Spring Academy, reinforcing a love of learning each day.
My 3-year old daughter attends pre-school here full time, and my 2nd grader attends the after school program. I am very pleased with the school and feel that my children are receiving an excellent education and great care at Spring Academy. They are both learning Mandarin, and my 2nd grader is even getting extra math studies. They are both very happy here, and I consider the caretakers at Spring Academy to be an extension of my own family.
I have two sons attending, aged 2 and 4. My husband and I are very happy with this school and its wonderful, loving, and engaged teachers. Both of my sons get close customized attention and they get exposed to such a wide variety of things -- science, environmental consciousness issues, music, Chinese calligraphy, math, poetry, Spanish, yoga, art, Tae Kwon Do, respect for elders, care and cooperation with friends, Chinese folk dance, English and Chinese instruction. My husband and I do not speak Chinese at home (I speak Cantonese and my husband is white) but my 4-year-old is speaking and singing Mandarin almost like a native speaker and my 2-year-old is following in his footsteps. The teachers are first-rate and they treat you like family and care for the kids like their own. We have had our kids in at least 3 other schools/daycares - and they have never received one-on-one attention the way they do at Spring Academy. Spring Academy is also very accommodating with after care and vacation care options for working parents. I feel very lucky to have found this place for my children!! I highly recommend!
This school is amazing! My son has been attending for 3 months now and he loves it. As parents we feel super happy to see how much he is learning every day. The teachers are GREAT!!! I can't say enough good things about Miss Vanessa and Ms. Maggie. They are caring, compassionate and lightly qualified. This school offers the opportunity to educate my child not only on the traditional school subjects; but they also have music class and martial arts. I LOVE IT!!!
My child absolutely blossomed here! it is a small school with a big picture! What amazed us is that the Montessori philosophy is a foundation of everything, and you see children are taught and cared for at their individual needs. The staff are amazing, Ms. Jill was great and so helpful... can't say enough about the school. my child is learning Chinese now and that is amazing to us because we do not have any background in it. Definitely a thumbs up!
My son attended the Preschool four years ago when it was in Garwood, and the other day when we passed by its current location at Scotch Plains we cannot stop thinking to go inside visiting the loving staff again! My son learned so much there, had so much fun, and has become a very responsible young man because of their education. I can not say enough about the school! Now my son is a 3rd grader who is attending their After School program at Garwood, and he is one of the 5% Gifted student in Westfield school district, because of his solid foundation from his preschool at Spring Academy, and their high quality after school enrichment classes. Thank you Spring Academy!
My daughters have benefited greatly from attending Spring Academy. Firstly, I need a program to challenge my bright and driven older daughter. She was born soon after the kindergarten cutoff and therefore older than her cohorts. She had previously mastered the standard Pre-K curriculum at typical preschools but at Spring Academy they were able to meet her needs to learn more and stay engaged. Her kindergarten teacher felt she could skip a reading level!
Spring Academy also benefited my middle daughter by gently encouraging her to achieve success. Her personality is the opposite and needs encouragement! My husband and I saw a great improvement in their spoken English after only a month of attendance.
My youngest son is still very young - For toddlers, the best part about Spring Academy is that while it is structured it is still homey enough that my children at different ages can still be siblings and interact with each other throughout the day. Young toddlers look up to and try to embody their older siblings - older siblings which are setting great examples with the guidance of Spring Academy.
All my kids love the staff at Spring Academy. To call them staff is just too removed - we are too friendly and familiar and comfortable with each other and care for them as much as they care for our children. My daughters can't wait to return to after school lessons at Spring Academy.
I would absolutely recommend Spring Academy to others. Don't be afraid or worried about half-day Chinese lessons. You don't have to be Chinese to benefit: unlock your child's mind to a different language and cultural immersion. Sometimes I too start learning! I hear them practice their numbers and reading and they too become familiar to me. Spring Academy provides a very interactive and all-encompassing learning environment from toddlers to elementary school. Spring Academy is the sweet spot between a corporate preschool chain and a nanny - individual time, time with same age/level kids, and time with everyone together but never overcrowded/overwhelmed and forgotten. Spring Academy has provided my children with the tools to succeed early by being positive and supportive - they are doing math and reading well before starting kindergarten.
Spring Academy is a great place for even toddlers - they are so warm and welcoming. Since my son was 1 year old he has gleefully hopped and skipped into school without a tear. Spring Academy allows my older toddler to participate with preschool kids - he feels like a big kid! The empowerment Spring Academy provides, even to my toddler, provides them the positive attitude and self-esteem to strive. Spring Academy has an excellent student/teacher ratio for toddlers - they receive the care and attention little bodies need.