I am a former active parent of this school. I helped with PTA, SSC, in various classrooms and anywhere else I was needed. My whole family came to help at events. I finally pulled my kids out of this school because when I put my foot down and said I wasn't going to help anymore, I was treated like dirt. I was ignored. Any issues I had went ignored as well by the principal and VP. Now the teachers are excellent. This school has the BEST team of 6th grade teachers, HANDS DOWN. Even now, if I stop by the school to say hello, I am ignored by the administration. My family gave 2 years to that school and we got nothing in return but heartache.
If you want a school that encourages your child to be uniform and not stand out this is the school. I would not recommend sending an independent thinker to this school. The curriculum is below average and the homework packets are a joke. There are no field trips hardly no school activities but they're always fundraising and asking for money for something. The principal and the vice principal are both fake and act like they care until you have a complaint. After you complain you can expect to receive the cold shoulder the rest of the year. There's an after school program teacher (I won't mention her name) that doesn't even seem to like kids all year I not once have seen her smile. If you can avoid going here I would recommend it!
This school has made some changes so it seems its getting better it didn't use to be that goodteachers are friendly also
My 7 year old great granddaughter is very happy attending McCardle. She is learning a fast pace and she enjoys eveything about the school, which is very important for any child attending any school I am very pleased of her progress.
This school if for the 'below average student.' If a child excels it's due to parents NOT the school. There is zero motivation for student success!
McCardle (as a whole) focuses on students who are below grade level. So, if your child excels, s/he will have lots of free time. That, in turn, lowers studens expectatioins. I regret to say we wasted my child's education at this school. McCardle needs teachers whose passion is teaching. In addition, this school needs to appreciate its diversity.
Gosh. I just moved my son to another school and boy, do I regret not having moved him sooner! I always had a gut feeling that this school was not a good match for my son due to soooo many reasons. I was right! This school is archaic when it comes to fostering an advanced, multicultural curriculum. My son FINALLY likes school. He says, 'a bad day at my new school is better than a good day at McCardle.' Wow...that came from a second grader? McCardle needs a stronger administrator who will run the school with high expectations! It, too, needs an administrator who genuinely cares about his/her students! Parents should not be given the runaround at any given time- especially when offering suggestions for global learning. Welcome all cultures, not just talk about it!
I love this school. I moved my son to Mcardle in the 1st grade. He has ADHD and not an easy kid to deal with in the classroom. He likes to push to see how much he can get away with. Every teacher he has had so far has been willing to work with him and me on a very personal basis. I was My son has now has great grades and his tests scores are soo good that they have tested him for GATE. I dissagree about the principal, Mrs Dennan is awesome and im very sad to see her leaving. She has a very close relationship with my son and myself. This school has made my son love to learn and anyone with a child with ADHD knows what a challage that can be.
I do not recommend this school.The principal only focuses on the smart and athletic kids to encourage them only so they'll make the school look good and her self to so she wont get fired
I am very disappointed by this school, and I can't wait for the year to be over so I can move my child to a different school. My first grader is bored out of his mind with the slow-paced learning. The teacher focuses so much on the slower-learning students that the brighter ones end up frustrated and bored. The school refused to GATE test him, and have been completely uncooperative in allowing him to work at his full capabilities and potential. Also, there have been more fund raisers than I can count, but only a handful of parents participate. This may actually be one of the 'better' schools in Fresno Unified... but that's not saying much.
Excellent academic program at McCardle Elementary. Extrememly knowledgable teaching staff. Outstanding communication between school and home. Music and sports propgrams available. McCardle Elementary regularly meets and exceeds State and Federal Standards.
I am very impressed with the academic teachings of this school. But, I too question the fact that they offer music and chorus yet no assembly is put together to show parents how their child is progressing in this area.I see that they began to offer after school 'homework time' M-W for an hour each day.But they aren't actually receiving the 'help'they may need in a particular subject.Its like 'quiet time'to do homework.It doesn't help much either if the teacher shows signs that this after school time is an 'inconvenience'for them.I do feel that this after school time could be more valuable if provided in the summer.
My child has attended McCardle for 3 years now and I am impressed with the principal and staff! They really care about the children and not just a few of the children all of the children! They are a dedicated to higher learning and challenging the children in every way possible to achieve academic success! This school gets my all time best of schools in FSUD!
I see that McCardle unfortunately does not offer summer classes for students in math,you need a 'referral' from a teacher to attend at another school site.Unfortunately, one would have to obtain a tutor if you feel your child needs assistance in the math area. I like that they offer music and chorus to students but there arent any assemblies to show the students what the students have learned.However,I fail to see enough involvement of parents for extracurricular activities in the class only on field trips!If there is an auction coming up and the parents are needing to provide the classroom with items to donate,I see an alarming lack of participation from parents which then in turn does not look good on the part of the students and teacher of that particular classroom.The students suffer from this kind of lack of participation unfortunately because the funds do go towards the school.
McCardle provides a wonderful learning experience for my child. Teachers are very dedicated. More work needs to be given to provide sports for the students.
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