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Central Park At Morning Star2
Posted March 12, 2015
- a parent
We did not have a good experience at CPE. The front office staff is not very attentive. You always feel like you are interrupting their conversations when you come in. I had an experience where I spoke to the principal on the phone regarding a very serious matter with my child and she told me she would call me back on a particular date and never did. I didn't feel like the principal took the time to get to know the students, you never saw her outside of the office. The teachers my child had for a year and a half were very nice and very professional. I did withdraw my child because I wanted them to have a better experience socially and academically.
I was blessed to have found this school as my first teaching job when it opened 10 years ago. The kids that go here are truly exceptional in all aspects and walks of life. This is a happy place to be. Teachers are happy, students are happy, and parents are happy. Our school offers so many extra things that you can find at any other elementary. Our PTO is amazing and they are very much a part of the school with making decisions and being very helpful listening to our concerns, likes, and dislikes. The rigor of this school is also a top notch. We don't just strive for the standard...we strive for excellence!
I have had children at Central Park for the past 7 years and was blessed to become a staff member 3 years ago. I love this school! The facility is wonderful, the staff are amazing (always working to increase their knowledge of best practices), and the leadership is fantastic! We are a Blue Ribbon school with a waiting list - Go Gators!!
What a joy to be a staff member of Central Park Elementary! I teach kindergarten and even at this young age much is expected from the teacher as well as from the parents and the students. I have a team that is excellent in all areas. We share and collaborate to make our teaching the maximum possible. Our parents support and listen to suggestions and help in areas that are needed without hesitation. Our students work hard and strive to reach a bar that is attainable yet a stretch for them. I am honored to be a 9 year teacher of this amazing school. Thank you!!
This school is the best school for our children. It is a Blue Ribbon School which means they have excelled in all areas to win this prestigious title. Only a couple elementary schools receive this national honor. The teachers we had are very caring and so IS the office staff:)) This school offers many activities like a private school such a ballet, (with a full recital in costumes held at the Arrends Art Center.) select choir held after school, musical productions, art gallery auctions, carnivals and much more. Every grade has planned fun field trips around the area. The school facility itself is only a couple years old, new, and clean, including carpeted classrooms and carpeted full gymnasium for PE. The PTO is strong and parent volunteers make this a great school. So happy we moved here and go to this wonderful school! I just want to help other parents who might be relocating like we did, to know about this great school!
Central Park Elementary is a 2013 Blue Ribbon School! Absolutely fantastic environment that encourages learning at all levels. It is one of the top elementary schools in the district in terms of test scores and parental involvement is incredible. Highly recommend!
We have recently transferred to this school due to rezoning and have been very pleased. We loved our home school and were reluctant to change but have been warmly welcomed by our child's teacher and the administration. They have made every effort to get all students engaged and involved as if they have always been there. The only exception has been the office staff. The tone they set for visitors is cold and stand-offish. There are a number of parents who will not participate in PTO or volunteer in their children's classrooms because the do not want to have to deal with the hostility of the office staff. They are often complaining loudly about other parents or teachers and rarely acknowledge parents when they enter. When they do, parents often feel as if they are interrupting something or have done something wrong. It's a shame because Central Park has been a wonderful experience otherwise. Hopefully, administration will take notice and correct this issue so that people's first impression of CPE is as wonderful as it should be!
Perhaps there should be less eavesdropping and more direct conversation if there are legitimate concerns. Hiding behind an anonymous post defaming someone's character is libel. I happen to work in the building and know first hand what a positive influence she has had in so many ways. If someone is listening around the corner, chances are that they are not hearing all of the information and really have no right to make posts that could be taken as fact and used against her. She has undoubtedly walked into a very difficult situation last year and handled it with grace and dignity. She is very easy to talk to and I'm sure she would be more than happy to address or rectify concerns. Sites like this are dangerous because they are based on hearsay, not fact. It's a shame that people spend their energy this way rather than on finding ways to be truly helpful.
Disappointed! Recently moved to NWA and feel that this site gave false information. I have a special needs child and this school district seems ill prepared to support these students. Most parents I've met thus far with special needs children have pulled their children out of the public school system to home school. They do not use their funding to place aides in the classrooms to allow for the least restrictive environment, instead pull you child out to further separate from peers and teach WAY below capabilities of student. Training and education of school staff is a serious problem! If your employer is trying to lure you here, insist on a private school allowance if your child has any sort of special needs! My child is high functioning, but we are loosing ground each day. We had seen an article by the superintendent expressing how they are focused on special needs, in hind sight he was admitting they need to, not that they are currently prepared for it. I would not have relocated had I known!
One word for this school "WOW": Great Leadership Great Staff Great District My child is so blessed to have such a committed group at this school. It starts with leadership and the admin team provides a caring enviroment that my child is in love with! Thank you to the Principal and Vice Principal, I have personally noticed the "extra" after hour times your cars are at the school!! That extra touch has paid and continues to produce great returns for the children and my child for sure!!!