Why Reid School
Twenty years ago, my sister, Traci Hopkins, was looking for the right school for her oldest daughter. After much research into private and public schools, she learned about Dr. Ethna Reid’s learning philosophy and the structure of th ECRI program she had developed. Traci knew immediately this was the right place for her children. That same year, we were moving to Utah from California, and I needed a place for my three-year-old to start preschool. My sister told me about her discovery of the Reid School program. Trusting my sister, I enrolled my three year old in Reid School, while sending our older two daughters to the local public elementary school. We immediately fell in love with Reid School’s approach and the very next school year, we moved all of our children to Reid School.
This year [2020-2021] marks the 20th year that we have had a child at Reid School, and with our youngest’s graduation this year, all six of our children (and all four of Traci’s children) will have graduated from Reid School. Each of our children learns differently, and each has different abilities and strengths. Reid School’s program has been able to help each one of them individually to excel at his or her own level and has given each the foundation and confidence needed to accomplish their desired goals. Dr. Reid’s ECRI program is structured to work within each student’s learning ability regardless of the student’s level. None is constrained and can excel as each can work at their own pace, and yet, none is left behind if more help is needed.
The small, intimate atmosphere Dr. Reid has created, encourages a close-knit community within Reid school. We are so grateful for the lifelong friendships we have with the teachers and families we have met over the years. Because of the small class sizes, my children have been able to not only receive individual help from teachers in reading, math and science, but have also befriended students of all ages. Reid School truly feels like family.
Through Dr. Ethna Reid’s amazing program, student’s confidence is built, and lives are changed. Children develop a love of learning, reading, poetry, science, math and art. This is reinforced through a myriad of exceptional experiences such as fieldtrips, Shakespeare plays, art displayed in the hallways, programs, the Halloween carnival, mini-Olympics, mastery test parties, NJHS, Mock Trial, awards ceremonies to highlight each child’s accomplishments and much more.
For twenty years I have trusted Reid School to teach and nurture my children. I would make the same choice again in a second if I had to do it all again. I am forever appreciative for my time at Reid School and for all of you who are still at Reid School, I’m so excited for all the wonderful experiences that are ahead of you!
— Steve & Holly Hawes
Our daughter Brinklee Ermini has attended the Reid school for the past 10 years. We could not be more delighted with the quality education Brinklee has received from day one. Not only has Brinklee flourished personally, as well as academically, she has recieved the skills, mindset, dedication, and grit to move forward confidently in her pursuit for further academic success. It is without question that the skills, dedication, and beliefs that the Reid School embodies have prepared her undeniably for a bright future. As graduation approaches, we say goodbye with a heavy heart knowing her Reid School days are over. However, we are overjoyed knowing that she has recieved a level of education, and experience that will support, and foster every future chapter she writes, and it all started at The Reid School.
— Brandon and Gelsey Ermini
We first learned of Reid School when we were returning to Utah after living in California. Our older daughter Lauren had attended a semester of 1st grade in California but because her birthday falls on the age cutoff for Utah, the public schools would have required her to repeat 1st grade. We were delighted to learn of a school (Reid School) with a level learning structure that would allow Lauren to continue studying at her learning level, not at her age level. It was a double bonus when we discovered our younger daughter Rachel could also attend pre-school at Reid School. At the time, we thought our daughters would be at Reid School for one year before transferring to a local public school.
It is now 9 years later; Lauren has since graduated, and Rachel is preparing to graduate from Reid School in May. While we are so sad to see Rachel leave Reid School, we are eternally grateful for Dr. Ethna Reid, the education system she developed, and all the amazing teachers and friends who have played such an important role in our daughters lives. We feel so blessed to have found a safe and intimate school where every teacher and administrator knows every child. It was not uncommon for students to walk the hallways at Reid School and have Dr. Reid or other teachers comment on the poem they had written the night before. Dr. Reid created an extraordinary environment where the details of every child play an important role in their education and ability to learn. It is within this amazing structure students develop a great love of reading, writing, poetry, Shakespeare, art, history, music, and math. From the artwork displayed in the hallways, to the talent shows, poem reciting, mini Olympics, Shakespeare play, mastery test parties, Halloween carnival, NJHS, middle school trips, Mock Trial, awards ceremonies and everything in between, Reid School is unmatched by any other school in Utah.
One of the most inspiring things we have watched as our daughters have attended Reid School is how they have been able to make life-lasting friends. The small classroom size has allowed students to befriend everyone at school in all grade levels, this includes children they might not have otherwise known. Our daughter Lauren still talks about how with school uniforms, everyone starts off at an equal level. She has many times expressed her gratitude that she was able to make such good and close friends that she is still in contact with today, even after having attended different schools for several years.
