I was also concerned about the lack of comments about JSP from the parents of students who attend, so I'll do my part by posting what I've learned.
1. We decided to place our son at JSP because it's nearby and we figured the extra hour of sleep he gets is more important that any marginal benefit of busing him to a more name brand school.
2. I asked a teacher during P1 registration, and she said roughly 50% of the top class (about 20) scored above 250 on the 2011 PSLE.
3. On the first two days of school in 2013, JSP conducted workshops for parents on STELLAR and How to Motivate your Kids. I recently learned, not all schools do this.
4. In week 4 of the 2013 term, the school conducted a Meet the Teacher session for P1 parents. I really appreciated having this opportunity early in the year, so we can better understand the learning environment and what's expected of the students.
5. On Tuesday nights for four weeks, the school conducts a Han Yu Pin Yin workshop for parents. This is so parent's can learn or brush up on their HYPY and help guide their kids in Term 1. Again, I don't believe all schools do this.
6. HYPY assessments started in week 4, but so far not too difficult.
7. In theory, the school will teach a child how to read English from the most basic level, but, as the vast majority of students have already attended pre-school, I believe the reality is that most kids can already read with modest proficiency. In fact, the English spelling assessments, which began in week 4, belie the notion that students in neighbourhood schools are presumed to start from a lower base, as some of the words are beyond the basic.
8. I'm not thrilled with the demerit point system which punishes a level if a student fails to bring his/her thermometer and story book to school. [The level with the least demerit points gets extra recess time]. I would think the system could be turned upside down into a merit point system, whereby days where everyone in a level brings the required material, they get a point, and the level with the most points at the end of each term gets some reward. Subtle difference, but I think it's better to reward good behaviour than teach P1's the meaning of demerits.
9. Apart from preparing for the weekly spelling assessments in English and Chinese, the homework is pretty light so far. At most twice a week.
Overall, I'm pretty happy with the school. The teachers seem caring, and my son hasn't reported any problems with his classmates. It's early in the year, but I hope the school continues to deliver beyond my expectation.