Overall, I feel Forrestal is still trying to work the kinks out of "being a new school" and in return, it's having an effect on Staff and Parents. Articles on the school/owner are focused on care and safety of the children, however, the feel and impression that is coming off is they care more about business and financials, which is being confirmed by consistent teacher turnover. From experience, I have witness lack of respect with good teachers and poor communication to parents (and even teachers) on changes happening at the school. Forrestal is a Private school, so they are able to hide under that umbrella as they aren't really being held accountable by anyone. Their current handbook on their website is still the 2013-2014 school year. The school does not hold teacher parent conferences, even though it clearly states they do twice a year. Teacher turnover is at it highest (and that is realizing in that profession it happens often). Lack of communication leaves parents feeling uneasy. I never felt comfortable walking in and the front staff mostly feels fake. There is not a warm welcoming presence as they always remain in their offices, rather then someone sitting up front at the desk that is there. I once had a conversation with the Director and Owner on a concern with my child. The Owner hardly looked up and never made real eye contact (while she continued typing on her computer) and the Director looked to the Owner for Guidance- all while the situation being awkward for me. One morning when I was dropping off my child, there was one teacher in the room and kids started funneling in pretty fast. When the teacher got over ratio, she immediately called the front to inform them and have someone sent to her room to help. I didn't feel comfortable leaving that teacher with that many kids in the room and decided to wait for her backup before leaving. 20 min later....20 MIN and over double the ratio- a teacher was sent to the room to assist. I felt awful for the teacher, and you could tell she was embarrassed that I waited. The one positive is the healthy food Chef Jake creates. Yummy.
The top Preschool for sure. Not only do they have a ton of outside space and beautiful classrooms all the people are really nice. The place has the highest technology and security and they even have mobile apps to view all the classrooms and outside area where my son is on a private network of their own. My son has never had such wholesome food as they buy local and have a real chef in a real kitchen. I am happy that we were finally able to get in. good luck! A
Thie is the ONLY FIVE STAR PRESCHOOL IMO. They have everything and great people running the place. I would not send my children elsewhere. They have so many amenities that are included in your tuition and do not nickle and dime you like other places. Their facility is beautiful and great food and features like the forest they stroll the little ones through, their play grounds are all turf and top notch - no unsafe rubber tire mulch or dirt here. Wait list is long so if you are expecting or even looking for a toddler spot it is a awhile - but WELL WORTH THE WAIT! You want to know the people who are taking care of your family - and they make you part of their family...you will see :)
I love this center. My children have been here for 6 years. My youngest is in the infant room and I could not feel any better if I had him at home with me. My oldest started in the toddler room and is now in school age. I have always felt welcome in all of her classes and she loves being there. I would highly recommend this center to any parent.