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2125 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Posted October 22, 2014

Beacon is a wonderful first school for my son. It is an extremely warm and nurturing environment. We are so happy with it.
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Posted January 23, 2013

I would not recommend this school to anyone . It was recommended to me when we did not get in to our first choice Trinity playgroup. At first it was ok, until the woman Linda who runs the school came back from medical leave. Honestly I think she had a problem with me, she would call me at work and claim my son tried to bite someone or hit someone. Then she told me if he wanted to stay in their extremely overpriced preschool he would need to go to therapy. So I found a child therapist who cost $120 a hour and he started going. Then about a month later she told me he was so much of a problem that in order to stay in school, I would need to hire someone to come to school with him. Obviously this was insane, even the therapist agreed. So I took him out and found him a new place to go. The real kicker is they kept my $1100 deposit for the following school year and would not refund my money, Linda claimed he was still allowed to attend he just needed a chaperon. My son has never had a problem outside of this, he is a honors student, tests off the charts and no one besides Linda has ever though he had a behavior problem. She really made my life difficult for a few months. KARMA
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Posted December 14, 2009

This is one of the highest rated schools in the area but quite frankly, we had a few issues too lengthy to enter into here. While 2 teachers here have been with the school for several years and seem to care deeply about the children, there is a very high staff turnover rate. For almost 1/2 the rate I paid for my son's attendance, he is now attending a facility with a much more academically sound program and more stability. Not to mention, the new school gives him snacks of fresh fruit instead of off-brand cheez-its. My son has an IEP and a severe food allergy. This school was not the most welcoming atmosphere for someone with these issues. The teachers asked (for 2 years) repeatedly, 'what is he allergic to again?' and were quick to label him and blame everything on my son's condition once diagnosed.
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Posted October 28, 2008

Pros: longtime school with established curriculum and loving teachers. attached to a small play area. Cons: they do not welcome or encourage parent participation. they serve the cheapest snacks they can find (i.e. offbrand apple juice and graham crackers) old toys with incomplete parts, grungy carpets, administration is sneaky re fees and how enrollment works, very very high teacher turnover says more about director's treatment of staff than of the staff and their qualifications.
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