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Emma C. Smith Elementary School2
Posted January 11, 2015
- a parent
I hear that the new science teacher for the 2nd thru 4th graders does not explain things and expects the kids to know things that she has not taught. children leave the class in tears. It is very sad as the other science teacher has primed the children to love science in 1st grade. I have never heard so many parents indicate that their child hates science or does not want to go to school because it is a science day. Shame on Smith for allowing this to continue after numerous complaints. This school has turned into quite the standard for mediocrity. I feel like just getting through the day is the goal of the school and developing the students to be high achievers is not their ultimate goal. I am very sad about this, and there is nothing I can do to help them change.
Great school! Only complaint I have and I have heard from other parents is that the principal is not very active with the kids. I have never seen her come out in the morning or after school to see the kids. No involvement.
I absolutely love this school! The teachers and staff are all VERY caring and compassionate towards the children. All the programs the school offers children are amazing. The only reason I did not give it a 5 star rating is because of the current principal. Getting her to follow through with a problem is like pulling teeth. She seems more concerned with all her meetings than getting to know the children. Like I said before, I love, love, love this school, and the only thing I would change would be the principal.
Hard working and caring teachers and staff. New principal to the school is student centered and supports programs. The PTO continues to work hard at providing extra activities and strong support for programs. The new "goal-setting conferences" were interesting and somewhat useful. Still don't know if we'll miss participating in the Report Card Conferences. School needs more quality and interesting activities for advanced/GATE students.
I am so impressed with this school! There are lots of extra-curricular activities for students. The principal, teachers, aides, duties really work as a team to ensure students receive a good education as well enforcing rules, guidance, etc. There is a strong anti-bullying policy enforced. Parents are active in volunteering. The campus is gated and has beautiful grounds. As a parent and teacher, I am so happy my children are attending this school.
Love Smith School! From the tremendous parent involvement to the amazing teachers, I can't imagine a better school for my 2 kids. The State has put a lot of pressure on schools and kids have to learn more at an earlier age these days. If a child is struggling, I have witnessed teachers partnering with the parents to help even devoting their own time after school if necessary. I was surprised at some of the comments by previous reviewers, but at Smith, parents are seen as partners in the academic process. We have great community and parental support as well from all socio-economic classes, which is necessary with shrinking budgets and increasing pressure to achieve. "It takes a village" as they say and that is what you get at Smith. Caring faculty, a principal that knows most kids by name and a group of parents that feel committed to making our school an amazing place to be.
Smith 10 years ago (Mr. Vernoy as principal) did not have snobs and cliques. We have noticed this changed through the years as we had our oldest who attended Smith and youngest is currently attending. Although, we ignore these snobs and cliques. We care about our kids education and success. Smith is a great school and teachers are very helpful. Great fundraising activities, social events and programs available for the kids. Wonderful PTA members. Mrs. Nathanson really cares about our the kids and the school.
Not sure where that last reviewer is coming from. I have never encountered any rude staff or teachers. Kids who struggle are given help. If your child isn't being helped, then find out why not, rather than say the whole school is against you. The community around Smith has several neighborhoods of various socio-economic backgrounds, from apartment living to people renting smaller homes, to owners of modest to elaborate homes. All of us contribute to the school whether in time or money...I know people in all of the various neighborhoods who help out, and are friendly with each other. There are certainly a few snobs and cliques, but I suspect you would encounter that almost anywhere. The majority of us care about the kids.