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Kathryn Sue Simonton Elementary School5
Posted April 12, 2015
- a parent
If you read through some older posts here, please understand that Simonton is under new leadership now. Many posts are older and speak to concerns about things that happened years ago when other principals were there. Many changes have been made in the last year. Simonton has hard-working teachers, an amazing principal who cares about the students, and there are many opportunities for parent involvement. It is a safe school, and I know my child is getting challenged each day. Students learn about the 7 Habits and are respected. We love the community and feel fortunate to have such a great school in the area.
Simonton Elementary School is dedicated to providing a quality educational experience to the whole child. We offer rigorous academic work, character education, and civics lessons. Our students learn about the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and our student leaders recite the Pledge of Allegiance, our Student Character Pledge, and the Declaration of Independence daily.
A good school for children in lower grades, but bullying issues with administration doing nothing about the issue in the upper grades. Very disappointed this year in this school on attention to major problems.
Very happy with the school so far. Very nice facilities, plenty of room for the students and a staff that has experience. They are a "B" rated school but only missed an "A" rating by a couple of points. The teachers seem to focus on positive reinforcement rather than negative as many young teachers do.
I was not impressed in the least. The teachers we good for the most part but the district as a whole needs a LOT of improvement. Ending up pulling my kids (not because of the teachers) because of the poor practices of the district.
I have lived very close in proximity to this schools for over 6 years now. Prior to this year, I didn't have any children old enough to attend. I must admit that the reason I purchased my house in the location that it resides was partly due to the closeness to the school. Now that my child attends Kindergarten here, I am quite impressed. Before enrolling my child, I was concerned as there are many children that live in the neighborhood that go to the newer charter type schools that have opened up recently. This made me question whether or not Simonton was the right school for us. After a referral to my child's teacher, I was elated with the outcome of this school year. I think that you should consider all of the negatives you are hearing and research them for yourself. I haven't had any issues with the school and my child's teacher is very warm, caring and provides a great learning environment. Also, the parent involvement is outstanding. I think you can send your child to the "worst or best" school out there, but yout child's education really comes down to how much you are willing to put in to him/her.
There has been little improvement over the last year with the leadership of the school. The teachers are great with communicating with the parents. When asking the teachers about the leadership they usually do not want to dicuss it because of fear of reprocussions. This school has improved over the years but still has a long way to go to be the best in the district. The district did grow from one school a little over five years ago to have a High School now. This does not mean training should not be provided to administrators on how to manage. There are somethings I take very seriously and my kids safety is first and foremost. I will not allow them to attend this school. This would require a change in leadership.