Do not go here. It is worse than any Montgomery school. They are rude, condescending, lazy, and unsupportive.
ACSC / War College Students be warned. This school is terrible. The principal is the big sheriff in town with a horrible temper. He must be threatened by military because treats the families that have moved into this school district to be a part of this community, for this school specifically - terribly. Do not move into this school district, do not place your children in the care of the monster at the head of this school. My daughter's class has had 2 other families besides us dis-enroll to home school for the remainder of their time in Prattville.
As a teacher at this school, I understand many of the recent poor reviews our school has gotten. Our admins keep piling stuff on us, we're doing the bookkeeper's job and the janitor's job, and are asked to put on a show for everything. Our extra tasks have taken away a lot of our planning time, which should be used for planning meaningful lessons and grading papers. Instead, we spend a lot of that time doing bookkeeping, attending meetings, and getting other required tasks completed. Parents, please know that we want the best for your children, and are trying our best. I also don't understand the constant fundraisers and money-making events. Enough is enough! I do love this school and our faculty, but there is a definite need for improvement. I'd like to go back to main reason I do what I do; TEACH and TOUCH LIVES! Military families, please don't "run" away from this school; have faith, do your research, and get facts straight. DPES is a wonderful school with some amazing teachers who are willing to give your children the best education they can; they just need some support.
First I can't not believe how much money they ask for! Not only do they ask for money but children who donate (or parents that can afford to) get to go to a party. Rewarding children for giving your school money is pathetic, they are there to learn not to be used. They only have recess/PE once a day. They call it PE but it is not an organized PE like most are use to. They basically have the kids run a couple laps and then the rest of the time the kids just play on the playground. They do not have Art, and music is only twice a month, and if your child's library book is late they charge .05 cents a day! Everything they do is to make money, they are running a business and not a school.They have a snack shop where they sale overpriced sugar/fat snacks but don't think about bringing your child fast food for lunch because they won't let you even if its a wendy's salad. When we moved here I asked to speak to the principal, wrote a note, waited for a call, he never called. If you are military you are not going like it here, I am now homeschooling-never thought I would be and this past month I have meet 2 other women who are doing the same, all pulled their kids from Daniel Pratt.
I have been very happy with this elementary school, both of my girls go to this school and I am so pleased with the quality of school this is. They have had great teacher and their grades are excellent. The teachers and staff are wondferful.
Our daughter is in the 3rd grade at DPES & has been a student there for nearly a year. She has two very organized and creative teachers. They focus on mastery while continuing to introduce new skills. They always challenge the children to improve above their own personal best. Commnunication is excellent & volunteers are welcome. Positive incentives are used for both academics & behavior. They do have a recess every day, despite what others have said. The outside play time is incorporated into the PE time slot. If your child is a car rider DPES has a very organized system put into place so that drop off & pick up is done so in an orderly & safe fashion. My daughter's classrooms have several computers for daily use & the school is in the process of opening up 2 technology classrooms for weekly use by each class. I do have a few concerns. They lack extracurricular classes such as weekly music & art. I also have a concern with the principal. I have not had any personal run ins with him but based on the lack of organization & information available at the open house, I was not impressed. The Vice Principal, however, seemed much more together.
I was warned by former co-workers (all retired military) that this was the worst school they had seen. It took me about three weeks to realize they were right. Biggest problems - extremely rude principal, vp, teachers and admin staff. Parents told me stories of how the staff started arguments with them, then take it out on their children. Positive reviews about this school are probably written by long-time friends of the teachers. I would participate in field trips and see how the "inner circle" would group together and shun the other parents. Of course this resulted in those parents not being at the next field trip. Constant battles between the PTA and school admin too. Sad that the people running this school can't just get over themselves and be the type of people they should be to make a school a positive environment. BTW, my child now goes to a different school, and is much happier.
Terrible. Just terrible. The academics are weak, the teachers highly unqualified, and the majority of the time is spent on trying to punish problem children.
Daniel Pratt Elementary is an absolutely amazing school. They've certainly set the bar high on my children's future schools as we move throughout the Air Force World. The head principal is a wonderful leader and is an asset to the community to which he serves. The asst. principals are just as wonderful and responsive to your needs throughout the entire year. The teachers, there are no words to express how over the top amazing they really are! The one on one, the group setting, and the instruction is absolutely creative, fun, and excititng! My children have blossomed socially and educationally more this year than any other! In my opinion you can not go wrong by choosing this wonderful school for your children!
