I can not say enough great things about this school. My daughter has been attending for the past year and a half. There is a huge waiting list to get into this school, which only has about 300 students so it is very intimate and hands on. Best thing I could have done for her. Though the school is predominantly comprised of caucasian students and teachers, I was worried that my daughter (being african-american and mexican and literally the darkest skinned person at that school) would face a lot of ostracization and bullying due to her skin tone - but it has been the complete opposite. She has not faced any racial issues or bullying issues and is THRIVING in this school. The teachers are some of the best I have encountered - her principal even hung out with my husband and I at my daughter's birthday party. As a lower income family, we never feel left out and they are able to include everyone without bringing attention to or singling anyone out. Our family unfortunately has to move again and the hardest part about leaving is taking her out of Freshwater. Great school.
Freshwater is a superb elementary public elementary school! Yes, they so rely heavily on a lot of parental involvement, but it is the main reason they were able to keep all programs when others took huge cuts. As for asking for homemade goods, it is not required at all. They just ask for the donation of homemade goodies for a cake walk. If you don't have time or cannot contribute, nobody would ever bat an eye. There are many ways to help. The principal and vice principal are more involved than any other administrators I have ever seen. They are down to earth and the teachers seem very happy to be at the school. I am very please with my child's education and value the very personal atmosphere.
Public schools are dynamic, they can only change if you work within the school site council, school board, and administration to help better and make those changes. Sorry this happened to you. I love our programs, but there is always room for improvement.
Good school, but a little on the snotty side. They practically force you to volunteer/help/buy things for class. I'm all for helping out (and did buy sweatshirts, things for the class and attend the festivals, etc.), but I also worked full time. They sent home a slip for the Fall Festival and asked for 'homemade items only' for the cake walk! I think it was a good school academically, but there was just something about it we didn't like.