Karen Fogle, November 3, 2012
Chrysalis School is proud of it's accomplishments and the academic accomplishments of its students. For the past 30 years we have served a broad academic range of students. Our students have graduated from community colleges and top tier universities including Yale, Cornell, Vanderbilt, Amherst, and Dartmouth. 10% of the 2012 graduating class is attending the UW. I personally would like to invite you to come in for a visit and experience the welcoming environment at Chrysalis School.
I feel so blessed to be a teacher at Chrysalis and now a parent as well. Chrysalis is so much more than a school it is a family full of caring, supportive teachers who really have a passion for teaching. They want each student to feel and be successful in an academic, safe environment. Chrysalis allows the opportunity for students to explore, be engaged in their learning process and build on success.
My favorite thing about Chrysalis is how excited my kids are to attend each day. The quality instruction, the focus on exploration and maintaining a child's sense of wonder, as well as the personalized curriculum for each child, all create a wonderful environment for learning.
Chrysalis is more than a school, it is a community that my son loved being a part of. It changed our lives. He had a non-verbal learning disability, Asperger s and was his quirky self. He went from being an outcast to having friends that spent lunch/weekends together; from hating school to making sure he was the first one there; from feeling like a failure to setting goals to finish Calculus; from not having a voice to being confident in sharing his opinion. He truly blossomed. Chrysalis used his interests to help him learn through videotaping classes, making Physics movies, playing vocabulary games, listening to audio books, etc. When he had anxiety over a class, teachers would meet with him prior to explain that day s assignment so that he was prepared and could contribute. They fostered an environment where every student was part of a group and he made friends. For any parent whose child has a difficult time making friends, this was the most wonderful gift. My son was a senior and passed away recently. Thank you for accepting my son for who he was, encouraging him to reach for the stars, fostering friendships and providing a safe and nurturing learning environment.
I completely agree with the mother who said her son was totally unprepared for college thanks to Chrysalis. We are now scrambling to catch up to prepare for college, and it's been a nightmare. Chrysalis should be ashamed of themselves for giving their students straight A's without providing a quality education to their students. And to think they're charging outrageous rates for this?! I have no words...:-(
My 3 daughters and 3 nephews have graduated from Chrysalis. The confidence they have in themselves and their abilities is remarkable. They are happy, successful adults, the wish for all of our children.
I attended chrysalis from 1996-1999 and found the experience invaluable. I am shocked that anyone could have a negative exexperience there. The education I recieved at Chrysalis far exceeded my public school learning experience where kids are jammed 40 to a class and forced to take standardized tests that stifle creativity. By the time of my graduation I was way ahead of my public school peers and breezed through my first year of college. Most of the things I studied my first of college were things I had already learned my senior year of HS. I also loved that my learning style was addressed and taught to making learning palatable and interesting once again. Before Chrysalis I had come to hate school and only went for the social aspect. By the time I left I had rekindled my love of learning once again. If your child is bored of public school, has a.d.d or simply wants a better school experience I would highly recommend Chrysalis.
Stay away from this school, they give student all grade A on their report cards, as parents you may find it is great at a time, but only by the end of year you found out they did not complete the grade level studies in every single subjects. We found this school by reading reviews from the great schools website. We are really disappointed this does not turn out to be true. We waste a lot of money and time on this school.
I feel fortunate every single day that I get to go to work at Chrysalis. I am afforded the opportunity to work with an amazing team dedicated to educating young people in a healthy, productive and supportive environment. My own daughter goes to school here - today she is on a field trip to learn about Washington History - 'hands on'! Staff members are dedicated to continually evaluating individual learning plans that meet the unique needs of each student. We focus on preparing them for their future plans - going to a traditional four year public/private university, community college, trade school or entering the workforce. Our staff teams together with students and parents to make up an individual learning plan the best suits each student. This path produces graduates are well-rounded, determined and prepared to meet the challenges faced after graduation and on into life. The best part is that I wake up every day excited to go to work! I also get to work with others who are excited to go to work. Engaged teachers, involved parents and excited learners following their own path are what make Chrysalis so special!
This school was recommended on one of the parents forum for kids on autism spectrum disorder. Talking to the admission person today I felt like she discriminates against kids on the spectrum. She was so quick to judge my son without even meeting him. From talking to her it seems like her goal is to prevent kids on the spectrum from getting admitted to chrysalis. After telling her my kid is on the spectrum she kept telling me to be accepted in their school the student should be at or above grade level and emotionally stable. Give me a break lady! She is not there to accept differences at all. Stay away from this school if you have a kid on the spectrum.
My school is a safe place for kids to be kids. Each is different from every other and has the reins to lead his/her learning. How to make learning "fun"? Allow students to learn from exploring their own interests and finding answers to questions they have at a pace that's just right for them. As a teacher, I have the joyful experience of getting to know each student and helping them see how promising the future is.
