September 02, 2015
This school is great academically, and for that alone I give it 4 stars. However, the fundraising is unrelenting and out of control! And as other parents have mentioned, the worst part is how my kids are made to feel. They worry and feel they'll be ostracized if my wife and I don't give more - even though we've donated directly, and volunteered on multiple occasions....but it's never enough. The kids were barely in school a week this year...and I've already received fundraising calls. We should have the option to opt out. It got so bad that I see "Clover" on my caller ID and I don't answer it anymore. I can't tell you how my heart would jump when I'd get those calls in the beginning! Also, as someone else mentioned, if you don't look the part (ahem...Caucasian or Asian), you aren't exactly welcomed with open arms. I've been in the office on multiple occasions when some other parents came in. That's the only reason why I know that the front office people, in fact, do actually know how to smile and pretend that they're glad to help you. Go figure. When my kids started going there, one office lady checked the zoning area twice, then got another woman to verify that we actually lived in the area (we live within walking distance)! I thought they were going to call the FBI next! I have a strong, sneaking suspicion that not everyone has gotten this treatment. I went to the Halloween carnival, bought some game tickets for my kids, paid and walked away with my smiling children...and heard a woman screaming "HEY! HEY!" I turned around, and this Asian lady accused me of stealing $40 worth of carnival tickets. I had to walk back to the booth with her just to find the lady I bought them from. Really?! No, that wasn't humiliating at all. But hey...academics, right? I had a parent ask me if I was on government assistance (I'm not), and more than I can count have asked me where exactly I live (subtle, right). Thank goodness I've never let ignorance rattle me. Luckily, my kids are either being treated right by these people's children, or they're oblivious. As long as that remains so, I'll keep them here. "Academics"...I'll just keep telling myself this through gritted teeth.
- submitted by a parent