Our son and daughter were not getting what they needed in public school. With 38 kids in a class and the count still rising, we couldn’t see how this would be changing. At Sea Change Prep, not only is there a very low student-teacher ratio, but teachers and staff focus on finding what works for individual students, and customizing their education accordingly.
Expectations of the students are high – the academics are rigorous and oriented to prepare students for college. Students are required to make a presentation at the end of each course where they summarize what they have learned and teach selected topics to their peers. Students are called to do their best at every turn.
The level of support offered to students is also very high. In addition to the individualized attention, the school offers programs for all the students that facilitate both academic learning and personal growth. Students practice mindfulness and yoga, and work out by swimming in the ocean a short walk from the school.
In our son’s case, living with his ADHD and executive functioning challenges had cost him self-esteem and blocked his academic progress. At Sea Change Prep, this has turned around. Swimming is great for him – not only is he ready to learn during the school day, but his increase in confidence and maturity as an ocean swimmer and Zombie team member has paid dividends in the classroom and beyond.
With the guidance of his teachers, he is learning how to set goals and follow through. He has acquired confidence and skill in creating and delivering presentations. As he progresses toward graduation, his world has opened up. He has taken an interest in world events, visited several foreign countries with his classmates on global trips, and with the Zombies, he has participated in five open-water relay swims, three of them world-record-setting. A junior now, he is a mentor to younger students, well on his way to becoming a productive member of society.
Our daughter was rapidly losing interest in academics and getting entangled socially in unproductive ways. With the swimming program, mindfulness, small size, and individualized academics, we realized Sea Change Prep would be a great benefit to her as well. Since starting, she has become more engaged, confident and well rounded. She is doing well in her academics and is currently applying to several colleges to major in animal science/veterinary medicine. Now a senior, she is a leader, a mentor, captain of the Zombie swim team, swam all five open-water relays and holds three world records.
We credit our kids’ education and experiences at Sea Change with helping them grow into confident, independent, and mature students. Thank you to everyone at Sea Change who made all this possible!