old: asked for speech therapy and was denied because issues weren't disruptive to class
new: without my asking, dd has been evaluated and began speech class yesterday!
old: library not open until at LEAST October.
New: library open before the first day!
old: cafeteria lady shouts "put your heads down and be invisible!" nearly daily
new: peaceful and enjoyable lunch times
old: 20+ in class
new: 13 kids considered a large class
old: librarian might show up once a week
new: librarian is there daily, reads to children, helps them find books AND provides craft activities which incorporate current learning theme.
old: children must not work ahead on papers
new: kids work at own pace
old: good quiet kids are seated next to troublesome kids as behavior modification tools
new: there are no "bad" kids AND kids are grouped according to skill level.
old: recess was a special treat
new: kids go outside at LEAST twice daily.
old: insane parents dropping off kids and blocking street
new: faculty takes turns directing traffic and keeping a smooth flow daily
old: knives on bus
new: carpool is working out great
old: kids with trouble rule the class
new: each child is treated with respect and expected to treat others the same
new: Spanish class, wilderness walks, deer on the playground, choice of labs daily, no uniform, teachers respond to email within hours, open resource center every day, butterflies in classroom, hands-on activities, working together in groups when appropriate, taught by skill level.
MVCDS experience: priceless