This is a great school with a very stable teaching staff who put children first. Although the principal and learning director have changed frequently over the years, the teachers and administrative staff have been mostly the same for the last decade. Very stable school with lots of extracurricular activities.
I have to say we're pretty pleased here. As with all Clovis schools, the curriculum is intense and they don't screw around. Having said that, Cole offers some cultural diversity you won't see at some other campuses. Parents aren't 'overly' involved here like we saw at another elementary location up the road. While participation is necessary for success anywhere, no school needs a non-working parent constantly disrupting the teaching process. I want administrators and teachers running my school, not Suzy Homemaker. No offense, ladies, but let's be honest... it happens. One parent review here griped about no assistance... and that parent needs to look into the SST (student study program). Clovis schools live for tax dollars so your kids' performance (e.g. test scores) is first priority. Well, that and sports. ;-)
Overall this school is great, and it works out better when parents are involved and know whats going on. Don't be afraid to question everything. And remember as with any school not all teachers are awesome and helpful. Since this school does not allow you to pick your child's teacher, just hope you have luck on your side. Now, if you have lots of extra time to dedicate to your child's success then any teacher will do.
After experiencing other school districts (Tulare and Visalia) I couldn't be happier. I have a 1st grader and a 4th grade student. Both have excellent teachers who have given them a lot of extra attention if needed. I tend to disagree with the previous review. My 4th grader has an awesome teacher who is great with communicating with me. Either through e-mail or phone call. His class size is 29 students and all of them seem to get enough attention. My 1st grader has struggled, and thankfully his struggles have not been ignored like they were in Visalia. He has received a lot of one on one time, and I have been in constant contact with his teacher. The curriculum is tough, but the students are encouraged to work hard and have fun. This is an awesome school and I honestly don't want to move because I love it so much.
I think this school is an average public school in California. It's not great and it's not bad. Just like a lot of public schools in California, up to 3rd grade the school is great. Then once 4th grade rolls around it's not so great. The classes sizes are above 40 in most cases and the teachers CAN'T give 40 kids the attention they need. They don't offer ANY pull-out programs for children who fall behind in the class. Unless your child qualifies for a 'special ed' type program you are on your own to help your child. No title or chapter programs are offered or funded during the school day. The teachers are rushing to get all the items covered in the year and it doesn't matter if half the class hasn't mastered the skills. They will just keep taking the same test until they get the required grade.
My husband and I have thought about moving but because of the outstanding teachers and advanced cirriculum - movie night - involvement from the whole Cole community. We will continue to stay we were are - Cole is a school that really cares about the students' education.
My son is doing extremely well compared to other schools he's been in. The teachers here know how to handle energetic kids for sure.
There is no limit to what your child can achieve at Cole. The curriculum advances with them no matter what stage they are. 150 words isn't enough room to praise this school enough! It is a well kept secret. The teachers are phenomenal. Education and academics don't get any better anywhere. This is a whole community getting involved with teachers and students and the difference that makes is evident. They mean it when they say no child gets left behind!
This school is wonderful. They really care about the students. They have movie night once a month, they have school sports and the teachers and the principal are very involved in the school. I remember never seeing the principal in school unless I was in trouble. This principal is always around at movie nights and is there during the day and does a wonderful time trying to remember each and every 600+ students. Love this school. They take education to a new level!
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