Broad Bay has a great program however with the director change fall of 2015 the future concerns me. A group of us call the new director a unicorn because she is never seen, how can you have your finger on the pulse of what is going on if you are never there? An Amazing teacher was let go out of nowhere and treated poorly for political reasons and we received an email 2 weeks before school ended after it was too late to go elsewhere for the summer or next year. Children are confused and devastated by this change and was obviously done as a power play. THIS IS A PROBLEM. They are banking on their history of having a great reputation and their waiting list but with this future, there will be plenty of openings.
We really couldn't have been happier with this choice for our 3yo's first school experience. The school seems great, but what really made it special was his teacher, Ms. Sherri. It will be hard to measure up to this lovely teacher. She is gentle and kind. She was so genuine. One can really sense that about her. It renews one faith that people like this still exist. It also is a "fun" school with lots of parties....maybe too many sweets for our liking. Ms. Sue, Ms. Sherri's asst was also of great help as well. The two seem to have a good rhythm together. So, why isn't he returning (hence the 4/5 stars)? I wasn't happy at all with how they set up the 4yo program. It is practically in the lobby. It is not a classroom with doors. For the amount of tuition, I expect a real classroom vs an open, distracting area right by the lobby. On 3 or so separate occasions my mother and/or I witnessed a couple different ladies (teachers??) in said open area serving meals who spoke kind of harshly/mean tone to the kids. That would never fly with me. Also, I would have preferred there be some bathroom privacy vs 3 toilets side by side that 2 classes had to share with no partitions.
We just finished our first year and are leaving for a few reasons. The main complaint is that the school goes crazy with sugary treats as part of their "curriculum." There was one morning that the 3 year olds were given cake, cookies, and ice cream in one sitting. It was a constant problem throughout the year and the director has no interest in correcting it. I wish I had known this before we enrolled, which is why I'm posting. On a positive note, I did like the two teachers, but the unhealthy environment and refusal of the management to address it is significant enough for us to leave.