My son is autistic. Last semester he was in the 2nd grade SDC class at Holly Avenue Elementary School. We scheduled several observations of my son s class and immediately noticed that my son was seated 3 feet away from his peers. The seating arrangement seemed permanent. We asked for our son to be included with his peers. One day my wife saw our son sitting alone while the other kids sat together on the floor. He was not with his 1:1 aid; the aid was somewhere else in the classroom. My wife asked the teacher why our son was sitting alone. The teacher yelled back, Next time sign in at the office okay! The teacher later denied this. We also learned that my son had been crying every day. We learned early in the semester my son s individual DTT sessions were conducted in either the school s stock room or the vending machine room. Neither room was conducive to learning. After complaining, DTT sessions were moved to the classroom. My wife usually talks with other parents. One day the principal heard her talking about our son. The principal then told my wife that she could not speak about our son s situation, obviously trying to shut her up.
My son is just about completing his first year at Holly Ave We made the switch from private to public after learning how amazing Arcadia schools were. It is quite sad that we were disappointed. My son is an average level kid. He is not the most academically advanced nor academically delayed. It seemed as if you get the most attention only if you are extremely delayed, which I understand but there were obvious subjects in which my child needed extra help and because he wasn't delayed he had to "figure it out" on his own. Another thing, he would come home with homework that I constantly had to teach him because when i would ask him if his teacher went over it, he would say no. was he maybe not paying attention? maybe. but as a teacher, i believe it is your job to make sure students are understanding the subject and if they are not, to use a different teaching style with the kid since everyone has a different learning style. His teacher had a very laid back teaching style pass out worksheets and do them on your own while i check my email style. My child will be returning to this school in hopes that next years teacher has a different teaching style, if not, he will be pulled out ASAP.
My child currently attends the kindergarden at this school, and it has been a very difficult year for my child and for me as a parent. My child's teacher has been teaching an advance curriculum comparable to what I remember learning in 2-3 grade. The kids homeworks consists of 4 pages of either math or writing sentences every night. On top of this there are reading assignment of anywhere from 6-12 think reading books. This might be good new to those tiger moms and dads out there who want their child to participate at a higher level, but for me I just want my child to enjoy their childhood and learn what is appropriate for their grade level. The teacher expects each child to write out sentences starting from 3-4 sentences to 6-8 sentences now. The sentences need to be in detail form and they have to form out the words using phonics. My child is having difficulty catching up and has been left behind. I do not believe my child is the only one. I have to spend 2 hours every night with my child to complete the homework assignment, and it has been very exhausting for me, especially after a long days work.
It's only our second year at this school and our academic impression of kindergarten and first grade has been pretty good. However, there seem to be so many rules that are aimed at creating a cookie cutter child. Our son told us that there was a costume parade for Halloween. When I asked if his class marched in it, he told me that they are not allowed to march. They must walk in traveling position. Really, traveling position? I d never heard of traveling position. I m told it means backs straight, hands at their sides, no talking. Wow Holly Avenue! You guys really know how take the fun out of a parade! So many rules for doing everything you must use your inside voice when eating at the outside area, there is no running on the wood chips, you must use jazz hands, not clapping, at assemblies. Good heavens, some of these rules are just ridiculous. Now, I don t think I m hip, slick and cool, but Jazz hands, that s just plain goofy. When is a kid just supposed to be a kid, make some noise, blow off some steam during the day? Our kids are not academic robots; they need some time to burn off some energy and exercise creativity.
Arcadia School District is one of the best school districts in Los Angeles County including the San Gabriel Valley. Great schools with wonderful programs with the exception of Holly Ave. This school unfortunately is not serious about implementing programs that extracurricular that build student interest and esteem.These programs are vital for a child's learning experience,or at least the opportunity to participate in one.The principal likes book smart students and parents that keep their mouth shut, anything other than the later and your on her radar. There is no creative learning or the sort. No emphasis on individual learning styles, or focus on students talents and gifts-just a cookie cutter mentality. Its so much easier and less work for the principle and her staff.
Holly Avenue is a wonderful school which is led by a very dedicated principal. We moved our daughter to Holly from a private school and have been very happy with our decision. Holly has high academic standards but also makes sure to give students a well rounded academic curriculum and especially stresses good character, which shows when you see the students helping each other out at all grade levels. The proof is seeing the kids happy and smiling everyday they go to school. We love this school!
The school has a great character program led incredibly well by the principal. She has set a high standard and she and the staff spend a lot of time working with kids and parents. I love this school for my kids. Academics are stressed but kids get to grow at their own rate.
My child had great friends and learned a lot! I Thank this this school a ton!
I am anxious for my children to start school this year. They have worked hard and have improved their academics with the teachers and staff. The principal greets parents and children and makes them feel welcome. She is good for the school. Most of the teachers are wonderful. It is a 'great school' in Arcadia...not too pretentious or snooty but high level.
It really depends on the teacher you get. I must say most of the teachers are wonderful and so is the principal. They do have a few Teachers that really do need to go. They do teach well But they have other intentions on donations of money being sent in and how much and the welfare of the tone they speak to the children. I do know I have seen and been told. Many kids have cried and later didn't like the teacher. But to each there own Please watch out on how much you put out for your teacher.
The principle was incredibly supportive of my son's teacher, sending him to conferences to help her figure out effective interventions. He had a difficult transition from private school, but with a lot of hard work from his teacher, the counselor, the school psychologist and the principle, he continued to love learning and can't wait to go into second grade. He doesn't want to go back to his old school anymore.
I'm very disappointed with my child's teacher. Until this year, her teachers were all great. I'm not afraid she'll fall behind in the next grade and is considering transferring her to a different school within the district. The current teacher simple does not show much efforts and was very passive during open house and provides virtually no feedback about the child's progress and offer little opinions during our meetings.
The principle is to easy going on staff. Main focus is dollars for the school. We had give alot of supplies to the class. Very disapointed after having children in Highland oaks which is an outstanding school.
I heard good things abt this school but am very dissappointed with it. My child's teacher has been absent for more than half of the entire school year. No reason was given. No lesson plan was left. My child will be behind other kids when he goes to 2nd grade.
Pretty Good actually. Academic Programs are good, everything is pretty good.
I am real happy with Holly Ave. School. The teachers that I meet all care about our Children. The only thing I wish the school would go back to is year round. I truely think if all the parents were educated on the benifits of year round they would vote to bring it back. Our children are the ones going to hurt in the long run. Year round was great because there was less time wasted on reteaching the kids when they came off of summer vacation. With out the teachers being so helpful I would not be able to volunteer like I do, and thank you. Sincerely Tracy Houltram
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