Great school and wonderful people. The average per classroom is incorrect. The typical classroom holds AT LEAST 30 students and they rely heavily on volunteers. The school is also very focused on teach to test, which unfortunately is becoming the new reality within primary and secondary education in the US. The Principal is less than desirable and perhaps could be described as unemotional and disengaged as far as embracing the local and school communities. She was given the benefit of the doubt when she first arrived, but there seems to be no compassion and almost gives off an aura of negativity towards parents who want to be part of their children's educations as opposed to non-involvement. Being a principal is not an easy job and takes dedication, effective communication, and commitment. It is difficult to recognize these traits when the principal's presence around campus is sometimes non-existent. Overall a wonderful school and some really wonderful programs for student involvement.
I attended this school many years ago, as did my mother and many other members of my family. I was excited to have my son attend and continue the tradition. However, the attitude of the principal and office staff made that impossible. Even my son's teacher was rude and unhelpful. As a transfer student, my son was placed in a combination class. When I approached the principal to find out how the class would work and if he could be switched, I was met with indignation! When I approached the teacher, she responded with "I'll explain at back to school night." That was a month away! Why would no one talk to me? I ended up eventually transferring him to Royal Oaks in Duarte(A fabulous school!). The next day I received a call from the Mayflower office to tell me that a space in the regular class had opened up. (This only happened after is told them I was transferring my son. How mysterious!) The tone set by the principal and office staff is one of superiority. It was unacceptable. I am sad that my son will not be attending the school I did, but I am very happy with his new school. Also, it made me realize not all schools are as difficult to deal with as Mayflower.
Mayflower is overall a good school, for a public school. Most of the teachers are caring and thoughtful, but are limited by the structure of "team teaching" with other teachers in their grade and all doing the same curriculum, large class sizes and the pressure to "teach to the test" in order to reach certain standards and not lose funding. The result is curriculum that is often uncreative and students who are often bored and unengaged. The new principal does seem like she wants to improve things at Mayflower, but seems to make many parents feel that she is not a partner with them but instead set on her own agenda. The PTA is wonderfully strong and many parents are involved with helping out in the classrooms as well. It is a nice neighborhood school.
Mayflower Elementary School located in Monrovia, CA is a school to be very proud to be a part of as student, parent, teachers, and staff. The communication and connection between teacher and parent is very professional and responsive. I would like to see more classes and teachers for all Monrovia schools of all grade levels which are badly needed to enable less crowded space and better teacher/student ratio. Proud Monrovia Schools Parent and grandmother, L. C.
At the beginning of Kindergarten last school year we were so happy with the school. However, as we are moving through the second year at the school we find that the education and school society is not as good. The new principal, of one year, is so focused on the money that the school receives and the policies that are associated with it that it seems the focus on what happens in the classroom and with the actual learning is secondary, with the exception of her focus on timed tests and fact memorization. Her priority is clearly to have high test results but it seems that the actual learning that could be associated with the test scores is secondary. My child is defiantly learning to parrot answers- I am just not sure that I wanted him to become a pet I would not recommend this school.
Both of my children attended Mayflower and had a great experience! The staff is outstanding! Parent involvement is amazing! There is something for everyone!
With the exception of his first grade teacher, we have been happy with all of the teachers at Mayflower. Parental involvement is good. Overall, we're happy with the school.
We have a great neighborhood school, with parents and kids who truly care about their campus. Our principal and his staff are all dedicated to those who work and learn there, it's clear they recognize the importance of our kids early years. They promote the love of learning in nearly everything they do.
We recently moved from New Jersey with an excellent school system and found Mayflower Elem. compares favorably. The parental involvement is outstanding. The teachers are patient and provide excellent instruction. The principle's enthusiasm is contagious and his oversight and guidance is exceptional.
Mayflower exceeds expectations year after year, has great parent involvement, awsome teachers and the best principal. The kids love the principal and I am constantly amazed at how he knows everyone's name! Really fun fundraisers, and lots of PTA support! So glad my child is lucky enough to be in such a great learning invironment.
Mayflower has been known as the best school in the district and now I know why! I recently moved and my children love Mayflower. The Principal is very personable, friendly and the kids love him. He and the staff are very involved and keep the environment fun and child friendly. They have not forgotten how great it is to be a kid. Thank you!
Principal is very involved in everything that goes on at school. Teachers use a teamwork approach at all grade levels. Atmosphere at school is positive. Good PTA. Lots of opportunities to get involved. We've been very happy with our experiences so far.
Our family loves, loves, loves Mayflower! On top of high academic standards, there are so many wonderful activities and events for the whole family. The staff is very committed and geniuinely caring. Mayflower has the feeling of family - definitely a wonderful community to be a part of.
Mayflower is a fantastic school, the teachers and the staff are always alert to any of the children's needs, they are always so caring and encouraging the kids to learn more about what they like. Also they are great at communicating with the parents about the progress of the children. My son has been going there since first grade and he absolutely loves it. Thank you to everyone at Mayflower who make the learning process at school an amazing journey for the kids to keep for life.
I love Mayflower School! The Teachers and Staff are all awesome! The teachers work hard with our children and really care for them. Words can't express how happy I am with this school. The kids are always well supervised and I do like their method of discipline. If you are looking for a great school for your child, look no further. You have found the best. The PTA and Parent Volunteers are so awesome. Everyone is helpful and looks out for each other. They have a PE and music class. Our PTA is always working for our children to advance further in language arts. The Principal and his leadership are 2nd to none! The kids love him and he is truly awesome! The only thing we need is a bit more parking. I know that this school sets a great foundation for our children. I should know my Doctor attended Mayflower. Mayflowermom
This is a great school. Despite upheavals in administration, the staff always works as a team. The students are expected to achieve high standards. There is a warm, caring environment established by the staff. There is a music program and a pe program within the day, but there aren't any after school sports or activities.
I was a student at Mayflower as a child, and now my daughter is a student there. I feel that the school has always been great, but it has improved immensly since I attended Mayflower. Parental involvement has always been high. The best thing about there school is the D-1 (developmental first grade) class. This class is for students who are younger and need a little more time before entering the rigors of first grade. My daughter is in this program and I feel that it has given her a huge head start in academics and social areas. The only negitive thing that
We are new to the community. My son just started Mayflower. He has always been in private school. Yet, the transition was smooth, he loves it!
It is obvious why Mayflower has been recognized with the Distinguished School of California Award and the Academic Achievement Award! The positive leadership of the principal carries over into our children's attitudes! Excellent school!
Parents are discovering that this really is their school! We the community in which our kids are schooled have a significant role in providing input, ideas and collaboration!
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