For starters, the residential neighborhood felt very safe, the staff was welcoming and accommodating, and their after-school programs are phenomenal. Here is the winter line-up (K1 will “likely” be able to participate in after-school next year, the principal told us):
- Monday: BU Wizard Science program, BU arts & craft studio, Spontaneous Celebrations stilt walking & drumming
- Tuesday: Spanish in Motion, karate, Showa, French
- Wednesday: Lego club (before school), yoga, I think musical instruments were mentioned, but I don’t see it on the official list
- Thursdays: Chess club before school, Showa, French, fencing
- Fridays: Tony Williams School of Dance, Ballet Rox, hip hop, movies
About half of this year’s third graders were offered placement in advanced work. I think the Manning has done a good job in recent years of convincing children to stay instead of leave for AWC in the fourth grade. The special classes for all students are science, music, art, gym, and library.
They just added a K1 integrated classroom. It may be going on the ground floor where the second grade currently is.
Now I have to snap back to reality because there’s no way we’re getting into that school at K1. There are 15 spots, 8 of those will go to regular education K1 students, 7 to special education K0 and K1 students. The principal, who just started this year, said there are at least three incoming siblings guaranteed K1 spots. That leaves, at best, 5 spots. We’re not in the walk zone, so we’re probably competing for 1-4 open seats. In other words, we have no chance.
I love this school so much, but I can’t bring myself to put it in my top three (You get put on the wait list for your top three schools.). I can’t see wasting a wait list spot like that, no matter how much I love a school. Strategy-wise, if you’re intent on sending your child to the Manning at K1, you almost have to put it as your #1 choice to have a shot at getting in. I already have one Hail Mary school in my top 3, so I have to be practical about this. Sadly, the Manning will likely be choice #4 for us.
There’s always next year. The K2 classroom has a normal number of seats.
For more on the Manning, see the post from my visit in 2008.