Our child is just finishing Early Kindergarten. We could not be more pleased. Her entire class has learned reading, writing and math. They have an excellent foundation to continue forward with their education. Their teacher Mrs. Mulay is at the very top level of teachers. We have found the principal Dr. Sherrill to be involved with the students and responsive to us as parents. A few reviews complain about the fundraising. The fundraising is necessary. The state dollars do not provide enough fiscal resource for the school to be able to accomplish all that the school does. The Early K curriculum has been reading, writing, math, Spanish, art, music, computer lab, PE, decision making processes and taking personal responsibility. The most important aspect has been that the children are given individual attention and confidence. We feel that our child is receiving a private school education in a public school setting.
I have a daughter in first grade at this school. We think it is a wonderful school. She was struggling with reading through Kindergarten and the first part of first grade, but because of the extra attention from her Kindergarten teacher, Laurie Pennington, her first grade teacher, Allyson Jacobs, and the reading specialist, Laura Patton, she has now caught up with her classmates. All the teachers seem to be wonderful and Dr. Sherril seems very hands on. She seems to know almost all the students and takes interest in future students. My younger daughter starts Kindergarten next year and she can't wait. I know she will also get the best education.
I was expecting the same positive experience from this school that we had at Valley View Elementry. This is not the case. Sure if your child dosent have any special needs and your family has money this school would be great for your child. With a total inclusion classes you would expect teachers to be prepared for handling and teaching special needs children. I have had nothing but issues and dont feel that any extra effort has been put towards my sons education or well being. I would not suggest putting your child in this school if they have any learning or any other type of disabilities. This school definatly caters to families with money and children that do not need any special needs.
My child attended Sunrise for a short period of time, initially I was under the impression that this was an excellent school in all aspects. I soon found out that Sunrise lack tools imperative in providing children with a healthy social environment. Some parents desperately need a lesson in cultural sensitivity 101.' Sunrise needs to know when a child enters the world and interacts with different cultures, ideas and perspectives, the outcome of these challenges are not going to be based on how much money you posses, but on the content of your character. Sunrise needs to put more effort into broadening their intellectual horizons by thinking outside the box, and not basing their morale on parents putting money into the' FFO Treasurer's box.'
Sunrise Drive is an exceptional school, and I certainly agree with the posting below that Dr. Sherrill is a very talented principal. She does a great job communicating, is open to parent suggestions and is clearly a highly qualified academic leader. My children have also benefited from the quality and depth of the staff. I can't say enough about the wonderful teachers there...they really put a tremendous amount of dedication into their classrooms. I'm not sure if it's appropriate to mention specific names here, but Ms. Speelman, Ms. Pennington, Ms. McGroaty, Ms. Morrissey, Ms. Lane, Ms. Patton, Ms. Sherman, Ms. Marx, Mr. T and Bari Ross have all contributed greatly to my kids' education. There isn't enough thanks in the world for all that they do!
We think Sunrise is fantastic. While I agree that teachers are certainly 'teaching to the test', this is a product of No Child Left Behind and the bazillion related assessments (Dibels, AIMs, etc.) that have been mandated by the powers-that-be. Most of the teachers that I have come to know at Sunrise work 60+ hours each week to provide the best differentiated lesson plans they can while staying within the prescriptive curriculum. I also have to respectfully disagree with the last review; the current principal, Dr. Sherrill is very talented & has a great repertoire with the kids. It is the quality of the staff that really makes Sunrise great -- the reading specialist, art teacher, and school counsellor are all really wonderful, dedicated individuals. The perpetual fundraising IS a pain...sure would be nice if we diverted some of our federal defense budget to eradicate the need...
I find the other reviews a bit surprising! The current principal is not involved with the students and I have spoken to numerous parents who find her ability to handle difficult situations inadequate. This school focuses on 'teaching to the State tests' and I find most of what my child has learned has been in a vacuum with little-to-no focus on building upon concepts. Each year, there is a 'teacher shortage' that is remedied by some kind of fundraising effort to provide another teacher (the community is supposed to be grateful for this lack of District budgetary planning)! The PE program at Sunrise is Terrible. The music and art programs are excellent. I only hope my child will not be too ill-prepared when he enters middle school.
This school has a nice well rounded curriculum in math, language, art, and music.
I was very pleased with the education my 2 children received at Sunrise. The advanced math program was excellent and my son tested in other schools at 3 grade levels ahead of his actual grade. The theatre arts is the only area needing major improvement. There were no school plays and the multi purpose room is not suited for school productions.
I have had my son for 3 years now in Sunrise and I am very happy with the school, he has extended math and the academics is good. I do miss that there was some more language, there is no spanish at all and he spoke it, when we arrived, now he doesn't.
Sunrise has many advantages due to the affluent involved parent base. The music, art, and PE programs are excellent. The principal is very open and dedicated to the students. However, the level of in-class acceleration for high students is dissapointing. Be prepared to recieve tons or fundraising and PR flyers from the district with little accountability or suppport for needs of students.
Fantastic in all regards: Dedicated teachers who know the proven methods and skills of teaching, love what they do, and show the kids great care and love. Sunrise also has great leadership, awesome parental involvement, amazing kids, a great after school program and is nestled into a beautiful setting. I wish all kids could attend a school like Sunrise.
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