As of the new school year, August 2015, this school has had a new Principle. I see a lot of reviews criticize the previous Principle and they are absolutely right. Our son is in special ed and the previous Principle absolutely hated anybody that was not perfect in both academics and behavior. Decide for yourself whether the Princple's retirement coincided with the school being placed in special measures due to falling API scores. I also notice that the GreatSchools rating has fallen to 7 out of 10. I can't quite remember if it was 9 out of 10 or 8 when we moved here 1.5 years ago.
That said, the 2015-16 academic year is now in the hands of a new Principle, one from a nearby well performing school. Two months in and her attitude has increased parent, teacher, and student morale no end. Special ed has improved dramatically, and the reason it was lacking before had nothing to do with the professionals running it: it was entirely due to the old Principle sidelining it to the point of oblivion. The sad thing is, the old Principle failed to realize that sometimes the most autistic children are also the ones that would have increased her API scores the most...
Let's hope Sycamore Rocks manages to get back to where it was!
This school is terrible. I pulled both my kids out of this school last year and home schooled them the last half of the year because all the problems we were having.
Let me start with the preschool program...when Mrs. Regalado was the lead teacher she was amazing with the kids and my son loved going to school. She wasn't there last year and the 2 teachers they brought in to help the new lead teacher were absolutely terrible. My son was scared to go to school everyday. I didn't understand why until I heard them speaking badly about my son in front of him. They sat there and said there was something wrong with him and then wondered why he didn't want to participate or listen to them. Would you listen if someone was speaking badly about you?
Then there's the Kindergarten teachers. I'm sure not all the teachers are bad but there are a few that scream at the children at morning recess. When the kids are playing on the kindergarten playground you can hear these teachers screaming from the street. My daughter was also being bullied by some girls at lunch time. They would take her food, throw it on the floor, and tell her to fetch like a dog. When I went to the principal about this matter they ended up putting my daughter at the detention table at lunch time instead of the children that were doing the bullying. I was livid!!!
Do yourselves a favor and avoid this school.
I really love this school for my child. She has always had wonderful teachers who genuinely seem to care. My only complaint is the principal who should have retired years ago. She is haughty and has a very unapproachable and hard demeanor. Definitely not kid friendly.
I am so happy that I found the school for my children it has done wonders especially for my middle child he went from being behind to where he needs to be and then some all of the teachers are so easy to talk to the principal is very friendly she always has a smile on her face the ladies in the office are wonderful as well the campus is always clean the art fair each year is just super fun for the kids and for the families to get together even back to school nite is very well put together and fun for the family
Our school has a great leader in our principal. She keeps the staff, students and parents informed about all the changes we are facing and has lead the school to award-winning academic success. Sycamore Rocks staff credit much of this success to the Visual and Performing Arts program that is built into daily curriculum! This is an terrific school and I would love to see the school receive this financial support.
Sycamore Rocks Elementary is a wonderful school. I have three children attending presently. One in 2nd, 4th & 6th. My children LOVE this school & their teachers! The annual school musical is AMAZING thanks to the teachers that stay AFTER school most of the year working with the kids, costumes, props etc........ The music teacher is super & my two older children love being in chorus. I have loads of beautiful art projects that my children have made during the school year. Mrs. Beckman is a GREAT principal & she loves this school & the children. NATURALLY there are tests that have to be taken, this IS a school. The only thing I wish I could change are the budget cuts!!!
Please,.........please, don t call this a School of Arts. That s an insult to the Arts and Education. It should be called the Sycamore Rocks School of Tests. It is a school of tests, and these kids will be great test takers. This perverse obsession with tests looks great for the ancient principal/control freak (who needs to retire), but is it good for students education? Are these children laying a groundwork to become truly educated? Teachers want to do more, but are in continual test prep mode. This top down approach is not friendly for innovative ideas or parents participation who are generally not welcome on campus but the campus sure looks great and the busses run on time! LOL. A testament to public school failure as it shows how appearances are deceiving!!!!