The K-12 model at West Rutland School is unique and fosters a great sense of community and learning. The students get to benefit from expanded resources that other small schools don't have. I would highly recommend WRS to any family moving to the region.
My child started at WRS as a kindergartener and it was a very positive experience for her and me. They encoraged parent involvement and at times she even came home with homework. Great! The teacher always made time to answer questions if I had any. Mrs. Ojala is a great teacher. You are lucky to have her.
Elementary school (grades K to 4) has a high level of teacher involvement and caring how each student achieves his or her highest potentials. Administration though unfortunately doesn't have the same level of caring for each student. It fluffs off parents concerns quite frequently. My childrens teachers until completion of third grade had many years of experience at WRS. My experience has not been as good with my child in 5th grade however. For the elementary student there are very few extracurricular activities. If it was not for a few active parents who through the town rec. department put together softball, baseball and t-ball, boy and girl scouts, and instrument lessons through school there would be no extracurricular activities.
In today's world this school is a gem. It is safe, clean and accessable. My children have recieved an excellent education. The school is flexible in meeting the needs of all students. Individual learning plans enhance the curriculum. Being a K-12 school in 1 building there is built in respect for young and old. It is great to see junior and high school students mentoring the younger elementary students. School spirit is great, the community takes pride in the school, both in athletics and music/art. Teacher professionalism is strong across the school. Online computer courses add some 100+ courses to the high school curriculum. Chorus, band, marching band, jazz band and a 'rock' band add a varity of music. Students have access to a varity of art courses including carving stone at the world reknown Sculpture and Carving Studio. Parental involvement is expected and welcomed by administators and teachers. Thank You.
West Rutland's unique school housing K-12 all in one building is great! Many would think the children would not be able to deal well with each other, but they really do. The older children help out in many of the younger grades and make all the children feel well taken care of. The school is very involved in sports and has a lot of school spirit. The parents and grandparents pack the gym for the sporting events, concerts and open house activies such as The night of Shining Stars in April where the children from all grades show projects they've worked on throughout the year. My children are very happy there.
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