We have loved our experience here so far. This is our second full year. Our child loves their teacher and has good friends in their class. The project work is challenging and I can see the learning happening. There are a lot of opportunities for parents to spend time on campus and support the classroom, school, and community. This is what i would call a "high involvement" community - parents are asked to put in meaningful volunteer hours every year and they are asked to provide financial contributions in order to fund programs and teacher aides (the financial contribution piece is at every school). I never feel pressured though like i have in other places, and that's important to recognize. If I can't make an event, that's okay. If I can't give today, that's okay. I give back to this community as best as I can and in ways that I'm best at, and that is deeply appreciated. Every parent or grandparent brings something different to the learning experience, and it's really special for the kids. There are of course a lot of parents who work during the day and aren't on campus - and that is also totally okay and there are a ton of other ways to be a part of the community. In years past, I think Parkside had more downs than ups. This year moving forward, I have a high level of confidence in both academic and community outcomes.