We have been looking at PK3 programs for my son. I have very personal experience with the school that we are leaning toward, and although I love it, I am concerned about the amount of time the students spend watching tv/movies and using computers/iPads.
Students arrive at 7:30 but cannot go to down to the classroom until 7:45. They spend this 15 minutes watching cartoons. In the classroom they watch movies and TV shows close to holidays (The Story of Rudolph, The Great Pumpkin, etc.), on rainy days, and just because. Then there are the iPads. I'm not even sure what they're doing with them, but it is often. This sends up red flags for me, but I'm not sure that the other schools would be much different. It seems non-educational screen time at school is becoming more and more common.
My son was TV free until after his 2nd birthday. Now we might watch 15 to 20 minutes twice a month. When he does watch something on TV, it is something we have thoughtfully chosen and previewed (e.g., an adaptation of Corduroy, Ferdinand, or another favorite book).
I would like to voice my concerns to the admissions director, but I'm hesitant to proceed without any hard data to back up my concerns. Any advice?