Noah Webster was once a fantstic school. Sadly, this is no longer the case. They have the highest turnover rate I have ever seen. I have 2 childen enrolled here, but not for long. I am frantically looking for a new school that will be a more suitable place to educate my children. Somebody needs to check in to how this school hires and fires or why so many teachers quit midyear. I know fast food restaurants that have less turnover.
We currently have 2 children at Noah Webster and couldn't be more thrilled with our choice. The teachers that we have had are nothing short of world class who love teaching. Having the kids grouped by ability has many benefits. Parents who comment on here about not being able to volunteer have had an entirely different experience than we have had, the teachers go out of their way to make you feel welcomed.
I have found Noah Webster to be a school that enjoys educating children not only academically but also creatively. Knowledge is just part of education, but wisdom is what we do with the knowledge. Noah Webster's Teaching and curriculum style focuses on everyday application to help children apply what they learn into everyday living. In short, teach a man to fish and he'll have food for a lifetime!
My daughter loves this school, and she is excelling academically thanks to the great teachers and staff. I admit that she can be a challenge and is not the model student with her behavior, however her teachers are amazing. I like that they use the Love & Logic principles in the class which aligns with how our home is run as well. I believe that many of these parents that are complaining or pulling their children from the school do so because they believe their child is "special" and therefore should not be held to the same standards as everyone else. Life does not make accommodations for us, and the sooner children learn this the more successful they will be. Thank you Noah Webster for not only teaching my children the academics they need in life, but for teaching them the responsibility they carry for their own success or failure!
This school is a failure! It is a sad excuse for a school. My child will not be going back after Christmas holiday. I am just sorry that I have to leave him in this environment that much longer.
I'm really confused by some of the comments I've read. As far as Noah Webster "claiming" to be an A rated school, they are A rated. A rating comes from the state based on test scores, not just something a school "claims" to be. The education my daughter received at Noah Webster was amazing. For the past 3 yrs she received "exceeds" on all her AIMS tests. As far as "parents not being allowed to be involved", let me just say I received notification constantly about volunteering. Just last year I volunteered for my daughters art class, holiday shopping, book fair and few times in the classroom helping the teacher. I believe the parents who complain about not being allowed to be involved are angry they can't just walk onto the campus whenever they want. Noah Webster is very strict about prior notification to be on campus, but I LOVE that! I don't want just anyone showing up at anytime disrupting my daughters education. Not to mention the fact in today's insane society I want my daughter as safe as possible while she is at school. And Noah Webster put her safety over the needs of "helicopter parents" who won't let the school do its job.
I love that this school places students in levels and ability. My daughter was in the wrong group at the beginning of the year, and within 2 weeks it was recognized and corrected. I love this school, the teachers, and most of all my daughter loves it.
This school is the worst!!! The principal never called me back when I left her several messages about a bullying situation, I never even saw what the principal looked like. The education my child received was honestly not very good. I moved my child to Jacobson Elementary and the school is 31st out of the whole state. mY child stated she had a better eduacation there than at Jacobson and she felt more challenged. Noah Webster wants you to believe its an A+ school but I would actually say they are D-. So disappointed!!!!!!
If you're looking for a below standard school for your children then this the place for you. I had my children in this school for 3 years & each & every year it progressively got worst, from putting my 1st grader on the wrong bus, to paying additional for after school activities that really was just babysitting, to teachers & staff always being rude if ever questioned, flies in girls & boys restroom not to mention never any hand soap, disorganized, under certified teachers that are oddly related to each other (so weird), ridiculous policies, & finally children bored out of their minds. My son was always coming home saying that he hates school & that its boring. Well after asking his teacher & sitting in the classroom I can see why, nothing but worksheets ALL day!! I understand that books & various materials can be costly but as parents we are asked to buy a ton of school supplies but yet everything that came home was done on white copy paper & in pencil. Children need to be stimulated with different things other than worksheets. School should be a positive environment. I would never recommend this school, all they care about is filling seats so the can get funded from the state.
We are PROUD to be an A rated school. We have made some amazing, exciting changes over the past year that have showed incredible growth across all grade levels. With laptops for every student, interactive whiteboards in every room, excited teachers that go above and beyond standards that also go way beyond anything common... I invite you to check it out for yourself. Make your own choice if it's right for you and your child. I am a teacher there, but also a parent of a student. So, I am able to see things through both sides of the glass. I would never put my child anywhere else.
By the post on July 9th, one can understand why that person thinks their child is getting an above average education. The word is "successful"; it is 3rd grade spelling. Now you see why many of us are worried about our children that have received education at Noah Webster.
I have had several children enrolled at NWBS through sixth grade. I have been very happy with the education my older kids have received, going on to Jr High enrolled in Honor's classes. But, I feel NWBS focuses on the more advanced students (higher learning levels) and puts their best teachers there, while putting less experienced/weaker teachers/staff over the middle to lower levels. Struggling students have difficulty catching up without strong teachers. NWBS is driven by higher test scores to advertise, not necessarily by students education and success. Family and friends have experienced multiple teacher changes within the same year, several years in a row. Children with behavioral issues are "asked not to return." Some of my children have been part of the Special Ed dept for minor speech therapy, both in the public school system as well as at NWBS. The Special Ed staff has been very helpful and supportive, but short on resources. As a parent I have often felt my involvement is only wanted for fundraising purposes and crowd control during fieldtrips. I don't feel welcome visiting the school. I am considering moving my younger children to the local public school.
