This school is GREAT! Communication system is wonderful. I feel very comfortable with the staff.
I love smith! My son has gone her for three years now! Teachers, faculty and parent volunteers are all awesome!!
Agnes Smith school is only as good as its teachers. Unfortunately, getting those good teachers is strictly luck. If you happen to be unlucky and get a teacher that is sub par and there are a few, you are in for one long year.
So far, so good. My 1st grader is learning well and has only had great teachers. We are in a 1/2 combo class right now with a great teacher. The homework level is manageable. The cafeteria food is horrible, but that's not something the school has control over. The PTA struggles and there is constant fund raising underway, but again, you can't really blame the school for that - everyone is underfunded these days. The PTA does manage to raise the people and money to provide art, assemblies and some other nice extras for the library.
This was our first year at Smith and we are very happy with the teachers and the whole staff. The only thing they need to improved is the cafeteria menu, it's not healthy at all. My suggestion is make your kids lunches as i do and don't let them eat all that sugar.
We have are very happy at Smith. There is a great sense of community and a high degree of parent involvement. The teachers have done a great job keeping our GATE student challenged and letting her work at a level appropriate for her.
The students come diverse cultural backgrounds. Students are excepting of this diversity as well as the teachers.
I appreciate Smith School. The teachers have been very good at communicating with us about expectations, progress, and successes happening in the classroom. The staff are both helpful and kind. But the most extraordinary blessing for our family has been the principal, 'Mr.A'. His presence and involvement on the school grounds brings a sense of security and calm to the children (and frankly for myself) just knowing he's in charge and he cares.
Contrary to the March 2008 post, I have to say Smith does cater to children with differences. It took a few weeks, but my daughters physical limitations have been addressed and satisfied with in a very positive way by both faculty and adminstration at Smith. It takes time and work to make adjustments for children with differences, time and work by both parents and staff. I work hard to make my childs school expereince as normal as possible. The teachers and adminstration at Smith do too. Renee Tarnow
This school caters to the normal children, meaning, kids of average intelligence and abilities. My daughter has ADD, with a very high IQ and this school is ill equipped to deal with her. Rather than challenging her mind, they punish her for being disorganized.
We moved from out of town and the kids (3rd and 5th grade) started here after spring break. The school could use a little better process for acclimating new students. The academic part is great, and the teachers seem to be competent, but the social integration of students seems to be a little under-stressed. For the first time since beginning school, both of my kids dislike going to class... No friends, no help from the teachers, etc. My top-of-her-class 5th grader is now under the impression that her teacher thinks she is stupid (her words), and my third grader thinks that the teacher is always mad at him... Both are vibrant, eager learners and have never had problems in school - either academically or socially. I know budgets are tight and it is always tough to assimilate new students mid-year, but perhaps there is room for improvement here...
My daughter attended Smith Elementary school for 6 years - K through 5 and we experienced an excellent education. We were very impressed with the quality of the teachers we had and the administration, including an outstanding principal. More parents should become involved - with all of the funding cutbacks, all of us are needed to help out in different ways. Get involved - our kids will be grown up before you know it! Elementary school is really the last chance to be really involved in their school. The chances to be on campus and helping out really are reduced in middle school. There is a great core group of parents that keep things going, and they were terrific to work with! Maria Santopoalo
Seems to be a decent school even after the closing of Kettler brought more students in. Still fighting to keep the student/teacher ratio down. It seems to close to Dwyer middle school which exposes elementary kids to the older kids a bit too much. Mixed income levels from the changing downtown area.
My child finished Kindergarten last year. He had an amazing teacher and my husband and I were very pleased with his progress. I could not have asked for anything else academically from him or his teacher. The principal is always very visable and involved, which is important. The PTA is run extremely well and offers many additional programs that the kids enjoy and learn from. I am very happy with Smith and look forward to having my son start 1st grade in the fall.
My son has been at Smith for three years, and overall I am happy there. I believe the teachers, staff and principle are doing a good job. Considering all the issues going on with in the school now. Homework can be a bit much, but we want our children to learn, don't we!? As for parent involvement, it is always the same parents helping, and more of the ones not helping complaining. These parents that put so much of their time in, help to make Smith a better place for our kids. We need more parent involvement! As for the fund raising, I agree it gets to be alittle much, but Smith is a public school and we have to do our part to help get computers and other very needed items in our childrens classrooms. Jennifer Vartanian
I have two children who attend Smith School and I totally disagree with the comments below. I am thrilled with all the teachers that I've come in contact with and feel they do a fantastic job. Budget issues are a fact of life. Without additional financial support from parents we wouldn't have updated computers in the classrooms, education assemblies, music or Art Masters all of which are paid for by PTA funds. It shouldn't be a small group of parents who fund these things and therefore we invite participation not only with the standard gift wrap and jog-a-thon, but with family oriented events like the Donuts4Dads/Moms, Mother/Son Event and Father/Daughter Dance. I don't feel I'm teaching my children with their Homework packet, but reinforcing what they've learned by paying attention in class.
I have two children that attend this school, and so far we are very concerned about the way they seem to be teaching the kids. They get tons of homework and put everything off on the parents. The principal doesn't really get involved and the school constantly needs money from the parents to keep it going. Overall the school is a good school, we just wish the teachers would do their jobs.
My child recently switched to another school and I was very concerned about the move. I was happy to find that the leadership and attitude of the teachers was much better at our new school. Although I feel that my child had very good teachers, I realize that this was not the norm and that many children at Smith were not getting a good education. The only thing I am going to miss about Smith is the great parents that work hard to support the students.
My son has attended Smith for five years. The teachers rely heavily on homework, piling massive amounts upon the children, relying on parents to do their teaching for them. Encorporating little or no innovation, students endlessly repeat the same cycle of curriculum left over from the previous years.
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