(This is a corrected review from the previous one I made. I corrected the API score I mentioned previously.) Cadwallader Elementary School has enjoyed many great successes over the last few years. Thanks to the dedicated leadership of our principal Tina Choy and our excellent and valuable teachers, our students have accomplished great strides with their education at Cadwallader Elementary. The quality of education our students receive from Cadwallader is invaluable as the recent API scores have demonstrated. Our API score for the 2011-2012 school year is 895, which is a 18 point gain from the previous school year. While test achievement is important, we are also proud of our school activities held throughout the year such as Family Night, Multicultural Fashion Show, and many more. The school environment is a safe and nurturing environment for the students. As a PTA member and parent volunteer, I have met many wonderful teachers, students and parents and I am very pleased with our school's environment and culture. I am a happy parent who is proud to say that my children's school is Cadwallader Elementary School.
I agree with most of the comments posted. There are a lot of things that need improvement, but it is not the schools fault. It is the lack of funds!! Our school needs increased funds for improvement. I have two children that attend this school and I have no problem with bullying, fights etc. I get along with all most all of the teachers. Do not be afraid to talk to the teachers. They will advise and recommend what is best for your child. I've done that for my eldest and it helped especially for the next school year. Our school can improve, but it's up to us and the fundings we receive.
I am a new parent to Cadwallader school. My child is in the Special Ed. Preschool. I do have to say that the involvement of the Preschool teachers and Speech Therapist is great. I have seen a dramatic improvement with my child and her teacher does a great job of notifying me and keeping me up to date with progress or concerns. The weekly newsletter are great but I think there should be more time on notification of upcoming events. A monthly calendar would help. There should also be a list of the extra services the school does offer and a description of where parent involvement is needed. An opportunity for future teachers working on credentials should be considered for volunteers.
Yes I agree that this is an excellent school with lots of potential of becoming one of the top schools within our district. The only concern I have is that we have lost nearly all of our extra programs that we used to offer at this school. Our students do not have half of the opportunities of leadership, tutoring, and other fun learning lessons that they used to have with the previous principal. The afterschool homework program is on its way down and is not managed properly and my child has a very hard time getting anything done in there. When he does they give them the wrong answers. I think that we need some immediate action to get our school back up to the standard it was a couple of year ago. The school needs to be more organized and give the parents the right information.
My largest complaint about Cadwallader would be the parking lot situation. They expect kids to cross in front of a bus depot or you have to park in an already crowded area in order to pick up your kids. Also there are very few extracurricular activities for the children to do.
Outstanding School. I have had 2 children go through Cadwallader and at present have 1 child left. The teachers have been awesome in ensuring that my children achieve their targeted goals and achievement. The new Principal has made this a more of a home than a institute where students and parents all feel welcome and at home. Diversity has been taught to children that do not know what it means. Afterschool programs have been put into place by the Principal to ensure that all student receive the best of the best. Out test scores actually prove what a excellent job our Principal and teachers are doing with the students and their parents. The only downfall is that I personally do not see many parents at the workshops that are offered year round. So please look our for them and attend them for your childs benefit.
My daughter graduated from this school this year. Both of us had a good experience with the school. I am very greatful and appreaciated that her 5th and 6th grade teachers were wonderful and very experienced. Especially her 6th grade teacher who took the class outside the classroom and envolve in the real life learing. Her class organized a book donation to Honduras. From that event my daughter learned how to appreaciate what she has. Also the new principal are a great leader and inspriration of the school.
My daughter has been attending Cadwallader since Kindergarten and just graduated 6th grade. Overall, I think the school is a good school and is located in a great neighborhood of Evergreen Valley. Throughout the years, we've experience several good experience as well as some not so good experiences. The school has several great teachers who have been teaching for a long time and provided my daughter the necessary skills to move on to the next grade level. We found several of the teachers were very open to discussion with issues we may have had and tried to work out any problems. I feel the school could improve in several areas: 1 - Eliminate the split classes - my daughter participated in the 5th/6th grade class and did well, however, she wasn't very challenge when she moved on to the 6th grade. 2 - Improve Parent Involvement - there are many parents who have been involved with the school through out the years that my daughter has attened (including myself). Several of these parents will no longer be there as their children are moving on to middle school. Parents need to be more involved in their children's education and participate in activities that the school has to offer. We all are busy, but we should make the time for our children! 3 - Improve extracurriclar activies - the school lacks many extracurricular activities. We have found often activities are not offered due to lack of funding or lack of teachers/parental involvement. 4 - Principal, Teachers, Staff, and Parents need to work as a team for the school and students - It was very difficult to find everyone on the same team through out the years, due to changes of principals and teachers. I'm not sure as to how well my daughter is educational prepared for middle school as compared to if she went to another public school or even private school. Overall, Cadwallader is a good school and with improvements, focus, and more involvement; I feel the school can once again be noted as a 'California Distinguished School.'
I have 3 children at Cadwallader and we feel blessed to have the excellent leadership of Denise Williams. Her enthusiasm for creating a positive learning envirtonment is truly a gift. Teachers like Ranoa, Joines, West, Craig, Reicholderfer and Nichols should be applauded for their efforts as well. These teachers give 110 percent. They care and it truly shows. These teachers have made a significant difference in the lives and education of many children and with little or no reward. Unfortunately there are some teachers at Cadwallader who are punitive, have a bad attitude and don't work well with young children or parents. It's very sad to see a teacher more concerned with 'CYA' than with the progress of a child's education. If there was one thing I could magically change about this school, it would be to increase parent participation. There are a handful (20 to 30 at best)who are really hands on and involved. Considering that there are nearly 500 students enrolled here, this is a dismal statistic. It is hard to maintain enthusiasm as a parent when so few fail to volunteer for anything. If each parent would commit to volunteer for just one thing each year it would make such a difference.
Parent involvement is the biggest issue I've had with my children in this school. Overall, I've been satisfied with the teachers, with some minor exceptions. Our new principal is fabulous as are some of the new teachers.
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