For the last two years, my children have had the privilege of attending Page Private School in Sanford, and I have had the pleasure of teaching there. While my experience working with the children of Page has been wonderful, today I’m writing with my “Mommy Hat” on in order to provide our CFGG readers with a review of this private school in Sanford.
David on a Field Trip to Green Meadows Farm
As a parent and educator, I must admit that I’m very particular about what I look for in a school. My absolute top concerns are safety (both emotional and physical), instructional methods, and class size. I want a school that does more than just educate my children; I want my children’s school to be a safe, caring environment that nurtures and encourages them each day. What I liked about Page Private School from the start was that my children were welcomed with open arms and smiling faces. This year, they’ve both had teachers who care a great deal about their students. In addition, their pre-K and 2nd grade teachers have made an effort to teach in a way that’s child-centered and engaging. This caring, age-appropriate approach has had a positive impact on David and Loralei’s school experiences.
While many of the public schools are focused on test scores, Page teachers are focused on meeting the individual needs of the students in their classrooms. There’s a good balance at Page in that children have opportunities for hands on learning in the classroom in addition to more traditional methods of instruction. Parents may also choose to send their children on field trips each month. It is important to note that Page students enjoy recess and P.E. each day. They are able to let off steam on the playground, and this time for play allows them to focus more easily in the classroom. In addition to Physical Education, they attend Art, Music, Technology, Library, and Spanish classes each week. During the warm months, P.E. often means time for swimming!
Both of my children have truly enjoyed their time at Page Private School in Sanford. David and Loralei have liked all of the teachers they have worked with at Page, including the director, Laura Porter. Mrs. Porter takes the time to get to know each student. She is very involved with school activities, supporting students, parents, and teachers in a multitude of ways. I have been impressed with her as both a parent here at Page as well as an employee. She truly has the children’s best interests at heart, and the students and parents seem to recognize this.
A love for reading is fostered at Page Private School.
What have my children enjoyed most at Page? If you asked them, they’d probably say their teachers, their classmates, field trips, musicals, computer lab time, library time, and recess. They enjoyed special events like “International Day” and “Spirit Week” as well as volunteer projects such as the food drive for Harvest Time International. I have enjoyed knowing that my children are happy and safe while they are at school each day. Are there things at school that I would like to see improve? Of course. I understand that this would be the case with any school in the area. The key is finding the best fit for your individual child.
I feel that the mission statement from the Page website is consistent with what I see on campus:
“Page Private School provides a quality, well rounded education for pre-school, elementary and middle school students. Our objective is to promote the incentives for scholarship, character and personality through individual attention.”
Are you a parent who is looking at educational options for your child? Be sure to consider all your local public, private, and home-based options. Having trouble affording private school? Many offer scholarships, so go ahead and ask for more info–even if you think private school isn’t an option for your family.
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