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Matsuyama Elementary School1
Posted June 02, 2014
- a parent
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.
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.
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