I have read a lot of negative reviews regarding the current principal. The old principal was a wimp and the parents ran over him. There is a no dog policy yet everyone used to bring their dogs and walk by him. I like the new principal, she is a professional. Maybe those that don't like her don't like the fact they can't run over her and run the school. My first child started there in 2001(graduated from WHS this year with over a 4.0) and my last child is starting second grade. The teachers are for the most part great and my children have gotten a good education at this school.
I am happy to say we have had a different experience. Our son has a mild form of dyslexia and has been treated as the whole child in his class. he feels great about school and feels as accomplished as others in his class. This might be a function of his teacher but we are blessed to have her.
This school is not very good with developmentally challenged kids, or kids with learning disabilities. My child didn't get the proper treatment in the classroom and he was given wrong and humiliating ways of 'discipline' when what he really needed was a more appropriate solution for his own, personal needs. A change of school was my solution. My child is now loving his new school where I was contacted the very first week of the school year to work with him the classroom. What a difference! Springbrook elementary might be an 'ok' school for typical kids, but not for learning disabilities/special needs kids. They don't seem to have the motivation to help them. I just didn't see anybody who cared. By the way, the person who said that a child left school alone and was nowhere to be found, is saying the true. He was a kindergartner, and I was there when teachers, principal, and his dad were looking for him. He was a special n child and it happened at pickup time, on a regular school day. My 2 stars go for the amazing parent involvement in volunteering, without them, this school would be worse. This is my own, personal experience with the school but I hope it's better for others.
Springbrook has great teachers and staff but the Principal is a Type A personality. She tries to be nice, but it is very obvious that she is being fake. She does not take parents views or opinions into consideration. She may be nicer to parents that have high achieving children but she sure as heck has not been nice to the struggling kiddos. My child has been with the school as a struggling student for quite sometime now and Dr. Keeley's attitude has been very negative towards us. I don't know whether she is concerned about school rankings, test scores or just doesn't want to deal with academically weak children. Her attitude keeps me from volunteering as it becomes very uncomfortable to be around such a Type A personality.
The previous post is right on -- this school has a lot of heart. In my experience the teachers have been great and the parents are caring and involved in the school at a healthy level. The post about the kindergartener who was "nowhere to be found" just isn't true. Parents and teachers alike were running after the child during an event which he chose to leave on his own accord. That's not the school's fault. And I don't understand the parent who gave the school a negative rating because they don't like the after-school program which has absolutely no affiliation with the school (other than being on school grounds). My child goes to the after-school child development center and loves it. This is a great school, and the negativity seems to come from those who have some seriously unrealistic expectations, particularly during a time when school funding was at an all-time low in the state. We are lucky to have our children attend such an outstanding school.
Last year was our first year at Springbrook and I have never seen my son so happy to go to school every day. The environment at this school is extremely nurturing from top to bottom. The class work is challenging, the students are engaged and the parents I have met are involved and caring. This campus is old and could use some physical updating. There are newer and prettier schools in Irvine, but this one has a lot of heart.
This school needs to work a lot on all levels, from the Principal to the teachers, and everything in between. Our kids go there to learn, to be treated with respect, to learn with positive reinforcement, and to be safe. Instead, some of the teachers use outdated techniques, old ways to teach kids, from discipline to academics, and so on. They might have the best intentions to do the best job they can, but they sure need a little update on new ways, and positive methods to educate and discipline kids. What shocked me the most was to learn that supposedly a kindergarten student left school alone and was nowhere to be found. I then heard he had gone home alone (((((chills)))) I hope they work on these situations because frankly, I am concern on how next school year will be.
I joined a school tour just today because we are new to the area and I am trying to get a feel for the schools before choosing what area to live in. I have read the previous comments on Springbrook includng those about the principal. Well, perhaps other people have had different experiences but I found her warm, humourous, knowledgeable and clearly passionate about education. Yes, she may like to be called "Doctor" - but then so would I if I had put all that effort into gaining my PhD! It looks like a fabulous school, the front office staff were smiley and welcoming, and this is definitely on my short list of "places to find a house"!
