when will the people downtown realize that all these expensive programs that are supposed to get the scores up, are a waste?
Dickson's API dropped 16 points. How many millions of dollars were wasted on "Teach To The Test" Programs?
We are probably going to move to get into a better school area, hopefully the new principal can make things better, but a lot of it is the attitude at district toward schools in Chino v Chino Hills. Not to mention the facilities in CH are newer and better.
I would agree with this review. All Art and Music is gone.Teachers can only teach certain subjects at certain hours.This is not what I want for my child.
My children are on the list for the new charter school. I am tired of this 'teach to the test' philosophy at Dickson now.
I'm a parent at dickson elementary and I don't think is a really good school. Some teachers are lazy in teaching and some children that get in trouble don't get any suspensions or other action against them. Also the work that the children get are below average.. some children in 6th grade are getting hw that is for 3rd grade. And children in 4th grade are getting hw for 2nd grade.
This is our first year at Doris Dickson. I have to say we are very impressed with the staff as well as the principal, Sue Pederson. Coming from a home school enviroment, we weren't sure how we would feel about our first public school experience. To say the least, we are extremely happy. The teachers are so welcoming and seem truly happy. We know this trickles down from the leadership of Doris Dickson. Yes, we could have sent our kids to a school that had high test scores and probably grumpy teachers. What I have observed, is a true caring for the children who attend this wonderful school. These teachers are committed and it really shows. I'm grateful to have my girls at this school. My husband and I would like to thank you for the fine teaching they are receiving.
This is my sons 1st year at Dickson. He is reading material that he read back in 3rd grade (he is in 5th grade)! This school is way too easy. I feel that the curriculum is way behind.
Please NOTICE THE DATES when you read these reviews. Great things are happening at Dickson. We have a superb, involved new principal (as of 1-07). The staff are highly qualified and extremely dedicated. I know that students at Dickson are supported and nurtured like no where I've ever seen before. We're on a roll and Our kids are great!
Our two children have had excellent scores and report cards because we are working with the teachers and principal to ensure overall (not just academic) success! Education is not just the responsibility of the teacher or principal. It starts at home! My children are awesome students because my husband, kids, and I make school a top priority. This is the same priority as many of my friends and their kids who attend Dickson. Thank you to each staff member at Dickson! You are appreciated more than you know!
I'm surprised by the comments made and couldn't disagree more. Firstly, my children have had plenty of music/arts in their classes, but the emphasis is on academics, which is good. We love Dickson and the environment the principal has created. The school has struggled under past leadership and it is in a low-eco, low educated neighborhood, but that doesn't stop the excellence that occurs everyday. The principal and teachers genuinely care for all the students and help encourage them in all areas. However, it is disappointing that some parents don't expect more from their children regarding academic and social performance. We've been thrilled with the teachers and cannot say enough great things about the principal. She is dedicated and truly gets things done. Our school's beautiful again; the kids take pride in the school and themselves. The increase in scores is just added proof that good things are happening at Dickson.
The principal is too involved in raising the scores to add any kind of fine arts to the school. Discipline is minimal.
I agree. The principal is the key to the elementary experience for the children and the parents. The current principal is very successful in the eyes of her supervisors, because of the increase in our API scores. Our scores are going up, but the question is at what cost? We have lost almost all of our tenor personal under her leadership. It is my belief that the programs and PTA activities are not taking place because they take time out of the classroom. I hope that the district will look at our school and the continued declining situation. I would ask you to not just complain online, get involved and contact the district office with your concerns.
We need a principal that cares about the students. We don't have music, art, sports or other extracurricular activities. Money from fund raisers does not go to help the students.
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