The principal of Manzanita Community School is the weak link of this school. I have never seen such a substandard level of professionalism as Eyana Spencer exhibits, and a blatant lack of respect for others. Eight people have quit in six months, morale is terrible, children are constantly suspended according to the principal's mood on any given day, and there is never a day without drama or chaos. How can adults teach children to respect others if they are not expected to live up to this expectation themselves? Most of the teachers are excellent with the exception of a few who seem to believe that shame is a way to motivate students. Unfortunately, even with the passionate teachers, they are only as good as their conflict on any given day with the principal, which seems to be constant among staff. The children feel the stress. I give this school one star for the excellent teachers and one star for the great computer lab. I would never send my child there.
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About this school
Manzanita Community is a small school in the heart of the Fruitvale. We have seventeen teachers and around 326 students. Our school is focused on the whole child as well as strong academics. We try to have small classes of twenty to twenty-five students in all grades. When possible, our teachers will "loop" with students, which mean they will stay with their class for two years. We have an after school program to support our most struggling students in the second through fifth grades with homework help and intervention. We also have a strong health and wellness policy that includes weekly P.E. classes for all students, a no chips, candy, or soda policy at lunch, a daily salad bar, a school nurse on site four days a week, and a weekly Farmers' Market for parents and community. Our school is a uniform school; students can wear blue or white polo shirts, white button down shirts, with blue bottoms (not jeans) and tennis shoes everyday.
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