Paden is a gem of a school and one I truly wish we could have stayed with. The principal, Drew Sarratore, went above and beyond for our family in the short time we were able to attend. We came into the school with a PG kid, looking for extreme accommodations to match her learning needs. Mr. Sarratore did no bat an eyelash at our suggestions, instead he worked with us to find the best solution for our child in relation to what resources were available at his school. I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to have a school administrator listen to you (the parent) about your child’s needs and respect that while you may not be a professional educator, your opinion of what is best for your child is of great value in the decision making process. Mr. Sarratore listened to our thoughts, offered tremendous resources, including testing, and personal observations, experimenting with different classrooms, etc... Most importantly, he followed up with us every step of the way. Caring communication on a “daily!!” basis was incredibly comforting during this process. Mr. Sarratore is extremely professional, energetic, creative and fun! He is a rarity in the industry and Alameda is very fortunate to have him. Every morning he invites the entire school community (including parents) to join in an uplifting warm-up to the day which includes fun music, dancing and humor, right before giving morning announcements. Keep in mind the backdrop to the campus is a stunning view of the marina. We’re from NYC so perhaps others take this for granted. It’s really quite special. Everyone walks into school with a smile. What better way to start the day! I should also mention that the staff as a whole are exceptionally warm and inviting. Sue, the office manager is so friendly and upbeat. She is great with the kids and parents. Absolutely beats the mean school secretary stereotype. We of course cannot speak for every teacher in the school but my daughter loved Mrs. Kitrena Swanson. Ultimately our daughter wasn’t able to stay due to space issues in grade placement, however, we would move back in a heartbeat if a seat opened up.