DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL AWARD 2014
In May, 2014, we received the official notice that College Park has received the CA Distinguished School Award. From Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent, “I applaud strong, thriving schools that are making such impressive strides in preparing their students for continued success. This award is well-deserved by these school communities for their enduring dedication to high standards, hard work, and unwavering support." The 2014 CA Distinguished Schools Program focuses on California’s students’ right to an equitable and rigorous education, and recognizes those schools that have made progress in narrowing the academic achievement gap.
In addition to being chosen as Distinguished Schools, 16 schools out of the 10,200 elementary school in California were given an additional honor for having an Exemplary Program in Physical Activity and Nutrition. "College Park educates the whole child: physically, mentally, socially, and academically. We are so proud of efforts to increase physical activity, reduce junk food, ensure sun protection and encourage students to be fit". said Diana Hallock, principal
A few teachers are absolutely wonderful. There is excessive turnover at this school, however. Many children will get a teacher who has just been hired a few weeks before the new school year has started. Good luck with that. These teachers are either clueless about classroom management or burn out from dealing with their oppressive boss. They are not mentored to learn better ways to treat and manage children and they are not supported by their boss via professional development. Result? They leave.
Absolutely not. How can this school develop respect in its students when the students are not respected? The principal and some of the teachers use fear and threats to keep kids in line. Children learn to survive so as not to fall prey.
How can this school develop compassion, caring, and empathy when the principal and some of the teachers do not model these behaviors? These individuals use fear and threats to keep kids in line. Children learn to survive so as not to fall prey.
How can this school develop honesty, integrity, and fairness when the principal and some of the teachers do not model these values? These individuals use fear and threats to keep kids in line. Children learn to survive so as not to fall prey.
I agree with the comments from others who believe the school's success has come more as a result of the parents than anything the school has done. The vast majority of the student population are from educated, professional families who are very involved in the daily lives of the students as well as provide many additional enrichment activities (afterschool programs, athletics, music, tutoring, additional language help, etc.). This is naturally going to have an influence on the performance of the kids, and reflect well on the school, regardless of the quality of the school.
- The parent community is great and tries to be very involved. Without them, many of the educational opportunities at the schools (art and science in particular) would suffer
- The kids get a good foundation in Mandarin. (I'm simply looking for my child to be able to converse and communicate in Mandarin, not be completely fluent)
- For a Chinese immersion, there's a fair (not great, but fair) diversity of the student body
- There's not a lot of support for physical activity for the kids. Kids are asked to come to school in the morning and be quiet and stand still while waiting for classes to start, because the noise of their playing will disturb the teachers preparing in the morning.
- During the school tour, we were told about all the great facilities the school has, including the amphitheater, which I don't believe is ever actually used by the kids.
- Parents are asked to perform a large number of activities which I believe should be performed by the teachers. One significant example for me is that the parents are asked to grade the kids' homework.
The reviews posted on May 22, 2015 are spot on. Talk to most parents or teachers one-on-one and you will hear the same comments. This is one unprincipled principal, who governs by fear, threats, intimidation, and manipulation of students and teachers. The exiting district superintendent ignored the groundswell of complaints, but we hope her successor has more integrity and finally deals with thiis bully.