Mr Sky O., April 16, 2020
Subject: Unsolicited letter of appreciation
I wanted to write this letter after the past few weeks of online learning, and share my observations of [my daughter]’s experiences vs. what I’m observing directly and through friends, and express how I feel fortunate that she chose a smaller, academically oriented high school to go to two years ago, which keeps paying dividends even during these difficult times.
As the Bay Area governments were issuing shelter in place orders, you involved parents in sharing your thoughts and options on what can happen. As far as I heard, this was not commonly done by other schools and much appreciated. As a result, students had a chance to have an adjustment period on what distance learning can look like, and I feel HSArts students as a result were 2-3 weeks ahead of many other schools in being able to get back to a learning environment.
I asked [my daughter] what she feels is going well, and her highlights were the same as me: it was an easy and organized effort to move to online learning. Small classroom sizes make it easier to be engaged by the teacher so the learning environment continues.
As I had shared after our first year and into our second year, I felt the approachability of faculty and staff and the 1 : 1 support options really helped [my daughter] both excel academically and gain good habits.
Mrs Angela S., May 4, 2020
My children have really loved joining the [HSArts] community. We had a smooth transition from a large public school to the small school setting at [HSArts]. The faculty and students were warm and welcoming. They receive exceptional individualized attention from their dedicated teachers. In fact, my son was invited to join an accelerated math course, something that could never happen in the large public school setting.
We are especially happy with our decision to join this small school community during this time of sheltering in place (SIP). The small class size has been a beneficial factor during SIP because there has been no lapse in their academic progress. In fact, their coursework and discussions continue to be demanding and rigorous. There is no doubt that this small school community has been and continues to be a wonderful learning experience for both of our children.