Feedback on Siena School Silver Spring

Salsita12
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Hi,

I'd love to hear feedback on Siena School--Silver Spring, especially for elementary and middle school, though we're interested in the whole process. I saw some earlier posts expressing concern about social-emotional support and I'd like to understand that better. Would love to hear the good and the not-so-good.

Thanks so much!
Anonymous
OP, overall it’s been a very positive experience for our DC who started in ES and is now in MS. The teachers and school counselor are very committed to supporting the students’ socio-emotional wellbeing through school-wide events, small groups, parent education, and 1-1 when needed. That said it is a very small school so friend groups are limited—it’s been important for our DC to maintain friendships outside of school as well. DC has made great strides in reading, math, and in self-advocacy skills. And most importantly, DC has stopped saying they are “dumb” because of dyslexia.
Anonymous
Siena is geat at what they do and if the only issue are language learning related, it is a fantastic school. But, we found they had fewer supports and tolerance than other schools when it came to supporting a kid struggling with anxiety and as the prior poster said, because of the small size, if your kid does not “click” with anyone there, it can be a lonely social experience that can exacerbate anxiety.
Anonymous
It really depends on your kid. Siena is very small and very liberal (DEI is included in every subject). Most kids leave by 9th because they crave a bigger school.
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:OP, overall it’s been a very positive experience for our DC who started in ES and is now in MS. The teachers and school counselor are very committed to supporting the students’ socio-emotional wellbeing through school-wide events, small groups, parent education, and 1-1 when needed. That said it is a very small school so friend groups are limited—it’s been important for our DC to maintain friendships outside of school as well. DC has made great strides in reading, math, and in self-advocacy skills. And most importantly, DC has stopped saying they are “dumb” because of dyslexia.


What do they do in terms of 1:1 that you know of?
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:OP, overall it’s been a very positive experience for our DC who started in ES and is now in MS. The teachers and school counselor are very committed to supporting the students’ socio-emotional wellbeing through school-wide events, small groups, parent education, and 1-1 when needed. That said it is a very small school so friend groups are limited—it’s been important for our DC to maintain friendships outside of school as well. DC has made great strides in reading, math, and in self-advocacy skills. And most importantly, DC has stopped saying they are “dumb” because of dyslexia.


What do they do in terms of 1:1 that you know of?


The school counselor will meet with students 1:1 on an ad-hoc basis if they are in need of support. The school may suggest outside therapy if they think it might help with an ongoing issue, or provide information to an existing therapist to support treatment.
Salsita12
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Thanks, all, I really appreciate the feedback.
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:It really depends on your kid. Siena is very small and very liberal (DEI is included in every subject). Most kids leave by 9th because they crave a bigger school.


What schools do they go to when they leave?
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:It really depends on your kid. Siena is very small and very liberal (DEI is included in every subject). Most kids leave by 9th because they crave a bigger school.


What schools do they go to when they leave?


Here are a few that I know of: MCPS GT/LD program, Sandy Spring, Good Counsel, St. John’s, CESJDS, St. Anselms
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