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Educational Options: Day Schools
, Grade Level: Elementary School
||Chatsworth Elementary School (Reisterstown, MD)
||Chatsworth Elementary School is a public "multi-age magnet" day school for grades K-5, located in Reistertown, Maryland. Students are placed in mixed groups of K-1, 2-3, or 4-5 grade students. Enrollment is accomplished through a lottery system. The multi-age environment is conducive to ability group regardless of age.
||Contributed by: Parent on 3/13/2004
Chatsworth is a magnet school that parents may apply to send their children to. However, many parents opt for Chatsworth because it is offers one of the only all day kindergarten programs in the county. Admission to Chatsworth is based solely on a lottery system that ensures a balanced mix of children, including those with severe social and emotional issues.
When my son was enrolled there, Disney movies were regularly used during the month to give the K/1 teachers a "break" from the kids. The mixed age groupings would seem to be ideal but in fact it only spread the teacher thin in trying to meet the needs of all our subgroupings within the class. As a parent volunteer I saw that if a child is not a motivated, self-directed learner they fall through the cracks easily at Chatsworth.
Our family was disappointed with our experience at Chatsworth. We pulled our oldest child out of Chatsworth in January of his kindergarten year for a variety of reasons, including lack of stimulating curriculum.
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