We have been at Peabody for 4 years now and have found it to be an exceptional experience for our child. The teachers are wonderful and are given the support and latitude by the administration to create really engaging learning experiences for the kids. Peabody really embraces individualized education which has resulted in an engaged and energized learner. There is much attention paid to the emotional and social needs of the children, in addition to the academically enriching environment. We couldn't be happier.
In our house we have a recent Peabody graduate and a new Middle Schooler, who spent three years at the Peabody elementary school, and we could not be happier with their school experience. Both have been challenged academically, have gotten a broad education, and have enjoyed themselves. Peabody teachers are truly phenomenal. For them teaching is a calling, and they are deeply committed to their students. They know them well -- their strengths and weaknesses -- and are working on helping to develop them into fun-loving but more mature individuals. Great foundation in all respects. The administration has been coming a long way: lots of creativity and new ideas are being implemented. They are also able to hire and retain the amazing teachers the school has.
We consider ourselves lucky to have found the school. Incidentally, our older has been superbly prepared for high school, without sacrificing week-ends (though he did work hard during the week at Peabody).
We highly recommend the school. While it may not be for everyone, try it out and see whether your child enjoys the atmosphere.
The homework assignments progress steadily over the years. Mostly no homework on Fridays, which is great. Middle schoolers have longer term projects which teach them to schedule and manage time effectively.
The school models these values and pays attention to students following them as well.
Of course, not everyone is perfect but they are certainly striving to do their best. The adviser program in middle school is one example as are the Big Sister and Brothers' programs.
Peabody School is one of the best around. Both of my children have had such positive experiences, and the school has nurturing and kind teachers who care about the whole child. Administration is supportive and involved. The turnover that has happened is needed and the school is stronger because of it. Peabody is in high demand because it is doing things right. We couldn't be happier.
#1 choice in the region: The Best: Does not require a particular religion in order to be part of the community. As result you get the brightest kids, happiest families, most productive teachers and the broadest range of educational experiences. By watching the others, a child understands their place in the world. Peabody families are winners including business owners, professionals, artists, teachers, coaches and so on. Some are wealthy, many are not. Wealth is not the measure of success results are and the kid s pick up on that. The Good: The kids are not bored. The administrators move fast when facing a problem. Inappropriate behavior is immediately counseled and monitored. The school expects intelligence in the kids and does not praise it. Praise is reserved for effort and it shows. The Bad: Old guard teachers and supporters set the agenda. Some teacher turnover is the result. New teachers take time to buy in to the program. Space is limited and there is a lack of big school amenities. The new gym will help but not enough. The Worst: The geographic range is wide due to the nature of admissions. Communal experience suffers when your child s buddy lives 10 miles away.
Being 1 year removed from the school, i have to think our 4 years at Peabody were not a great investment. The school is academically very rigorous, and I think my kid lost some youth grinding out homework. Teacher turn over is pretty high, but there is an entrenched old guard that stays in place. The leadership is non existent with a principle that reactionary and lacks vision. Field trips cancelled due to poor planning, student teacher conferences that never happen, constant fund raising, teachers hired with metal illness to be discovered later and let go, or worse. Very sad and a far step from the original vision of the school. We are much happier in a private school that looks at the beauty of the whole child.
Peabody is an exceptional school for kids who love to learn and teachers who love to teach. Our family has been with the school for 6 years now and Peabody continues to knock our socks off on a routine basis. Where else would you find a first grade teacher who uses Oreos to teach the phases of the moon, or will happily jump up onto a table to make a lesson fun and memorable? Where else would you find a head of school who will give up her Saturday night for a middle school girls sleepover to build sisterhood and respect at a time when tweens in other schools are perfecting their mean girl skills? Where else would you find an all-school talent show where a kid can get up and sing a solo without fear of being laughed at AND to thunderous applause from his peers (no matter how good the actual singing). And where else will you find kids who are as uniquely curious, kind, original and, unabashedly, themselves? If Peabody has any shortcoming, it is only that it has to end after eighth grade.