Since Principal Shirley Williams arrived four years ago, Citrus has been transformed. She got rid of the dead wood on the teaching staff - and there was a lot of it - and hired fantastic new young excited teachers who are super tech-savvy and enthusiastic. There are tens of thousands of dollars of new books in the library and a new standard of behavior expectations. A partnership with a community group has resulted in two new computer labs and a student store where kids spend "power paws" they earn by going above and beyond the call of duty. Parents are participating in greater numbers as they feel welcomed and encouraged. There is a real family culture at the school and the kids are cherished.
Horrible school and horrible 1st year experience for my child. I give the Principal Shirley Williams 2 thumbs up but the Assistant Principal 2 thumbs down. Most of the staff don't seem suitable to be working with young children. Most of them won't even speak. My childs teacher is rude. She won't speak even if we are the only adults in the room, she gets obviously annoyed if you ask any type of question that seems to challenge her. It breaks my heart to leave my child at this school everyday. We are counting down the days until this year is over. Test scores don't lie!
The teachers are excellent, the principal is a visionary and truly wishes to educate the children with her team, there is a good volunteer base and lots of children to help. Where are the parents? Come and participate in your child's education.
Citrus is a very nurturing school. The teachers go above and beyond the classroom experience. It has been a tough year with the classroom sizes having more students than in the past years but the teachers have appeared to have risen to the challenge. The only problem appears to be lack of parent help in the classroom.
The principal at this school should be a prison warden not an elementary school principal. She is excessively harsh with the students. The volunteer staff such as the lunch hour volunteers, two in particular, are constantly yelling at the students and treating them like inmates. My son's grades have suffered since attending Citrus Elementary. I feel that this school is more focused on teaching just at the state standard. I am very disappointed with this school and would advise anybody to put their child elswhere.
I feel that the new principal, she was there last year, has changed and is trying to make the school almost military like, not letting children voice themselves. I have to say I love the teacher they are great and really care about teir students. I just wish that the principal was more fair with all the children. I have one daughter at the school and the reason that she is there is because of the teachers and how much they care. We do need a lot more parent help.
The teachers and administrators at Citrus are committed to providing a quality education. One 2nd grade teacher worked with my child before school to improve lagging reading skills. Her efforts helped identify a learning disability that was impairing learning how to read. The 6th grade teachers are EXCELENT. They work as a team to teach the skills students need to be successful in Junior High. One weakness of the school is the lack of broad parent involvement. Those parents that are involved do a great job but the school would benefit from a broader base of parent involvement. More involvement from parents would also improve some of the minor safety and discipline issues at the school.