There is alot of anger exuding from the posting 9/30/08. I have my second child in Graystone, and have not witnessed outrageous rudeness or meanness. There are always a few children who push the limits, but they are disciplined promptly according to SJUSD standards . If your child is having problems, go to the teacher, and, if that does no good go to Principal Dave Beymer. If by some wild chance nothing is done, go to SJUSD. Volunteering in your childs class shows your child and classmates that you are present and active. That may decrease the bullying of your child . I work, but can find an hour or two a month to work in my child's education. It is easy for some adults to sit back, complain and call children names. It takes caring and fortitude to effect change. Anonymous complaints with inaction maintains status quo. Take action.~~~acw
I'm a Grandparent of a second grader. We've been here for all three years and it's been a very good experience for us. Miss Chappelle is wonderful and he has learned and retained so much ! Good job Graystone !
Most teachers are fantastic. Hard dealing with some of the parents, but overall really good experience at this school. Academic driven, but not to the point of overload. Good balance of students.
Graystone Elementary is a wonderful school! The principal is wonderful and the teachers are too. My child had not even started to read before kindergarten,so we expected her to struggle a bit.But do to this remarkable school she can now read at the top of her class, High school level! She has also learned to love to read and writes beautifully. I can always find her nose buried in a book. Graystone is a miracle!
This is a very good school,with a lot of parent involvement.It has good extra curricular programs. My son who is in the second grade loves the programs. The staff is very helpful and dedicated
We moved here from a small, private school and I was concerned about my kids making the transition to this (much) larger school. However, the environment is such that the transition was fairly seamless. The staff and children are very welcoming. Academic standards are high, but they should be, given the demographics. Due to budget cutbacks, most of the programs are parent-run or Home & School Club funded. Fortunately there is high parent involvement and the means to support these programs with resources and funds. Overall, we are very happy with Graystone.
Graystone is a wonderful school. It has great programs like Roots & Wings, Peacebuilders that teaches very good moral values. Its curriculum is also very good. They do expect parents to volunteer, budget cuts are everywhere and they do try very hard.
Academic programs are high at this school. Personally, I find the expectations of the students too high for kids of this age. Learning to play the recorder is available for 2nd and 3rd graders at no charge. Art is done in class thru the parent volunteer program called Art Vista. Parent involvment is high at Graystone. Teachers are kind; I feel the push on their end to meet district standards a bit overwhelming. Principal Beymer is always open to meeting with parents and helps meet the needs of the children. If you have highly producing children this could be the school for them.
good quality teaching, huge parent involvement. Not much available in arts.
Graystone cultivates a very nurturing environment - especially for such a big school, the kids are remarkably kind to one another. I personally think the kids could be pushed a little harder - I don't find that my daughter has to work very hard to do well, and I fear she gets praise even for work that's not her best. I think this is improving as she gets older, though. I'm glad to see a new principal this year, who seems very good so far; overall very good teachers. In short academics are strong, but not remarkable given the high-achieving kids they have to work with; however, the overall culture at the school makes it a very healthy place for kids to develop.
I am a teacher myself, and was prepared to be picky about the programs at my son's school. I have been so impressed with the teachers and the curriculum! I have nothing but the highest praise for everyone I have met and worked with there.
My son just graduated from Kindergarten at Graystone and we were very pleased with his experience there. He has been diagnosed with ADHD and the Principal and Teachers were very good with handling him and meeting our requests. One of our requests was to have a daily report card on his behavior, this was met with consistency and accuracy. It was a great help to us as Parents in working with our son's behavior. Also, our son never felt different or left out and we as Parents were treated with the utmost respect. The school also offered a Child Therapist and an Occupational Therapist to help him. Through these therapists they have recommended a most excellent Child Psychiatrist who has found the correct drug therapy for our son's ADHD. What a success!
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