I must say, Shirakawa Elementary School has over met any expectations I had for a Kindergarten school. Starting into Kindergarten, my son has had to face some difficult situations; homelessness, loss of father, no steady routine, etc., I was worried about him. But I have to give it to the Principal Pat Perez, she listens and instantly takes action. She listened to me, we had a meeting with his teacher and decided to change his class and attendance time, all of which lead to almost instant progress. She offered me contact information for counseling, etc. but did not interfere or overstep her grounds on pushing me into anything. His teacher Mr. Tim Garcia was an exceptional kindergarten teacher. I had alot on my plate but with the suppport of the staff at Shirakawa, my son passed and got to participate in the graduation ceremony receiving a diploma and everything.
There's a focus on the full subject when the kids learn a subject. There's music classes during school and there used to be music in classes as early as Kindergarten each week that has great detail. For several years, the same teacher ran an orchestra at the school. Opportunities for sports seem to be in the Junior High level. Parent involvement is great at the Back to School nights and learning programs, and low in the classroom and other activities on a day-to-day basis. In the past, there was more parent involvement.
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