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openquote Dear Eric and Progressive Staff,

Given my experience as a teacher and school administrator in both public and independent schools, in New York and California, I know the critical role schools can have in educating students on multiple levels, not just the intellectual. For students to be able to apply the intellectual knowledge and skills they gain and live a life of fulfillment and meaning, they must fully understand themselves on multiple levels, physical, emotional and spiritual. Unfortunately, it has been my experience that most schools neglect some or all of these aspects of their students’ development.

Progressive represents a beautifully realized example of the successful implementation of Neo-Humanist educational principles and stands as a powerful beacon to Neo-Humanist schools worldwide. The pedagogical framework of Neo-Humanism empowers students to fully connect on the deepest levels with who they are and who they want to be.  Of equal importance, Progressive provides them with the resources to fully realize their highest goals and potential. 

I wanted to write a short note to express how much I enjoyed visiting with you and your staff these past few weeks. Your wonderful school is an inspiration and a model for schools, both public and independent, here in the United States and around the world, whether they are founded in principles of Neo-Humanist education or other educational theories.

There is no question in my mind that students graduating from Progressive are empowered with the understanding and wisdom to live a life of meaning and purpose, fulfilling their God given potential in a way that uplifts themselves and humanity at large. Please express my gratitude to everyone on your staff on my behalf and communicate that much of what I have learned from them will be implemented in our new Neo- Humanist school and Teacher Training Center we are in currently creating in the Anse Rouge area of Haiti.  

On behalf of all of us in Haiti, we thank you.
--Hanna Meadow, Director NHE training, Haiti


The Progressive School of L. I. is the only school which I can recommend without hesitation to parents seeking my advice. The warm, supportive atmosphere combined with your unique grouping strategies makes it a perfect alternative to public or parochial schooling for any child. It is amazing to observe! When we at Twin Oaks attempt to follow-up on some of our 'graduates', we invariably encounter success stories from parents whom we have sent to your school.
--Merrie Felshman Ed. Director, Twin Oaks

In my 40 years of visiting schools and observing teachers, I don't think I have ever seen such an outstanding educational facility. You have managed to pull together a group of very talented and caring teachers. The relationships between student and student, student and teacher, and staff and administrators is exceptionally generous and friendly. I wish that I could come here every day and enjoy the atmosphere. Yours is a school that truly lives up to its name.
--Mrs. Irma Marmor, Senior Adjunct Professor, Adelphi University

I feel that Progressive School has been a precious gift given to my son. He has not only mastered the curriculum, but has learned about life, love, and his importance in the world. Your school has had a priceless impact on my son. He graduated a well-rounded young man, eager to face the world and make it a better place. He learned the attributes of caring, intelligence, inquisitiveness and a love of education at Progressive. Your school is much more than a school, it is truly an extended family. I trusted you for 5 years and the results have far exceeded my dreams.
--Katherine Wahl, Teacher

In my 35 years of teaching, in various public and private settings, I have never been witness to such a conducive atmosphere for education as the one I have seen each day that I have been present in your school. There is such respect and affection, that a free exchange of ideas seems easy and natural. The remarkable energy that permeates the school stems largely from the devotion and commitment which you have managed to inspire in your staff. Such comradery and support is so rare--Progressive School is verily a spiritual haven for its teachers and its students. I feel honored to share in a part of it.
--Herbert Rothgarber, Music Professor

After moving, I was fortunate enough to find an excellent school here in Arizona, and I just had to write to tell the news. They asked where my daughter had gone to school in New York and were curious to know more about you. They said that they had never seen a child arrive at such a deep assimilation of a variety of topics by third grade. Her attitude and interest are also a standout. You already know my feelings, but I thought you'd be interested in hearing how profoundly impressed her new school is with her former education. I'll be forever grateful.
--Kathy Monteiro, Teacher closequote


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