Recent changes are very worrying. The principal often doesn't seem to know what's going on. They used to have an assistant principal who was on top of things, but she left and they hired someone with hardly any experience in her place. Now we hear that several teachers have already quit, and school just started a week ago! I don't have a good feeling about this year.
I think the teachers try hard, they talk about respect a lot, and most of them are good role models, but there don't seem to be school-wide consequences for disrespectful behavior. Some kids get away with all kinds of bad behavior, and then other kids follow along because they're kids and they're going to try to get away with things too. It didn't use to be this way here.
Most of the students here are nice kids, but there are some very badly behaved kids who never seem to have any consequences. It's not very many, but some of them are really awful to other kids and they act like they know they can get away with it, and they're right because they never seem to get in trouble.
The school is a true reflection of Pasadena. The students are from all backgrounds and classes are integrated with students with special needs. Great opportunity for our children to learn about all the different people in our world and make friends with someone unlike themselves.
Don Bonito is a great school. Teachers have a tremendous amount of experience. Parents are super involved and helpful. The new principal is energetic and enthusiastic about our children and the school.
We feel so lucky to be at Don Bonito school. The highly qualified staff, parental involvement, diverse population, and educational opportunities are everything we were looking for in a school for our children. The new principal is wonderful. Her energy and enthusiasm she brings to the school everyday is felt by all.