My first introduction to NWBS was when a friend of mine had enrolled her son. I was so impressed by the school. Some of the factors that attracted me were the fact that parent involvement that was not only encouraged but required. After having two children in MPS I had become increasingly disappointed when we would attend school concerts or awards ceremonies and see only a handful of parents! It reminded me of the way schools used to be. A place where a student and his/her family became part of a larger school family! I quickly decided that if/when we had another child he/she would attend this fabulous school. My love for this school has only grown as I watched my son, Zach forge true and lasting friendships with not only his classmates, but also the staff members! No school is perfect but this school is truly exceptional. We have enjoyed attending the school functions like family movie night and Fright fest, yes it is busy but I would rather see it busy and see families involved in their children's school activities. The staff does a great job keeping things organized. My son loved attending this school.. best choice I have ever made! Michelle Wright Proud NWBS parent
NWBS encourages parents to get involved in their children's education and future. I have throughly researched and visited many schools in the Mesa and Gilbert area and have found that NWBS offers an outstanding educational program for my children. I have one child that moved to middle school with honors and continues to participate in honor classes. I believe as a parent that education starts at home...teaching good study habits, setting goals, organizational skills. Children mock their parents...parents are their children's mentor.
My wife and I picked up my son and daughter from school on September 21, 2012. Thankfully, I brought copies of directions and times found on your website. After arriving, we went into the administrative building and were greeted by office personnel. The staff was wonderful and courteous. A staff member provided me with the children s teachers email addresses (school). Another employee had me review my contact information. I was able to update my profile. The office staff went over the school map and explained where we needed to go. They provided us with a placard and explained how their monitors may ask for identification. We were completely impressed with how smooth and well-organized the process was. I was pleased when one of the designated monitors had asked for identification. Before our arrival, one of the pick-up monitors knew we were coming. A monitor had observed my children board their bus, quickly responded, and retrieved them. We would have been extremely concerned if the children were not at the pick-up site. The monitors went above and beyond. For the first time, I feel relieved knowing they are in safe and capable hands.
I am withdrawing my children from NWBS. I think the education they are receiving is just that...basic. My son is an above average student that excells in math. They have never recommended an advanced program for him. Instead they recommended a 504 program because he completes his work so much faster than the rest of his classmates he gets bored. The teacher has labeled him as a classclown. They have given him numerous right ups and told us they did'nt want my son back. He has never had any behavior issues since this particular teacher, or school. We will never go back to this school. In addition, I was on a waiting list for the school bus all year and was told by other students that the bus they would ride on is only half full. They never contacted me.
I've been very familiar with Noah Webster since 2004. When the school moved to new it's new location, the main priority became bodies in seats rather then the actual education of the children. The administration is so focused on keeping all seats filled that they have developed policy that restricts teachers abilities to write letter of references for the children as those are usually sought when seeking attendance at other schools. Teachers are moved to grade levels where they have no experience and are unable to maintain control of the extremely large class size. Mentions are made to the family activities, however since there are 1,100+ students at the school, the activities are a nightmare due to the large volume of families that attend. They are unable to retain good teachers due to their "policies" and the teachers remain basically get by just doing their job. With so many children supervision is impossible and so bullying, inappropriate behavior, etc. is rampant. If you have to choose between public school or this school, go to the public school.
The director and office staff are unprofessional, and rude. They do not care about parent concerns. If you raise a fuss at all you will be banned from school and escorted off by the police, no questions asked. It is a closed door policy. They preach highly of there education and how wonderful it is, but the children do not test into honors classes when going into junior high. There are people there who are NOT certified teachers working as teachers. If you try to bring this concern to the administration, you are just blown off and NOTHING gets done. They do whatever they want and get away with it.
When we found NW we though it would be a wonderful school They have the appearance of great school with lots of good clubs for kids. It doesn't take long to figure out that there is not even one good thing about this school. The teachers are rude and unprofessional, the so called clubs are like paying for your kids to have an extra recess after school, and they don't want parents around at all. When my children first started there I was shocked at the extremely easy work they brought home but thought it would become more challenging as the year progressed, it did not. When we tried to talk to the teachers about issues we had with the easiness of the work we were blown off and talked down to. In the past no teacher has ever had a problem with my children and they had been star students now all the sudden they have been labeled trouble causing students. They bring home packets of work graded by the teachers and it is often graded wrong. I feel the only reason this school has good test scores is because they give the kids work at 1 to 2 years below the right grade level. For the sake of your sanity and your kids future stay as far away from this school as possible.
I have two children who have been attending NWBS since kindergarden and now one is in 2nd grade while the other is in 4th grade. My husband and I have always been amazed @ how much our kids are learning and progressing since they've been attending this school. We both have a lot of respect for this school's academic program as well as their staff. We also like the fact that they don't torelate bullying and each one of their students safety, excelling in class as well as respect for themselves, peers and their fellow students is the school's #1 priority. Both my husband and I have no intentions of removing our girls from this school till its time for them to go on to middle school and we've recommended it to friends. We also respect the fact that when we brought a concern to their principal it was taken care of right away and results are still showing which is very reassuring for us and our kids. I wish I could give NWBS 5 stars but I believe that no matter how great something is there's always room for improvement and that for me would be to see NWBS acquire more teachers and classes to decrease the size of students in each class. Thankyou to all the staff for all you do!!!
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