The principal, Dr. Ford, is a wonderful administrator and parent involvement is impressive.
Our daughter has the chance to attend a different school which is assumed to be one of the best in the city, but we like beethoven so much, and so does she, that we are keeping her there as long as posible. Caring teachers, great after-school program, and principal who is fair, wise, and capable far beyond her years.
Beethoven Elementary is the hidden gem on the west side. The academics have far exceeded our expectations. Our child is thriving in this much desired small school environment. We have found the parent group to have tremendous enthusiasm that is contagious. The school grounds continue to improve the appearance on the outside to match the incredible academics on the inside. The extra-curricular activites made available have included; soccer, drama, chess, french, spanish, reading lab among others. Feel lucky if you live in the boundaries of Beethoven.
PS ARTS, a non profit organization. has partnered with Beethoven since 1998 to provide a full-time music and art teacher for all students. Additionally drama and physical education teacher specialists work with students. This level of performing arts programming is unheard of in our public schools today!!!
This is a really cute school. They provide so many great opportunities for the students to learn and express their knowledge in many creative ways. The teachers are excellent and provide assistance when ever needed. The kids are also supportive of each other and encourage their classmates to try their best. I was impressed with the teachers, their lesson delivery and the student body.
This school is utilized by the neighborhood and so has no busing in of children, which helps make this a very good/strong school. Great after school program, which just started last year, for K through 2nd grades.
Beethoven is a wonderful environment for the kids. Teachers are absolutely outstanding. They are going above and beyond their duty. Music, art, drama, psysical ed., library, computers are part of the weekly curriculum. The dedication and involvment of the parents is a great window of the spirit of the school. Beethoven is a place 'where everybody knows your name' due to the dedication of the staff and the involvment of the parents.I feel very comfortable to have my 3 children at Beethoven. Check out our great website: www.friendsofBeethoven.org for all the latest and past info. about our wonderful school.
Small school, quality of teachers is just ok; large blacktop area, but no playground equipment.
Mrs. Sukimoto morning Pre-K class is an inclusion class. Which has been very influential learn model for my daughter. In the summer my daughter was in an inclusion class where 2/3 of the students had now disabilities and 1/3 of the students had some form of autism. She 'flourish' in the language area and also met some new friends. This class at Beethoven will be a nice continuation of that learning model.
This school is on the upswing due to the tremendous effort by parents. A safe environment for kids, yet could use some work with beautification. The PTA is working hard and beginning to focus their energy on making the school look more attractive. Test scores are good and teachers as well as the principal seem very involved.
Beethoven is a wonderful school. The teachers have such dedication to the students ~ they go above and beyond their classroom duties time and time again. The principal has a deep dedication to the academics of the students, finding new workshops for the teachers to keep their skills on the cutting edge. The parents are also truly dedicated to the success of their children. We see this in the scores themselves. The homework lab is a huge success; the library is open after school Monday thru Thursday until 4pm. with a TA on duty who assists the students with their homework. The parent involvement is growing and it has been extremely affective in getting the outside of the school to catch up to the wonderful things that happen inside. Feel lucky if you are in the boundaries to have your child attend this oasis of excellence. Checkout the website at www.beethovenelementary.org
Beethoven Elementary is an excellent choice for your child's elementary school education. The principal, Dr. Althea Ford, provides sound leadership and communicates effectively with faculty, staff, parents and the children. The faculty are experienced and dedicated to learning and enrichment. The school utilizes the Open Court system for it's language arts in reading, writing and mathematics instruction. All the children attend classes in art, music, movement and the theatre. The children also have computer and library time. Parent volunteers are welcome to help in the classroom and with specific school projects and fundraisers. The Friends of Beethoven and the PTA are active and motivated organizations on campus that continue to provide enhanced programs and activities for the children. ie. Soon 2 afterschool Spanish classes for English speaking kids will begin. My 1st grade daughter is thriving and receiving an excellet education at Beethoven Elementary. Come join us at Beethoven!-- M. Smith.
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