Chrysalis is a phenomenal school. Individual and small group instruction allows teachers to accurately assess capabilities, and fill in gaps in understanding, and build on prior knowledge. The teachers and staff are dedicated to developing lifelong learners.
Chrysalis gave me faith in education again. I was so beat down by the wash/rinse/repeat public school cycle that I'd lost all motivation and was bitter and uninterested. When I came to Chrysalis I was so excited to finally be able to not only learn what I wanted, but in a way that exercised my ability to question everything and explore deeper connections and meanings. I am so grateful to the staff there, and still consider my consultant teacher a great friend and mentor 6 years later. I cannot recommend Chrysalis enough.
Chrysalis School, grades K-12. An intimate learning environment and community focused on individual learning. Incredibly intelligent and compassionate teachers and staff. World class education.
I worked at Chrysalis for almost 9 years before moving out of state. It was the best place I've ever worked. As a teacher, I was respected by the staff and administration. I was given the freedom to really make an impact in my student's lives. I met with each of my math students individually and was able to tailor the curriculum to their needs. I was lucky enough to see many of my students for most if not all of their high school career which meant that I really got to know them well. The thing that impressed me most about working at Chrysalis was that everyone was genuinely interested in the success of every student. Teachers go to outside school events to support their students and attend the school plays. There is a deep feeling of pride that wells up in me when I think of my students and what they have accomplished. There's no other school that I can think of that has such a positive and safe environment for their students to blossom. We have students that come to us afraid and without confidence and leave believing they can do anything. We also have students with amazing talents that are able to focus on their craft and flourish. It's a wonderful school. Go see for yourself.
Chrysalis shows an amazing amount of respect to each individual student, and always takes into account their interests, abilities, and goals when devising a learning plan for them. Teachers are trusted to do what they do best...teach! Teachers are also given tremendous freedom to teach to the whole student; not to worry about prepping them for weeks on end to score high on an unrealistic, high-stakes tests, but to support them in being well rounded and thoughtful critical thinkers, life long learners, and global citizens.
My two children attend the school, and I couldn't be happier with the results. The faculty and staff care about my children, and go above and beyond what I would except from a school. My daughter (8) has learning difficulties, and her teachers have worked to find solutions that foster an environment of success for her. At the same time, they have incorporated advanced art curriculum for her, and allow her to explore subjects where she excels. I'd do anything for my children to be successful, and I feel like the team at Chrysalis feels the same way...their actions prove it.
Please note that the ratings below pertain to the high school location only. (Teacher involvement and the office staff at the elementary location deserve a higher rating. We highly recommend Chrysalis for elementary school, actually. The teachers there are wonderful, and the south campus office manager is great with both kids and parents.). The principal leadership and communication at the high school campus----not so high in our opinion.
That's interesting that one reviewer blames her sons failure at Western on Chrysalis. I've had quite the opposite experience with the teachers and program there - all are very well qualified and experienced and concerned about your kids. There are always kids that fail their first year in college, I've had two sons do it after getting good grades in public school and I have to say there are a number of factors that contribute to first year college failure. My kids are getting a fantastic education at Chrysalis - the best thing about their approach is that my kids are able to find their gifts and pursue them. They have learned how to learn and seek out knowledge, experience and skills in areas they excel. The teachers have been great working on weak areas and in assisting our family in designing the best program for our kids. Both of the children we have that attend Chrysalis love it there, have many friends and will be graduating from the school. I really think you get out of your education what you put into it.
My son attended this school from 7th grade until HS graduation. Although he earned good grades and was accepted into Western Washington University, he failed out his first year. He was not the only student from his Chrysalis graduating class to fail out the first year at Western. I know some of the teacher at Chrysalis are not certified. I realize hind sight is always 20/20, but I really wish I had done more research before choosing Chrysalis School.
Chrysalis is the perfect fit for my son.In public school,he sat in the middle with the system:no learning disability and no gifted abilities. Much of his day was spent with his teacher shaming him for being off task and not focusing.He lost his confidence and disliked going to school.Our son deserved to be in an atmosphere that rewards him for who he is and encourages his interests.I found Chrysalis! Chrysalis customizes education to each student.My son hated homework-he gets it all done at school before he leaves.He hated the repetition of Math problems-he works one-on-one with a Math teacher. My son is happy and confident.He has many friends.He looks forward to going to school each day and is learning like never before.He will stay at Chrysalis through High School and is already talking about what colleges he would like to go to.One day, his English teacher stopped me when I ran into school to drop something off.In the past, this would have incited dread in me.She said, I just want to tell you how wonderful your son is. I cried. I have never been told that by a teacher.
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