This is a wonderful school that really encourages and appreciates parent involvement. Students can participate in afterschool programs as well as participate in some arts programs that are held during the school day. It is a culturally diverse school that shares and celebrates holidays with everyone. The feeling at this school is similar to the feeling I had when I went to elementary school. I was lucky enough to work at the school as an aide when I went back to grad school to become a teacher! It was a wonderful experience!
My twin boys have attended Overland Avenue School for 3 years. It is a great school with a very high level of parent involvement.
My daughter started Overland 2nd Grade. She was attending a private school before this. She has flourished much better here. The spirit in the school is unbelievable and there is a lot of parent involvment. So far the teachers I have encountered have been very open and warm. All in all we are having a wonderful experience at Overland and I would whole-heartedly recommend the school. It will be great if we can get the Academia scores up to match other schools in the near vicinity.
This School has an excellent faculty and great parent body. They are very involved and this makes a real difference to the quality of the programs there.
Good school. My son who is now in college attended this school. We both found it to be quite satifactory and above adequate.
Fantastic school academically. Wonderful, caring teachers. Too much parent involvement.
Great school. Diversified population, but well rooted for a Westside community. New Principal is excellent -- great communication skills and works very collaboratively with all parent groups. Parents are extremely involved. 'Booster' organization raise $200,000 per year that pays for teacher's aides, music/drama program and more!
Our 5th and 2d grade children have attended this school since kindergarten. We moved here to attend the school, based largely on its API and other scores (at the time, we had nothing else to go on). We have been very involved parents, both in the classrooms and on various committees. The school's biggest assets are a terrific group of teachers and a very involved group of parents. We have been involved in a long struggle to make sure our kids are receiving appropriate academic challenges, with only partial success. We are concerned about the school's direction, since we have a new principal - we are hoping for the best, but some of the early indications cause concern.
Our sons spend kindergarden in a private school, we were always a little hesitant about public schools (being from Europe a lot of 'rumors' are heard about US private schools, not good ones either).After a year in private school, and still no progress in our boys reading/writing skills, plus a lot of teasing issues, we decided to take the chance and bring them to Overland School (we got a lot of positive feedback from friends with kids at Overland), and we can not give enough praise! After only a year at Overland both of them are at or above class level in their writing/reading skills, their selfconfidence has sky rocketed and they are actually eager to go to school in the morning...what else can a parent wish for?
My daughter is in kindergarten here. She had spent two years in a private pre-school for a lot of money. at Overland, she is very happy, and is exposed to a wider range of children, something lacking in the private school. The teachers are very dedicated, and most helpful to all children. I volunteer at the school, and interact with many of them. I have a lot of praise for their performance. Overall, I feel this is a well rounded school, offering a great educational experience. Compared to other schools, there are many male teachers here, which I believe is a plus. The STAR program is a great feature of the school.
The overall quality of education at Overland is dropping although the teachers remain dedicated. Parent involvement remains consistent and is one of the school's strong points. Lack of discipline is an issue -- administrative leadership, especially on this issue, remains weak. The new SAS program, established in less than three months, so far has no substance and has led to haphazard formation of classes. This school has far to go to recapture what it had!
My son completed kindergarten and he had a great year; a wonderful teacher and very nice teachers aide. There was a lot of parent involvement. A real sense of community spirit. The kids got along well too. A nice bunch of people all around. The after school STAR program is fantastic. Much opportunity for enrichment classes. My son took circus arts, ceramics, woodworking, computer internet, music theater and cooking. These are a few of the options. It was really great! On the down side the school could use improvement accomodating the higer achieving kids. To this end the principal is working hard to institute the SAS program at Overland (it will start next fall). We will see how the SAS program evolves.
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