We were one of the first families to join Goddard and have been with them for almost two years. We left only because of Kindergarten. With any new school especially in a transient community like ours, we experienced some bumps along the road; however, we worked through them with the owner, administrators and teachers. They listened to our concerns. Sometimes they created new procedures or policies to address them and sometimes they politely provided another viewpoint (which we needed – I’m a picky accountant/auditor)! \r
They encourage parental involvement and welcome phone calls and scheduled meetings. Yes, we did experience a high turnover of staff between January and June 2012 but have seen much lower turnover since then and have had high quality teachers. Ms. Rose and Ms. Trisha have been with the school for over a year and are incredible. At one time, they co-taught. They now have their own classroom spreading the quality of education to more children. One used to rub both of my boys’ backs at nap time which they still require at bedtime! The other surprised them at their last soccer game! That’s the love, encouragement and dedication we saw.\r
When the school understood our family’s food issues, they quickly responded by providing alternatives and calling us for clarifications. When they couldn’t offer Kindergarten, they still provided a Kindergarten prep program over the summer at no additional cost. Ms. Sharmetta created a fun time in learning to write. She “lit the fire” in our boys’ interests in coloring more and doing mazes.\r
As far as cleanliness – superior! And, if you don’t want the teachers to go through your child’s lunch in the morning to record what he/she will be eating, then give them a note of what is in the lunchbox. They appreciate it - it saves them time. \r
For those parents wanting a Harvard graduate below the age of 6, you will be disappointed. This is about learning through play. Your child will bring home lots of arts and crafts for you to hang on the refrigerator. They will play in a garden, sing silly songs and create amazing structures with wooden blocks. They learn their letters and numbers early; however, you won’t see handwriting until the last two years of the program. The curriculum is specifically designed that way but don’t worry you’ll be impressed when they do. And, to take full advantage of the program you should be enrolled in 5 half days or 5 full days. It’s unfair to expect the same education for a child going less than that. Any reputable school will tell you this.