I don't know why I have waited 6 years to post a review about Kettering. My best guess is that I've been so happy with the school that it hasn't crossed my mind to give a review. Today, I am looking for reviews on Middle Schools for my daughter and I thought it would be so helpful to those who wanted a review of Kettering, so her goes. My daughter has attended Kettering for all 6 years and I am writing this review with tears in my eyes because I am so sad to leave. This is the kindest, gentlest, safest, most compassionate little school I know of. My philosophy is that my children are going to get a good education at a number of schools, but what might hinder their great school experience is the environment in which they learn. From Grace the secretary, to Mrs. Snow the lunch lady to Mrs. Anderson the Principal, to all the wonderful teachers, you don't find any better. My daughter has had Mrs. Burner, Ms. Mitchell, Mrs. Cousino, Mrs. Dahl and Mrs. Luzod. She has thrived and excelled in this gentle, caring, nurturing environment. You would be a fool not to choose Kettering to send your child if you have the chance. Good by Kettering, we will miss you!!!
I have 2 kids in this school and I just love it here. The teachers are just amazing! They work hard, so hard for our kids and I can't imagine being in any other school. The kindergarten teachers set the foundation for learning and listening. It is not an easy job getting 25 5 year olds to listen and learn 100 sight words in 2 months time. I also thought that maybe the kinder teacher was a little distant in the beginning to my child. What was actually happening was that she was observing my child and noticed that she had a learning disability that went undiagnosed through all her years of preschool. We were able to begin treatment and therapy immediately and now she's thriving! Only an experienced, dedicated teacher would have noticed it so early on and she did. Also ,the after school activities are endless from piano, science club, art, basketball, skateboard you name it they have it. From PTA and other staff, this school is great and has it all :)
Both my daughters attend Kettering. Community is a great one. Lots of amazing activities and programs. PTA / parents very active and involved. Sad to hear that the reviewer before me is unhappy with our kinder staff. I love our teacher and both girls have been in her classroom. She is very involved and concerned with the getting the kids ready and at the learning level they need to achieve. If you are approachable, she is approachable. She's not warm and fuzzy but she's a great teacher and I guarantee that your child likes her even if you do not. The entire staff is wonderful with the exception of one of the current 3rd grade teachers. Not a fan of the current principal at all. I still highly recommend this school and am very fortunate to have found this gem in Long Beach.
not happy with this school only because of the kindergarten staff so far...i have heard the rest of the teachers are great but unfortunately, not having a great experience with the kindergarten teacher...very unapprocahable, doest ever smile, makes you feel uncomfortable when talking to her, very disciplined with the kids..not nurturing or warm...very cold personality...looking for other schools now because of the experience with this teacher. :( otherwise pta is great and other staff seem good! but not much of a playground for the children to climb and be involved in other activities.
This is a fantastic school with great teachers in all grades. Parents are involved and the students are engaged. We have 2 kids that have gone through the school and could not be happier with their experience.
After starting Kindergarten at a popular charter school fall of 2010 and having a less than positive experience, we switched our son to Kettering, our home school. Best decision we could make. He, as well as my husband and I, instantly loved the school. We were welcomed warmly by other students, families, teachers, principal and all support staff. He is now in 1st grade and we have a new principal who is terrific, as was the former. Both Kinder and 1st grade teachers are super. We feel very lucky to be part of this amazing school!
My son just started kindergarten this year. He loves it and surprises me every day with his progress. The PTA is committed and put on great events. The teachers are awesome and he is extremely happy with the after school CDC. He doesn't want to come home.
The heart felt passion for teaching shines academically through every child. If you see your children excited about going to school, and coming home with A's, the school has to be great.
my son just started this school and it is amazing. the principal is great the best elementary in long beach
Kettering is a small school with big hearts! Teachers, parents and students all work together to maintain the incredible reputation it has. In addition to the top notch academia, kids get to be kids and enjoy the foundation of their education. The community is outstanding, especially in these hard times. My son is not only thriving, but exceeding beyond my expectations. And more important, he's happy!
Kettering is an amazing school with caring teachers and involved parents. Great great place for any child.
Kettering is a great little school with lots of parental involvement and wonderful Teachers. There's a good community feel, my daughter has attended there for 5 years and I have been very pleased with all staff members, Teachers and parents there. No complaints!!!!
Kettering is great, its a small scholl with alot of parent involvement. We have a new principle again... and she seems very pro active. If your chlld needs after care CDC the program is excellent my second grader really gets a lot out of it. he is there from 2:00pm until 4:30pm and its hard to get him to leave! Parent participation is is critical (with budget cuts) and we do what we can. We are very pleased with his progress and look forward to a great school year.
Wonderful school! I couldn't be happier! The only thing I don't like very much is that from grade to grade, the children are not kept grouped together and so, children are sometimes split up from their best friends from the grade before. In a way, it is a good thing, as it makes them get to know more people - but my son was depressed being separated from his best friend and felt very lonely when that happened. The teachers are terrific! The major supporting team (principal and counseling staff) seems to turn over a lot more than I've seen at other schools, but so far - it seems like it has been for the best. I recommend this school to anyone looking for a place where their children will actually learn something more than the basics and the PTA is second to none!
My son just started Kindergarten and I couldn't be happier with the quality of this school - in all aspects! From the PTA and parental involvement to the teachers and students - this is, by far, the best school in Long Beach! The students and other people involved with this school care about our children! We are blessed to be there! It is a terrific place!
Kettering is an excellent small school especially under the new principal leadership of Kim Weber. My child adores Kettering and the teachers there have some of the longest years of experience. I love 'neighborhood ' schools where everyone seems to know everyone.
I have been very happy with Kettering so far. I have a Kinder that loves school! All of the Kinder teacher are great and the principal is very involved. So happy we are there. Lots of parent involvement. Great PTA.
Kettering is a great school with a higher percentage of parental involvement than most. It is a small enough school where most of the teachers know all the students. Kettering is also a safe school, with a caring staff and great teachers. We had 2 children attend Kettering, and were very satisfied we chose Kettering.
Strength - academic expectations and parent expectations for student success Weakness - classroom based discipline. Emphasis on administrative/counselor support in this area.
We are very pleased with the quality education our children are receiving at Kettering. The curriculum is full and the children are challenged. By offering art, PE and music, the children experience a well rounded program. The children respect their teachers and their classmates, and due to the intimate size of the school, most all students know each other.
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