This is a safe place to share your honest opinions of a school, whether good or bad.
Palo Verde Elementary School5
Posted September 20, 2013
- a parent
Great, well-rounded school! Excellent teachers, principal, and staff. Very caring, active, diverse group of down-to-earth parents. Palo Verde values asset building, social and emotional development, as well as academics.
Great Schol. Exceptional staff - the principal Eric Goddard is simply wonderful ! The school has the right balance of academics and other activities. They integrate kids with special learning needs very well.
Great, caring teachers. Eric Goddard is an excellent principal who clearly appreciates children and is very approachable and visible. He knows all the childrens' names and runs a great weekly morning assembly where children are praised for doing well. The office staff is excellent too. It seems that there are many working parents so there are not many volunteers. The early/late readers program (grades 1-3; half the class begins at 8:15 and leaves at 1:55 and half the class begins at 9:05 and leaves at the end of the school day, 2:50) could pose a problem for some parents. If there were more parent volunteers, perhaps the program would be unecessary.
Great School: great teachers, much parent involvement, active and extremely active PTA. Small class sizes (~20max). Principal and teachers are very accessible and caring. Early/late reading program gives 45min/day with 10:1 student teacher ratio. (10 kids start 45 min early, the other 10 stay 45 min later 4 days/week) Extra funds thru many PTA acivities bring in teaching assistants to each class for a couple of house/week - they help students in marking assignments and give extra one-on-one time. There is a real sense of community at Palo Verde: there are frequent student or family activities (several per month, and include such events as an international fair, science fair, fall harvest fair, skating party night, movie night for the kids, Dining Out Fundraisers, bookfairs, pancake breakfast, so that parent and students get to know each other - and several of these also raise funds for extras at the school)