Another Meaningless Ranking of Schools
Seeing a school through your own eyes is so much more dependable. The school my daughter goes to, Mason Crest Elementary School, ranks #376 out of 1121 public elementary schools in the state of Virginia, according to Niche. Its teachers are supposed to be #503 out of 1115 schools. It is odd that the total number of schools is different for the teachers' ranking. Niche places Mason Crest, however, #30 out of 1160 (Again, the total number here is different) in terms of diversity.
Niche gets it right when it comes to how diverse my daughter's school is. What Niche sorely misses is the culture and climate of the school. What Niche fails to see is how dedicated each and every teacher is at Mason in ensuring that all children learn. Mason Crest Elementary School has been an outstanding model for a professional learning community. What Niche does not say as well is how this school has grown from a vision of true equity in education from two great principals, Brian Butler and Diane Kerr.
It is a school that genuinely embraces each student. It is a school that supports each student. It is a school that believes in each student.
Niche cannot capture how happy my daughter is to be a pupil in this school. Niche does not have any review on Mason Crest.
But I do know that my daughter thinks so highly of this school. And I agree with her. I just had lunch with her at her school and she does look happy. For me, that is enough.