Stuffing 25 kids in a classroom where they can not get their academic needs met is wrong, especially when the teacher is making a salary of $85-95/yr. for 180 days of work per year (look it up on Transparent California...also look up the principal's salary, over $110k while kids are stuffed into classrooms. District superintendent...$200k). To compensate for ineffective classroom instruction, teachers send home mountains of homework to pass the work onto parents. Is this really okay w/ parents, whose property taxes are funding this ridiculousness? Our funding should go first to smaller classes, where kids can actually learn.
We have a grandson in Kindergarten 2014-15. He had an excellent teacher who gave him knowledge and experience in all parts of every subject. I helped in the classroom every afternoon, so I know how much the children learned. His homework was not excessive and after he got into a routine, he did it without complaints and still had plenty of playtime after school. Kudos to Mary Farmer.
Despite concerns about the amount of homework, we generally liked the teacher. We did not find that the teacher was an invested in our son as what we experienced after moving and being in other school districts, though.
We were there just one year, but our son had 16-20 pages of homework a night in kindergarten. We were shocked by this, and he has not had this much at other schools even in older grades since. This is excessive and really influenced him developing a negative attitude about homework. He was excited to get homework at first; however, as they settled in and it got to the regular amount of homework, it quickly became too much. He started to hate school and homework. In kindergarten it is important to develop good study habits and a positive attitude about homework. They failed to do this.
There attempts to do this may work for some, but also may be counterproductive. They have a lot of homework, which can develop persistence and grit. However, it can also create an aversion that works to the opposite of this.
They did an okay job with this, but nothing stood out as impressive. The school is not very diverse, and our son was one of the few children that represented diversity. We would have liked to see more emphasis on this.
We were here just for one year and, for the most part, were quite satisfied with the school. The one major frustration was the amount of homework given to kindergarten students. Our son had 16-20 pages of homework a week. He was in an after school program that helped with homework, but still had to do homework in the evening for 1-2 hours a night to complete it. He started off loving school and enjoying homework; however, he began to really hate the homework over time because of the amount. After moving away, we've really struggled to change this. He is able to do his homework, just has not overcome the dislike of it from kindergarten. It has improved as we've been at schools with better balance.
This is a great school with a very involved Principle. There are some challenges when it comes to the 4th grade teachers. I believe that there is a couple, from my experience and discussions with other parents that just need to RETIRE. There were times when my child didn't want to go to school just because of the teacher belittling them in front of the class! I spoke to parents who actually moved their kids out of the school specifically because of these teachers. It seemed like they had a huge power trip . After surviving the 4th grade my child began to love going to school again. So with that said great school, just beware of the 4th grade teachers!