My children attend Black Mountain and it has been my experience that the teachers, principal, and staff care very deeply for all students. At times all children struggle, my one son is no exception, and his teachers have been helpful and supportive with creative ideas to help him be successful. As another person wrote, it is our responsiblity as a parent(s/) / guardian to work with our children and if this means I come to school and help in the classroom, I make the time, even if it is only once a month. Parent support is so important for the success of students and the school. Truthfully speaking, if "you" and your child are this unhappy, it is sad to say, but maybe, Black Mountain is not the school for you. I love the school and this community. I also appreciate the principal taking time each week to send home an email news brief, and the teachers sending home a monthly newsletter, and the pto updating information on facebook, because I actually read them which helps me stay connected.
Excellent staff and huge results with kids that need accomidations. Get your kids here! Fith graders learn to learn with respect. Well seasoned staff with creative styles that top the charts.
I, too, am suspicious of teachers bullying the students. It seems as if they target a child and are determined to make that child fail. Teachers are supposed to be role models and mentor these children, that piece is most definitely missing. When a child walks out of school saying, "I feel like I'm a bad kid, but I didn't do anything wrong," there is a major problem. If they HAD done something wrong, they should have been COACHED on it. School is supposed to be a place of learning.
My wife and I wonder what this March 23, 2012 review is about. Our son has been attending Black Mountain for 6 years (K - 5th) and while the education may not the best (not entirely the schools fault since they are told what books to use and have to follow the curriculum given to them. FYI: The State of AZ is near the bottom of the quality education list so it s not just Black Mountain) we don't know of any teachers who are "bullies". Our kid smiles and even his teachers joke with the class. Our son is a good student, he gets good grades, and we are involved with his education and the school (that s why he is a good student). The only "problems" my wife and I have seen are from those parents who do not participate with their children's education. Any school can only do so much they are NOT babysitters. It is up to the parents (guardians) to ensure their child is learning. When our son has problems we talk to him, the school, and his teacher to find out what can be done. This review reads to us as someone who is trying to find someone to blame for whatever problems their kid may be having. Education and good behavior starts at home. All we can say GET INVOLVED. Just our two cents.
What a joke, if you child smiles to much or has a sense of humor or a imagination, they are micro managed, to forget it, set up for nothing but FAILURE, avoid this school at all COST. Teachers are crabby and will insult your child and then hide behind there authority, they are bullies!!!!!! If they can't CONTROL eveything about them they will make them feel like they are BAD!!. Lets get teachers that know how to teach, not just read the book and give answers, there is a whole lot more to teaching!!!!!. So lets find these teachers, in closing they rank way bellow on teaching,check it out.
My grandson goes to this school. He is doing great and loves school. Miss Tiner and Ms. Chamberlain are fabulous teachers. They are patient and very good with the students.
My twin grandsons go to Black Mountain and they love it. One has a special needs class that has helped him tremendously. They are both challenged by their teachers which they like. The harder they have to work the better they like it. Concerns have been dealt with promptly when both teacher and parent work together.
So far so good. This is the first year for my son to go here. I really like the teacher and she is very attentive to my child.
I am very happy with the improvements my child made once she started at Black Mountain. She peviously attended attended the other school in the area and I was always told that she was the top student in her class yet when I switched her to Black Mountain she was actually a little behind. The teachers are great and my daughter caught up and exceded.
I have been inpressed so far with the school. My child likes to go and loves his teacher. There are a couple of firm teachers that I think could be nicer to the students but what school has perfection. Some of the office staff need a lesson in 'How to treat visitors, parents, and teachers'. Otherwise I really like my child going to this school.
Black Mountain offers many afterschool opportunities. There PTVO is really beginning to take action. School curriculmn is the best in Golden Valley
Setting your child up for failure, that the theme at Black Mtn in Golden Valley. The 'Staff' is unfriendly towards parents who take an active interest in their childs education.
The school was good at first until they got a new principal then it went down the drain. They started moving teachers. The principal is choosing favorites. The school is not a good one.
They have pretty much cut out everything. They do nothing with the GATE children. They have lost 15 teachers last year, good ones too. I am not impressed, anymore. They are a NASA explorer school and they pretty much let that all go too.
I found this school to be very poor, the teachers were uninvolved and uninspiring, the class sizes were huge and the activities dull.
Black Mountain Elementary was a very disappointing experience for my family. My son entered 1st grade there in 2003. His teacher was mediocre; uninspiring and unorganized. The worst part is that this school has a policy against letting children go to the bathroom, except during a narrow time-frame, otherwise they are out of luck. I tried to resolve this issue with the school, after my son had numerous, embarassing accidents, to no avail. Eventually, he was pulled from school to be homeschooled. This administration's lack of professionalism and compassion is truly appaling. I was also present when students came to tell the office they had no teacher to teach a class! No one had bothered to find a replacement or to inform the students and they were outside, completely unsupervised! I have no confidence in this school whatsoever.
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