Our kids have been at a variety of schools in different countries and this school is simply INCREDIBLE. Somehow manages to motivate students towards academic excellence in everything from the humanities to science and math and also produce very creative and expressive students. It's small enough that they really know each child very well.
Before my children started attending TSA, I had no idea what it was about except that it had a reputation for academic rigor. But it goes so much farther than that. The entire faculty works as a team to coordinate their dealings with every student. TSA consistently ranks at the top of VSAC surveys of graduating seniors on questions of mutual student/teacher respect, rigor and challenge, opportunities to think independently and creatively, and accommodation of different learning styles. The school is kept small enough that every teacher knows every students by name. Tuition is kept at a level the state will fully reimburse towns for, so it is accessible to everyone regardless of economic situation, and the small size effectively prevents the formation of social strata that distress many students in larger schools. I have never seen such a cohesive and supportive community as we have found at TSA. It is not for everyone, but it is available and accessible to students who are committed to studying hard and participating fully in their school and society.
I find the most striking thing about The Sharon Academy is that it's a place where students feel safe being themselves. I applaud the school for successfully encouraging independent and creative thought, nurturing the whole student and helping students build a strong foundation for lifelong learning but I love that it is a place that kids have the freedom to discover who they are with the caring support of the entire TSA community. It's an outstanding school and I recommend it wholeheartedly.
TSA is a good school for certain people, in my experience in the Sharon Acadomy middle school there was little to no adjustment made for people who are better or more knoledgeable in the standard classes with the exception of math. If you see no bullying taking place its because noones going to do anything in front of a parent and teenagers as a rule dont tell their parents such things. Im not saying TSA is a bad school, but it is certainly not for everyone.
TSA is chock full of dedicated teachers and staff, and students who truly want to be there. While there certainly more expensive schools, and those with better facilities, it is what goes on inside the facilities that matters. What the kids have to say about TSA is consistently glowing, I've never seen greater parent involvement, and their college admission record is stellar. http://www.thesharonacademy.org