Disappointed. I have a 6 year old child that attends this school, who is not a problem child, I always received good reviews from his teachers,who by the way are wonderful teachers, but when it comes to put in complains against staff, no one listens and won't even give me a record of a file complain, too disappointed.
I have a cousin Aaron D. Barrow Walker that attends Harry Wirtz Elementary School. My cousin has been very bless in achieving certain learning goals. He's a forth grader now, just last week I attended a ceremony which my cousin received a ribbon and certificate for the star test. I'm really impress with staff and the new Principal. I also went to Open House and was very impress with Aaron's Teacher Mrs. Eugenio.
If you are involved in your child's education, this will be a great school for your children. Even though they may not have the best facilities or available programs, They do have a terrific and caring staff. I would much rather have better teachers and administrators than an occasional Christmas Play or freshly painted building. We have to realize that the Paramount School district is "Its Own District". There was a greater need at the High School and that has been addressed and it is only a matter of time before "Wirtz" gets its turn. This is a great school with great teachers who will help your child achieve. BUT... we as parents have to do our part and teach our children how to apply themselves. The teachers are not the parents nor are they babysitters. If your child does not apply themselves in school... Then it's time for parents to step up and add a little discipline in your child's life and take away that X-Box or TV. The habits our children learn at 5 years old can last a lifetime.... OK, i'm done ranting...
Cons: The location of the school is in a terrible location. Which right across from a refinery VERY BAD choice of location for a school. Since the new principal has taken over there have been less programs for the kids and for parent nights, worst of all there was no xmas show last year. Im not familiar with who makes the program decisions but with the previous principal Mr. San Miguel I believe was his name, there where alot of parent & child programs or activities. I don't see that happening since the new principal took over. Lunch is the worse, I ask my kid every day what she gets for lunch, i can see what's on the menu but she tells me that sometimes the food runs out and they an alternative lunch, for ex: one time they ran out of hot dogs and (CONTINUED...)
I am really impressed with this school. The school buildings are old and run down, but the staff and students are great! The principal is kind and fair. The assistant principal is friendly. The counselor has helped many of our friends and families in the neighborhood. My children love attending there and have wonderful, caring teachers.
I think this school is in a horrible location...Next to a refinar very dangerous for our childre. There was an inciden 2 years ago. There were fumes from the refinery and some children got sick.I think it should be moved to a diferent location!!