My child is in fourth grade currently and the teacher is firm, expects a lot but also provides help, encouragement and praise when needed. Putting homework responsibility and such on the kids and not the parents. Creating self reliant kids.
The teachers and staff actively work with the kids to be caring and compassionate. I strongly believe that it starts at home and is complimented by the school. My experience has been that the kids that seem to have issues with being caring and compassionate are the ones that need that the most. With horrid home lifes.
My experience at this school seems to be the polar opposite of others that have commented here. Anytime I have had an issue, with a teacher, other parents, or my kids with other students I have felt listened to, heard, respected and the situation was resolved in a timely manner and with respect and fairness to all parties involved.
The teachers are here because they are ready for retirement. They know that they can't be fired and they don't feel like teaching or grading any work. My child has had less than 5 grades in several of his classes for the entire trimester.
Not only do I feel that there is not enough homework, the homework that is sent home is busy work and it takes the teachers FOREVER to grade it. They say it's too much work but they only have class sizes of 25.