A review from one of our current parents:
Antioch School is a fantastic alternative option for families with children preschool through the middle grades. Due to the recent explosion of unproven high stakes testing, restrictions on public school teachers, and the developmentally inappropriate application of business world tactics to young children, our family needed to look for another school option for our three young children. As a teacher with experience in both public and private schools, it was important to me that our switch was to a place rooted in developmentally appropriate practice that would also challenge our children. We are so lucky we found the Antioch School. Their common sense approach to education and small class sizes allow the teachers to customize their lessons for the students who join them. Lessons are not just pulled from a file because it is what you do the 9th week of school or because that is what will be on the test in May. Using state learning standards as a place to start, teachers employ literature, math, science and social studies as a medium to create engaging lessons that come alive for the children. The entire staff works tirelessly to know each child in a personal way; it is this attention that allows them to know how their charges learn best. It is exactly what is taught as best practice in the education field. Studies such as Rebecca A. Marcon’s 2002 study show that this type of early education is what creates successful older students and lifelong learners. Our children have flourished this year and their joy in learning has returned as the focus has shifted away from completing worksheets and toward their interests. Instead of several tests a week (teacher produced, diagnostic, and state standardized), there is time for learning. The children spend time that is often wasted in transition and discipline at traditional schools outside both on hikes and with free time to play and practice social skills with their peers. Music pervades our home as they have become eager to practice their skills independently so that they can move onto the next step at Antioch. More academic progress has been made in a shorter time this year, while the school has simultaneously added a richness of experience through the arts, outdoor experiences, and physical education. We are happy to drive 30 minutes to school each day!