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We regret choosing Second Street. It is play-based and the children play and have fun and enjoy their time. They do not feel stressed and are happy to go each day. But they are not prepared for success in academics in elementary school. There is no curriculum, research-based or otherwise. Two years ago my husband was transferred to another state. When my two children applied to the top public elementary school (G1 left SSCS last year and K still there when we left) they were not accepted. They were too far behind. The neighborhood public school, second-tier, said my older child had to repeat G1. We have had to go to expensive private schools where they are getting individual attention and remedial instruction. Second Street may be good for Tucson public schools (what is the data on their success rate?) but not if you have to move to a state with high standards. I also heard from other parents that Second Street students struggle at St.Michaels and the International School. To the boosters who who will complain about me and my post, Second Street is good for play. But so is Himmel Park. However, it is not a school, and it is not preparation for high quality elementary programs.
We love Second Street! My two children currently attend, and my oldest is currently in her fourth and last year there. The way her loving teachers have helped her grow emotionally and socially has been amazing to watch. I have no doubt that she is well prepared to move on into first grade next year. Children are free to explore their interests with the guidance of the teachers, developing skills like creativity, love of discovery, and a sense of community and cooperation, which will help them succeed in academics (and social life!) in elementary school. The classrooms and beautiful, and the yard is a wonderful place to run barefoot and make discoveries. The director is kind, loving, and involved, and knows all the children and families. The afternoon program is fantastic! We will be so sad when our years there are over.
Research based curriculum, community focus, a place for kids to be kids. Our world would be a better place if we had more schools like Second Street! A proud parent of 2 scruffy barefoot children
Second Street is a wonderful, safe, fun environment for a child to be a child. The focus on play, creativity and social interaction is exactly what a pre-school child needs. The teachers and staff are truly focused on helping the children (and the parents) learn and grow. The school and play yard are not filled with bright colored plastic toys, nor is the building new and shiny. But the substance is certainly there. Which is more important?
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