About This School
In 2010, The Banner School had 9 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Maryland average is 15 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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The Banner School Reviews
Great education, values, and sense of community
My daughter attends Banner School's Kindergarten program. I review her work every day and she seems to do well. We practice reading, writing, and math each day at home as well and this has helped her build confidence and proficiency. The thing I really enjoy is the level of communication I receive from the teacher. Each week she sends home the work completed, along with her notes about the activities through the week. There are a few small assignments that she asks the students to complete, and they are due on Tue and Thurs of each week. Readers are sent home with my daughter - some we can keep and some are returned the next day. These readers are amazing for my daughter. She loves reading them to us. We have also made games out of the math flash cards that were sent home. One of my daughter's favorite games (suggested by her teacher) is to attempt to read signs as we drive around town. I cannot tell you how happy this makes me feel. This is the same child who even refused to try reading a few months ago and would get angry at every attempt.
Banner School is not a religious school so my first question was, "How do they teach values without teaching religion." They teach the students about the CIRCLES of Citizenship: Compassion, Integrity, Responsibility, Civility, Leadership, Empathy, and Service. They have many ways of integrating these values into their curriculum - even for the little ones (although they don't use the same words).
I know if I have any issues I can send an email to the teacher (or anyone at Banner), and they will respond quickly and are always willing to help. I think education is paramount, but I understand that what we do at home reinforces what is learned at school. We feel like we are part of a larger community - a place where every child is important and everyone is welcome and encouraged to be a member of the team.
After touring many other schools in Frederick (public and private) I am confident we made the right decision for our family.
Our kids have attended The Banner School from K through 7th. I will agree there have been times when I questioned if we should contents and if we were getting the bang for our bucks. Now as my kids play sports with kids for other schools, I listen to the other parents and the stories they tell me and I listen to their kids when we car pool. From their stories I hear the lack of knowledge and confidence they are receiving in the public school. What's interesting to note is the attitude we receive once I say our kids are at a private school. Most think you must be wealthy to send your kids there. This is simply not true. Banner is affordable and will work with parents. We pay the same if not more in taxes. To include taxes for public school that my kids are not attending and we have no issue with this. Why, because the value of education for everyone is very important to our nation. The Banner School is a great place to give your kids a good foundation to succed in life. You need to stop by and find out for yourselves. Schedule a day visit for your kids to spend a day. I know you will enjoy your time there.
In sharp contrast to the previous review, I found the Banner School's Kindergarten program to be a rewarding and highly challenging program for my child. The school's strong phonics based reading program coupled with leveled reading helped my child to achieve reading success. By the time my child entered first grade he was reading on a beginning second grade level. The kindergarten program at Banner also encouraged my child to become a creative thinker, writer, and problem solver. Individualized instruction and personal attention makes Banner number one in my book. Unlike the public schools Banner is not into warehousing children into a one size fits all education.
We loved Banner for our older son. However our younger son had a terrible experience in their kindergarten program. He left their school not reading. FCPS wanted him to repeat kindergarten when I enrolled him for 1st grade. I kept telling his Banner kindergarten teacher that something didnt seem right. I asked if we needed to test him for any learning disabilities. She kept saying there wasnt a problem. I would never send another one of my children to Banner for Kindergarten. FCPS does a much better job in Kindergarten. FCPS has an excellent phonics program.