Parent Testimonials

In the fall of 2012,  the Millard Public School district polled parents asking

 "Which educational setting is the most beneficial for your student?"  

The Millard Core Academy had overwhelming support.  More impressive was what the parents had to say about the program.   


by Cathleen W Overall I believe anywhere you go in Millard is a good choice. With that said, the Core Knowledge use of Shirley Grammar is far above the rest and should somehow be used in all our schools. It is unfortunate that there is nothing for our Core students in middle school to challenge them in this area. Millard also does a great job with students that have learning disabilities. Where the schools could improve is the HAL program at all grade levels. Millard has specialty teachers or paras for helping students get to the average level of learning, we should have the same amount to help the HAL students achieve all they can.

Sep 25, 2012 at 9:16 AM  

by Ann T1 The variety of learning environments in Millard is wonderful. We temporarily moved here 4 years ago coming from great schools in Palo Alto, California. Upon moving to Omaha, we were surprised to find a public Montessori program, IB, and others. Since differentiated instruction is so important to me, as a School Psychologist, we chose a Montessori education. After 2 1/2 years in the Montessori program, it has exceeded our expectations. In fact, we have chosen to stay in Omaha primarily for this program instead of taking opportunities to move back to my husband's main office at Google. We hope for many more years of enjoying this phenomenal program. Thank you!

Sep 20, 2012 at 11:45 PM  

by Tommy2 B Home schooling. Just a cursory glance at a list of autodidacts should make people curious at the very least. And with the informational tools we now have at our disposal, there's no logical excuse for not moving this direction in the future.

Sep 18, 2012 at 8:22 PM  

by Richard M10 I am a professor at Creighton University. It is a common concern among faculty in the humanities that students entering the university today do not have a command of the basic building blocks of effective writing, in particular grammar and sentence construction. I think the Core program is a great program for many reasons, but primarily for its utilization of Shurley Grammar. Providing students with the foundations of reading and writing early in their education gives them much more confidence as their education gets more demanding. I applaud the district for working for a world class education system and I urge the district to establish a core knowledge middle school. I would also encourage the district to expand its spanish language training in K-5 beyond the IB program to the other programs. Studies have shown that the early years are the best time to learn a foreign language. Thank you for providing a space for parent feedback.

Sep 13, 2012 at 12:32 PM  

by Marcia S1 My children attended Cather Elementary but were in the traditional program. In the big picture of life and at the end of my oldest child's career in Millard, she did extremely well. She took AP classes and honors classes in high school, was in the National Honor Society at Millard North High School, and earned many academic scholarships to college. Millard's traditional program is excellent and by the time she got to high school, it really didn't matter if she went to Core, Montessori, or Traditional. What mattered was she was in a Millard school with parents who were active in all aspects of her life. It wasn't any one program that made her successful. it was a combination of a lot of things.

Sep 11, 2012 at 1:04 PM  

by Amy D2 Well stated Marcia! Both my kids went to Cather and were in the traditional program, continued on the Millard North Middle but chose the IB program. After participating in the IB program, they chose to go back to traditional classes at Millard South (our assigned high school). I saw no significant difference between traditional classes and any other program...for my kids. More importantly, the kids didn't either. They are both very successful, but I don't think it has to do with one particular program...it's a combination of many factors.

Sep 22, 2012 at 6:49 AM  

by Heidi A1 Both of our sons are in Montessori. We appreciate how self-motivated they are to learn and their creativity which has been fostered. While we appreciate the wonderful readers they have become, we are astounded with their mathematical ability that can only be credited to Montessori philosophy.

Sep 10, 2012 at 9:58 PM  

by r R1 The core program is very well executed and organized. As a professor of education I believe the philosophy and theory behind the core is what is most needed for childhood education. It gives the building blocks for higher learning later in life. As a parent, it has proven itself time and again. Several parents whose children have finished core report going unchallenged in middle school. Would love to see something with a similar philosophy develop, otherwise am looking at private school options after core.

Sep 10, 2012 at 9:31 AM  

by Mariana M1 I have a son in Montessori, another in traditional and another in Core. We are really pleased with the three. It is a great privilage to be able to have such good choices in Millard and to be able to provide each child with what they need. Core has been great for our older son. He needed more strcuture and challenges and we really like the core curriculum, not only in grammar (wich we specially love) and math but also in social studies and science. We feel our son is getting a very complete and rounded education.

