Mrs. Farley is an awesome principal. But this "academy" they have from 4-6 grades is nice because it is challenging, BUT is staffed with TERRIBLE TEACHERS! First year teacher and teachers who are not compassionate, personable, and are somewhat incompetent (aka forgetful!). But yet, when your child forgets something, they get a ZERO and no chance of make up! Wish they could be held accountable to the same standard! As an educator myself, we are supposed to challenge children to be confident, successful, responsible individuals. Not put them down for their mistakes and enable them to lose their confidence! Although this school has a lot of wonderful things going on, their teaching staff really need to be evaluated and held accountable to a higher standard.
The office staff is abrasive and unwelcoming. Walking your child to their classroom is discouraged with posted signs reading,"say goodbye at the gate". School starts at 8:40 but kids are unable to be on campus until 8:30 which causes a major traffic jam in the mornings. While I can't speak for all of the teachers here, my child's first grade teacher is not eager to communicate with parents. When asked how I could help my child at home to improve, she (the teacher) was unwilling or unable to offer any ideas. I sent my child to this school based on test scores and the rating on GreatSchools.org, but I am not at all happy with our experience here.
My son started in April 2013 and he had made a quick adjustment. The staff made a stress-free transition and wow!, the student gave him a warm welcome. Mrs Hofmyers is such an incredible and awesome teacher. Thank you! and we are looking forward to a new school year. Yeahhhh!