I LOVED Keppel when my child entered kindergarten, but over the years I've become less and less enamored. This school has gone through three principals in 6 years, and some of the teaching staff are ineffective -- and worse yet, some seem to dislike children and yet continue to cling to their jobs to get that pension. My child has had GREAT teachers every other year: in kindergarten, second grade, and fourth grade. But TERRIBLE teachers in first, third, and fifth. Consistently get one to two hours of homework per night, but I am told the assignments should take my child "30 minutes, tops." What elementary school kid can be relied on to read 5+ textbook pages and answer six questions for social studies; complete two math worksheets full of algebraic equations most of us didn't learn until high school; and study for weekly spelling and vocabulary tests -- all within 30 minutes? And don't even get me started on the Common Core, though that is not unique to this school. One positive: communication between school administration and parents has improved some over the years.
Honesty: how can a kid be honest all the time if he is scared of a teacher?!
Integrity: Same as above & below.
Fairness: NONE! Staff take sides if a child is from their own specific ethnic group (Glendale dominated ethnicity)
My child just finished kindergarten here and started 1st grade this month. My husband and I have been very happy with our son's experience. The teachers we have gotten to know, as well as the administrators, have all been welcoming, kind and gracious. I am a very involved mom at school, and so far no question I have asked or comments I have made have been met with anything other than respect and courtesy. My son went in to 1st grade reading and loving school. The parents, especially the PTA and the foundation, work SO hard to raise funds for the school and host a variety of fun events. There are plenty of ways to get involved in the school. We applied to Keppel as part of the magnet program; it is not our neighborhood school, so we had a lot at stake if it didn't work out. So far, we are absolutely delighted and look forward to the coming years. Mrs. Sondergaard is a great principal, and she and Mrs. Ouweleen (asst. principal) care deeply about the school, the kids and their staff. It's obvious that they realize a happy "family" includes all stakeholders. The teachers and other staff seem happy to be there. What more can you ask for?
This is a terrible school located in a lovely neighborhood. The teachers are terrible & completely out of touch with modern education. The parents are suffering from a mass delusion that the school is great. The front desk administrators are very rude. Do not send your child here if you think your child has any chance of going onto higher education. Principal only cares about the teachers not the kids.