Our family has been at The New School since 2009; currently, 3 of our children are in attendance. Over the years we have had placement in 8 of the 10 classrooms and are on a first-name basis with the teachers in the two classrooms we haven’t experienced. The school is very family oriented, and we feel as though the staff members are extended members of our family.
The teaching staff is AMAZING! They are compassionate, understanding and inspirational. Every year I’m blown away by the progress my children make. Whether it’s toilet training, learning division, or contemplating quantum mechanics, across the board the teachers know just how to get the greatest performance out of each child.
At the same time, the children are never shamed, discouraged or falling behind when they are slower to learn a concept; the children aren’t even aware of any differences.
Part of what makes The New School so wonderful is the Montessori method—the children spend three years with the same teachers. This is great because it builds strong relationships between the teachers and the students, allows for leadership opportunities for the older students, and prevents the younger students from being overwhelmed as they acclimate to a new situation with the aid of the older students. The New School takes this concept a step further by having older age groups participate with and mentor younger age groups.
Integral to the Montessori method is the promotion of independence in the child. This is accomplished in many ways in the classroom, but the unique way The New School encourages independence in the elementary and adolescent programs is through overnight field trips. For the youngest of these students, the parents usually accompany the children, but as they progress from year to year, the parents play less and less of a supervisory role. It is both astounding and enchanting to watch the children develop into responsible, capable people with the aid of these opportunities.
While the Montessori method is a wonderful foundation for education, the benefits of attending The New School go beyond the method. The small family atmosphere is by far its greatest strength, followed closely by the patience, engagement, and professionalism of the staff. I truly cannot say enough wonderful things about our school; my only complaint is that there isn’t a high school yet and sadly one of my children will be aging out soon. Given the opportunity, we would never leave.