First thing is first. The security at this school is non-existent. Anyone can walk in, the gate is wide open. There is a park next to the school play area. Teachers and volunteers watch the kids playing, but would be completely defenseless in case of emergency. Most schools changed their rules and took up precautions after the recent school shootings, but not Sycamore Valley. Why? 2nd, this school has been plagued by poor principal leadership. There have been 3 principals in 5 years. And they keep getting worse. As everyone says here, the parent involvement is critical, but parents aren't teachers, and can't be expected to take the place of teachers. Teachers need to do their jobs. There is also a handful of teachers that just shouldn't be teachers.
We moved to this area recently and found this school exceptional. Both my kid's really love this school. Excellent teacher and challenging academic program ! Both My kid's don't miss their earlier school and love this school. Big thanks to the teacher ! Keep it up with wonderful teacher and great academic program .
The best thing about this school is the physical facility and parent involvement. There are a handful of good teachers but more that should be weeded out but won't. There are also a lot of teacher job shares at most grade levels which only benefit the teachers, no matter what is promised. In the last year or so, changes have made the school sterile and little fun. Computer training is now basically non-existant.
I had two children go through this elementary school and overall had a very positive experience. Bob Scott, the principal, is only human (as we all are) and one does have to consider that he has to deal with the well-heeled, overachieving parents of Danville, as well as the students, which is no easy feat. Overall, I think Mr. Scott does an outstanding job and he runs a fine school. I sincerely feel that Mr. Scott truly has the students best interests at heart, he has tons of experience, and he is always available for students/parents concerns. I highly recommend this school.
This school does well because of the many hours put in by dedicated parent volunteers. It also does well because it is located in an area where funding is raised quickly and efficiently (again, by the parents). Most of the teachers are excellent. However, the principal, Bob Scott, has a very poor attitude. He gives off the appearance of being dedicated, however, if you ever disagree with him, it becomes very clear that all he cares about is being right. No matter what the dispute, his opinion is ALWAYS the correct one. He is disrespectful and condescending and despite what he believes he is NOT loved by the community.
Sycamore is a wonderful school. I think that the school works so well because of the high level of parental input, great teachers and a smart principal. Further, our school foundation and PTA do a good job of supporting programs that help all of the students in terms of technology, reading and writing and library.
We have been very pleased at Sycamore. All of my children have done well and have had their needs met. Our teachers have been very open and willing to talk with us if/when we have had a concern. The principal is very involved and knows most of the families. Some may see this as controlling...we feel fortunate he cares enough to be involved with over 500 families. We feel this is great as many friends at other schools in the district have 'hands off' leadership. I would take overly involved leaders and staff any day. Academics are strong if you are willing to partner with the teachers in your childs education. Science is very strong. We don't need add'l P.E. given the amount of extra-curricular sports we have in our area. The music program is expanding this year now that there is add'l state funding.
Our special needs son lasted 2 months in it's kindergarten class when we sadly began to realize he was not wanted in this school. The principal was very controlling over his services and had an 'I know what's best' attitude about our son instead of really listening to us, his parents. The teacher had a 'fine, I'll take your child' attitude concerning his placement into her class. They made it obvious to everyone around that our child had issues. It was a very disheartening experience.
I think Sycamore is a great school the average to above average child. I have three very different children, from being gifted in the GATE program to having special needs, and they've all done well at Sycamore and been challenged. The principal works hard and has the children's best interest in mind. However, I think the special education program is weak and needs a lot of improvement.
I have several little concerns about the way things are run at this school, but my biggest concern is that Sycamore teaches math in a way that is confusing & that the children have to relearn math just to get into middle school.
Great parent participation. The math program used at this school is very abstract and confusing to many students and parents. They have to relearn math the traditional way in 5th grade so that they can do it properly in middle school. And phonics has not been a priority in recent years but I believe they are beginning to realize the need to teach this basic skill.
I have two children that attend Sycamore and we have been completely thrilled with our experience there.
When moving into a new area the first thing you look at are schools and this one looks great on paper. The school survives by an abundance of volunteers who do a great job. However, I have seen many academic programs and this one is the worst. There is no formal music class and art is taught by volunteers. PE combines 2 classes together. The kids are divided into two groups (good readers and need improvement readers), which is a good idea, however, the need improvement group gets extra help with an additional teacher for their time while the good readers are left to read to themselves. It doesn t get better with the administrative staff. Bob Scott (the principal) has a whatever I say attitude and is never open to other outside opinions. Needless to say, I have been very disappointed with this school.
My son started past mid-year in kindergarten at SVE and I have been thrilled with his transition. Parental involvement seems very high and the school activities are plentiful. It helps that the principal, Bob Scott, seems very engaged with his faculty, parents and kids.
Our family is sad to say we have lost faith in the Principal. He has done a poor job of managing the school districts disciplinary procedures. Mr. Scott is not the type of administrator I would expect in an affluent school district.
Both my children have attended Sycamore Valley. In the past four years my child has had two teachers who have never taught before. If you have additional needs they will not be meet at this school.
To evaluate the quality of instruction at Sycamore, one need only look at the results of the STAR testing. The teachers are top-notch, and Bob Scott is a focused and goal-oriented principal.
This school had a very poor track record when my child attended. No phonics, only whole language reading instruction. My students first grade teacher forgot to teach spelling. Mental math only, very little emphasis on math facts or basics in general...emphasis on compuetr learning. Many first year teachers when we were there.
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