Wittmann Elementary is a wonderful school. The teachers are well prepared and their focus is to help each of their students reach a high level of academic achievement. The principal, Mr. Walker, is approachable, has wonderful leardership qualities and genuinely loves the kids which shows in his participation in fun activities along with the children. He truly takes pride in his school. This school shows the level of high achievers by the high API scores this school receives every year from students test scores. This comes from dedication and love for school instilled by parents, teachers and the principal at Wittmann Elementary. I am truly pleased and very happy that my daughter attends this wonderful school. I find that the PTA is also very involved in school activities, helping in every way they can. If I have anything to suggest it would be that children should be able to come along with their parents to Back to shcool night. I feel it would be beneficial for them to listen to the curriculum and what the teacher expects of them during the school year along with their parents. That way there is no miscommunication.
I agree about the principal being a do-nothing! Teachers and their union control this school. I asked a teacher to accommodate my child, and she told me, "I am the school's union rep. " Why did she bother telling me? Maybe to let me know that no one can make her do anything? She teaches Kinder and wouldn't even post a list of class helpers! Lazy, ineffective, burnt out teacher is what she is. She is just weird....cannot make eye contact....only calls on her 4 favorite students to do classroom chores.....out for months at a time starting in Sept. after a foot operation. Why does she schedule surgery right when school starts? Because she doesn't care if the kids have a sub! Actually, it was probably better that the kids DID have a sub! If you have a choice, stay away from this school. Scores are high because they have great kids coming from advantaged, educated homes! I called the Asst. Superintendant who didn't care a bit about this awful teacher either. If you have any worries or concerns, you will get no help from the district office.
Not happy with this school. Cerritos Ele. will take transfers so maybe it's time. I overheard a teacher welling at her class that they were stupid and she repeated it 3 or 4 times. Money seems to be more important than teaching. The principal is afraid to confront parents when necessary. One student got in a fight and the next day he got an award.
I have been uncomfortable with this school from the start. The teachers do not teach and expect the kids to learn by themselves. Parents have to teach their kids at home. The teachers do not seem to care about the kids or want to help struggling kids. Parent volunteers are taken for granted, made to feel unappeciated. The staff, principal, and teachers are unfriendly and make the school an uncomfortable environment for both the kids and parents. Looking to transfer out this year.
Wittmann is a good school but I just don't like that the PTA likes to sell cheap lemonade(which made with sugar,water and artificial color), cheap boba and always asking for money.
thats normal at wittmann and its not right but we as parents have to get involve and fight for our children to be treated right
Wittmann is a very good school. To get the most out of Wittmann (or any school for that matter) I believe parents have to do their part to prepare their child. Whether it is for kindergarten or the 6th grade. Don't let children watch a lot of TV. Sesame Street is not learning. Television captures the imagination but a good book at once stimulates and frees the mind. Read aloud to them even as they grow older. Wittmann will give my child a good educational foundation as long as I do my part.
The principal is very personable, but I went to him with complaints about a teacher, and notjing was done. Ineffective or afraid of the teacher's union...I don't know which. I know which Kinder teacher others have commented on, and I wholeheartedly agree on their assessment. My child had her last year, and it was the same thing. Looking to transfer out, and i wouldn't recommend this school to anyone with an incoming Kinder student.
Probably my expectations were too high. When my child started Kindergarten this year, he was looking forward to school. He had been in preschool for 2 years and enjoyed that very much. He felt that the Kindergarten teacher had favorites (because she only picked a couple of girls to be the helpers in class). The teacher does not seem very happy. I think she only smiled a few times this year at the children. She seems very uncomfortable speaking to the children and to the parents. I would have thought that the teacher would know more about how young children need praise and reassurance when they are doing a good job. I think she probably was a wonderful teacher at one time. She should teach 5th or 6th grade.
Wittmann welcomed us with open arms. I can t say enough about the wonderful staff. They have a dynamic Administrative Assistant duo who juggles taking care of ours kids, assisting the principal & seeing to our needs as well. They have the most kind & generous teachers in the district. They put so much extra time & effort into each child like they were their own. There is also an intervention program to keep our kids from falling through the cracks. The principal s compassion & enthusiasm ignites the children s passion for learning. They have an outstanding PTA & Foundation that are continually raising money for our kids. They pay for our rotation program & are purchasing E.L.M.O. s for the classrooms not to mention they help fund field trips, the purchase of playground equipment & many other things. They re open to ideas & encourage parent involvement. Gonsalves is my son s home school. Wittmann is our school of choice & for great reason. They are more than a school; they are family. We are WITTMANN!
I am very impressed with the Principal, but I am wondering about the fact that they keep asking for money. When fund raisers are suggested and info given nothing is done. Other schools in this district aren't asking for money to keep computer and other programs. People want tangible things for their money in today's economy. This school has always been known as 1 of the best in ABC, we need to do better to keep it that way. I have also been upset at 2 teachers out front screaming to the top of their lungs at students that are really not doing anything dangerous or damaging.
Wittmann is an excellent school! I am more than impressed with the entire school community. I am confident that my children are receiving the very best possible education. The teachers genuinely care about the success and well-being of all children attending.
As a former student here, I found it important enough to move back into the district specifically for the reason of making sure my son attends Wittmann. I have tremendous trust in the staff and as a parent volunteer, I see first hand the dedication towards creating and maintaining an atmosphere conducive to motivated learning.
i was originally worried that the principal, who i thought was spectacular, had been reassigned but Mr. Walker has more than put my fears to rest. He is enthusiastic and the children love him. the teachers are top notch and take an interest in their charges and it shows.
This school is wonderful. I have 2nd grader and a 6th grader and the teachers, staff, and administation are all dedicated to the intellecutal and social growth and the character building of our children. I am in awe of the parent participation. There is a new principal and he has more than added to the family atmosphere at this school. While it is a diverse population, there is no division amongst the children or the parents. My child is well-prepared for middle school although I'm going to miss the family environment that is Wittmann. WE ARE WITTMANN!
Great school, caring teachers. Very involved pta. Academic programs are wondering. Smaller school but top notch.
I can rate this school only from my perspective, that of a parent of a kindergartener at Wittmann. The school has a newly appointed principal and new teachers (at least, in KG). I can sense a lot of energy & renewed enthusiasm to take the school to the highest level of academia. The PTA also seems to be on top of things.
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