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    Small private school run by exclusive administration.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe teachers are wonderful, the facilities are pretty nice.

    ConsThe senior level management is pretty awful. They form and exclusive club and don't communicate or interact with faculty/staff/teachers of parents.

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    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Supportive and Fun Faculty, Secretive and Snobby Administration

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros-- The kids are driven, bright and curious
    -- Interesting and wide-ranging field trips
    -- Excellent resources
    -- Reasonably good pay
    -- There is a great effort put into educating the "whole child," i.e. every kid got time set aside every week for music, art, physical education, library time, science lab, even weekly classes on managing emotions
    -- Professional development of teachers was encouraged by administration and supported by school funds

    Cons-- Administration was secretive and snobby, as stated above. You definitely felt like they thought they were "above" you. Also would make very arbitrary, confusing hiring/rehiring choices and put way too much value on wealthy parents' opinions
    -- There was quite a bit of drama between the administration and faculty
    -- The school claimed to support the Reggio-Emilia, constructivist teaching theory, but I saw little evidence of it outside of the kindergarten classes
    -- There seemed to be an assumption that kids couldn't take care of themselves even in the older grades and administration would often make random blanket rules just to stifle the kids' voices and options (i.e., students' make-believe village was banned forever just because two or three kids were being mean to the others. Obviously, outlawing the entire game was the answer, not addressing those few problem students. *eye roll*)
    -- Not a very diverse staff, both in terms of race and gender
    -- Principal went on power trip for the most random things; very micro-managing
    -- Parents could be incredibly demanding, and were often extremely rich and thus a little full of themselves; they'd dismiss teachers' opinions and advice, even that of the faculty members who had been teaching for 10+ years

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdministration: Be more transparent in your rule making and CONSULT TEACHERS about new programs or initiatives. Try not to let the parents run the school. Give the kids a little more freedom.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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