From a very young age we knew we had a precocious girl on our hands. At the age of 2 she was drawing portraits and asking philosophical questions about what species would be on earth after humans were extinct. She was interested in learning about everything from dinosaurs to the different galaxies in the universe. When she wasn’t reading about them, she was drawing them.
This all changed after enrolling her in public school. After her first day of kindergarten, I asked what she learned and she replied softly, “I learned that people yell and push.” For 2 weeks we watched our little girl lose interest in learning and then school all together. She had been so excited to start kindergarten but began crying every time we got in the car to go to school. Public school is fine, but we knew we couldn’t keep her in that environment so we started to ask friends what we should do. One close friend had her daughter enrolled at Ashbrook and told us that she knew Emma would love it.
She was right. Overnight we had our daughter back. She was excited to learn again and wasn’t overwhelmed by an overcrowded classroom. Her favorite thing about school was having art every day. She would come home laughing about something Mr. Olson had said, and it was such a joy to see her enjoy learning again.
Emma is now in 5th grade and still loves Ashbrook. Because of the pandemic we have all been through a rough storm, but Ashbrook has been our rock. The staff has done everything in their power to keep the children on track with their education. We are so happy to have found Ashbrook.
~Rachel, Ash, and Emma (5th grade) Terry