I am the parent of two children who attend this school. This school is horriable. The principal is useless. He cant stop the bullying. Everytime I go to that school there must be half a dozen kids in trouble up in that office and hes no wher to be seen. I have a son in 4th grade and he had an amazing teacher. She was terriffic. My daughter was in 7th and she hated it last year. There were so many changes to her class schedule that neither of us knew what was going on. Sometime after x-mas, her teachers changed. I met with them. All of them were subs but 1 and she had no control over that class.In fact non of them teachers did. My daughter said that the principal or another teacher had to deal with the trouble makers. She said her math teachered yelled non-stop and made the kids just stand in the hallway often. I don't know whats wrong with the principal and those 7 grade teachers, but they need to all be replaced.
I have three children that go here. My daughter (youngest) loves her teacher. Her teacher is so energetic and happy. Plus she has fun games that teach too. But my oldest son is in 8 grade and my nephew is in 7 grade. They hate it. My son says his teachers have no control of his class. The kids just talk and yell and get up when ever they want to. He told me the the other kids even back talk to the teachers. He said the principal has sat in his class room 3 times because the class is so bad. My nephew syas that some of his teachers are really strict but some aren't. he says he likes some of the teachers, but that he hates math and writting. I would like to see the principal clean up the older kids classes so my kids can learn better. But I hear the older kids just ignore the principal.
I do not know if it is todays world or the pendergast school my children go to. s soon as I can I will get them out.The problem could be some of the ones that have moved in. I do not know who is responsible for tearing down the building they had,or why it has ben over 2 years to rebuild it.
i have a daughter that didn't like that school at all. i didn't as a parent. she been going there from k-6 grade.
I have 2 kids who go here and they like it. They've both liked their 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade teachers. But my kid in junior high doesn't like it there. One of the teachers he's a bit afraid of because they snapped. He says the kids in junior high are wild and disrespectful to the teachers and substitutes. He said that they even had to send a different teacher up to his class one day to get them under control because the substitute couldn't control them. Also, the junior high kids bother the neighborhood after school and walk on other peoples lawns and pick on the younger kids. They even fight acroos from the school because the teachers can't stop them. I think the teachers are great, but someone needs to clean up the junior high.
Pendergast now has a great campus, but what is not good is that they dont have money to get enough supplies and more electives and the kindergarten is lacking education extremely! Luckly for me my child was able to go to all day kinder before they mad that rule but i do feel sorry for 1st grade next year because these kids are not going to know near as much as they should. kids are missing out on basic education and have more tv/video game time.
I have two gifted children at Pendergast. They were recently given a 3 day test to see if they qualify for the gifted program, which was recommended by their teacher. They are in two different classes and they are not bored the teachers find other alternatives for them to do.
Pendergast has strength both at the elementary and upper grade levels. I am most familiar with the upper grades. Teachers do a good job teaching students. Pendergast participates in an after school arts-academics program. I am especially impressed with their steel drum program. The level of parent involvement is not particularly impressive. This is probably a problem with most schools.
The academic programs were fairly standard. We did have problems with bullying. But some of the teachers were good to communicate, some were not.
This school is wonderful. The teachers and the administrators are very helpful. The academic programs with in the school are very good. The students are able to choose from a number of extracurricular activities.
I had 3 children attend Pendergast, and I was very unhappy with the school. It is run down, crowded, has a high turnover rate, and academically is very lacking. Because of the low test scores, the classes are taught at a low level and children who are advanced are left out. My children were bored and not challenged. I had a gifted child who was the only student in the class for 2 years. Needless to say, we have moved school districts and my children are now thriving. This school really needs someone to take charge and take it in a different direction.
Pendergast is a bit run down and crowded. the school board has done nothing to keep this school up. I pulled my children from this school after they received threats for getting too good of grades and making low achevers look bad. My children were bored in their calsses because they were taught at such a low level and have done better since they have attended a new school
Pendergast offers students the opportunity to learn in a diverse environment. Typically the students spend the majority of the day developing literacy skills. Students are expected to become readers, writers, and thinkers. Pendergast offers several after school tutoring programs and has a community center for children in grades fourth through sixth.
The school is a small school but maintains adequate teaching for the children. Pendergast offers various extracurricular activities for the students by means of music, band, sports and drama.The school also offers various after school programs to assist the students in the areas of academics.
Pendergast School has been a performing year the past 2 years and is now out of school improvement. I sit on the School Effectiveness Team which is a parent, teacher, administrator team that works to get parents more involved in increasing student achievement. The new reading program at Pendergast and the focus on reading is inviting parents to participate in their child's learning to read. I have been very pleased with the focus on getting children to read at grade level. There is a lot of assessment that takes place. Teachers let me know just where my child is in terms of reading. They send home many helpful activities for me to do with my child. The math program is also fairly new. It includes a lot of review as well as teaching new content. I also like the implementation of the Character Counts Program that started this year.
I worked as a Teacher Aide (Grade 1-4) during the School Year 2003-2004. My impression was that the teachers are very dedicated, and they seem to work together well. They provide good programs for children with special needs.
The biggest problems at this school are administrative leadership, specifically, the principal, as well as a severe lack of a discipline plan/safety concerns, both for staff and students. There is also a high turnover rate of teachers. In some grades, the entire grade level has left the school at the same time. This should alert the district, the State Board of Education, and parents as to this school's problems. Something needs to be done.
They may be a little strict with the kindergarten class' behavior. They do however, try to help them and they give them lots of emotional support. I am very pleased with my son's classroom environment. I have attended a few fuctions with them and have been very impressed with the amount of personal attention they get in such a big class room (20 students)
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