On April 1, the day before the last day of school before spring break, BNS participated in its School Quality Review. Our reviewer, Maribel Hulla, met with administrators, teachers and parents, while also observing many classes. The day was intensive and extensive. After school, Maribel shared her preliminary findings. She found the work of our children and staff to be ‘well developed’ and she commended us on a number of areas. We were applauded for the rigorous and coherent curriculum, which was aligned to the Common Core Learning standards. As well it was observed that teacher pedagogy is developed from a coherent set of beliefs about how students learn best. Understood too was how assessment is embedded in the curriculum and how our teachers’ decisions about what to teach is based on their analysis of what students have learned. Our school culture, which communicates high expectations to all, was visible. And there was recognition of the ways in which teacher teams collaborate and share leadership. It was a rewarding day and a chance for us to share our work and learn from an outside perspective.