Next Generation School
"We have loved our six years (and counting) with NGS! Our first day at NGS began with a slight glitch, and Barb Sullivan [founder and director] quickly asked, “What can we do to make this situation better for you?” The glitch was resolved by the next day. To me, that is the amazing attitude of all the NGS administration and faculty: What can we do to make this better? We have had three children here, from the Early Education Program to the middle school, and we have loved every teacher and every class. Our children are not low-maintenance! Two have sensory processing issues; one has food allergies; and all are geniuses, in the eyes of their parents, at least. What makes NGS special is that there are teachers throughout the building who see in my kids what I see, and love them as I love them, even when they won’t wear pants, or sing at the top of their lungs, or can’t sit still. I will never forget having a teacher tear up during a parent-teacher conference when describing how much our oldest child had matured since the previous year. The small school environment allows for that type of investment in and attachment with students, not just for a semester but for their entire primary school careers. However, the nurturing environment comes with a rigorous and challenging curriculum – the best of both worlds!"
"Our son has attended Next Generation School’s Early Education Program for a year, and we are so fortunate that he has been able to spend this time in such a special place. Even though he is only two, NGS has proven itself to be an excellent school and not just a “daycare center.” The staff is made up of highly skilled teachers, and they truly care about the growth and well-being of our son. They have a structured day that focuses on academics, art, Spanish, music, and fun. Our son has thrived under the guidance and support of his NGS family. It has been so wonderful to watch him develop strong language and social skills. He talks constantly and has healthy, positive relationships with his teachers and fellow classmates. Ultimately, parents have to ask themselves: when you drop your child off every morning, do you think they will get the best care possible? If your child attends NGS, then the answer is “yes.”
"The teachers at Next Generation are amazing! They not only encourage our children to achieve their personal best, but they inspire them to imagine and think outside the box. Each year, we are consistently impressed by the level and quality of teaching at NGS, and the administration is always responsive and helpful. There is always someone at the school to greet and meet familial and student concerns. One only needs to walk into any facility on their campus to see that it is a school that serves learning, innovation, and imagination. We are amazed at the depth and focus within the academic curriculum. With a focus on problem solving, critical thinking, and analysis, my children come away with a broader understanding of the concepts taught in the classroom. The community of families, teachers, and students make NGS a very special place; my children who are in [kindergarten] and [second grade] love how they learn, and the connection they make with their peers and their wonderful teachers."
“The administration is open and willing to work with parents for the best results and overall success of the students at Next Generation. The environment at Next Generation is open, loving, and supportive. The academics are demanding and well-executed. The best aspects have to do with the fact that the staff and teachers at Next Generation put our children first. They nurture the entire student and foster their creative development through personalized attention and the emphasis on both arts and lab-based learning. My daughter continuously feels challenged and loves writing stories and imagining new outcomes. Most importantly, she likes to go to school and smiles when she talks about school and her teachers.”
“Next Generation is the best Early Education Program in Champaign! As a parent who works during the day, the most important thing is to find people who I can trust to love and teach my child. Marcy Wickert, associate director, always welcomes parents at the front desk and is ready to answer any questions. Ms. Lori and the other teachers at NGS are always thoughtful and considerate towards parents and little ones. They always listen to all our concerns patiently and make sure they are caring for our beloved one as we wish. If you are looking for the best for your precious one, you cannot miss Next Generation!”
“Our daughter’s experience at Next Generation School has been nothing short of exceptional. The teachers fuel her academic curiosity on a daily basis. These outstanding educators strike a perfect balance as they challenge and nurture her. In addition to the rigorous academics, each day includes time for physical education and the arts. Her days at NGS are filled with rich and diverse experiences that are helping to shape her into a unique individual with many different interests and passions. NGS has also instilled a sense of community in her. Through classroom activities and school-wide initiatives, she is beginning to understand her responsibility to society and to the environment. As a family, we are grateful to the faculty and staff for creating and maintaining an institution that is truly focused on excellence and innovation in education.”
“Our son's teachers continue to show their dedication to the students in the most innovative ways, creating healthy spaces for all learning styles, and spending their time so wholeheartedly! They challenge their students in a healthy and motivating way, and respect them as the unique individuals they are. We continue to appreciate the daily emails from the teachers, and positive feedback from the staff whenever we are in the building. The efforts made by the teachers and staff to offer the best curricula, community collaboration, and creativity in all that the students do offers a well-rounded approach to teaching the whole child. It shows that each of us is important in the process, and that we are partners in our children's education.”
“I cannot thank NGS enough for pushing my kids academically, rooting for them, and being so supporting of them while not disregarding their other interests, from First Lego League to drumming and Irish Dancing. My children flourished in your school and continue to flourish today, and I can see how Next Generation’s work and their most wonderful teachers have played a tremendous role in their success.”
“I have been pleased with my son’s experience at Next Generation Preschool. Every staff member knows his name – as well as the names of all the other children – even if that staff member does not interact with my son directly. The teachers always treat him respectfully and are never too busy to listen to things he has to say. The new building is spectacular! It was designed to fit the needs of preschool student – sinks, toilets, and tables are all at the correct height for that age. I can tell that my son feels comfortable at school because he only hugs people he trusts, and he hugs all the staff that he sees every day on his way out. I feel that my son has obtained a great education for his young age; it has provided him a solid foundation for him in the future. The curriculum is well-rounded and presented in a structured yet engaging manner that encourages life-long learning.”
“To say my husband and I are thrilled with our experience at Next Generation Preschool would be an understatement. Over the years, we’ve become quite close with an array of NGS teachers and practically consider them extended family. From the moment we arrive in the morning, we are greeted with smiles and my sons are immediately engaged in stimulating activities that continue throughout their thoughtfully crafted day. The school itself provides an ideal learning environment, but also earmarks ample time and space for fun, physical activities, as best evidenced by the new gymnasium, outdoor pool, and playgrounds – not to mention the answers to “What did you do today at school?”. The academic facilities, such as the spacious science room and reading room, are equally impressive. Owing to the efforts of NGS, my children are learning Spanish, developing their reading and writing skills, and are expanding their knowledge of math and science. I am proud of how my boys are being molded into outgoing and responsible young people and I thank NGS for augmenting the efforts we have implemented towards this goal at home. My children genuinely look forward to going to school; they are happy to have arrived and are in positive moods upon pickup. Regardless of their role, each staff member has taken a special interest in my children. I can confidently state that the environment present at NGS is the best I’ve encountered and I couldn’t possibly imagine enrolling my children anywhere else. They have my full support and gratitude.”