Our daughter spent 2.5 years at Alderwood and recently graduated as a "Big Kid". She adored all her teachers, past & present, and although it was always upsetting to see teachers depart, they were always replaced with bright, enthusiastic, and caring educators. We have great respect for the teachers and all the hard work they put in to caring for our daughter.
The environment is condusive to many things that we value: creativity, discovery, & nature. The garden, yard, and nearby forest present an amazing opportunity to learn about nature, gardening, and life.
Projects and curriculum were fascinating and presented a great learning opportunity. The emphasis this past year on emotions and empathy were particularly interesting and presented and enabled our daughter to learn a wide ranging vocabulary. Consequently, her communication skills have exceeded our expectations.
I recently asked her if she liked Alderwood ("yes") and why ("because I get to play with my friends and work in project areas"). When I asked her what she thought of her teachers she said sometimes they were bossy (which I find comforting, not concerning) and that she likes them when they are silly (which they can be). I checked in with my daughter regularly and always took her feedback to heart: as long as she was happy and comfortable so were we. When she was upset with someone/something we would address it (assuming it was teacher/school related, not peer related) and the problem would be solved immediately.
We hope to enrol our 2nd daughter in the future and look forward to her enjoying all that this school has to offer.