The K teacher was a terrible fit for our child. I witnessed her several times roll her eyes in frustration at energetic young boys. She could never connect with our child, which is what K teachers should do. Her classroom was an overwhelming sensory experience of chaos, too much for a hypersensitive child. During a conference she mocked how our child ate his crackers, calling it annoying. Wow.
The 1st grade teacher was awesome though.
The level of homework given in K and 1st grade was ridiculous. Like most things at MWS, I am certain it was for show. There's no reason for a 5 year old to cry in frustration writing worksheets at night.
If MWS was up to date (or cared) about educational research and empirical data in the area of homework on elementary students, these young kids wouldn't have any.
When the administration disrespects parents and creates a culture of hostile cliques, that trickles down. Sure, the students wear uniforms and shake hands, conform and obey (to a degree) but that is also superficial stuff. The meat of true respect is lacking, and as other commenters have stated, the degree to which a kid is disciplined for behavior is inversely relational to how much money their family donates.
Mrs. Phiri. You are a super star. I have never seen a teacher so naturally positively influence and encourage learning in a school where many students are talented in their own way but very diverse in how they learn.
MWS is not just a school, it is a family. We always feel welcome and appreciated. My intelligent but not quite "gifted" child was getting lost in the shuffle at her declining public elementary school. Two years later her desire for learning has been renewed in what she refers to as the safe spot; No clicks, just friends.
After over a decade and multiple children attending Millwood, I can only give 3 stars. This school has changed dramatically in the last few years coinciding with when they began offering high school. A few years ago almost every middle school teacher quit. MW has shown a decline in academic rigor as well as a high turnover rate for teaching staff and a low attrition rate of students. The teachers are continually asked to take on more responsibilities resulting in a decline in effective teaching and teachers who are worn out. In spite of close to $500,00 earned in the last few years through the annual auction, I do not see much money being put back into the school. The textbooks are outdated and the facilities are not well maintained. The class sizes are small which is a pro. However, this has led to children being micro managed like a military school and my child felt oppressed. There is preferential treatment given to those families who benefit the school the most-big donors of time, money, sports talent or employed there. There is inconsistency in many areas. The administration disciplines certain kids while others are allowed to do as they please. The dress code is continually changing. There is no consistent enforcement of the "Big 10" code of conduct yet children are graded on this and it's included in their GPA. The administration will placate your concerns and act like they are going to do something but they never do. Administration seems fake and defensive of their actions to the point of never admitting their mistakes or apologizing for anything. Instead, the parents are made to feel belittled and that their child is a problem. In my opinion, Millwood has seen its finest hour and is now on the decline. They pretend to be equal to other private schools in the area but they are nowhere near it. All students are allowed to play sports but this is due to the fact that they would not have enough to field a team if they didn't allow all students to play. I do feel that the teachers themselves are good but the administration needs fresh ideas which hopefully will occur when the head of school retires next year. After giving many 2nd chances to Millwood, they continued to fail my child and no positivity was ever given so we left. We are all much happier at a new school. I am sorry I wasted so much time and money here. Ok for K-5 only!
We chose Millwood for many reasons: 1) No SOLs! Teachers can nurture critical thinking instead of “teaching to the test”, thus providing a solid foundation for this important life skill. 2) The Big Ten! This focuses on character development and helps our children think about and practice positive behaviors. 3) Smaller classes offer a more personal experience so the needs of our children would be met more promptly. 4) Students can advance in their studies as far as their effort and talents take them. They are not limited by the “noise” of Center Based Gifted programs, which may discourage children who are not accepted.
We continue to stay at Millwood because of the caring teachers, the friendly atmosphere, the focus on character development, and the 8:30 start time. (Seriously, love the later start time — kids need sleep to grow!)