education that is beyond cramming as many facts into the child as possible. I pity the children of the parent reviewers who criticise the school's lack of elitism and hot housing! (And there is competition in the school, so not sure where that comes from...) Our only criticism is that the music program is very weak and fails to inspire. Let's hope this is on the list of the new principle.

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October 14, 2008
I am truly amazed by and completely grateful for this school. High goals are set for students, and teachers put in a great deal of effort helping everyone reach them. Emphasis is also on educating the whole child, and the school walks the walk when it comes to lessons of social responsibility. Arts and Nature instruction are a bonus, though the music program is weak.

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October 07, 2008
As a parent and former student of this school I have seen how far it can take you-- fantastic

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November 13, 2007
Disappointed, beyond words. The school's primary focus is making everyone 'feel' special. If your child excels, beware! -they will be bored by social feel-good activities and assignments reviewed over and over until everyone gets a good grade. No sport activity allowed in PE -someone's feelings might be hurt. Zero challenge, zero growth. Avoid at all costs!!!

- submitted by a parent

March 13, 2007
Marion Cross has wonderful parents and kids, resources, a rich history of school traditions, and some outstanding teachers. All of the teachers are kind and truly care about children. Overall, though, it's a disappointment with some weak teachers who are allowed to do a barely adequate job. The principal is a good disciplinarian but an uninspired leader for staff and is only minimally responsive to parent feedback. Parents looking for academic challenge in the lower grades, and even basic crowd control strategies for the younger children, will be frustrated unless they have extremely good luck and avoid the weakest teachers.

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April 12, 2005
My family came to Norwich because of the school. Both of our children have done extremely well since we moved here. The school is a positive environment for children with many opportunities to excel. The main problem in Norwich is the hyperfocus some parents have on their children's education. Over the long run, Norwich students do wonderfully in middle and high school. We could not be happier having our kids here! I would advise anyone looking in the Norwich area to visit the school and talk to people in the town. The school is open to discuss parent concerns (which in a town with this many doctors, lawyers and professors, it had better be open), and continues to work with parents and the community to make MCS the best it can possibly be.

- submitted by a parent

April 04, 2005
Our decision to relocate to the Upper Valley was cemented after a visit to the Marion Cross School. We have not been disappointed. The multilayered, integrated curriculum is delivered by a talented, nuturing faculty and has addressed the different learning styles of our children. Art, Music, Information Technology, French, P.E., Library Skills, while strong programs on their own, are also woven into and support the the core academic subjects. Under the leadership of our energetic, committed Principal, the recently adopted school philosophy and mission statement is a good example of not only parental involvement, but of interest and involvement of the greater community of Norwich. Is the school perfect? No, of course not, but a recent survey of parents and teachers have helped focus what issues will be worked on over the next year. In an era of growing dissatisfaction with public schools, Marion Cross is what a great school can be.

- submitted by a parent

March 07, 2004
We moved to the area, as do many people, on account of MCS's reputation. However, we have been sorely disappointed. While there are a select few outstanding teachers (and two of them are leaving to create their own private school), the quality of education is poor. If your child is an average student for whom you feel social development trumps academic development in importance, then perhaps this school will be a good match. However, unless you want to join the ranks of all those parents who now prop up the school's mediocrity (at best) with $60/hour private tutoring, you may want to look elsewhere to promote a strong educational future for your children.

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Marion W. Cross School
22 Church St, Norwich, VT  05055
(802) 649-1703
Last modified Marion W. Cross School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Marion W. Cross School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top