When I was in third grade I switched to this school. During my first year there, the principal was great. We were headed towards great things, but ever since the principal left to become the district superintendent, the I've seen the school's principals drive it into the ground. What was once the best elementary school in FUSD, is now a shadow of its former self. The teachers there are great, so are the kids and their parents. These three groups together have, so far, managed to keep the school afloat. But the school needs some major changes to return to its former glory.
Good school, but the principal is the worst!! School spirit and activities have gone way down since she took over. In the last several years we have noticed a decline in enthusiam among the staff and parents. It all comes one place, the principal. Their are still some strong teachers at parkmont and some great parent involvment, but until the principal is replaced, I'm afraid it's going to keep going downhill.
I used to be a student here at Parkmont, and I loved this school. Yes, some teachers are bad, but all schools have some bad and good teachers. The homework issue was not a problem for me, and I was ok with projects during spring and winter break. It was a bit hard, but it will only be for an year. Besides, this will prepare students for the real life. Overall, this is a superb school, but i do miss the old principal. The only bad thing i think is the office people, like the secretery. They are extremely rude. But, there are many teachers that I have admired and inspired me. This is a great school
Teachers here even assign homework (projects) for young kids to work on during winter break. Isn't it against Fremont Unified District School Regulations? No homework is supposed to be assigned on week-ends and holidays. This teacher always assign more homework on special dates such as Halloween-we were so busy preparing for Halloween but this teacher assigned more homework 'AS A PRESENT" to work on. My kid had to write more essay and Maths after "Trick or Treat" for homework due the next day after Halloween. This teacher has very bad manner too. I don't know why lots of the teachers at this school have such bad manner? If we complaint to the principal, she always push us out with bad manner.
We moved from another part of Fremont and started this school just this year. I have to say we miss our old school in Fremont. While the STAR rating is high, it has nothing to do with this school and it's teachers. They cannot be more rude. The parents also aren't as friendly and while I agree the high STAR scores comes more with parent involvement than teachers, there is no sense of community from the parents at this school. They all go out for their own kid while kicking everyone else to the curb. There are a lot of tech industry parents here and maybe that kind of isolated world is what they are use to, but it really hurts I think in having the kids well-rounded. Most of my kids friends at school only see them at school. Most of their parents refuse after school or weekend play date requests.
A large and diverse school, Parkmont has a stong PTA and many involved parents. My children have had good teachers with only one being problematic. My husband and I are both college educated and I'm a stay-at-home mom. I let the teachers do their jobs and simply see to it that my children do their homework and read. My children have scored proficient and advanced on their STAR tests and get decent grades. There are plenty of extra-curricular activities to choose from and there are teachers that have championed drama and chorus programs for years. The school facility has seen a number of improvements over the years and plans for more are in the works.
Definitely office staff are a bit rude. The overall quality has gone down by years. Teachers are not sending homework every week regularly. As most reviewers said it has a good API score due to parent's individual interest and involvement. They should take feedback from the parents about the teachers at the end of the year to improve.But definitely I am appreciating and thankful to the few nice teachers.
Its rather the parents' self interest which is making the school's API score go up. Its in a place where lot of technology industry employed parents prefer to stay. There is some mad sense of competition because of this, largely that only makes kids not being all-rounded. Its fine by me mostly because we are fortunate enough to spend whatever we can to make my kid get sports training lacking in the school. But that is not just to all other kids in school and with the state and federal budgets shrinking there is probably nothing that can be done. Office staff is miserable, if I could would give negative stars for just their behavior I would. They prefer to speak about the quality of one shirt when my kid is standing there hurt and needed some medical attention. Just really pathetic.
The office staff at Parkmont Elementary School definitely needs improvement on how to treat parents/visitors. Or they need to be replaced. The API score of Parkmont is good simply because of Parents, Not Teacher(s). My child was overloaded to Cabrillo Elementray School. There, both office staff and teacher were very friendly and quick in response to our concerns/e-mails. But at Parkmont, I sent e-mails to my child's teacher, I did not receive a response to date.
Nice teachers and nice principal. My son loves to go to school everyday.
The Office staff definitely needs to be more friendly with the parents. Principal is great but not the staff of the school. The API scores of this school is reflection of excessive parent participation.
some teachers are nice, some of them are not very nice and responsible. I wondering with this economy, how come the bad teachers are still there when good teachers left :( how does school determine who should stay and who should go? school should let parent evaluate teachers once a year.
Parkmont elementary has a wonderful atmosphere. Kids are happy! I have the honor of helping in my daughters kindergarten class once a month. with the increase of students her teacher has kept a positive attitude and a wonderful learning environment. From the first day I could see that my daughter was not only learning, but having fun doing so.
Yes, I have to say that office staffs definately need to be more friendly.
I agree with some of the parents on here: 1. Some teachers are not forthcoming with the assessment of your child unless you ask them 2. Some teachers are not as sensitive to all children as others And I also agree that because a majority of the children in this school have parents that value education, they make that extra effort to tutor their kids at home. I have two children going to the school and I have seen the good teacher/bad teacher among my kids. I also see one teacher make teaching a fun thing and the other make it just a 'job' that pays a check at the end of each month. I wish there were more teachers that helped students build on their confidence and expand on their knowledge.
There are some teachers in this school that are very nice. However, there are a couple that are very brash and insensitive, to both children and parents, and they seem to get away with it inspite of many parent complaints. This is becoming a big concern for many parents, and it's something our family will look into before we decide that this is where we want to stay.
The only major concern I have regarding Parkmont is that the Teacher's do not communicate to you on your child's progress in school. They only send report cards at the end of the each trimester. Even thouh you get stars on your child's homework doesn't mean that they are passing. Parents make sure you make an extra, extra effort and follow up with the teachers cause if you don't they will not either.
This is a horrible school. Most of the teachers teach nothing. The score reflects what the parents teach at home. High achievers do well here because they don't need the teacher to succeed. Parent of high achieving student please realize that your child is not getting much out of this school.Teachers complain about children's grades to parents because they know the parents will work with the childrten at home and make the teacher's job easier. There are a few teachers that are good and nurturing. Even the office staff is rude and un approachable. If there is an emergency and you are late picking up your child they will not let the child sit inside the office. They have to wait outside by themselves. I think this is very damgerous for the young ones, and yes they do this to even second or third graders.
Very academically inclined. Very diverse. Not too much sports or arts which lacks a balance. Some good teachers while others are not. Too much homework. I give 5 stars for academics and facilities but the school needs more improvement in activities involving sports and arts to make kids well-rounded. School is getting bigger so not too personalized and other teachers are lazy and not dedicated to reach out to the students.
Excellent diversity. Great chorus, band, art, FAME, chess, basketball, and performing arts opportunities. Good science, PE, and computer programs. Great emphasis on safety. Parent participation has dropped off over the years, but the PTA remains strong. We miss the old principal, but the current one is okay (not as hands-on?). As in any school, some teachers are better than others. Too much homework in 4th-5th-6th grade, but they are learning lots; great field trips. Only drawback is that there is no Orchestra / string instruments. And more teachers need to be 'tech savvy' and post more information for parents and students online. My two kids love the school.
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