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My husband and I have been 100% satisfied with this school. We were very intentional in selecting a small school with a highly nurturing and structured environment. All of our expectations have been exceeded. One her first day, our daughter cried because she didn't want to go home!!! She will be four years old this Fall and has attended for 9 months. We are moving back east and sadly need to start a search for a magical, loving, school all over again. I appreciate that Shama and Lindsay treat my child like a little person (not a baby) and expect her to use her voice and grow in emotional maturity at her own rate. Each child is given the "right" kind of attention...the staff study the personality of each child, and guide each one in the way that is best for their long-term development as an interdependent, self-loving person. I have grown as a parent because of our experiences with Shama and Lindsay. The students spend so much time outside and they learn how to take responsibility for occupying their free time with creative play or age appropriate activities.
Our child has attended this wonderful school for 6 months, 5 days/full time-she, my husband and I absolutely LOVE this school and teachers Ms. Shama and Ms. Lindsey. We carefully toured 6 schools and chose this one. Shama and Linsdey have always been welcoming and conversational upon pick up with feedback about the day. Director Ms. Shama has 20 years of teaching experience and it shows. Our daughter adores her school activities: playtime, yoga, baking, art, and singing and she loves her friends. My daughter often brings home apples from the garden, which we make into sauce for her lunch. We enjoy the small celebrations the school throws: Spring Equinox, Mother's & Father's Day. It's a great chance to meet the other parents. My husband and I have been so pleased with this school, a perfect environment for our child, small and nurturing. I'm a former school teacher of 10 years as well as a musician and when I asked to be a visitor and teach a short song and art lesson, Shama welcomed me. Both times it was a great opportunity to see how my daughter thrives at her new school. She is not yet 3 but embracing and loving school is important to us and this is happening here.
We faced issues in pretty much all the areas that are pointed out in the other review and were centered around the director and owner/teacher Shama. Prior to enrollment, there was a fa ade of great understanding, flexibility, individualized attention, open door policy, discounted rates and cordial and pleasant conversations. This quickly changed post enrollment. We remained uncomfortable and confused during our stay, as there were experiences of psychological coercion, intimidation, manipulation, guilt-tripping, passive aggression, followed with good days when pleasantries were exchanged, progress was made. Shama is the main teacher and she has one assistant. We also saw a frustration and loss of patience by the teacher as the school's enrollment started rising. one day mid-March, while her assistant was out sick for a couple of days, she demanded us to start picking up our child at noon, and to end our stint as soon as possible. Our last encounter with her was an inexplicable, bizarre and most humiliating experience we have witnessed in real life, accompanied with drama, threats, intimidation and agitation, all to ensure we never come back or ask for a pro-rated refund.
My son was there 9 months starting at 20 months. The space is nice, philosophy great, and the approach, attitude and child development/world view seemed warm and measured. But, do not be fooled. A conversation can go from bad to worse quickly, and statements become inconsistent, defensive, and there's quick inference that any problems are a result of bad parenting, and worse, frustrations are transferred to the child. I was told, including some in front of my barely 2 year old son, that he has "attachment issues", was "whiny by nature", had social issues, and that "damage control" was necessary. He cried for months at a time at drop off, and never has at his new school. He gets glowing reviews there. I had to show initial e-mail communications to preserve the agreement to stop from being charged more (3 times). When we gave notice to leave, based on the agreement, we expected four weeks of tuition be kept, however, the entire deposit was instead kept making it effectively 6 weeks notice which could have easily been almost 8 weeks! I also learned my son and I were spoken about in frustration to other families. Others left there while we were, I expect also with bad experiences.
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