Orchard School Overview2408 Trout Gulch Road, Aptos, CA 95003 , Tel: +1 (831) 688-1074
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Type: Private Elementary School
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Orchard School Ratings & Reviews
There are wonderful friendly people here and a climate and great that would be great for a summer camp. But, it is not a school that prepares kids for the real world. There is no coherent curriculum, nothing in the way of academic expectations, no support for learning difficulties, no handicapped access, and very minimal diversity. The facilities are decrepit and attention to student safety is casual at best.
I love this school! Teachers treat the students with respect! They see the children as people who just haven't been on the planet as long and need help understanding what appropriate behavior and rules need to be followed. Academically, I was thrilled with the "hands on", creative and critical thinking approach methods employed here. My daughter kept telling me "how meaningful school is now." My daughter is in Middle School now and misses Orchard every day! Learning is not as fun and meaningful as when she was enrolled here. She came back to work in the classrooms on her day off from Middle School because she loves the teachers and kids so much! Most Middle School graduates will do this! Please go to "Yelp" to read my full review of this school. It's not a recommended review because I promote the school too much, but I figure most Parents want details about the academics and social environment of a school, so I wrote a long honest review that happens to promote this school. I wish Orchard went through the eighth grade!
My son attends Orchard and is very happy. The academics are great with specialized teachers for each major discipline including math, language arts/social studies and science. Students also study art, music, drama, Spanish, gardening, circus arts, and leadership. Lots of outdoor time allows kids to come to class focused and calm, hands on activities (such as building model solar homes) keep the kids engaged and cater to a variety of learning styles. The community of teachers and parents is also wonderfully inclusive and supportive. We will be sad to leave when he graduates.
this school is a five star education and the best childhood a parent could wish for. the community is so close. i can't imagine hot having all of my children attend any other school. by far the best.
Orchard School is awesome! My son is thriving there. He is learning to "love to learn". The teachers are talented and care deeply about their students. All kids are valued for who they are as individuals. It is a family-like community where kids of all ages are friends with each other and help each other. There is a strong emphasis on leadership and personal responsibility.The natural setting is beautiful and allows the kids to explore nature while they learn.
Aptos, CA Education Statistics
- No High School2%
- Some High School11%
- Some College25%
- Associate Degree11%
- Bachelor Degree33%
- Graduate Degree18%
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