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Highgrove Elementary School2
Posted September 10, 2013
- a teacher
I was a substitute teacher. Everything during the assignment, even when children were not present was used on my review which led to my dismissal. While I did have a lot to learn, there was no formal warning for me.
terrible way of running the school. many complaints by parents principal never cared.pulled out my child from school changed her didn't feel she was safe in this school. teachers say they hear you out want to help but don't .they seem like they are racist look at you funny not take you seriously. If you plan on moving here atleast do your research get involved to see where your kids going to be going at will not like the way they run the school.
I have two children attending Highgrove. I'm very satisfied with the teachers, they have been positive and motivated about my children s education and have very good communication with parents. My children love going to school and their teachers are a BIG contributing factor to this. I m not pleased with the office staff. I have spoken to them, on the phone & in person, they are not pleasant, their tone/demeanor makes me feel like my questions bother them. They are the first point of contact for parents & rely on them. I should feel as though my questions/concerns are not only welcomed but are responded to in a polite/friendly manner. I was recently in the office and they were speaking negatively of a parent because of an error she had made, it was offensive to hear them speak this way in front of me and others, it was not professional or necessary.
My kids came form the Long Beach school district which was chaotic and crazy. Highgrove has been a mellow change for them. They are doing better overall with their studies and are more interested in attending classes. They are/were involved in the HEARTS program and were able to particpate in extracirricular activites their. My only complaint is that they need to have more resources in general, in or around the school, for working parents so our kids have somewhere to go afterschool until we are off work. the principal is GREAT!! Ms. Kelly truly a teacher!!
Some of the staff at this school have been very rude. There are a few teachers that seem truly interested in the child's progress but this seems to be the exception. The parking situation is awful. Teachers should park in the large back lot instead of in the front. This would allow easier access for the parents who need to use the front lot during the day. I've been very disappointed with this school as my children are the fifth generation of my family to attend here. It's not like it use to be when I was here. It seems that any child that is above average in their studies and can speak English well is left in the corner on their own so the teacher can spend time teaching children that can [not] speak English [well]. Classes are overcrowded and test scores are low.
It's definitely not the worst school in Riverside Unified School District's history, while it's not the best. Highgrove Elementary is indeed a school in need of parent involvement, extracurricular activities, and staff motivation. This school has been home to many generations of Highgrove's community but has also been somewhat left behind. It is our responsibility as members of this community and as parents to take a stand and make a difference in the lives of our children as well as the future leaders of America, despite the school's short-falls...they depend on us! :)
It appears as if though there are not enough funds in the budget to help with field trips, extracurricular programs, etc... Also, there are no special events during the holidays or any effort by staff to get creative with projects/assignments during this time. Parent involvement is almost non-existent! There seems to be more of an emphasis on the esl needs of the school rather than the need for introducing children to the arts!
School year 2004-2005 academics has improved. Test scores remain low, with little resources and over crowded classes. Lower income children require more linguistic help than most other schools, where the primary language spoken is Spanish. The school seems to be focused on feeding and teaching the english language to the majority of children. Education that was taught 20 years ago, music, and sports are not a primary concern for the educators or principal. The neighborhood is very quiet with a future of 2200 new homes to be built in the area and 1 elementary school existing. The parking and arrangements to pick up and deliver children to the school is not satisfactory and is showing dangerous. Parent involvement is average. English speaking parents have to take a back seat to foreign speaking parents due to their needs.