We were at PW for 2 years and it is not the best school in the area. The principle is so disconnected, she cannot remember her students' names and cannot put a face to a name. There is no 6th grade camp and parents had to rise above the principle and had to put on their own 6th grade camp. There is a lack of communication of events at the school and very little notice for events, so you cannot plan accordingly. The upper grade teachers need to retire and get some new, excited teachers for grades 4-6. Their GATE cluster concept is an epic fail... my student was bored and not challenged! Choose a different school in the RUSD! I do not recommend Parker Whitney and am glad to be at another school!
This is a charming school. The teachers are kind and caring. The upper grade teachers have been especially helpful to my children. The office staff are organized and efficient. I appreciate the support I receive from them when I enter the office. The facilities are a bit older, but the energy and enthusiasm is high!
I have had two children attend Parker Whitney. The lower grade level teachers are amazing k-4. The staffing under went some changes in the last few years and the upper level teachers are a total misfire. They are tenured possibly because they are very dis connected. From the gross lack of organization ( no specific lesson plans) to the poor communication. There is a team teaching approach in the upper grades and this translate to a passing the buck attitude which has not been managed by the supervisory staff. The principal is sweet but the staff "click" has created a CYA attitude and it is very relaxed with little supervision , accountability and no desire for improvement. The upper level teachers do not want to be bothered with your child if they are stuggling. They really don't have the energy to deal with it so they bombard you with notes stating your child is not up to par yet they can't offer any real solutions and the special education staff does the minimum required which is very sad on muitple levels.
continued- really don't want to write this because more involved parents would help this school, but it is not worth you losing years of education because they don't have the energy to care. Very little school pride in upper grades from the staff. They never show up to events and really seem to be just putting in their time. No inovative or exciting teachers - they are all just punching the clock in grade 5th and 6th. They need to clean some house but the principal is most likley not up to it because she most likley has little support from the district. The schools with strong leadership are still thriving regardless, Parker Whitney is not one of them that is good without the support. The demographic has a lower income level and I think this may have influenced the priority level of the school . Todd Culter at the school district is a wreck. he approaches things with a CYA attitude rather than a " let's work together one a solution" he is didactic and has an over inflated sense of his leadership in Education skills, he has a on-line degree and this district really deserves better, but since Todd is on the board it will never change, . So sad really, ....No zest for teaching ,
We have been at Parker Whitney school for 5 years now and my kids love it! We have had wonderful teachers and my kids are all making great academic strides. Many wonderful families here.
The school is great and all of the staff are attentive to all of the students needs. My kids love it there and are making great academic progress
Great school. Very dedicated, excellent staff and teachers. My kids really enjoy this school.
We are in our final year here, I have two 6th graders. They started at Parker Whitney last year after moving here from Northern CA, and this is the first public school they have attended. It is a great school, the teachers will help with anything the students need help with, the assignments are online along with their current (up to date) grades, and you can see if your student has any missing assignments. Over all an outstanding school.
We just finished our first year at this school. We were nervous about the mixed K-1 program, but now that we have experienced it we love it. Our fifth grade son had a very academically challenging year. We feel like he really learned more than we expected. We had heard some negative things about the program from another parent, but we never experienced anything but high standards.
This school is pretty run down and teachers are tired of teaching, which is ineffective for the students. Lots of cliques, lots of teacher apathy, principal not open to conversations with concerned parents/guardians regarding issues with teachers. We took our student out of this school after the first trimester. Our student was well above the academic program here, virtually no extracurricular activities exist. Lots of parents are involved but a lot more are not.
This school challenged all 3 of our children academically. We love all the new musicals at the school. What a great way to end the school year. Our house is in a differnt school's area, but we are coming back to Parker Whitney next year!
Parker Whitney has had a PE and music program durning the day for years. In the last couple of years they have added dance and musicals.
Parker Whitney has high academic standards and a caring enviornment. We love the AR program.
Principal ineffective in controlling her staff. Teachers don't seem to enjoy what they are doing or unmotivated to be great teachers. It's been a sad fall I have watched the past 6 years.
Unacceptable that there is no active physical education program either during or after school and no music program.
As former student of Parker Whitney, I would have to say this was a poorly run school. One example, P.E. We barely got to play basketball, football, or even dodgeball. Instead we got stuck dancing the whole year because the school was afraid of lawsuits because of injuries. Then, when physical testing came around, the teachers complained that our scores werent high enough. Well hello! Dancing isnt going to build endurance of strength. It almost seemed like P.E. had no curriculum. Another thing that bad was the so called 'student council.' The only fun thing about it was running for the elected positions. The rest of the year, student council was a waste of my lunch. There was no guidance or direction by the school. Whenever we invited the principal to the meetings, she would either never show or disapprove of everthing we suggested to her.
The new principal has started a new Reading emphasis that has energized the students to read like they never have before. Very positive atomosphere!
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