July 02, 2015
I read some of the negative reviews of Edlin School, and have decided to complete the picture. Yes, Edlin is a small school and they do have their problems, but all schools do. My kids have been getting a great education there, and when I compare how they are doing with their counterparts in other schools, I feel great! I would stack up the quality of the education my children are receiving next to anyone. I just received their end of the year testing and my children tested in the 97th and 99th percentile when compared to other students their grades. Their math, reading, science and social studies are at least 5 grade levels ahead.
Are other schools doing more programs or activities? Yes, but their tuition is $10,000 more a year and they are larger schools – so more students. The teachers and administrators at Edlin knows every child in the school, which makes for a genuine feeling of community and warmth. My kids are excited about learning, and they feel safe and loved at this school.
When my son finished K-4, not only was he reading, but he was reading chapter books. The science program is very advanced. In second grade, my son dissected an owl pellet and a chicken wing. In sixth grade, my son dissected a frog, squid, pig heart and a sheep’s brain. Lots of hands-on science, educational field trips, and in-school speakers, and students are not afraid to ask questions. Guest speakers have complimented the children on the thoughtful interaction, and the quality of their questions.
Language arts is typically good, there were some issues with grammar, but I think they have been addressed and the program strengthened. Each year students read classical literature in class, including works by Shakespeare. I have seen the same titles listed in other schools, but they are typically read in older grades.
My kids have been challenged by math and in 6th grade my son is in Algebra 1. He is not in the top group, and I know there are students above and below him. The point here is that the classes are small and targeted to the student’s level, and teachers not only work with them in class, but if they are struggling, they will work with them after school. (Review continued in next comment section)!
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