"Not everyone, in fact very few people, have what it takes to do what you do day in and day out! You lead an awesome team, set the example for all and make each one of our families feel like they are not alone on this journey. You connect us, even when we don't have the energy or drive in us to do so! We just wanted to take a second to say thank you!"
Our Community: A Family Affair
A hallmark of GBS is the breadth and depth of the school's Family Program which includes parents as partners, resources and advocates. Research continually indicates that early intervention is critical to students' success. This is true for the Gillen Brewer student body. Therefore, GBS, unlike most other schools, begins educating children at the young age of 2.8 years old. When it is appropriate, students can stay at Gillen Brewer until they are 10 years old. This helps to ensure that individuals and their families are served during each child's most formative, early childhood years.
Gillen Brewer's unwavering commitment to each family is a cornerstone of the program. The School's philosophy is founded on the belief that changing the life of a child can only be achieved through meeting the needs of the family as well. GBS's goal for parents is that they develop an understanding of their child and acquire the information and strategies with which they can be his/her strongest and most supportive advocate. As both mentor and partner to parents, the school strives to provide a network of resources and to develop a collaborative relationship which fosters awareness and sensitivity and enhances the progress of each individual child.
"To all of my daughter's past teachers and her assistant teachers: you were the lifeblood of her GBS--the reason she runs off the bus in to the school every day.”alumni parent