We are a Military family who has had the luxury of our son attending the same Elementary school from Kindergarten through 5th Grade. Our son has only studied in the IB program, and it really suits his academic needs. I feel that the inquiry based learning, with the group project skills he has gained while studying has helped prepare him for his secondary education and beyond. Every teacher we have had has been dedicated, supportive and gone the extra mile to ensure that those who were willing to work hard succeeded. We have had an excellent experience with the staff and the school so far, and our youngest son will be entering third grade in the fall. We look forward to continuing to support Sessions Elementary as long as we live in the San Diego area.
We're off to another great year! The new principal is working hard to have a good connection with the parents and teachers. We love this school!
Looking forward to a new principal. Last year was a disaster with Divicarris. We need someone to unify parents and teachers.
We are looking forward to the 2013-14 school year as a new principal is on the way!
I've had kids at this school for 10 years. Good little school and the additional of the International Baccelaureate program was just what this neighborhood needed! Kids learn critical thinking and it will help them in middle and high school. Love that this school has art, music, library. Even PE every week.
Sessions is an incredible school! The teachers work long hours, spend their own money on classroom needs, and teach like their hair is on fire! Presently, 7 teachers have or have had, their own children attending Kate Sessions. I feel that my child is receiving a first-rate education there. I choose to send my "seminar" child to this school, even though they don't have a "seminar" program. They are using an incredible critical literacy program which is resulting in sky rocketing test scores. This is just plain and simple...one of the best schools in the entire city. Previous reviews sound as if they are based on a personality conflict with one or two people. It is unfair and inappropriate to base a review of an entire school, on the interactions with one individual! Just saying! Sessions is a beautiful, beachy, neighborhood school! The parents, teachers, and children love being there and working together...and the newest test scores speak for themselves....A+++!
Worst School Ever! They are not kind and thoughtfu pepole. They are very mean and selfish. They don't care about children. They care own business. I am so glad I pullled out my kid. I don't recommend this school at all.
The worst school ever. The principal Susan DeVicariis has been one of the most difficult people to work with I have ever met. Too much preferences here. Don't go to this school!!
We have been at this school for many years and I am really disappointed with the education my children have received. It may be all CA schools, or just IB schools, but instead of teaching the basics, this school wastes so much time teaching about things that are way over the heads of most 8 year olds. Why have a child present a report on Anne Frank when children haven't even learned about the history of the war or even where Germany is? And last year my children sat through several hours of presentations about how t save our oceans. Really? The school day is short enough as it is. I don't think a 6 year old needs to suffer through 5 hours of "don't litter." This school has some good teachers, but under the current leadership, the focus on IB has prevented the children from learning basic facts needed to excel at school. Also, there is a huge push for the teachers to teach what is on the CSAT test, so don't be fooled by this schools high ranking. In San Diego, we all have a choice on where are children go to school. I am choosing elsewhere next year.
Getting more frustrated by the day having my children at this school. The principal has been one of the most difficult people to work with I have ever met. Unless it involves the IB Program, she doesn't seem interested. She wasted money on sending teachers to Hawaii for IB training this year and now the district is not even going to be funding the IB program. All that money wasted, and we parents are suppose to believe she didn't see the budget cuts coming? Selfish, just selfish!
The experience at the school was overall good. I seem to have a little problem with the experience of some of the teachers. I am a little concern of how well prepare is my child for middle school.
This school has been great for my two kids. The teachers have been outstanding, but it does appear that they are truly overworked. Also, 'special needs' children are placed in classrooms with 'normal learners.' This does distract most children and impedes the learning process. I feel that I do have to supplement my kids' education at home to keep them up to speed. The principal is nice, but is too wrapped up in the IB program and not focused on what is important...education.
We have a child with special needs and we had a very hard time dealing with this school. The school made no attempt to deal with special needs concern and focused thier efforts on transferring our child to a 'special needs school.' The prinicple and teacher were difficult to deal with and it seemed like they had a general distaste for the hassle of dealing with special needs concerns.
Having a daughter start school this year, I am so happy that she is having such a great experience in kindergarten. The teachers and the principal are so caring to all the students and treat the kids as individuals. This is so important in starting their education off on the right foot. My daughter can't wait to go to school every day and does not understand why she can't go on Saturday and Sunday as well!
My daughter has attended this school for two years, and she loves it. The teachers are brillant, and create a learning atmosphere that is outstanding. This school provides an outstanding example for pluralism, and social justice. The children are encouraged to participate in enrichment activities as well as athletics. The PTO and parents are very involved at this school. If you are looking for a great learning atmosphere this is your school.
Sessions is an awesome school with lots of amazing teachers. Parent involvement is very high. All staff is very nice and caring, from the custodian to the office staff. Would highly recommend this school to anyone. Lots of military children, which is great if you are in the military because the kids understand that they may not always have their friends there due to moving.
I don't have a lot to draw from because I only have a child in kindergarten, but she loves her teacher Mrs. McDonald. She enjoys going to school everyday, and loves the opportunity having art, music, spanish, and pe on various days. The principal has wonderful standards for the school as a whole. Dress codes and appropriate behavior. The PTO is extremely involved and parents go out of their way to be there for the kids. I think it is awesome in comparison to the private school my child attended last year.
I have had two students at this school and it has been a great experience. The teachers are amazing and offer extremely personalized attention to your student. They really take the time to know your student and challenge them. The music program can not be beat! The PTO does a great job and funds the entire music program, librarian, art teacher as well as various teacher requests. The school is small and the students and families are unpretentious. What I do not like is that the last few years the principal has been moving teachers into different grades. It has caused alot of turmoil and confusion with the staff and parents.
I have two children in this school. The teachers are fabulous. However, the principal feels the need to mix them up a bit too much causing a bit of angst among the staff which filters down to the parents. We are hopeful that the turnover will settle down soon. The PTO is working on the fundraising to lower it a bit but keeping in mind it needs to raise quite a bit of money to entirely support a music program, librarian and art teacher. If the money is not raised, the kids lose out. Overall, I am pleased with Sessions and the awesome education my children are receiving.
We have the best principal around. Our teachers are amazing and trully love our kids.
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