Sep 07, 2012 at 6:28 PM  

by tammi J love the program we had all our children go through the core program it was the best decision we ever made

Sep 07, 2012 at 2:59 PM  

by Karen N1 Students in the Cather Core Academy learn reading, pronounciation and to spell better, and in a shorter length of time, than students schooled by any other method that I have ever seen. The teaching strategies used in Core encourage students to be more critical thinkers also. I would like to see the Core Academy method expanded to other elementary schools in the district so that MPS can expand this method of instruction to include more children. The bedrock of better learning will give MPS students a distinct advantage over their peers.

Sep 07, 2012 at 10:25 AM  

by Sujatha B My child is going for core for last three years and enjoy her learning process. I wish core academy is offered at Middle school and pre-school level.

Sep 07, 2012 at 8:59 AM  

by Jessica O1 All three of my children thrive in the CORE program. While they are all quite different, the structure of the program content of the curriculum has encouraged them to love learning and become extremely confident in their academic knowledge / skills. Further, the teachers have a passion for the program that is obvious, and therefore beneficial for the students. WE LOVE CORE!! .... And sure wish it was offered at the Jr. High level!!


by Erin M6 Core has been amazing for my kids!! I wish it would go past elementary school!!

Sep 07, 2012 at 12:36 AM  

·       by Kathy K6 Not only do my husband and I LOVE Core, but my kids do too! It is a joy to see my kids so excited about school! The teachers are an inspiration and work well together to bring energy and fun EVERYDAY. They are amazing at making such a fantastic program. Thank YOU!!


        Sep 06, 2012 at 10:18 PM  

by Sally V We LOVE Core!!! We tried traditional Kindergarten for only 6 weeks before our names came up on the waiting list for Core...BEST move we've ever made! Core keeps our kids challenged and interested in learning which was something traditional Kindergarten didn't do. I tell everyone about Core and how wonderful and perfect this curriculum is for our kids! I am glad we found it and look forward to seeing the benefits of Core in their future academics.

Sep 06, 2012 at 9:55 PM  

by Amy W6 The Early Core curriculum was great - lots of focus on the basics! Phonics, reading and math.

Sep 06, 2012 at 4:47 PM  

by Narayanan N My daughter attends Core at Cather. She is a first grade student. She used to attend a Montessori day care and went to Montclair as well. I believe Core program offers the perfect balance between a montessori and IB. I wanted my daughter to work and learn at her pace, but I thought sometimes she needed a little push. The homeworks are great, the staff has been very helpful and the core program helps my daughter to learn and maintain a structure and process by following Core strategy.

Sep 06, 2012 at 9:01 AM  

by Sarah Sue My daughter is attends the Core Academy and it has been an amazing learning experience each and every year. The program challenges my child and makes her hungry for learning. The things that the children are exposed to are amazing, and the Core teaching staff is top notch. We would really like to see her continue this program in middle school, and would supposrt a Core Middle School Fully. Next year my youngest child will start the Core program as well, and I know she will be subjected to a wonder of things in her Kindergarten year.

Sep 06, 2012 at 8:38 AM  

by raquel H I love the Core Academy for my children! Now that our first child has entered middle school, I see even more the benefits of this educational setting not only for the academic foundation it provides but also the habits that have been encouraged and expected. My middle school student has been prepared for the next step in her educational journey because of the Core Academy philosophy in education and the excellent teachers that believe and execute this philosophy in their method of teaching. Thank you, Millard, for providing a wonderful educational option!
On a side note, I too would be in favor of a Core Academy Middle school.

Sep 06, 2012 at 7:03 AM  

·       by Patti M2 Many parents over at the Core Academy are interested in having a Core Middle school. Unfortunately we've been told that we first have to find a Millard Middle School that is interested in making that part of their site plan. Most Core kids go to Russell which is closed to open enrollment or North Middle which already has IB. We feel it will be next to impossible to convince a school that doesn't have many Core Alumni to add the Core Knowledge Foundation 6th-8th grade program to their site plan. Many of our kids are bored in middle school because many of the topics covered in Core 4th grade Social Studies, Science and Language Arts are repeated in the traditional curriculum during 6th grade. Likewise the topics covered in Core 5th grade for those subject areas are repeated in 7th grade. How can we fix this without taking away from the excellent education they receive at the Core Academy?? 

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