Both the Spanish Immersion and General Education programs are excellent. The school is extremely diverse and the students work well together in this environment. My child is in K in Spanish Immersion as an English speaking child and her teacher is dedicated to keeping her on track with testing in this new language. We're extremely happy with our experience so far.
Our teacher this year has been incredible. Very focused on each kid excelling individually and helping build a fun environment in which they can thrive. With limited funding, every teacher is challenged. The staff here are enthusiastic and energetic. They go well above and beyond for the students.
With a student in K only so far, our teacher has been incredible. We're in a Spanish Immersion track and my daughter is reading well in Spanish on her own only halfway through the year. Our teacher does some really creative things to build a love of reading and writing in her students. Math, science and arts are all integrated in the lessons. Our teacher very quickly addresses any special needs a student might have and consults regularly with parents.
The homework given supports the work in class and offers incentive for parents to stay involved and know what lessons are being taught and how to best support the students in those lessons. The teachers from day one have offered advice not to fight kids on homework, but just support time and focus on it at home without punishment if things don't get fully completed in a specified timeframe.
The school has a lot of low income students and kids from a variety of backgrounds. It has a variety of support tools to ensure every student has an equal chance if they put their energy into attaining goals. There's a support system to seek out and help individual students with more challenges and keep them motivated.
The school offers a lot of incentives and rewards for attendance, behavior and interaction with other students. With circle time weekly and constant reinforcement of an attitude of respect for all - other students and faculty it's a consistent message to the kids. In addition, teachers work with the students in class and in public settings to build the confidence and public speaking skills even in K classes.
With an extremely diverse student body, the school and staff focus on social interaction and skills that will help kids through a lifetime of building relationships and interacting with a variety of people and personalities.