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I just have to brag for a minute on dd's school

Posted by on Sep. 13, 2013 at 3:18 PM
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Yes, yes, I know it's a homeschooling board. I was so TERRIFIED about sending my eldest to brick and mortar this year, but it's turned out to be a GREAT decision and an amazing school.

End of week one they went on a 3 day leadership camping trip, complete with a 7 mile hike. Last week ALL of her homeroom teachers called and/or e-mailed me to ask how she was feeling about school. When we had a slight problem with literature (and really, it was just a matter of the boys and her distracting each other, as she's the only girl in the upper school - only other girl is in the lower school, lol), it was fixed IMMEDIATELY.

This past week was Math and Bubble Gum week - every class incorporated math and they brought in parents to show how they used math in their career (several doctors, an engineer or two, and an occupational therapist). Yesterday the headmaster took the upper school to walk to a local soda fountain down the street for lunch. Next week is a camp out complete with bonfire and hotdogs behind the school's main house, to celebrate the election of Student Body President.

Beyond all of the fun things, they are patient, kind, sincerely listen, and obviously care about every single student - they really go out of their way to make sure every child is having a positive experience. They are VERY strict about respect, but remind children (even when reprimanded) that there is no such thing as a bad kid, that messing up is normal; accept the consequences, feel remorse, try not to do it again, and MOVE ON; everybody makes mistakes and it's part of learning. They understand the *whole* child and give the children MORE than ample recess time to burn off energy. While many of the students also have ADD/ADHD (it's a school for gifted dyslexics), they have no problem with a parent NOT medicating, and instead will incorporate behaviour therapy/additional one-on-one for the student, if necessary.

The academics are superior; the teachers are amazing. At the first parent meeting, I remember the Head saying "all of these children WILL go to college". His confidence is wonderful. DD is learning SO much and enjoying it!

Every day the children receive one-on-one tutoring. If they have a problem with homework at night, they are instructed to call the subject teacher or their homeroom teacher for help, any time before 9 pm. If they ever feel picked on, left out, or just down, they are encouraged to call the headmaster or go directly to his office (if the child is at school at the time).

Oh, and how neat is this - because so many of the children come from different cities to attend the school every day, and one of the children in a neighboring city is having a birthday tomorrow, the school is letting one of the teachers borrow the school SUV to meet parents at the school, so the teacher can transport them to the party! They take such a VESTED and SINCERE interest in the children (and their families).

I never thought I would be so in love with a brick and mortar school.

I am a Home Schooling, Vaccinating, Non spanking, Nightmare Cuddling, Dessert Giving, Bedtime Kissing, Book Reading, Stay at Home Mom. I believe in the benefit of organized after school activities and nosy, involved parents. I believe in spoiling my children. I believe that I have seen the village and I do not want it anywhere near my children. Now for the controversial stuff:  we're Catholic, we're conservative, and we own guns (now there's no need to ask, lol).             Aimee















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bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Sep. 13, 2013 at 3:46 PM

 Awesome!  I'm glad it worked out so well!  Sounds like she's in for a really great year with some fabulous teachers.

Leissaintexas
by Bronze Member on Sep. 13, 2013 at 4:33 PM
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That's great! But I can't help but think that thats what school SHOULD look like everywhere. Its sad that education like that is special and unique. Glad you found the perfect situation for her!
Joann.HS
by on Sep. 13, 2013 at 4:56 PM
That is awesome news. :) We are contemplating enrolling our oldest into a small, private school next year. She is asking and we are on board as well.

I've seen you mention in posts that this current school goes through a certain grade. Do you think she will have a smooth transition back into HS'ing? That is one of my concerns about my own... Although this school goes through 12th grade.
Silverkitty
by Bronze Member on Sep. 13, 2013 at 5:05 PM

I want that school!  This is exactly what school should be, accessable teachers and a good network, good activities for the children, and recess to run off the energy children get while sitting down.  

mem82
by Platinum Member on Sep. 13, 2013 at 5:57 PM
That sounds amazing!
tuffymama
by Bronze Member on Sep. 13, 2013 at 6:14 PM
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Can I go to that school?
You know, there are more admins than faculty in many school systems and universities. If we returned to a more sensible ratio, did away with teachers unions, and paid the good teachers what they are worth and fire the bad ones, I just know we could afford to give more kids school experiences like this.
kirbymom
by Sonja on Sep. 13, 2013 at 6:30 PM
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So fantastic! That is how a school should be. That is how they used to be. This school is definitely the exception to the rule. I am so happy for you. :)
Maybe they could train teachers and send them out to the rest if the world like a church does with missionaries.
Precious333
by Silver Member on Sep. 13, 2013 at 6:33 PM
Thats awesome!
AutymsMommy
by Silver Member on Sep. 13, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Well, to be fair, I'm not sure how this would work in larger, public school classrooms, as ideal as the situation sounds.

There are only 15 students in the entire school, grades 2-8; in my dd's upper school (grades 6-8) there are only 6 children. Her literature class, for example, has only two children in it (her and one boy). In math there are all 6 of them - to 3 tutors/teachers. All children, even in the elementary levels, attend different classes for each subject.

It is NOT a cheap school and, although non-profit, I'm not sure how a public school could even dream of pulling off what they do - because they are largely able to do so because of that ratio. I know our local public schools are so over their head already budget wise. Whiile worthwhile in theory, I'm not sure how the general public would react to that large a tax hike to make such small schools across the board, lol.

But you're right - I wish it were this way everywhere. It goes beyond the school though, really - the success is largely in that teachers are given a certain amount of freedom within their classrooms that public schools do not, and likely will never, have thanks to the larger government politics at play in them.


I am a Home Schooling, Vaccinating, Non spanking, Nightmare Cuddling, Dessert Giving, Bedtime Kissing, Book Reading, Stay at Home Mom. I believe in the benefit of organized after school activities and nosy, involved parents. I believe in spoiling my children. I believe that I have seen the village and I do not want it anywhere near my children. Now for the controversial stuff:  we're Catholic, we're conservative, and we own guns (now there's no need to ask, lol).             Aimee















AutymsMommy
by Silver Member on Sep. 13, 2013 at 6:45 PM


Honestly, if this school went through grade 12, I don't think I would pull her for high school (speaking personally) - my daughter would be devastated.

Yes, I think my daughter will transition fine... but only because all of her classmates will be doing the same (transitioning out). We do have the option of seeking help for placement at a private boarding school for dyslexics, but I don't think I want to go *there*, lol - the only high schools for dyslexics are out of state (far, far, far out of state) and I'm just not sure I'm comfortable with that.

Anyway, back to your question; yes, she will transition fine since they are all leaving at that time - she would not do well if the others stayed and she left though.

It goes through grade 8. Wish they went higher!

Quoting Joann.HS:

That is awesome news. :) We are contemplating enrolling our oldest into a small, private school next year. She is asking and we are on board as well.

I've seen you mention in posts that this current school goes through a certain grade. Do you think she will have a smooth transition back into HS'ing? That is one of my concerns about my own... Although this school goes through 12th grade.



I am a Home Schooling, Vaccinating, Non spanking, Nightmare Cuddling, Dessert Giving, Bedtime Kissing, Book Reading, Stay at Home Mom. I believe in the benefit of organized after school activities and nosy, involved parents. I believe in spoiling my children. I believe that I have seen the village and I do not want it anywhere near my children. Now for the controversial stuff:  we're Catholic, we're conservative, and we own guns (now there's no need to ask, lol).             Aimee















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