So far so good. My kids have just started at Noddin - the thing I am most blown away by has been the community bonding. It seems the school has made a big effort to listen to the parents.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed, but so far so good!
Very strong overall. Very high API scores and yet an extremely diverse school population, with all income levels and a more or less even balance of US and Asian and Mexican, Persian and European immigrant families. Some of the principal's detractors here don't recognize that to get such results in this kind of social milieu, a school principal has to be strong and at times single-minded, without accommodating every parent's wishes. There are things we'd like to see more of, but we're realistic about the state of California public school budgets and about the limits of what's possible with such a wildly diverse school population, but it's preferable to a homogenous, upper middle-class bubble environment. Our kids will be well-prepared for any social environment they encounter, and their basic educational skills are rock-solid. Kudos to Noddin's leadership and teachers.
Noddin is an excellent school. My son has been attending this school since the 2nd grade. The teachers and the principal are very dedicated to bring out the best in the students. I would highly recommend this school to any prospective parents.
Noddin is very good elementary school and has been exceeding expectations year over year. I am simply amazed to see the kind of parents involvement, school has. It is like small community supported by dedicated teachers and parents. Principal is really great at her work and continues to raise bar and challenge. She is very convincing and know what's best for kids, which is her highest priority. It is her leadership and something new she initiated 2 years back, which has paid of as steep jump (38 points) in API which is unheard of, for a school which is already in 900 range.
Noddin is an outstanding school. The principal has very high standards, and is constantly challenging the teachers and students to do their very best. What I admire about the principal is that she is so passionate about the students , and wants them to have not only the very best education possible, but life experiences as well. I have read some of the criticisms of the principal, which I totally disagree with. I find her compassionate, approachable and a person who is never satisfied with things the way they are. She encourages students, teachers and parents to think "outside the box". Noddin has achieved very high test scores well over 900 consistently for the past few years. This year they scored 941!
I have known the Principal since 1979 when she was an elementary school teacher in Salinas. What amazed me was how the students loved her and were so excited to learn. I have never known another teacher who could motivate the students so well. Judging by other reviews saying how excited the Noddin children are to learn, the principal has bought that passion with her and instilled it throughout the school.
Noddin is an excellent elementary school. What makes it so are the teachers, who are all very dedicated and capable. I have had three children who have gone there, and they all have enjoyed all of thier teachers. The only drawback is the tyrant of a principal they currently have. She treats parents with little to no respect and is frequently very offensive. If you can steer clear of her, though, the shool is outstanding.
Very good and getting better. The principal is extremely dedicated and is known for pioneering intelligent approaches that are resisted by most schools in the area, such as putting the kids into different levels for reading class. In addition there's been a big influx of well-educated families into the neighborhood. Combine these forces with dedicated, hardworking teachers and you can see why the API scores have risen above 900 and are expected to keep rising.