I have three kids at Grant, and my oldest, a fifth grader, has been there since kindergarten. My kids love the school, and as their parent, I am confident they are getting a first-rate education in a nurturing and caring environment. The level of professionalism and commitment I have found in the teachers at Grant is extraordinary. All my children's teachers know their strengths and challenges and each one has a strategy to bring out the best in my child. Also, the parents are extremely committed to the school, and have raised a significant amout of extra funding to support music, art, and other programs at the school. So happy to have my children at Grant!
Grant K8 offers children a warm nurturing environment in a beautiful neighborhood setting (next to Pioneer Park) - and has been there for 100 years. I'm a parent and also former student at Grant (I graduated in the late 80's). My two kids (ages 6 and 8) are entering 1st and 3rd grade - both started at Grant in kindergarten. Besides solid curriculum in the core subjects, the PTA and Grant Foundation help support supplemental programs in science, math, music, art and Spanish. The fairly recent addition of middle school grades (2008) has strengthened the Grant community and ensured consistency of both academic rigor as well as special extracurricular opportunities. Parents who become involved are rewarded by feeling that their giving back makes a difference and is appreciated. Fundraising IS a priority for the school, to offset the relatively lower funding received from the state budget. With the upcoming "school improvement plan", it's anticipated that Grant will benefit from facilities upgrades.
Wow! I read through some of the comments on here and was a bit surprised. The experience some have had differ greatly from my own personal experience. With 2 going on 3 kids in this school, I can say I have been very satisfied. I am even hoping to get Mr. Martocchio this year. Is it perfect? No, but what school is. But for a neighborhood public school, it ROCKS. The teachers are committed and caring. The parents strive to make it better every day. The middle school is focused on academics while providing a close knit community feeling. It is not right for every kid, but for mine, it is great.
We LOVE Grant--the teachers, the staff, the parents, and the kids are all wonderful. We have met such amazing people during our time at this school. The Middle School is great. It is such a relief to not have to worry about a new school until High School. We highly recommend it!!!
The school feels like a real community with caring teachers and involved families. With a child in middle school and one in elementary school here, I feel confident in their success.
Grant K8 is an extraordinary school with committed faculty and staff. The parent community and PTA is very active and has made this school a real gem. With a new campus renovation starting in 2015 this school will be the best around. The science, math, gardening, digital media, art and music programs that are funded by the PTA also provide the students with an extraordinary experience.
Another Mission Hills family leaving Grant!! Discussded with teachers and Principal. So sad so many local families choose to send kids elsewhere.
Grant is a good school, yes, but it's not great. First, their current math program for the lower school is outdated and confusing. And can I say something about the school's favorite kindergarten teacher, Mr. Martacchio? He is the coldest, most arrogant, close minded kindergarten teacher I have ever met. His system works well for most (he has them disciplined like little soldiers) but any child who does not fall perfectly within his system gets left behind and labeled as a trouble maker. What's worse, he isolates the "trouble makers" and creates a cycle of misbehavior. What century are we living in?
We have been so disappointed at Grant. Leadership is very low, they have gone through 3 principals in 4 years and not one has any leadership skills. Principal will not address any issues on campus, completely hands off. You would think it would be or should be zero tolerance, for bullying, illegal items, etc. but there again principal is hands off. More that one year we have had some real behavior issues in class from students. Barely dealt with and right back in the class to disrupt again. Such a shame when you have students that really want to learn!! Parent involvement is pretty good in the lower grades and then it drops off.
My daughter goes to this school and I have been very happy this far, especially with the new principal. She has had wonderful teachers every year and she thrives. The most beautiful part is the park next to the schools, where the children play and socialize afterwards. It is such an enrichment to their lives.
I went camping with this school and oh dear the kids were polite than other schools. They didnt cuss and do bad things. But, there was some girls that were rude to others and wasnt being really nice.
The parent support at this school is wonderful and makes my job as a teacher, easier. Th PTA is constantly trying to advance the quality of the school and the new administration is refreshing. Staff is good, just a few "less" motivated!
I love Grant Elementary because the teacher's and administrators supported my son with his struggle in reading.
This will be my daughter's third year at Grant and we love it. The curriculum is challenging and the student body/staff are wonderful.
This is simply a GREAT school.My son attends special- ed claa and his teacher Mr.Pearson is marvelous and so are his assistants.My son loves going to school and that says it all!
So far we have been happy with this school. I agree with one of the prior comments about the principal. He does not show much leadership and seems to let the teachers and alpha parents call most of the shots. Still, the students do well. It will be interesting to see how the loss of magnet status affects the school and student performance.
I am a teacher at Grant and I think this is the best K-8 school in the district! I love my job, the kids, parents and the staff. I just hope the budget cuts don't destroy this school that performs so well.
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