We have been at this school for the past 2 years and love it. My kids are getting a balanced education and preparing to be bett r citizens, not just robots who can take tests but can navigate through the world based on their experiences at school.
The mantra here in Lafayette is " Lafayette schools are the best in the State and the Nation". They are NOT. At all. All you have to do is look at the Standardized test scores and school rankings. Maybe people just assume if they pay outrageous prices for homes that the schools must be great in the area. A bad and erroneous assumption.
School test scores reflect high socioeconomic demographic, not quality of school (and are lower than other schools in area). Current principal is unhelpful and not well-liked by either parents or teachers. School is special ed hub for district but doesn't have necessary resources to serve the numbers of students who are referred here, and if you have a kid with a milder learning disability they are unlikely to be well-served, nor are gifted students. Some excellent teachers, but also some fairly awful and mediocre teachers who should be removed. Current principal is trying to cut back on field trips and opportunities for parent volunteers in school, aside from fundraising.
You will find that people from the Lafayette area think Lafayette schools are great. If you move here from other parts of the country you may find like I did that Springhill is good but definitely not great. You only need to look at the Standards test scores to see that Springhill is not up to par with other schools in the area. Also Springhill was rated a 10 on this website and recently dropped to a 9. It does not appear that this school is striving for academic excellence. Because of Proposition 13 that was passed decades ago the property taxes just aren't enough to fund all that the schools need. Every parent is asked for money at the beginning of the year and there are fundraisers throughout the year to help pay for things that should be standard in a school. Thankfully they do have a lot of parents willing to volunteer. Also my child has had excellent teachers. That is probably the only reason we are still there.
Be aware that if you are moving here from back East, these schools will likely be very mediocre compared to what you are probably used to. I have found this to be true in speaking with many parents from out of state. Parents are asked for frequent donations, bus service is several hundred dollars extra, differentiation basically doesn't exist (but LOTS OF LIP SERVICE DOES!!!!!) if your child is well above average, and for my son who was set to start speech back east, he was considered "normal" in this district. The lack of money really shows in the school systems here. We gave up after we were encouraged to work on math at home, and after the teacher was just really horrible in general. Like I was told before moving here, "California schools are California good."
My scoring is relative to other comparable schools in Moraga, Orinda, and Lafayette. I have four kids two of which just completed 6 years at Springhill and two of which are still there. Positives -Some very good, motivated, inspiring and experienced teachers -A great community of parents -Art and music program funded by LPIE -New science specialist former 2nd grade teacher - very good! Negatives -Star test scores are consistently lower than all comparable public elementary schools in surrounding area. -Too many poor/medicore teachers. In 5 years my daughter has had 2 bad teachers. That's one too many. Hard to get rid of b/c of tenure. -Principal lacks leadership and vision. Not inspiring, an administrator, doesn't command respect of teachers or parents, and has failed to communicate and execute on vision for school. -Principal's new teacher selection has had mixed results over last 3 years. A couple good ones but a few bad one's as well. Lafayette should be able to attract the best every time! -Almost all teachers give lip service to differentiation -Lack of consistency and collaboration between teachers within same grade and between grades -Lacks strong academic focus.
We have been at Springhill for 5 years and have many more to go. We've loved our time here but I feel that it is changing since Bruce left. My children are receiving a good education, but it could be better. Public schools are so focused on state test scores they, have a difficult time offering much in the way of differentiated learning. Springhill could do a much better job at challenging students who excel or the boys who often need to "move" to learn.
Good school. Front office personnel could be more helpful and friendlier to incoming parents. Otherwise a good experience.
This is a stellar school with amazingly dedicated teachers, a beautiful campus and terrific parent involvement.
We have been very pleased with Springhill--it is a wonderful school with a small town community feeling. Bruce Wodhams, the principal takes the time to get to know the children and parents and that makes a difference. Great quality education--we are pleased.
Both my kids who are now teens had their start in the loving, attentive atmosphere of Springhill. They both reminisce about their favorite teachers there. I couldn't have been happier with what this school and the involved parents gave to my kids (who happen to be excelling in all their studies--thank you Springhill.)
Springhill has a community of parents and teachers sincerely and completely dedicated to the growth of every student. Kids don't slip by or exist under the radar here because it is a smaller school. The education here is absolutely the best for our children and I feel grateful that they can enjoy learning in such a quality environment.
The teachers are incredible & the most supportive and invloved parent community that I have seen anywhere. The extra curricular programs include chess & foreign language!
burned out principal, entitled, tenured teachers and aggressive soccer moms make this school an unhealthy choice for most kids.
Excellent teachers coupled with A LOT of parent involvement make this our top rated school- better than our previous private school!
Nice friendly environment. Faculty seems concerned about budget and what they can really offer students. Drive to get families involved, which usually not a problem. Gifted kids sent to other location, good place for kids needing basic instruction.
My son was a kinergartner this year at Springhill. He thoroughlt enjoyed his learning experience and I could not be more satisfied with his exposure to so many different things. Science classes, computer labs, days at the library as well as the needed outside playtime.
The parents at Springhill school are extremely involved. It's a small school, so it's easy to get to know the other parents and everyone is very welcoming and friendly.
Springhill is an outstanding school all the way around. Excellent teachers and intensive community involvement make it work.
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