We were here for ACSC so have only had one year's experience with DPES. A lot of reviews say this school is awful. I personally don't agree. They are dealing with too many kids, and have cut several programs like art and some music. The fundraising is truly never ending, i am so tired of being asked for money, but i understand why they need them. My daughter is in 2nd grade and i hate that they have no recess. the snack shack is purely a money maker for them, the snacks are all non-nutritive. However, having said that my daughter's teacher Ms. Mims, has been FABULOUS!! She never raises her voice, she's extremely organized and creative. my daughter is doing very well in her studies and constantly comes home with excited stories of the science experiments they've done and the art projects they've made. She promptly responds to any email i send her and even took my daughter out to dinner when she reached her goal of achieving 100 AR points for reading this year. I volunteer there once a week and have always been treated cordially by the office staff and told repeatedly that they appreciate my time. All in all, i think this is a decent school that just has room for improvement
This is our first year at DPES and I have been more than pleased. Coming from a small town school surrounded by friends that he grew up with, my son has adjusted here amazingly well. I love that the school has the option of email notifications. I am at the school more than once a week substituting. Im seeing things from as close as I can get to the inside without actually teaching, and I have no complaints. The teachers are friendly and seem to care about the students. I wanted to leave a positive comment because it seems everyone only takes the time to leave bad reviews.
This school has a lack of communication within its building. When thing happen in the school the parents are not notified. They tend to sweep everything under the rug. Out of sight out of mind. My child got left behind on a field trip and they blamed it on him. They have no accountability. They don't even follow their own handbook. But they expect the students to. I have many issues with this school. These are just to name a few!
This school needs to bring back parent-teacher conferences. The parents and teachers should be working as a team. Other than that, I have been somewhat pleased with this school.
We moved to our house just to be in this school. It was absolutely awful! In one instance the teacher gave an assignment and 1/2 of the class did it wrong, so she ridiculed them publically. We asked her if since that many did it wrong perhaps she didn't explain it well. She said, maybe yes, but never apologized. Another teacher consistently said one thing and did another. Another teacher could not explain what the standardized test scores meant. Children are not permitted to eat any kind of candy, okay that's a good thing, but then why can they go to the snack bar and buy high calorie snacks? We pulled our children out and homeschooled them. I recommend you do the same.
If you are considering this school for your child, please take my advice...run, don't walk from this disaster of a school. The principal is lazy, unresponsive, and very dismissive of parents. Even the teachers who are remotely caring and/or active do not stand a chance when up against the lacking principal, school board, and superintendent. It is a shame (and a joke) that this school is considered superior to the other schools in Prattville. Ultimately, I would choose ANY school over this one.
We have been a part of the DPES family since my daughter was in 1st grade. No run in with principal n vp r nice front desk lady Sarah. first recommend Horton now Johnson i think 3rd defintly mrs stewrat n 5th byard n myers ms harp is good too other teachers well good luck
DPES has some GREAT teachers, some are there for the right reasons and others are there for a paycheck and summer off. Its not DPES that is failing its the school system. Most of the staff at DPES have become puppets to the system and forget they are able to stand up for these kids. Parents that do nothing but complain are no better. Military or not we are all parents fighting a war here. A war for a better education for our kids. I want not only a good education for my child but the ones that will follow them. Do your own research parents and don't just complain. Write a letter, gather information and make a difference!
We are a military family. We have heard that Daniel Pratt is the best elem school. We are truly disappointed. This school is very, very far behind. We know that they are a public school but I would rather have my child be able to have an art class, music class or constant recess time than waste money on school dances. They have verbal rules that were given to me that were not enforced. The front office told me that I cannot walk onto school grounds to pick up my child. Once I left the office I found several parents waiting outside school doors for their child. They seem to make up rules & guidelines as they go. They enforce them only to certain people. Make sure you are the right color or you will get the run around & the rudeness that they can dish out. Very unprofessional & sad. They like to point out the "rules" to only a few people & let others get away with ignoring them. It is a place where some of the old racial southern ways are not quite dead. Be wary. We are sending our child to a private school that offers a much better curriculum & attitude. We would rather give her a positive learning environment.
Where do I start?? The only good thing I have to say about the school is the teaching aspect of the school otherwise, whoah! SOAR for the smaller kids who are trying to figure out what they did wrong that day or maybe it is the teacher not watching the child is sick and needs to be sent home or maybe the teacher was told something in private and she yells to your child about it or lets get in the childs face and scare them or they threaten the child they will be punish is they tell the parent something other than what the teacher wants them to say.Hmmm..
We are a military family and I have two children in Daniel Pratt. We have been attending Daniel Pratt for three years and I have been nothing but impressed with both my children's teachers and their academic success. This is a very large school and maybe in the future the district can be rezoned or add another elementary school in this part of town. Having said that, the teachers and staff do their best with the resources they have. Mrs. McNider is an outstanding administrator as the Vice Principal. I have been very unimpressed with the principal, so thankfully, Mrs. McNider fills in where he is lacking. The principal is almost never there. You will not find any school where 100% of the parents are pleased. This school is a really good school, my children are honor roll and they love it here. I encourage you to come visit the school before you rush to judgement. I, too, volunteer at the school as often as I can.
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