This school was incredible the teachers taught me great me things and treated all other students as if they were their own children. The other reviews are obviously not from the child's view point which matters 100% more than a stuck up parent's thoughts. Having a happy child who is passing is great! Why would you want anything else? If so send your child to a private school where they are limited to their happiness and freedom. Mccardle Elementary is incredible and if anyone half wit parent says otherwise I'd be willing to debate them! -Chance Angle
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!
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.
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.