Great school, my kids are very happy with the school! I have a kindergartener and a fourth grader they love it, I try the best to my ability to stay involved.
My daughter has been going to West Point since Kindergarten, and is now heading into 4th grade. West Point is a great school with great staff and teachers. They are always helpful, understanding, and strive for the best for all of their students. Mr. Kieffer the principal is so caring. He really get's to know as many students as he can, I would not be surprised if he knew all 850 something students that are there. The PTSA has really stepped up since last year and is really getting parents more involved. As many schools are struggling with budget cuts, so is West Point. Any monies they receive they always put towards making West Point even better for our kids. This year they have taken on having the Arts Program for 6-8th grade, and they need many things for this to be successful. Having worked with the PTSA last year I have gotten to know many of the children, and they really are a great bunch of kids! The older kids do their best to help the younger children, they volunteer so much of their time to help run programs such as bookfair's, santashop, school store, etc. All and all everyone that makes West Point is great and they deserve any help they can get. Thank you for your time.
West Point just keeps getting better every year! The new Arts Academy is there and has brought in some wonderful and supportive families to help enrich the lives of the wonderful students! I have to toot a horn for the Wonderful West Point PTSA, their business members and the members who have brought back some wonderful family and community building events that have made West Point a school that remembers its not only about the books, it's about the experience and the memories that are being created for the kids!
My sons teacher was very nice and a wonderful teacher. The staff at this school however (mainly front office staff) is very unwelcoming and rude. On the first day i stood in the front office for a few minutes waiting for someone to acknowledge and maybe ask if i could use some assistance (nothing) i had to walk up and ask and then was helped. Before i enrolled my son in this school i called the school and asked to speak with the principal just because i wanted to know who the leader was and get an overall view on the school so i could consider putting my son here, well the "coordinator" gave me the run around and basically told me that i could talk to her about that. despite me insisting several times that if it was not too much of a hassle i would prefer to speak to the principal, and in the end only got to speak to her which by the way she is in the front office at the school and is as rude in person as she is on the phone. The school is clean, security seems good, classrooms are good size, only downfall was the front office staff who should be reminded that they work there to provide assistance and it should be welcoming assistance, this year i have chosen a new school :)
My son has been going to this school since Kindergarten and is now entering the 3rd grade. I have had no issues with any teachers or staff. I try my best as a parent to be involved in as many school activities that I can and have been able to attend every field trip so far. The office ladies seem a little bitter but over all it is a great school.
Overall, this school has very litttle parent involvement and is not welcoming. The 4th grade teacher my child has abosolutely no passion, is not approachable and looks miserable. There is no communication that happens and at the beginning of the year all these expectations are placed and there is no follow through. They simply only focus on state testing which obviously this school is in need of. Highly disappointed!
I have only had one teacher communicate with me regularly. I had gone through the volunteer training and even paid for my fingerprint clearance card in order to volunteer. I was never allowed the opportunity to volunteer in my kindergartners classroom. The teacher already had another mom and didn t need/want additional help. Communication is terrible. Emails and phone messages go unanswered all the time. Some weeks there is homework, some weeks not. When I finally received a note home, it was a request for $ for the teacher appreciation gift. Only one teacher was excited and wanted my help. She answered every email and phone call by the end of the day. She happens to be a teacher who is leaving. I did discover that there were instances when children were involved in strange/ difficult situations and the parents of all children involved in the situations were not made aware This is wrong and needs to be changed Bullying seems to be taking place on a regular basis The admin does respond but are slow. The attitude is that this is just the way it is This school lacks the support and structure. If that changed I think it could have a positive school environment.
