This school falls far short of a positive learning environment. Some of the teachers are burnt out and show frustration with the kids. They jump to punish 5 and 6 year olds for just being "kids" without any desire to find a more creative way to deal with behaviors in the Kindergarten classroom. The school did not warrant a high rating last year, I could not say about this year because they have a new principal and my child will no longer be there as I took her out.
I'm not loving the school :( The principal is not helpful at all with complaints and says she just can't do anything about anything. Well than I don't see why they even have a principal. Most teachers in the district can't stand the principal... that says a lot!
They had lice in a class and the school nurse sent the child back in the classroom. PUSD requires that the child be sent home. The principal was not concerned (like usual). Kindergarten teachers are unimpressive and harsh. There is a new kindergarten teacher that I don't know much about who seems softer than the other two so I can't say anything about her. 1st grade the only good teacher is Mrs. Vella I've heard the others are harsh. Homework for kindergarten is way too much. LOTS of negative reinforcement in the classrooms- not a positive environment. Teacher names calls kids "preschool babies" when they cry. Shame is a big problem at this school!!! The principal and helper stands out front of school shaming everyone when they are late. I've heard from MANY parents their two bigs issues are shame and bullying is a problem too (although I haven't experience that)
Fun runs don't encourage kids to drink water. This school is not filled with love which is sad because it's a beautiful school.
My son attended Garden Road for Kinder and the first half of 1st Grade. His Kindergarten teacher was abrasive and admittedly yelled at the children. She tended to label children who were bored as "bad" and treat them as such, so my very active and bored child was treated with bias. There was also a lot of bullying at the school. My son was pushed and kicked while on the ground. He was punched. He was spit on, his food stolen, called names by one other child in particular. After many weeks of this going on, the school finally did something to help stop it, but it took me constantly barraging the principal with phone calls. His teacher did absolutely nothing about it until she was told to do so by the principal. As for 1st Grade, his teacher was a dream come true. She was compassionate towards ALL the children. She was excited about teaching and seeing the kids learn. She even realized that my son needed something extra and recommended him for a special program at the school so that he would be able to have more direct one-on-one time with a teacher and learn skills that would support him in his school career.
This school is great from the staff to the students I couldn't ask for more. The teachers are so dedicated the children always come first always have lots of great activities going on and they make learning fun! Great educational environment!!