This is the third school in two years that my child has attended, and the worst school, by a long shot. The reasons for my distaste are many. I find my child to be bored, as the material they are covering, he covered at the beginning of first grade in his other school. Safety is another huge concern for me. Previous schools had a secure system for dismissal, in which a staff member would see first hand that each child was released only to an approved caregiver. Not the case here. At the end of the day, they merely open the gate and the kids are free to go, parent or no parent. I've witnessed parents smoking on the premesis during dismissal, and the issue was not once addressed by a staff member. I could go on for hours. All in all, I look forward to being relocated so that my children are back in a school that challenges them intellectually, and looks out for their safety.
Yes, excellent teachers, strong leadership, good morale among staff and administrator. Waaay to sad that the reading program for students who just need a little "Hey I can do it" support was deleted two years ago. Language was not the issue as much as support, comprehension and confidence. Think about it.
I have 2 children at U.P. and am extremely disappointed in the lack of parental involvement. It does hinder the kind of activities that will be offered. The teachers we have had so far are wonderful. Very willing to help when asked. I wish notices for special events would get sent home sooner. A lot of times the notices come home the same night of the event.
Very good school among the best in the area. Needs more shaded areas. My daughter is getting sun burnt. shaded lunch tables is not a bad idea. Still uses some old classrooms. But most of the kids are in the new classroom type.
My son was in the 1st and 2nd Grade. The 2nd Grade teacher was excellent. School does not have extra-curricular activities.
University Park has a great staff and excellent academic program. When my daughter was in first grade I wanted her to repeat 1st grade,she was not reading well and not comprehending what she had already learned. She has an October birthday, youngest in her class and always forgot what she had learned prior. With the help of Pat Willingham (Principal)and Mrs. Budenholzer we designed a program to assist my children over the summer. Thank you for your hard work and recommending to not retain her. It paid off, I worked with my daughter all summer long. When school started, she was reading at grade level and retained everything she had learned. My son was also behind grade level with reading and was placed in a reading program. Yeah! Now he has excelled and gained confidence in reading. Now my children are starting 3rd & 4th in the 2005/2006 year. Thank you.
The school has wonderful teachers and staff which make it a place I feel good about sending my children every morning, but despite the great efforts of all the teachers, this school is lacking so many things, now. There are no longer programs geared toward the gifted students, which could challenge them adequately, nor is there a music program any longer, which is unfortunate...I know the teachers and staff are doing the best they can, but I'm getting very discouraged with the way the educational system is heading in the state of CA.
I have been very happy with UP. The teachers are outstanding and for the most part, the behavior from the studnts at the school is excellent. I love the staff and have felt very comfortable approaching the teachers with concerns about my child.
My third grade daughter loves this school. She has had excellent teachers every single year. I am very happy with the way my daughter has been schooled. Her teachers have always kept me on top of what is going on and they welcome parent participation as much as possible. My 4 year old will be attending University Park as well.
University Park Elementary School has shown us a mixed bag. Some of the teachers have been outstanding. Yet others, very average(appear to be awaiting retirement). The campus is in poor condition and portables are used in place of solid classrooms. The inside of the portables, however, are mostly organized and kept clean. The 'Multi-purpose room' is out-dated and inadequate. I recommend replacing it with a new facility. Extracurricular activities are far and in between. Budgets are tight and few programs are funded. I recommend ralleys each Monday morning to form relationships with the students and parents, such as the ones held at Monte Vista School in Monterey. The school is safety orientated and teachers are on the lookout. However, Salinas Police School Resource Officers are never on campus and show no interest in the school. My children have no idea who they even are. The principle appears to balance- caring and on top of the students. She is a shining star on a big-mac budget value menu budget. Imagine if the funded her school properly!
My daughter had four excellent teachers at this school over the course of four years. They valued her strengths and intelligently helped her with her weaknesses.
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