I left mid-tour. Not the place for my daughter and our family. Overall it seems very girl heavy and our tour guide said it was a 60/40 (girl/boy) split. It seemed much larger split to me.
The head master/director did not introduce himself and I had no clue who he was until mid-tour.
School starts between 8:00 - 8:15 AM (early for us) and the whole school comes together every morning for some singing. I do like the idea of the 15 minute arrival window. The kids came in and sat in the row (by grade). At the end of the assembly, all of the kids stood, in uniform, turned and sang the pledge of allegiance.
We saw a second grade civility class in progress. The civility class was described to us a class which helps build character development/life skills/manners. In second grade the students have a big feast where they are required to use the manners they learned in class. I don't know...Yes, manners are important - just had a 'weird' feel to me.
We went into the fourth grade class and the teacher and children seemed engaged. Unfortunately, I was not engaged and was already zoning out.
With the exception of the morning sing-a-long, I saw zero performing arts. Perhaps they were saving the best for last ?
The teachers split their roles across subjects. the fourth grade teacher we met teaches English, math and civility. The kids go from room to room and didn't seem to really have a home base.
Their appeared to be a very heavy use of a reinforcement/reward system. For example, students as individuals could earn points for listening and follow through. I saw whole tables earn points for being showing they were ready to listen by folding their hands. This whole idea rubbed me the wrong way as I feel it would create a real sense of competition amongst peers. I am also skeptical of earning rewards for things should be expected (i.e., listening). In one class in particular there were treasure boxes. I heard one girl bragging she got two points while her friend only got one. Child one had four prizes in her box and child one had one prize. Seeing that told me something about child two and I feel confident it told the other kids about child two.
Lack of technology program
I had high hopes. I was envisioning Fame!! Oh well....