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Roundtable Q&A Discussion About Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School (2021)

Miss Edgar's & Miss Cramp's School alumni, current students, and parents shared their insights on the school’s culture, values, strengths, and weaknesses. Hear what Lisa had to say about the school.

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Highlights from the Q&A discussion

Lisa — current parent

Lisa has one daughter that attended The Claremont School from Grade 6 to Grade 8. She was struggling in the public school system prior to that, due to her unique learning differences that were left unaddressed by teachers there. After making the change to The Claremont School, Lisa felt that her daughter finally had the individual attention and direction from teachers that she needed to thrive academically. She believes that the small classes, welcoming environment, and multisensory teaching style played a big role in this change.

  • “I do not know exactly what happens in the classroom [at The Claremont School], but the way I describe it to other people is, ‘there must be a little bit of magic that happens in the classroom’ because [my] child … within the first month at [The Claremont School], went from not knowing anything to having almost her 12-by-12 [multiplication table] down cold.”
  • “I think it's just that layered, multisensory approach at [The Claremont School]. Kids who live and learn in different ways have the opportunity to find the form that resonates with them. … I think [The Claremont School] just has a very different approach. It's not a one-size-fits-all [education] for kids. It recognizes that these children in particular learn in different ways. The school, with it’s methodology, has tapped into all the different ways that you can help a child learn.”
  • “[My daughter] met people in clubs and things like that. … She has a couple of really good friends that she made, and I think they'll be lifelong friends because of the shared challenges that they have, for sure.”
  • “I think [my daughter] found the workload at [The Claremont School] was manageable. I think it was particularly manageable because she wasn't constantly feeling like she was behind. When she was in at the school before [switching to The Claremont School], she would often get left behind in the lesson, and she would sit there not knowing how to progress in an assignment. ... So it was like she had to relearn it independently to be able to do anything. Whereas with the small class sizes at [The Claremont School] no one gets left behind.”
  • “If a child is not getting a concept, it will be repeated, so that everyone moves along with the class at the same place at [The Claremont School]. ... As opposed to previously [in public school], [my daughter] would have a lesson, she wouldn't understand it, and she wouldn't understand what was expected of her. So she would just sit at her desk, not do anything. With 32 kids in a class, the teacher wouldn't realize that or didn't have the time to get to her, so that she could actually get her work done. Because of the fact that [students are] in a class with 6 or 7 kids at [The Claremont School] if they need a little extra help, it's there.”
  • “Without question, something that was a real difference [about The Claremont School] for us is that the staff are so committed, and care about seeing all of the kids progress. … I think with 6 or 7 kids in the class, my daughter's teachers, they always knew her. They knew what her strengths were.”
  • “[The teachers at The Claremont School] knew what [my daughter’s] weaknesses were. That small environment helped tailor exactly what she needed from them. If she wasn't doing what she was supposed to, or she was having some trouble with something, there was prompt communication from the teacher so we could help her with it as well. Together we come up with a plan, so we would both support [my daughter]. ... How do we make her as independent in taking responsibility for her own learning as possible, to ensure that next year, when she's back in the public system in high school, with a lot more independence and freedom, she’s able to continue to succeed?”
  • “We always told [our daughter] that her struggles weren't because she wasn't smart, it was because she learned differently. I think she thought that's just what her parents were telling her because we love her. … I think going to [The Claremont School], she believed it, because she saw other kids like herself who had the same struggles. She saw that she could succeed when she was given the right type of instruction. It wasn't just mom and dad telling her, ‘you're a really smart girl, and you work really hard, and you have to work a lot harder than everyone else to succeed.’... [It wasn’t] just us telling her that anymore. She was surrounded by other kids who had the same experience, and those messages were reinforced by the outcomes. When she got the extra support, when she was taught in a way that she could understand, she did really well.”
  • “I think [what my daughter will remember about The Claremont School is] the emphasis on creativity and the things that she was able to do, and take leadership roles in, like creating the Halloween Haunted House, or the videos that she made, or just going to the new location, going down and having some outdoor time. I think all of those things are definitely things that she'll remember, but she's also really proud of a lot of the academic things she did. She did a project on Harriet Tubman that clearly resonated with her.”
  • “It's not just the social and the fun things at [The Claremont School that my daughter is proud of], but also some of the academic accomplishments that she made while she was there. I don't know that she ever felt pride in her academic work before.”
  • “At the moment [my daughter] is really obsessed with the show Grey's Anatomy, so she’s got it in her mind that she can be a surgeon or a paramedic. … But it changes daily based on whatever her interests are. [My daughter] loves photography and the pursuit of other creative things that she loved at [The Claremont School]. So I could see her doing something like that [for her future career]. She also loves to cook, which she was also able to do in class.”
  • “[My daughter has] got a lot of interests. … We've talked to her about, in terms of how you live the rest of your life in terms of occupation, finding something that you love and are passionate about is really important. [My daughter] was exposed to so many things through the clubs and through classes at [The Claremont School]. The teachers were really interested in hearing what the kids were interested in doing. So the cooking classes that they did, or that she was able to bring her camera to take photographs were all great ways for her to continue to explore her personal interests.”
  • “When she went into [The Claremont School] she was three grade levels behind in almost everything, and coming out she is now at her grade level.”
  • “I feel like if we started [our daughter at The Claremont School] a little bit earlier, [reading] wouldn't be as much of a struggle for her. ... If I could go back … I would have listened to that voice that was telling me something was wrong.”
  • “[To succeed at The Claremont School], you need the parents who accept that their child has some special needs, and a child who knows that, and knows that those challenges can be overcome, but it's a lot of work. My son does not have the challenges that [my daughter] has, and I watch the two of them, and how they approach things. Neither of them was really interested in learning to ride a bike. All of a sudden they, both at the same time, needed to learn how to ride a bike. My son is naturally athletic, [and my daughter is] not naturally athletic at all. They both start learning to ride a bike, and it's hard. ... My son tried it two or three times. He wasn't getting anywhere, and threw the bike aside and said, ‘this is too hard,’ and walked away from it. That's because everything comes easy to him. My daughter, who's used to having to work at things, just kept picking that bike up, and she rode that bike before he did.”
  • “I think there are so many special things that [The Claremont School] does. For the anniversary, the opportunity to come together and meet other parents. I happen to connect with a former teacher of mine. His daughter has a child at the school, so we had an instant connection. [The Claremont School] does a lot of really special things that bring parents together, and it provides them with the opportunity to connect with one another in the school in a way that that you don't see very often. I think because parents have gone out of their way to put their kids in a school like [The Claremont School], there's a lot of interest in supporting the school and getting to know the other parents in the community.”
  • “The facilities [The Claremont School] has now are so beautiful. I would say that has been such a huge improvement. The East Minster Church was lovely, but the fact that [the school] didn't have their own permanent space, what an improvement.”
  • “[I’m] emotional just because when [my daughter] started at [The Claremont School], it felt like such an uphill battle and one that we were never going to win. The minute she walked into [The Claremont School] was like the burden we had been carrying to help her succeed was gone. I can't thank [the school] enough for having done that for her and for us.”

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