Joaquin Miller Elem or private school?
We are trying to decide between accepting a place at a private school (Park Day) for our soon to be kinder daughter or accept our spot at Joaquin Miller, which is our neighborhood school, and were wondering if anyone has more newer experiences with JM...We toured the school this winter and really like the principal, the fact that many retired teachers come back to volunteer, the diversity and the strong parent group. However, we got the sense (perhaps wrongly?) that the school is much more focused on the basics of reading and math, their seemingly really strong SPED program (and we loved that they were putting a focus on what students truly need even if we're not in that boat) and not as much on other "extras" like social studies, history, science, art, music and language - at least in the lower grades. Does that ring true? I also am not sure what to think about the test scores. I know that test scores are by no means the best way to determine whether a school is a great fit for your kid but it worries me a bit that the higher income kids seem to be testing much better than the lower income kids. Mainly, I'm just not sure what that says about the learning going on and whether it's equitable. We could swing private school but it would be a stretch so we're just trying to make sure we know as much as we can before we make a choice. What do you love about JM? What do you wish was different? Thank you so much!