Definitely a one-size-fits-all approach to gifted education that we aren't too thrilled with. My sixth-grade child has gone from straight As to mostly Bs and is struggling emotionally with the requirements of this school. There seems to be so much stress, and most teachers have been unsympathetic. In addition, my child has had lots of problems jumping into advanced math. My child loves chorus class (the teacher is fantastic and we adore her methods) but right now that's about it. I hope it gets better as we progress but... I don't know.
Time is the challenge. No time to get enough sleep, have a life, and do all work. Where are the strategies, approaches, or tips to help learn? It’s definitely not like a family. But it is the best of the Beach. Why is NORVA so far ahead of VB?
Challenging, caring, innovative. The school works hard to create the feeling of a community school and the administration is regularly present at afterschool and weekend activities, meeting parents and talking to students. Middle school students can participate in afterschool academic clubs and intramural-type sports. Elementary students benefit from science labs, archeology digs, oyster raising, markerspace-type projects, Rube Goldberg competitions, book clubs, and weekend leadership workshops. Students are expected to be productive thinkers and involved. We're a military family with several good school districts under our belts, and this stands out as an innovative place.
The school is challenging, but does not seem like a lot of fun. It's a good education. The Beach in general is great, but for a place were kids already enter school with a love for learning, I expected more.