The Kindergarten teachers are so poorly skilled. Very few of their students come out readers. I have heard this from others as well. When asked about their plans to improve this, they are pious and consider the job they are doing excellent. I know of other students in comparable schools within this district, who exit Kindergarten as readers. Something has to change or maybe a change in teachers would help.
This school has a cafteria, but it is full of storage. Unacceptable!!! The kids are forced to eat out door on dirty benches and fight flies for their food. Unsanitary! They also need a better system for student drop off and pick up.
When concerns arose over the embarrassment of a 9 year old child and inappropriate punishment, I sought clarification. The teacher did not show up to the meeting she called with the principal. I shared some of my concerns about the teacher with the principal, and although she seemed confrontational and loud, she said she would talk to the teacher. Later, I was asked to come back and meet with the teacher and principal again. As a united front, they tried to alter reality and bully me. In dictatorship fashion, I was not permitted to ask specific details about my concerns. Literally, the principal told me to shut up . It was surreal and unsettling. I went there hoping to be wrong, and they were berating me. I did not get the clarification I was seeking well, unfortunately, I did get clarification. I suspect I saw just the tip of iceberg. This was also third Grade GATE.
My child s headaches, stomach aches, and morning trauma are over. The environment was uncomfortable at best and dangerous to my child s psyche at worse. My happy, confident child wilted during the school year. It is the third day of summer vacation and I see my child's personality re-emerging. With what I witnessed, I feel that the personal insecurities of the teacher were projected onto the students. The teacher seemed miserable. She appeared ill-prepared, frazzled, and irritated in class when providing instructions. The teacher made mistakes in Math homework, and my child began developing insecurities in Math when she was strong going into third grade Gate. When I asked about my child s progress the teacher was explosive, and difficult to communicate with, similar to what I witnessed in the classroom. It was a horrible position to be in and I felt like I could not make it better. I feel horrible that my child was exposed to what I now believe was an unstable environment. I hope and pray that there are no negative lasting effects. I contacted the principal with my concerns; however, my concerns went unacknowledged and undocumented. 2011-2012 school year 3rd grade Gate
This is my kids 1st year here and she is very happy. She loves her teacher! As a parent, I have issues. The pick up system stinks! VERY poorly thought out. They make you get out of the car and get them, they can't come to the car. their reason is cause there's nobody to help them cross the driveway but there is always a lady in an orange vest making sure they dont cross, why can't SHE help them cross? Weird! Put them back on lower campus then! Also dont like that 3rd graders are on the upper campus. This is their last year to be lower graders and are being robbed of that. They should be treated like lower graders even if they are forced to be on upper campus. If lower campus is drawing pictures instead of writting an essay for red ribbon week so should 3rd graders!
this school is over crowned. 35 kids in a classroom. I think the public school system need a major re-construction to be better or at least comparable to the private school. To all the parent who did not know, that the public and private school cost about the same per kid but why private school have a BETTER quality than Public School? The only different is that public school pay by TAX payer and private school pay by parents. Public school is not free. Everyone pay tax is derserve the good education for their kids.
So happy that the two campuses are better unified, thanks to the new principal. The school needed strong leadership and the school has become better as a result. Most of the teachers care, but the younger ones really don't have their heart in it like every teacher should. Overall, it is now a great school again.
As a parent of a child in spec ed, I find that the district as a whole is not very accomadating to children and different learning abilites. As for the teachers, I love them, they are for the kids, however, they are not educated on children who have learning disabilites. The new principal does not leave a good impression either.
Amazing school with terrific programs. All around A+ educational experience for young minds!
At the end of second grade there were children in my kids class who could not read first grade level books without help. We spend time every day with our child studying and reading, she felt that most of 2nd grade was boring and was not a challenge. When we asked about having her put into an advanced class we were told GATE was full to be happy with next year s teacher. The district office told us that if our child needed more of a challenge to stop working with her at home. This was the head of elementary education for the Orange district that told us this. We want our child to excel not be mediocre but it seems that both the school and the district have mediocrity as their goal. We are working to get our child out of the school.
So far, I have had a positive experience at Crescent Primary. There has been a lot of teacher turnover which does concern me.
After having been at three other local schools in recent years, I am so blessed to have my three kids at Crescent elementary. This school is great! I love that the younger grades are seperated from the older grades - there is much less intimidation. The principal is always around, easy to talk to, and genuinely cares. A model school!
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