I had a spontaneous meeting with the principal last Friday after awards assembly. It was my first time talking to Dr. Keeley. She was approachable, gave me the time and felt like she listened to me. I am glad I approached her and she does care for her students!! I enjoy interacting with the teachers and staff too. They are friendly yet professional! Over all the school has safe and positive atmosphere.
i like the school and the teachers are great. my son in TK and the program is so rich and valuable .
The school is ok. The academic aspects are great. The principal is rude and very condescending. She seems more concerned about being a " doctor" than listening to parents concerns. The teacher is nice and I appreciate her way of teaching.
I'm constantly impressed with the leadership and academics of the school. This despite deminishing state resources. Sure, I wish the parents had more leadership involvement, but the Principal and teachers are amazing. My children love school and the environment is safe and genuine.
My daughter is in TK and her teacher is the best. The school environment is clean, friendly yet professional. Amazing school
This school is great... However we are not satisfied with the principal. How come she always ignores the students? I always see them opening the door for her; yet she does not say anything or even make eye contact with them! Meanwhile, she is so busy telling the whole school about how everyone should have manners and say thank you... But at least, on the other side, the education and people are wonderful. I love the parents' teamwork, the determined children, and the extra programs! Even through this economy, the parents are always willing to help out!
My daughter just started kindergarten. Her teacher is WONDERFUL; however, the staff, the principal, and the associated CDC are below standard. I was trying to support public schools, specially since the budget crisis, but when there was a concern the staff treated my poorly and made unacceptable remarks in-front of my 5 year old daughter. Aside from not having water available in 90+ degrees, the CDC only reacted to my concerns after I contacted the corporate office. As a teacher (10+ years) I encourage current parents to contact the IUSD and do not allow the school to mistreat your children.
As parents to a daughter who recently completed 7 yrs at Spingbrook, we came away with a high score for the campus, every teacher she was fortunate to have had, the music and arts and safety on campus. If they would just put the principal out in the cornfield where she can hear herself talk all day, it would be a better, happier school.
After being part of Springbrook community for 4 years, I have to say I love this school. I love the teachers, staff, other parents, and the kids. Even with the budget crisis, the teachers and parents are working really hard to ensure a quality education for our children. This will be the 3rd year for our 'new' principal. Since previous principal was very approachable, a lot of the parents are having a little hard time adjusting to the new principal's different style. It seems true she wants to be addressed 'Dr.' However, it doesn't necessarily mean she is arrogant. I heard somewhere that the best measure of how good of a job a principal is doing reflects on the staff, the teachers, and the students. The staff seem as great as ever. This upcoming year, we are getting two new teachers and the grade assignments are changing for several teachers. Teaching just one grade for many years can make the teachers complacent. My child got to have a lunch with principal and he enjoyed it. It seems she is doing a good job with the staff, the teachers, and the kids to me and maybe us parents need to be more open minded about the new principal.
Springbrook is a great school, if not including the principal. The principal is so selfish and arrogant. It seems so obvious she went through a whole year just to be called "DOCTOR." She is just the opposite of the teachers here. The teachers are so generous, especially the 4th grade teachers. They're so kind and encouraging; just like our last principal! He was so nice, fun, smart, and caring! Our present principal always teaches everyone around her to be polite, yet she is so rude! She is such a hypocrite! But still, Springbrook is an awesome school, parents and student try their best on everything.
This is a great shool and the Montessori program is just purely fantastic! The principal is stuck-up, narrow-minded, fake and highly prejudiced. But she is not teaching the kids. The teachers of the Montessori program are dedicated, incredibly intelligent and seek to make kids independent thinkers and learners. Love the school - wish Mr. Curley came back.
My children love this school. The teachers are incredible. ALL of them. Parents are very involved and the school is open to alot of volunteers. The only issue at this school, is the principal. She is on her second year. Her main obective her first year was to ensure everyone from staff to students to parents called her Dr. Her objective this year, it seems, is to alienate parents. The lack of clear communication is a concern for many. I rate the school a 4, because a bad seed can't ruin the whole bunch.
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