Episode 13: It’s one thing to research a school online. It’s another altogether to take a tour and experience it for yourself.

In this episode, we accompany Becca Leonard on a tour of Felix G. Botello Elementary. It’s the school her neighborhood is zoned to and where her young children may attend someday, though few of her neighbors currently opt to send their children there.

The tour demonstrates Botello’s commitment to each child, through both its “personalized learning” curriculum and its AVID program, which creates an atmosphere of high expectations. Both encourage critical thinking and foster a culture of learning that begins early on. Even kindergartners at Botello are challenged to journal.

Even though Botello is impressive on paper, touring the school left an even stronger impression on Becca Leonard.

Podcast credits: Keri Mitchell, produced by Advocate Magazines

Music by HookSounds