How does this one sound?
Our student-centered academic program focuses on the relationships between talented students and capable and caring teachers. We develop and nurture students' passions and abilities and ensure every student feels known. Each student's curiosities and capabilities lead them to unique academic challenges that are sustained through a culture of support and encouragement. All students will find opportunities to discover and develop a passion; to hone the skills of writing, thinking, and speaking; and to interact with the world both on and off campus. Lakeside trusts that each student has effective ideas about how to maximize his or her own education, and that they will positively contribute to our vibrant learning community.
I perused the Lakeside School's website for any mention of The Common Core Standards, to no avail. Below is a quote directly from Bill Gate's July 11, 2012 speech at the Education Commission of the States Annual Conference. Read the entire speech here.
But as long as we spend the time and money to get each element right; as long as we don't let politics block the common core; as long as we let teachers use new technology in the classroom, this could be the educational equivalent of the Big Bang – creating a new universe of learning and discovery for our teachers and students. Given the opportunities, the next five years could be the most pivotal in the history of America's public schools. Your support could be decisive. Thank you very much."
There is a concept that sounds right - administrators, faculty & staff considering the perspectives of outside experts and making sure students get what is essential for them to thrive. I didn't read about high stakes standardized tests, I didn't read about any standardized tests. I didn't see a word about cutting the arts or foreign language instruction. There was no mention of doing more with less.
I read about their community-wide diversity and inclusion initiative....that sounds good. He mentions their new athletic center, new teachers, administrators & staff, and he invites parents to stop by to watch the kid's games and performances,
along with all of their efforts to make Lakeside the most welcoming and supportive environment possible for each and every student, adult, and family that is a part of the school. Yes, yes, yes. We'll take it!