I have sent 4 kids to Aldo. Overall, this is a super caring, hands-on, innovative school. I will say that one middle school teacher was a bit of a challenge in terms of attitude towards the students, however, this weighed against the myriad of wonderful teachers, principal, and staff, as well as awesome student experiences really does not make or break the truly superb experience that my kids have been a part of over the years.
A wonderful school! As some comments have noted, Aldo does not give grades and fosters community, not competition. As someone who studies education, I know that this approach works and I'm thrilled that this (public) school option exists for my child. She loves learning and does not need to be motivated by grades. There is a LOT of quality parent involvement. My sister, who lives in MA, is jealous that we have such a high-quality option!
I love Aldo Leopold. I am going into 8th grade this year and have been going to Aldo since 3rd grade. Its VERY hands-on and the teachers are always encourging and motivating. And there ARE special needs classes, I know many kids who went to Aldo with special needs and they seemed to have enjoyed it. We just recently added 4K and Chelsea is one of my favorite teachers along with Patrick Wallace, Julie Rabideau, Tim Devine and Kara. I am sad to be leaving next year. :(
This school is excellent for what it is. Distinctives: 1) Experiential learning in the community - high leveraging of community resources for the student's benefit: parent involvement, field trips to educational places, St. Norbert's college 'buddies' pairing with individual students to give input into their work & more. Community positively regards and significantly supports this school. 2) High focus on relationship. Teachers don't always teach 1 to 22 - they teach 1 to1, 22 times if necessary 3) Truly value diversity & respect for the individual. 'Mean Girls' & bullying is significantly less here than at other schools my kids have been at 4) Staff is organized around Education vs. Administration (like the best Customer Service oriented companies!) 5) Building is utlized as much and as often as possible, w/ MANY reasonably priced after school enrichment programs offered. 6) 390 students -preK-8 is smaller than many elementaries! 7) Strong parent community.
Aldo was a great school that is becoming, at best, a mediocre one. The introduction of new teachers who have been with inner city schools and have adopted those schools disciplinary methods is counter to what Aldo's mission was. There is still a core of great teachers at the school, but no longer can a student hope to have excellence all the way through their Aldo experience.
I LOVE Aldo because they do so much more hands on learning with the kids. They try to teach through other means than simply text books and it shows in how much fun the kids have. It is not your average public school!
Aldo Leopold is a choice school in the Green Bay area and many other students from other districts shoose to attend this Green Bay school. It is a Progressive School and has a great deal of family/community support and involvement. I choose to teach here because I am allowed to let students work to their potential and beyond. Students are allowed to work at their own rate and level. We encourage community outreach to use our knowledge in ways to better the school, home ,a nd the comunity.