The approach that Sabot takes to learning is very different from the traditional, public school model (which is how I was educated). And I will not lie that, as a parent, it took me a while to get used to it. That said, I cannot argue with the ultimate results. My child went through middle school here and is extremely well prepared for his high school experience at the Maggie Walker Governor's School. The analytical thinking skills that Sabot instilled in him have truly served him well. As I stated above, it takes a little while to get used to the approach, but the ultimate reward for the child cannot be overstated.
Now that my child is in a different school with some structure, my child is blossoming in all areas. To other parents, check with other children from different schools and see if your child is at the appropriate level. Beware.
I have two children in Sabot's Lower School, both of whom have been there since Preschool. It has been a wonderful experience for them - and for our family. I value the ways in which my children have learned to collaborate, to think about their thinking, to push themselves, and to value relationship and community. Sabot's approach, with its emphasis on rigorous student-driven learning, is part of the revolution in education taking place across the country and across the globe. I recommend the school highly.
My son is just finishing his first year at Sabot at Stony Point in the youngest classroom. This year has been amazing. The entire staff focuses on building him as a person, not just as a student. He is kind; he recognizes kindness in himself and others; he is patient with his friends; he is eager to help; and he is able to address his emotions...all well above the level of a typical 3-year-old. He is not atypical for his classroom, either. This emotional growth is also paired with a passion for learning, exploring, and books. Sabot has made me a better parent. I look forward to many years with this wonderful community.
This "school" should be used as cautionary tale to exemplify what can go wrong when education is turned into a for-profit enterprise. Long-proven principles of education are abandoned in favor of experimental gimmicks designed to appeal to families with deep pockets and a naive belief that students can somehow learn without instruction.
Sabot at Stony Point is an excellent alternative to most other private schools in the Richmond area. It is non-sectarian, constructivist, and progressive; the faculty and administration are up-to-date on the newest research on best-practice methods of education. Children don't just learn, they learn HOW to learn, and they learn the joy inherent in mastering a subject they are interested in.
Sabot at Stony Point uses a constructivist approach where teachers use the children's interests to scaffold learning through respect, collaboration and exploration. Sabot believes in depth over breadth allowing the students time to critically think, problem solve and rely on each others strengths to reach conceptual understanding. Children love school and feel safe to take intellectual risks. There is also a deep commitment to the school community and to respecting and celebrating each members unique differences. The children at Sabot are reaching potentials beyond peers at other schools all the while feeling valued as a person.