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Preschool | Nonsectarian | 48 students |
Based on 7 ratings
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Director did not keep her word so anything she says make sure that she also puts it in writing. At first I thought I was dealing with an honest person therefore I did not feel a need to request her quote and information in writing. Seems faulty and unprofessional.
I would not recommend this preschool for the following reasons: Administration is negligent, lack of communication with families, absurd teacher turnover, false claims (teacher training in progress is not valid), failure to honor contracts with various consultants (ie. music program), inconsistent messages about the school's mission. Children are cared for and guided by the hardworking teachers who are there day to day. This is something that I value and appreciate greatly. Recently, various teachers have either moved on, or been terminated. My rating of remaining teachers is poor due to their inexperience and ability. The setting is lovely - a children's garden, a historic building, and inhouse kitchen, however, they have pest control issues (rats, mice, skunks) as well as structural maintenance negligence. While work has been done by a number of parents, the administration harnesses any improvements to the preschool thus diminishing its reputation.
Both of our boys have attended SMS since the summer. The teachers are great. One day when I was picking up my son I was asked to wait a few minutes because he was going to the 'work out' table to talk it out with one of his classmates. It was really nice to see two 3 year olds talk about a pushing incident. When the weather is nice the kids don't want to leave because they love to play in the parklike playground with their friends.
During the period we were enrolled at SMS there was a great deal of turnover in staff and in class schedules. Outside time was reduced dramatically. We waited 6 months before moving on to another school. Our son learned how to interact with others respectfully, but when we changed programs we felt he was behind in letter recognition and small motor skills like writing and drawing. This was due, I'm sure to his lack of self-motivation to work in these areas, but guidance from his teachers to expore these areas would have been appreciated.
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