Trouble with Kindergarten
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Trouble with Kindergarten
Our daughter is currently enrolled in kindergarten at a very
''desirable'' Oakland elementary school. It's been a month now
and it's clear this program is not the best fit for our kid
and our family. Long story short, we need to find a
''progressive school'' pronto. But what to do now--pull her
from the program and homeschool for the year? Try to get her
into a another Oakland school or a private kindergarten? Has
anyone dealt with this issue before? What progressive
schools should we be contacting? We could really use some
Burned by OUSD school experience
Our daughter had a very bad experience in the beginning of
her K year as well. We were in a private school, which made
the decision to leave very difficult financially. We are SO
GLAD we did it. We decided to move her mid-year and she has
been happy ever since (6 years now). Yes, I think you should
contact private schools if you know that is what you want to
do. We asked around and found out that there was room to add
a child in the K class of another private school - one that
was a better fit. You will have to apply and your daughter
will need to visit to be assessed. It is likely that there
is a better school out there and it is worth making the
move. If you feel that progressive education is likely to be
a good fit, I strongly recommend that you check out Windrush
Happy Windrush Parent
I am not sure which schools have openings, but I would definitely look
quickly at Redwood Day School
to see if they do. It is a WONDERFUL
school and if they have space, I think they will add to Kindergarten
classes until about Thanksgiving.
Happy parent of 2
Before you make a big decision, I'd like to advise you to check and be
sure that the problem is the whole school, and not just the teacher.
We just about changed to a private school when my child had an
exceptionally bad experience with a kindergarten teacher. We ended up
staying, and I'm very glad we did. If I had known then what I know
now, I'd have asked to have my child switched to a different teacher;
it would have been a relatively simple solution to what seemed at the
time to be an enormous problem.
I would like to recommend a small school located off
Peidmont Avenue that offers exceptional hands on learning
experiences from some of the best teachers in town.
School is more than a school, it's a community where kids go
and LOVE to learn. The ''experiential learning'' that
happens at the school provides children with opportunities
to use their natural gifts and sense of exploration to
master the basic subjects. The school is involved in
service learning and community building as part of it
cirriculum as well. The outstanding teachers all take a
special interest in your child and are open and
communicative on all levels, making themselves fully
accessible to student and parent alike. Archway is a hidden
gem in Oakland and we'd like you to check us out!
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