The teachers at this school are good at what they do but are unable to change with the times. The new principal has no control of her staff and tends to just attend, almost as if they are her boss. A changing environment that is NOT GOOD.
I enrolled my two kids here because it had the best reviews in the area, but after one school year, I am seriously considering switching them out. My older sons teacher had one conference with me and then the rest were just notes sent home with a report card. My youngest has a teacher who seems to care but still only ever says how she doesn't know how to help him and what do I suggest. The school is no fun. No winter performances, no field trips for my youngest. My oldest is getting one field trip(a walk to Bel Air down the street!). It's an ok looking school is a nice area but they apparently don't have money for anything despite the constant fundraising. Parking is ridiculously bad and I have to show up at the school 45 mins early just to have a parking to pick up my kid. The playgrounds are also sucky, for lack of a better word. They're not allowed to play on the playground in the morning before school, they have to just stand in line. I all around dislike this school.
My daughter has been at Matsuyama since Kindergarten. She is now in 6th grade and has loved each and every one of her teachers. Parent involvement at this school is like no other. What normally are small school activities and festivals turn into full community events. The staff at Matsuyama truly partner with parents to ensure the highest quality of education and development of our children. Principal Montgomery is the key to Matsuyama's success -- a firm, yet fun leader who stays involved on a personal level with the kids AND their parents. I am blessed to have had the privilege of my daughter attending Matsuyama and extremely sad this is her final year as we embark on a new chapter this Fall. Words cannot express how grateful I am to 6th grade teacher, Mr. Mike Mullen, for being a positive male role model to my young daughter. This school is highly recommended to all!
My son was racially profiled and disregarded. His ADHD was used as a tool against him. He was being bullied and the teachers disregarded him and he was left to his own devices. He was made to feel bad for the way that he looked and complained about how poorly the teachers treated him on a daily basis. He was made out to be a monster on every school write up or suspension when the fight was initiated by another student. I would not recommend this school for any African American child or minority for that matter. -A very upset parent.
This school only cares about kids that are in the box, teachers lack training, and patience, bullying is overlooked, as teachers chit chat instead of watch the children, teachers seem overwhelmed and miserable, had to pull my child out :(
This school goes the distance. We transferred to follow the new principal, and we have had very positive experiences. 1) the parent participation is so strong, it's almost intimidating! But everyone is very nice. Highly recommend volunteering for one of the festivals to get to know people. 2) the academic push is strong. Our daughter kept up, but there are a lot of concepts I am really hoping they cover again so that they are ingrained. Her reading comprehension is very high, and she is doing math at the end of 2nd grade that I was doing in 5th. I don't necessarily idealize that developmentally, but it's nice to see her handle it. 3) zero tolerance for bullying. Period. So that can backfire on a prankster or class clown!! 4) after school activities abound. There is music, art, language, math and science, etc; and they are inexpensive. At our last school? The only after school program was baton. 5) The only issue I have had so far has been with the after school child day care program run by the school district; I found the k-2 program to be rigid rules-wise and behind-the-times developmentally, though very kind. Needless to say, we are looking forward to 3rd grade!
My son attended this school since kindergarten and was vilified by the teachers and students for his ADHD condition, never got good grades until I pulled him out, he is currently on the honor roll and doing great, Matsuyama is a box with absolutely no flexibility, I agree with the previous post that this school should be converted to a Charter School!!!!!
My son looks forward to his school every day. It has a very good reputation in the area and definitely the teachers and staff are respected and the learning environment is very rewarding. My son has attended two semesters now and has been proficient all the way through. If you're looking for a school academically then Matsuyama is the one for your child! I feel the principals skills and techniques play a very important role in any school and the principal at this school definitely does a hardworking job.
Its a nice school the teachers and staff are respectul and nice, my daughter likes her school I feel the good enviornment the school has.
Very nice school , but some of the teachers are racist,and all they care about is money if your child is sick they dont care,because they lose money.The new principle is very unfair,there is alot of favorism.
Matsuyama Elementary School is a school that challenges it students to be their best. The teachers, principal and staff are extraordinary.
I have two kids at Matsuyama and we love the school! The principal, parents, and teachers are awesome. The principal holds monthly coffee chats where parents can come and talk to him openly about anything from test scores, extracurricular activities, safety issues or anything that is on their mind. Teachers really care about their students, not only the test scores, but the health and safety of them as well. My child has multiple food allergies and all of his teachers were receptive in helping me keep him safe. One teacher even contacted me before each event to ensure my child had something to eat so he wouldn't feel excluded.
Hello, My name is Christopher Chin and I was promoted from Matsuyama Elementary School about 3 years ago. I think that the school was excellent and the teachers really loved what they were doing. I am now attending John F. Kennedy High School in the PACE program and am looking forward to graduating. The reason that I got where I am today is because of my teachers that I had at Matsuyama Elementary School. I would recommend this school to all parents that have a child that is going to go into Kind. or if they are transferring from another school to get their kids to go to Matsuyama because the environment is very friendly and you can really fit in there. Also because there are many activities that are offered there. There is band, Orchestra, Gate, etc. And now that Matsuyama is under new management (Mr. Huscher) the school is better.
I have a son in second grade and an in-coming kindergartner. Our family chose Matsuyama as our number 1 school during open enrollment. There are some exceptional teachers who go beyond expectations with their time and their attention. Extracurricular activities include the standards (choir, band, GATE) and other unique clubs (Club Matsuyama focused on our sister city in Japan, chess club, art, science). The Principal is always available and works hard to know the kids. Safety is clearly a priority, along with academics and respect.
Having come from out-of-town, I read a lot about this school's reputation for academic achievement. My child has attended one year, and I can attess the school has an emphasis on 'the three R's'. However, I feel that the curriculum is lacking in science, social studies, and arts. Staff members have expressed their frustration for the lack of resources to the students and time constraints for teaching. Having spoken to parent's who have children at other schools, I do believe Matsuyama was the best choice I could make, foregoing private schools.
I have two children at Matsuyama. Overall a great school but very geared towards high test scores and not necessarily a nurturing enviroment. Most teachers are great but there are a few with issues.
I love everything about Matsuyama Elementary School. I have 2 children attending Matsuyama Elementary School this year(2005-2006) and I have met both of their teachers. Looking forward to another wonderful and successful year. The quality of academic programs are excellent. The PTA involvement level is high.
Matsuyama is an excellent school. My son loves his teacher and is enjoying his learning experience at Matsuyama.
My oldest daughter graduated from Matsuyama this past June '04. She started from kindergarten to completion. I also have a 1st and 4th grader coming through, both boys. I have been more than pleased with the educational opportunities offered. Our teachers overall, are highly-qualified and have many years of teaching experience. The parent involvement is exceptional! The PTA is active and enthusiastic about their goals and focused on fund raisers that help in increasing the enrichment of our students, not only during school hours (Computer Technology), but also through fine after school activities including Art, Music, Science/Math, Writing, Foreign Language and most interesting is learning about the Japanese Culture from our sister school, Sakura Elementary, in Matsuyama, Japan. There is a high focus on the academics (Look at our achievement scores!), however, the principal, teachers & parents also work closely for the well rounded education and safety of our children.
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