I think some of the teachers are a somewhat to traditional in that too many worksheets are used. I would prefer more real world experiences by having the children doing...researching....experimenting. In fifth grade my child was bored. The gifted program is not very organized and creative. Two of my children have a great teachers....so I think a successful school year would be based on which teacher the childen would get.
My son has attended this school for one year (1st grade) and so far I have been very happy with the school's performance and treatment of my son. A fairly conservative environment (a plus for us) and a fairly high socio-economic mix, we are pleased that the school can offer art, music, sports, etc. Tons of parent involvement; also a plus for us. Terrific admin. staff and supportive nursing staff when needed. Lots of communication from school and very active PTO with many opportunities to help and plenty of parents to participate. I would recommend this school.
Wilson overall is a very good school. They push the kids very hard in academics. I believe they want to be a school that is always excelling and not settling for anything less. Parent involvement is very high at this school as well, which contributes to students' success.
My daughter has been a student at Wilson since 1st grade. Without exception, she has been provided with stellar academic challenges along with many opportunities to become involved in sports and extra curricular activities. The school enjoys high parental and community participation providing for a safe and enriching school environment. Her teachers have been willing to meet with me and conference with her when necessary to improve her achievement. The school has a homework hotline and a website to keep families informed and involved. Peer groups are excellent although student diversity is not high at this school. The school enjoys the benefits of an affluent constituent neighborhood.
I have two children at Wilson, one in kindergarden and the other in 3rd grade. We have been extremely happy with their teachers and with the school in general. The art and music programs are terrific!
Standing ovation to Mr. Erickson. Another great thing about Wilson is that the administration backs up its teachers.
The purpose of my filling out this form is in response to a previous message dated August 2003 in which someone has provided completely false information. The teachers at Wilson do not teach to the test. They teach to the curriculum provided in the Arizona State Standards as all teachers throughout the state should do. Furthermore they do so with the hearts and souls. I have seen them in action and can say wholeheartedly that I have never seen such a dedicated hardworking group of educators. I am blessed to have the privilege to work along side them. Next, our teachers average 13.36 years of experience. That is the average. Yes we have some teachers new to teaching and even so they too are doing an excellent job. On the other end of the spectrum we have some teachers who have been teaching 30+ years. Finally, we at Wilson welcome any comments that can make the school a better place as long as they are accurate. To the person who wrote the previous message please feel free to contact me to discuss this matter further, not hide behind the mask of anonymity. Sincerely, Daniel R. Erickson Assistant Principal Wilson K-8 School (520) 696-5802 email@example.com
This school may enjoy some high ratings due to its policy of 'teaching to the tests'. It spends an inordinate amount of time in requiring students to study for the sole purpose of scoring well on the Standford and AIMs tests; unfortunately, in reality, it teaches its students next to nothing. Any education a student or his parents wish to obtain must be taught or learned at home on a student's own time. Most teachers have 1-2 years' teaching experience and are, truly, from the bottom of the barrel.
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