Friday, January 21, 2011

Is it February yet?

I actually want it to be late March so I know which school/s we get assigned. I want to tour Sunnyside, Jefferson, Dianne Feinstein, and Fairmount but I am running out of time! I know that some readers think it's a waste of time to tour but I'm in the camp where my list matters and will give me something off my list (cross fingers).

I want to find the top 3 schools in which Luke would thrive. I don't feel like I've found #1 yet. Of the schools I have toured, they are all going on my list but I have no idea in which order. I've added brief tour notes for Synergy and New Traditions.

One question I have for the 2 schools:

Synergy- do you think that a school is better run by teachers (given that they all get along) or one that has a paid administrative staff?

New Traditions- I like that they have a creative arts emphasis but I'm not sure that it's Luke's 'thing'; perhaps for Lulu. Would you put your child in a school that has a focus on something that might not be attractive for him/her to get them more exposure? It's something I wonder about with schools that have an emphasis in science/ technology, arts, etc. At 5 years old, will they grow to enjoy it or always shy away from it?

12 comments:

  1. Just wondering where your tour notes are for Synergy? I toured it recently and liked it a lot but also like to hear what other people saw/preceived.

    Also - I was a little concerned it might seem too small for the MS kids - would they then feel completely overwhelmed when they got to HS?

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  2. More cuts to public education are still to come. If you cannot afford get out now!

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  3. Troll Alert

    The only way to deal with trolls is to limit your reaction to reminding others not to respond to trolls.

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  4. The people I have known who've sent their kids to synergy have all been tremendously happy. And this crew includes my kid's third grade public school teacher and a friend who works at sfusd hq. If public school staff are sending their kids there instead of public, that speaks volumes about what a great school it is.

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  5. More annoying than a troll is a sanctimonious reminder to ignore trolls, which has the same effect of derailing a conversation.

    Meanwhile, back to our regularly-scheduled topic. Synergy seemed to me most like a public school of all the privates.

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  6. Tired of troll alertsJanuary 23, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Hey troll alert person,

    Do you suffer from Alzheimer's? Haven't we seen and heard this about a million times? Is it your blog? Why do you feel you have to step in as self-appointed moderator? Why pay attention to what you wish others to ignore? Give us a break!

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  7. Troll Alert

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  8. No, still January

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  9. I have talked to a number of parents who have told me that if they don't get into any of their public school choices, they are going to "appeal" the decision.

    What are they talking about? I am not sure what this means in this context.

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  10. "Synergy- do you think that a school is better run by teachers (given that they all get along) or one that has a paid administrative staff?"

    Although I don't feel qualified to comment on your question more generally, I do think that the Synergy model is working amazingly well for the school. The school has been thriving using the teacher co-op model for decades now, and some of the current teachers have been with the school for a quarter century! I think the teacher retention rate is a huge testament to the happiness and job satisfaction of the teachers. They all sit on the Board and help govern the school. As a parent, I really feel that they have the best interest of the students and families at heart. A perfect example of this was when the economy tanked, they jointly decided not to raise tuition. The lack of a separate administration also keeps tuition low.

    We decided to send our kids to Synergy because of the teachers - they are such an experienced, happy, creative and talented bunch. The teachers seem to be thriving, and I think, pass that joy of learning down to the kids.

    So, at least for Synergy, the teacher co-op model seems to really work.

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  11. Our son is a kindergartener at New Traditions. The creative arts focus is just a fun way to learn the things that all kindergarteners learn. I would not worry that your kid is not "arty" enough. It's a great school.

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  12. my son is in 3rd grade at new traditions and he loves it. we moved him from private school into public in 2nd grade. he is a very academic brainy kid and i think exposing him to the "arty" side is really good for him.
    i wouldn't dwell on it too much - i suggest focusing on the teachers - and so far both 2nd and 3rd have been great. i have an older child in private and have been very happy with new traditions.

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