While we are sad for Rachel to leave Reid School, we know that Reid School has given Rachel and all of the graduating students the foundation and confidence needed to successfully graduate to High School and beyond. The life-long friendships with fellow students and teachers have and will continue well beyond the doors of Reid School.
For those of you just beginning at Reid School or graduating to the middle school level, you have so many incredible learning experiences ahead of you. Participate in as many activities as you can and treasure the tremendous educational journey Reid School provides.
— The Crockett Family – Mark, Judy, Lauren & Rachel
Thank you so much for creating such an amazing school. We are grateful for individuals, like you, who have such vision and discipline. It has been an honor to have our children attend this school.
— Justin and Kiersha Wheeler
Thank you for yet another wonderful school year! Reid School has been a wonderful investment for our family, and we so appreciate all of your time, devotion and sacrifice to make the school such a success. Enjoy the summer.
— Kim and Jon Paulding
What can I say except thank you from the bottom of our heart. The last 15 years have been remarkable. We will miss seeing you everyday in the halls, your infectious laugh and your kind nature. You have given my children a wonderful education and have shown them how to be independent, smart and confident people. We will always hold a spot in our hearts for Reid School. Please let us know if you ever need us for anything
— Frank and Leslie Corbett
Thank you for everything you have done for me in this school. I will miss it very much
— Marcus Corbett
This school was a true blessing for my three children. Michael did not enjoy reading books before coming to Reid School. I now discover him reading late in the night, fully engrossed in the story. Thank you for giving him the tools he needed to read well. Sydney has improved her writing skills and loves coming to school each day. All of the clubs and extra activities were so fun for her. Charlotte enjoyed preschool. She would sing all the songs at home and is now sounding out simple words. Wow!
Words cannot express my gratitude and thanks. You have treated my family with great care and helped us all so much.
— April Worley
There is nothing we can do or say that would amply express our gratitude for your dedication to and nurturing of our children’s academics over the last fifteen years. It is an experience that will be dear to our hearts forever. Please plant this perennial as a reminder every year of how you have helped us all grow not only academically but as better people and parents.
— Matt and Brooke Johnson
This letter is long overdue. I want you to know how pleased and grateful I am that our daughter Mariel has had such a successful year at Reid School. I can see that she has grown tremendously in her ability as a reader and writer, and has also been making steady progress in math. More importantly, I am so happy that Mariel is positive in her outlook about school. I am thrilled to see her find a niche and feel included at school. Jim and I have been astounded by Mariel’s ability to write. She always seems to have a firm grasp on what the expectations are of her when homework assignments are brought home. I was amazed at how well she could understand the complex nature of English sonnets! I just want you to know that I have seen a tremendous amount of improvement and growth in Mariel this year. Thank you for having such an outstanding program at Reid School. I greatly appreciate your emphasis on fundamentals along with enriching opportunities that expand students’ learning experiences – such as including regular Physical Education. Thank you for valuing the students. We have noticed that you take a very “rose colored” view of the children at your school, and that produces great things. I am currently reading a parenting book by a distinguished professor at Yale who has done research on children for thirty years. He recommends the very approach that I see you implementing – always looking for the positive and accentuating and rewarding “what children do right.”
Thank you, thank you, Dr. Reid. We appreciate you so very much!
— Nancy Swindler
Thank you so much for the education your school provided Avery these last two years. We feel that Reid School very much provided the education and experience that we were seeking for Avery. Not just academically, which was far beyond what we expected to see her achieve, but in many other ways as well. Avery now has a sense of confidence and comfort in her abilities. She is better able to cope with her hearing impairment and express her needs. She has developed better social skills and continues to grow in that area. Perhaps most importantly, Avery felt like a part of the Reid School community and that was so important to her, and to us. That feeling of belonging has given her very fond memories of her time at Reid, and has made her hopeful and excited about what her future holds at school in Park City.
— Linden and Bill Mechling
I hope you remember me because you have been such an inspiration in my life. I am so thankful for the education I have received from you, your school, and all of the amazing teachers. I will be moving to New York and attending Marymount Manhattan on an academic and dance scholarship. I am nervous and sad but mainly excited. Thank you for building such a strong foundation for me.
— Blakelee Harmon
I was digging through some old papers, and I came across a paper introducing [Dr. Ethna R. Reid] and ECRI. This was in the early 70’s. A group of Oregon teachers, from Oak Grove School in North Albany, attended workshops of yours in SLC in 1974-76. I have used your program much of the time since then. I have also taught school at Martin L. King Elementary School in Vancouver, WA. and the past 28 years in four different places in Germany for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools, (DoDDS). I want to thank you, and let you know the powerful influence you have made on my life over the years. The last time I saw and spoke with you was in 2000 in Auckland, New Zealand at the Reading World Congress.
— John Spriggs, ECRI teacher
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