My daughter is very respectful and taught to listen, take turns, be kind to others, etc. Half her class are Spanish only speaking students because she is in a Spanish TWBI class and she respects her peers because they are helping her to learn.
They have a cornerstone program that has volunteers come in to talk to the kids about these values and the parents, teachers, and community are all asked to exercise these virtues to be good examples for the child.
My daughter started in here with TK. Her teacher was amazing. We described her as when she opens her mouth hearts come out. She was the sweetest dearest teacher a parent could ask for their nearly 5 year old to spend the day with. This year we started Kindergarten in the Spanish TWBI program they have as an option here and we are delighted with her teacher this year too! My daughter has only positive thoughts about going to school and each day is "the best day ever!" We couldn't be any happier!
Willow Glen Elementary is a great school and our two boys (K and 3rd) really enjoy attending. The school has an excellent staff and offers quite a few extra-curricular activities such as science, chess club, art, band etc. The school has a great community and a very active PTA.
Parent involvement is key to a good school. Just attend a PTA meeting at the school. It is full of parents that are not board members but honestly involved in the school. They have a band that started a few years ago because a parent was driven to have a hands on music program at the school. That is just one example of improvements parents have made. Teachers are exceptional because this is a school they want to be at. Why? The parent support. No test will reflect that fact.
There's not enough room to write about all the wonderful things about WGE! My daughter attended the school (now at WGMS) and my son will be entering 4th grade; both have had wonderful teachers and wonderful experiences. The school environment is safe and caring; parents and community members are involved and supportive of the school. Academics are great - love the GATE - CreaTV program. Academics are held in high standards but so are the arts - band, choir, plays, opera! I am an active PTA member - one of the BEST PTA's in the county - so supportive and creative. This school should be a 10!