So my daughter turns 5 on Sept. 1st. I totally understand that there is a cutoff date to start kinder. We had our daughter tested through the Peoria district for early entrance to Kinder. She was excepted, but the down fall was that peoria failed to tell us it would be $175 a month for all day Kinder. So i searched and came across West Point in hopes they would consider our daughter. Had meeting with the pricipal and he agreed that we could enroll her in Peroria first and then withdraw her and enroll her here. We did so and now they wont honnor it. WOW.
i was a student there from k-7 and it was the worst school i ever been to and kieffer did nothing but sit in his office and send 7graders out the door
I have 5 children at West point and have attended there for 4 years. I have always been very disappointed in this school. The no bullying policy exists only on paper. two of my children got plainly beaten up and the punishments were a loss of recess and a 'talking to". The kids that attend this school are simply mean. Last year my older children told me they did not want their little brother to go to kindergarten at this school because they were afraid he would get picked on. Now his kindergarten year is almost over and he has been through 3 teachers and hates school. i am moving my children at the end of this year. I understand that school is not the same as it was years ago, but this is ridiculous. the only teachers that I like are the new ones because they are still nice to the students. Additionally, all of my children are straight A students. Schoolwork has never been a struggle for them, yet now they simply do not hand anything in. they no longer care because they are treated the same as the kids who are misbehaving and failing. All 4 of my older kids had straight A's. All of them fell and not one teacher noticed.
This school and the staff are completely degrading and bully students. They make up new rules all the time and look for students to screw up in the slightest way to write em up. They spend more time worried about stupid unrelating issues rather than educating kids. I am sorry that I am stuck in this district and I now have to find another school for my other 3 children to attend because I don't want this school to get one penny of my tax dollars.
This school seems to be geared towards AIMS testing and funding only. Bullying is not allowed yet occurs every day. Please let kids be kids and stop over tasking them with an accumulation of work sheets more geared towards the schools financial potential for rewards rather than a childs success!!!! This school was great in 1999 but has steadily declined since.
I love Mr. Kieffer the principal and my daughters Kindergarten teacher was the best. The downfall is that the neighborhood has really changed. It seems like many of the families are not involved in their students lives. You will have to fight what I call the negative influence of some of the other students. Overall, the school has a nice feel to it and my daughter learned a lot her first year of school.
If you have a child with any sort of special need stay away from West Point and the Dysart school district as a whole. The teachers are good but bound by high student ratios (31 in my sons class) and district rules that seem to only factor in money. They do not seem to be the least bit concerned for my son and continually push me off, we have had three IEP meetings thus far and the accomodations are ridiculously easy. Really, unless your child is the normal student who can basically teach him/herself I would keep him/her out of this school!
West Point is the best school that I have ever been to. The teachers and adminstration all work together to meet my child's needs. The school has a reading interventionist for students who are struggling in reading as well as an Instructional Coach who helps teachers stay on target to make instruction relevent and rigorous. All of these people add up to a fanastic school.
This School has some Outstanding teachers, but the Resource Programs and the way they are handled is a different matter. The whole Resource Team is like a revolving door at this school and makes it very difficult for communication and educational needs to be meet of the children.
The principal needs to take control and NOT let the office staff run the school. He is suppose to be there for a reason and the person in control...though that is not how the school is. He has no say in what is happening and going on in the school.
We all miss the former principal a lot but we are conident the new principal will do an okay job as well. Both men are/were very caring individuals that cared about the education of our 3 children. The teachers are all great!
The school is full of great teachers and great students. The vast majority of the parents are great and are very supportive of the goals of the school. This is a good school that is becoming a great school.
I have to say thanks to the fact that the current VP will become the Principal next year.I only wish now that my younger son was still going to attend next year.Once again the district has changed the school boundries.I came from Illinois and I never thought I would see a school district that was worse than that one but I have w/Dysart.If I didn't work I would transport my kids to the Peoria district.My sister-in-law lives in the Dysart district but her kids attend the Peoria district.I am however proud to say that I had the teachers and staff stop making the kids tuck in their shirts as of last year by going to the district.Their reasoning that they learn better w/their shirts tucked in was ridiculous.
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