When Tyler was younger, we experimented with the San Francisco Unified School District. The first two years, starting with kindergarten, were generally positive. Tyler was learning and had good relationships with the teachers and other students. But as he progressed, the district was having difficulty supporting his learning. It was very challenging for Tyler to get priority from his teacher with nearly 30 children in the classroom and in a schoolyard with more than 500 students. He started losing confidence and frustrations grew for him and for us. Circumstances got to a point where Tyler did not want to go to school.
Tyler finally hit a boiling point, so our family started evaluating alternative education options. We researched and toured several schools in San Francisco, Marin, and the Peninsula, but there was always something missing at each school.
Then we toured Stanbridge, and everything changed. Our family felt an immediate connection and was so impressed by the teachers and how much support was given to the kids and to the families. We really appreciated how the staff was able to show empathy and compassion toward us, Tyler’s parents, because it was a very emotional and difficult period for us. They showed us that we were not alone and that Stanbridge would be a great place for Tyler.
We are now in our third year at Stanbridge and could not be happier for Tyler. Every morning, he cannot wait to go to school. He even refuses to let me drive him so he can ride the Stanbridge shuttle and see his friends sooner.
Academically, Tyler has learned to apply great effort and take pride in his work. Socially, Tyler has made good connections and friendships with his peers. Overall, he’s grown into a compassionate and confident person.