I am a parent of children that attend Hammer Montessori, but as a very involved parent, I have alot of interaction with the staff that is shared by the schools and through the shared PTA. I also read to one of the Galarza classes. My experiences with the teachers is that they have challenges that other schools don't have due to the demographics as well as a principal that shows little or no respect for the parents, teachers. I am very sad for the teachers and the students. When community building and volunteer coordination has been suggested to tthe principal, it was rejected out of hand.
This school is awful. The only reason I gave it two stars are for the unlucky teachers who are stuck there. The principal is awful - rude, unprofessional and only cares about "certain populations" of her school (Hispanic). She treats the kids like inmates and none of them care because they don't like her anyways. There is no parental involvement at all. After last school year they had 9 teachers leave due to working in an awful environment with an awful leader. The kids are nice enough and thanks to the teachers they are ok. Both of my kids hated it and we transferred to a new district which is fantastic. The school is on the campus with Hammer Montessori and those parents are all involved and the principal is much nicer and truly cares. Stay away at all costs.
Galarza is a GREAT school. If it wasn't for Galarza, i wouldn't be where i am now. I am the top student of a private school and i am about to go to a private high school. Galaza and its teachers have helped me achieve my goals.
Wow. I don't even know where to start. My daughter was sent to this school because our neighborhood school was full. She lasted one day and then we pulled her out. She cried about having to go back. She never cried at her other school. It was a mess over there. If you want your child to attend an understaffed school, with a stressed out kindergarten teacher (I don't blame her, 30 kids and no aides or parent volunteers to help), and rude office staff then send him/her there. And I have yet to get a call telling me my child is not at school (it's been 3 days). Safety is lacking!!
Part 2: The boys were spoken to and that was it. I was never contacted. At the end of the next day I received an email from the teacher saying that if we had any questions about the incident to contact her. What inciden??? Our daughter was mortified, she couldn't tell us. We contacted the school and it wasn't until the second day that I was able to find out from the Principal. She admitted that she had a note to call but it got the end of the day and went home, then simply forgot to call me! It wasn't until that second day that my daughter was able to actually describe in detail what happend she was so embarrased and ashamed that she didn't want anyone to know. That Principal played a dangerous game with my daughter's emotions, self confidence and faith in the system to help her.
This is a great school. I am shocked by the 2 bad comments left below...especially the one that says there is no money for field trips. Save that for the weekend, school should be for learning. We as parents also need to teach our children by taking them on field trips ourselves...or sponsor one for his class if you can. Teachers are great and the Estrelle Daycare helps with ALL the homework that is given. GO GALARZA FOR BEING ONE OF THE TOP SCHOOLS !!