Pear Tree Point School
It was the only school in the state of Connecticut which officially used the "Core Knowledge" program. The school kept its class sizes at a maximum of 15 students. When class size exceeded 10 students a second teaching professional was added. The group sizes for reading and mathematics classes were smaller.
It was founded in 1996. In October 2017, it was announced the school would close. After town officials announced the Town of Darien would not be buying the property, the five-acre plot was sold to a private trust.
At a GlanceEdit
Classroom Teacher -student ratio: 1:10; Grades: Pre-Kindergarten-Grade 6; Founded: 1996; Towns represented: Darien, Norwalk, New Canaan, Stamford, Wilton, Westport, Greenwich, Fairfield and Southport; Financial aid: Yes; Campus: Darien; Graduates: Attend area private (70%), public (25%) and international (5%) schools.
Reading, mathematics and writing. Social studies Core Knowledge Foundation, art, music, drama, science, physical education, Spanish and Mandarin.
Reading, writing and mathematics; social studies (based on the Core Knowledge curriculum) has international orientation. Drama, physical education, Spanish and Mandarin also taught. Use of technology across all grades and subjects.
Core Virtues , all-school assemblies and community service are emphasized. Connecticut National Geography Bee: In the last nine years Pear Tree Point School has sent five students to the Connecticut Geography Bee. Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Talent Search: Annually, the majority of Pear Tree Point School students qualify for recognition by scoring in the top 5% nationally in standardized tests. In 2016 70% of students qualified for this academic recognition. Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth has designated Pear Tree Point School as a "Top School." Knowledge Masters National Competition: Pear Tree Point School teams have been Knowledge Masters National Fifth Grade Champions four times by demonstrating excellence in American and world history, geography, literature, math, science and fine arts. Middle School placements: students attend most competitive middle schools in the region and abroad.
After school programs included: Arts and Crafts, Chess, Cooking, Dance, Drama, Sports.
- "Pear Tree Point School Nurtures Success." The Hour. Tuesday October 8, 2002. Page C5. Retrieved from Google News (23 of 28) on January 9, 2012.
- "Pear Tree Point School Delivers A Core Knowledge Curriculum." The Hour. Tuesday July 29, 2002. Page C6. Retrieved on January 9, 2012.
- Handbook of Private Schools: An annual descriptive survey of independent education, 86th edition, 2005