My son turned 5 after California's Kindergarten cut-off date, but he was a perfect candidate for TK. I started researching schools as soon as our family moved to Long Beach and applied through the school of choice at Naples as soon as I could for the 2012-2013 school year. The staff was very helpful with ensuring I got all paperwork in on time and even remembered who I was when I would call and ask questions. I was so ecstatic that he was chosen. The TK teacher is absolutely wonderful and dedicated 110% to ensuring success for her students. I feel very blessed to be a part of such a wonderful school community.
Naples is an excellent school with great, caring staff and teachers with different teaching styles. I don't agree with parents that call our teachers MILITANT...I know military being a vet myself. What we have are teachers that teach responsibility and discipline that will follow them for the rest of their lives. Our teachers love our children and show them love an respect. My daughter had both so-called MILITANT teachers and she absolutely loves them! Sadly one has retired and will be missed. My son has the priviledge of being with the other teacher this year and he loves her too! Don't coddle your children...let them flourish under the guidance of these wonderful teachers. By the way...this teacher is the only teacher in Naples that has a program that visits the senior center on a regular basis. The children love it and so do the seniors.
This is a fantastic school with so many teachers, staff and parents highly committed to our childrens education experience. I would like to add to the comment on 2 teachers that are militant, etc. My child was in this classroom and she loves this teacher. There are many many kids that love this teacher. As I spent time in the classroom there were always,, repeat always, visits from former students saying Hi. There were also kids from high school coming back to say thanks for being so hard on me it's really helped me through school. I think it's a good blend, to prepare our children for the real world, life can be tough so the tough get going.
The school is really cute. With two classes per grade it is small and cozy. I have never felt unwelcome or put off by the high socio-economic background of most families. The class size is low in comparison to a lot of Long Beach schools. My one major complaint is that they keep on staff 2 teachers that parents have tried to kick out of the school. They are teachers that academically capable, treat the children militantly. I've seen the children cower in fear and be treated harshly by one such teacher. This teacher does not even allow parents in the classroom. Which is a clear sign something is terribly wrong. Yet the school keeps them on staff. 1 fortunately is retiring this year. If it weren't for this the school would rate 5 stars. Keeping a teacher that terrorizes and intimidates children is horrendous. Tenure should be eliminated. It's a bad situation when you have children crying over stress and harsh, overly critical teaching. I don't expect all teacher to be Mary Poppins. I've never seen children treated this unkind though. These teachers need to retire or find a new line of work. The school should be protecting the children, not the teachers.
This is the best school ever!!!!!! We got the highest star testing scores last year!!!! This is the right school for your kids to go!!!
BEST SCHOOL EVER!!!!!!!! CANT GET A BETTER ONE! I LOVE IT!!! i have sooooo much fun here being a student. iam sooooo inpressed by how thne teachers make a lesson more fun, and easier to understand. (yet we get in trouble if our phones go off!)
I absolutely love this school. My daughter just turned 5 in October, she is the youngest in her Kindergarten class. I have seen such an awesome progression in only 5 months. Mrs. Allen and Mrs. K are phenomenal with the kids. Mrs. Prince shows love to them all. This is an awesome school. I was sold when my daughter started learning how to speak in front of the class and answe in complete sentences.
Naples is an all around great school. The teaching is exceptional and the principal couldn't be better.
My child have is having a wonderful experiences at Naples - learning not just practical life lessons but also mathematics, writing and reading. I'd be hard-pressed to send her to any other public school at this point. We moved to this part of Long Beach to have are child attend a great school. I have a family of three and we could only live in a very small apartment for over a year because of the high rent in this part of town it has been so worth it! Invest now to get her in the right frame of mind for higher education later. At the rate all the kids at Naples are excelling I'm sure we can expect some scholarship opportunities later. Great teachers, staff and setting!
The only possible criticism of Naples is, as others have pointed out, the focus on teaching to the state tests. On the other hand, both of my children are very happy there and are both learning much more than I did at that age.
I have two children at Naples. We love the involvement. The teachers are involved, the parents are involved and the principal is an absolute 10. We enjoy the small size as well.
School looks good as a whole,but there are many problems internally that are not addressed. Children are primped for test scores but not general education.
I have 2 children at this school. We don't fit in the typical stereotype because we aren't blonde, gorgeous or rich, but nonetheless, the school is welcoming. The principals that have worked here since we came to the school five years ago all knew my children's names and their abilities. The teachers are kind. What you don't get in afterschool activities you do get in a small, sheltered school that almost seems like a private learning facility. Parents are heavily involved in the school and round up money at the drop of a hat to provide all sorts of activities.
Excellent kindergarten program. Principal and Leadership Currently is good ,Teacher Quality is out standing ,Parent Involvement get A+ Safety and Discipline is great!
Outstanding school. We recently moved here from out of state and had heard all the negative stories about the California public school system. However, what I found is that Naples is far more advanced academically than the school my child came from. The parental involvement and the quality of teachers here is exceptional. I give this school the highest marks possible.
My son attended this school two years ago, but I removed him due to the unfairness of the staff and their critical treatment towards my son! I do not recommend this school nor will I ever recommend this school! Too many occurrances are swept under the rug and are made to seem unimportant or are overreactions by the child and the parent. This school has no recommendations by me, not now, not ever!
My daughter was a student here from kindergaten to 5th grade. I found this school to be excellent. The teachers were all wonderful. I always felt my daughter's teachers cared and worked hard. The parents were all very involved and the school was very open to parental involvement. The after school program was very nice, too. I highly recommend this school.
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