An honest review: I like to look at things as the glass half full. I have 3 children at Deterding. Deterding does focus on the arts, however, most schools do already have band, choir, music, and art. I dont see that the amount of time spent with these areas matters a bit as long as they do get some. The 2 problems I have had with the teachers is lack of communication and lack of sympathy. The office staff does seem to be a little stand off-ish. I have been involved in the PTA but not the DART team. I have felt uncomfortable around the group that runs DART whereas the PTA is welcoming. The school is overcrowded. The drop off/pick up is quite a hassle. You can't turn into the school going west on Stanley as it's blocked with orange cones. I want to know why our tax dollars are going to someone who all they do is set up and take down cones. Overall, I would say there is not anything special about Deterding that stands out from other schools. There is bullying there. It is crowded. They do have GATE classes. I have seen many other schools who are more successful. Remember, the principal and the teachers are the ones who make the school successful. Again, nothing special.
Deterding is an excellent elementary school where the arts are academic. I love that my kids have art from a credentialed art teacher with challenging lessons several times a week. They also have art instruction in the classroom with their teachers. The band program is fantastic and the choir (although after school) is even more amazing. The school provides music in the classroom too and endless after school activities. I share concerns that the school has grown too big, but that is being addressed. The teachers are fabulous and provide a healthy learning environment which results in a high API score. I would encourage those who have a poor opinion of the school to get more involved.
I am glad I am not the only one who feels this way. I really thought it was me...I thought I did something wrong...when I had to go into the office or have some sort of communication with one of the teacher's I always felt like they all hated me. I am now thinking about pulling my kids out of that school. I do not feel like my kids are safe or in a positive environment.
Deterding was a good school years ago under principal Kenfield. Not anymore. The teachers have become complacent and cannot be bothered. The principal is crass, deceitful and uncooperative all the while defending the complacency of the teachers. The current curriculum is just enough to "get by" to meet the basic state standards. The school would be nothing without parental/family involvement to provide the extra funding and programs.
Just returned from visiting the children from 4th grade classes, camping at Malakoff Diggins State Park. What a awesome experience. I have been so impressed with this school over the past 4 years. It really warms my heart and gives me faith that our children and grand-children are in good hands. Thank you from a students grand-mother.
This is my daughter's second year at Deterding. I like the school. But don't LOVE it!? My daughter has had some academic problems, and I feel that the teacher/principal should go through some training on how to talk to parents about this. I do not feel that they handled it in a sympathetic manner. I will however give the office staff a 5 star rating!
My child has attended Deterding for two years, and our experience has definitely been hot and cold. We had an excellent, experienced, and actively involved teacher the first year - she made all the difference. This year, not so lucky with either the teach or the administration. The emphasis on the arts is great, but it unfortunately comes at the expence of academics. Science is not even part of the curriculum in the lower grades (!) and computers are largerly absent from the classrooms. My child's class work and homework is comprised entirely of worksheets this year, and if "hands-on" learning is occurring, I'm unaware of it. No field trips because the teacher can't be bothered. The after school program is very good, with experienced and engaged staff.
This school is so wonderful...teachers are great, parent involvement is great, and the PTA/DART/PERLE associations are all excellent and do their best to provide extra funding to promote music and art in the curriculum.
my daughter started her kindergarten this year and i should say we are very happy with that. I can see her interest and involvement in everyday activities that they handle. I think this school is very nice. They create all benefits for students to be successful. the parent involvement is also very strong. she has an amazing teacher and I am very happy with his methods of teaching.
I would lke to rate this school very high for several reasons. I'm sure that many, if not all parents agree with me when I say that our children are the most important thing to us. I loved how physically secure the school is and how the gates are regulated. It's big for me since I'm a Military Security Contractor and I notice things like this right off the bat. The staff is very attentive and cares very much for all of their students. All of my interactions have been positive even when things were not in my sons favor. I noticed that the teaching staff interacts regularly with the principle and they appear to be on the same page with the all issues concerning the school activities and student. In conjunction with the many programs this school has, I would rate their afterschool program 5 stars as well.
The principal Donna Kenfield is wonderful and helps make this school as great as it. The teachers are all awesome too. They have an excellent art program with a resident art teacher. There music program is outstanding too! My daughter attends here and she loves it. I love to participate any way I can, too!
My children have been to 3 different schools in this area. This school is absolutely amazing. The teachers are so involved and caring and the parent work together to insure the children get plenty of extra activities. I wouldn't take my children to any other school
The RL program is great! The kids really listen, ever sice my daughter went there it has been great, she is now in Mr. Harringtins class. The band teacher just changed,it used to be Mrs.Lehr, but now it's Mrs.Takanikos,she is very cool. She must really have it hard teaching Chuchill Middle School with Deterding it must be hectic. But the band souds great. And the art teacher Mrs. Weil is a very good art teacher. Mr. Dozet the chior teacher is very nice and he can sing too. The P.E. teachers are acually the teachers witch is okay. I really enjoy Deterding.
We have been at Deterding from our daughter's first day of Kindergarten in 2003. We absolutely love the school, especially the Art and Music programs. Our daughter is now in the Rapid Learner program, and we are working hard to make sure that there isn't such a big dichotomy between the RL kids and the rest of the kids at school. I think that by sharing the grade level musicals, the same recesses, lunches, etc., the principal is really trying to ensure that all the kids at Deterding feel special and equal. This school is like a hidden jewel in the middle of Carmichael, and more people should be aware of it!
Deterding is a wonderful school that provides great access to art, music, band. They had, for most of my daughters tenure, an amazing choir. As soon as the teacher left, it seems the air just went out of that program. The band and art programs are still amazing for elementary schools.
Incredible schhol for an Arts focus....Love the music (vocal and instrument) program.The choir director George Dozet is the best I've seen. He has such a wonderful program and really knows how to get them exposed to the community.
This is a great school. My child went to this school K-6. While she was not in the Rapid Learner Program (by our choice). She did learn the hard rule that those are the children that get the 'perks'. As far as the scores, I know one year not too long ago, it was the neighborhood classes that pulled the scores up, and the Rapid Learner was somewhat of a disappointment that year. I have never found a school that is so 'us' and 'them'. While my daughter got a good education from this school, I would not do it again.
One reason the test scores are high is because this school has a 'rapid learner' program. Push your child hard to make the grade and they will get into this program and receive the extra 'perks' and will feel like the they own the school, and what 'they' do rules. The neighborhood children, on the other hand, are considered on the lower rung-of-the-ladder. It is sad that children learn about social class at such a young age. My children attended this school (as neighborhood students) from K-6th. I did not have them tested more than three times to get them into the rapid learner program. Is there that many gifted children in our neighborhood, or is it their parents total involvement that makes the grade?
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