This year the bullying has gotten out of control. There is nothing to engage the children in, no after school programs, no art, no music. Just swearing and bullying.
My husband and my self went to Otay school 27 years ago and now our son attends Kinder. The school is great, the teacher Ms. Todal is amazing. My son has learned to read so fast and he has gotten to be great at math. All the kids talents come out, all the kids have improved in one way or another.
My daughter started going here for 2nd grade and is now going to 5th. My litle one did Kinder and is going to 1st grade. I am very pleased with the teaching methods, they have wondreful teachers, staff and principal. The students do a lot of testing but also get medals or trophys if they get passing scores. This is an accelerated school and I enjoy my children going here. =)
My son is in sixth grade and has been at Otay since he was in kindergarden. Great school, Great teachers! Their curriculum is tough but they make sure every student believes that they are capable of that and more...Way to go Otay
My step-daughter goes to this school and I find this to be a wonderful place for young students to learn and become successful people. The staff is great and the school has a lot of nice things going for it.
My two children have attended Otay Elementary since kindergarten and I have seen a tremendous positive change and improvement in both the school and my childrens academic growth. The teachers and the principal have done an exceptional job in improving the students state scores!
I am proud to be a teacher at Otay Elementary. The school is brand new and well kept. The children are high priority and are taught rigorously, with high expectations and standards. It runs as a peacebuilder school allowing children to feel safe from bullies and teasing.
Academic programs are not helpful enough and the pressure to meet state scores are overwhelming for tstudents when the academic programs aren't successful. The level of parent involvement is not inviting and their is poor communication with teachers. The school environment is not good my children have been affected tremendously on a daily basis were they have expressed not wanting to attend school because of students and teachers that made them feel unwelcome because of their actions towards them. This has been the first school that I have experienced that don't go by by the zero tolerance guideliness they have.
I think that the school has a wonderful community of teachers. However, because of the pressure to increase the test scores, the teachers are focusing exlusively on test scores to the detriment of the quality of teaching. As is often true across the country, there is hardly any fun in learning there -- and very little arts and extracurricular activities. I speculate that because many of the students are English language learners, the school test scores are low as a result.
otay is a great school. they just need to add a few more afterschool activities. the principle needs to be a little more interested in the kids and try to be around them more. the kids need to know that they have a principal who cares about them.
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