Thoughts on Arthur Academy?
An urbanMama and an urbanPapa would love to hear from you. They are considering a PPS charter school, of which there are now five (for lower elementary grades) in the Portland Public School district. In specific, they are looking at Arthur Academy:
We're hoping to hear from people whose children have attended one of the Arthur Academy charter schools. We know they use Direct Instruction, which we've read up on extensively. We're still trying to decide what we think about it. But more importantly, we're interested in the experiences - positive, negative, neutral, anything, that parents whose children have attended can offer. Did your child enjoy school and learn? What concerns did you have? Was the lack of usual school amenities like libraries, cafeterias, auditoriums, a problem?
So many people (perschool teachers, parent friends who have experience in teaching who are considering it for kindergarten, etc) tell me it is a wonderful program but I have yet to hear from any actual parents with kids who have attended or do attend. Any feedback at all would be much appreciated!