Park Day School for active 1st grader?
I have a first grader and am considering moving him to Park Day School in the fall. I love everything I have learned about the school so far and have a feeling it would be a great fit for him and for our family. He's a fabulous kid - sweet, funny, athletic, social, curious, active, and eager to learn and actively engage in everything related to school (and life!). However, new environments are difficult for him and it takes him time to feel safe/comfortable in an unfamiliar place with people he doesn't know. The thing that is usually most helpful to him when this challenge arises is having an adult with whom he feels connected. I'm wondering - does anyone have input about the 2nd grade teachers at Park Day School and their ability to handle this situation skillfully? Are they open to giving a new student some extra time and attention...perhaps meeting with him during the week before school starts, etc? And can anyone comment about the current first grade cohort of kids...will they be welcoming? Are there other active boys who will make it easy for him to integrate socially? Thanks for any feedback you have! One other issue - we live in North Berkeley. Are there other families with children in first grade who live in North Berkeley (or anywhere in Berkeley)? My partner and I both work so the logistics of getting our son to Park feel a little daunting...a carpool would help. I'd be very grateful to hear any thoughts folks have to share about Park Day School and the issues I've mentioned. Thanks!