Very disappointed with the direction the school is headed! We began Leon Sheffield 5 years ago and now with our second child, I have to say the quality of teachers and curriculum offerings are sliding quickly. Leon Sheffield really offers nothing different than the neighborhood schools now with the exception of the outstanding school play at the Princess. They have eliminated foreign language and really don't follow IB principles as Ben Davis does. Struggling now with the decision of whether to allow our next child to attend after completing Ben Davis or to go back to our neighborhood school/private school.
Having had children in both a neighborhood school and the magnet program, I can truthfully say what an amazing job I think the faculty,staff, and administration do here at Leon Sheffield. As far as the foreign language program no longer being in the school, that is not entirely true. Our students are being taught Language Exploration and are learning Latin, French, German, etc. They have been exposed to many different lanaguages and cultures, which in this day and age with the US cultural diversity, is a plus in my book. The students will take spanish and french when they move on to middle school. I can't say enough wonderful things about this program and Mrs. Hill who is teaching it. And as for the administration, Dr, Rachel Poovey does an amazing job communicating with the parents and students on a daily basis. We are very pleased with our years at Leon Sheffield and look forward to many more.
Gordon-Bibb School is no more. The magnet program once housed there has moved to Leon Sheffield Elementary School. The buildings were torn down and replaced with a new school, Banks-Caddell Elementary School. It is a 'regular' school, and does not house a magnet school program.
This school is amazing! They have moved this year because of construction and everyone was feeling nervous at the begining of the year about the new place. They did a wonderful job and the kids are very happy. They are as strong as ever in academics, music and arts. The only drawback though is that the kids do not have a playground.