Bullying is a biggest problem in school. Not sure if teachers/principal have a good handle on controlling the bullies.
I have two kids at Marshall lane. My daughter 4th grade and my son 2nd grade. I agree with the rest of the people rating low on academics for this school. Not only that but also its a place for PTA cliques and moms who constantly hover over their kids to pick a fight with another mom. PTA members have their own life apart from the rest of the school. Their own parties, celebrations at each others homes!! But most important is that the school is geared toward funding and only cares about STAR testing. I like to move.
I deeply regret choosing Marshall Lane for 5th grade. The used to have an excellent 5th grade teacher, but this year they chose to boot him down to the 3rd grade. So far this year there has been no homework with the exception of a tiny heritage report. The children are learning no history. Math is being taught at the 3rd grade level as they are still in review mode. There is no music and no art. My child is constantly being sent to PE, but is given zero challenging academics. The school is setting the kids up to fail in middle school.
My son went to Marshall Lane K-4th but we chose Rolling Hills Middle School for 5th. We made the right choice. Rolling Hills offers band and several after school sports programs, gives regular homework and tests, & offers online Power School where you can see all grades on all tests and homework daily. Rolling Hills also offers several field trips to 5th graders. My son found 5th grade math too easy so Rolling Hills principal worked hard to get him into 6th grade PreAlgebra and it's a good fit for him. Marshall Lane has a caring, smart and diplomatic principal and fantastic community events run by the PTA volunteers and hard working teachers, but little focus on academics especially 3rd grade and higher.
Marshall lane is a 5-star school for younger kids, K-3, because the staff is so warm and caring. However, for the older grades (4-5), the academics need to be more rigorous, and they are not. If possible, I would recommend parents choose a different school for older grades. (There is 1 teacher who challenged the kids academically, but he is inexplicably assigned to 3rd grade this year.) For instance, my daughter has math 4 times a week, with hardly any homework. However, she has P.E. 6 times a week. What the ??? The cluster math class does not work out very well either, because her math teacher is not her "regular" teacher. There is also little education outside of the STAR test topics. Hardly any art and no music at all. The younger kids have Music for Minors, which is singing, but at the 5th grade level, there is absolutely nothing. I have been extremely disappointed in the 5th grade program.
ML is a typical public school, with its emphasis on maximizing STAR (standardized testing) scores. With a few exceptions, there is not much exposure to subjects like Social Studies, art, music, science, etc because proficiency in those subjects don't affect funding, and it seems that even the cursory attention paid to music/art has dwindled even more over the past couple of years. Because ML is a public school, the teachers generally cater to the lowest common denominator, which leaves the brighter kids bored. The school tried to fix this issue with differentiated math classes, but IMHO, with mixed results. Usually the assigned math teacher is not your child's regular teachers, so there is no accountability. There is very little homework assigned, and nobody checks it anyway. If your child has issues with math, then your regular teacher has no knowledge of it and therefore no advice during school conferences. You can try to schedule a conference with the assigned math teacher, but good luck with that. She is already overwhelmed with her "regular" kids. The education for the young grades is excellent, however, because of the very high parental involvement at that age
My children have attended the school for years. I welcome the new principal, but withhold judgment. She has not been at the school a sufficient amount of time. I do believe that she is taking control of the school. Too long has there been a hands-off approach to the PTA and the staff. The new Principal has been assertive in making the lunch healthy and instituting playground restrictions of what otherwise might be child behavoir that risks injury to children. The academics are by and large above-average across for the country and for California this school is stellar far exceeding what is provided by most school districts. CUSD, on the other hand, is a problematic district with its strange politics and questionable decisions to build undesirable structures. I suspect that scrutiny is warranted to determine if an unnatural nexus between local contractors and the district exists.
Although it took 10 weeks into the school year to get started, differentiated math for 3rd graders has started. Nice job teachers and volunteer parents and grandparents who are working hard on this. The problem was that the children were re-earning years of math and the ones who 'picked it up' the first time had to sit through the lesson again (and again, and again, and again). This went on for 2 months until some parents spoke up and math group clusters began. Next year, please start the differentiation after only one week of review so the kids who get it the first time don't have to waste away in class hearing lessons over and over. And kudos to the Grandpa in Mrs. Wright's class who is teaching my son differentiated math. He's not bored anymore.
ML is an excellent elementary school! The quality of the teaching staff is outstanding. My child currently is in Ms. Jones's 3rd grade class. We feel very fortunate to have our child in her class as she offers such a creative and challenging experience each day in a stimulating and nurturing environment. ML now has a new principal who is engaging, very educated and is now offering excellent leadership for the school. I am sure my child would not have received a better education in any private school environment. There is very active parent participation both in the classroom environment and for school events.
The Marshall Lane campus is beautiful and the office staff and teachers are caring & considerate. However, as a parent of a kindergartener we are not happy with the 6 hour long day with no rest period. This is too long! The kinders get dismissed only 6 minutes before the 4/5th graders. Kinders should get out long before the older classes & this would alleviate some of the parking chaos due to whole school exiting almost simultaneously. Staggered starts and dismissal times for the varying grades might alleviate the parking/safety chaos that exists. Plus, while this country's education has deteriorated to teaching for test scores rather than teaching appropriately, I dislike seeing kinders treated as mini-adults which they are not. Learning should be joyful and accomplished through fun & play and not through lectures and lessons more appropriate for older age groups.
I agree that this school is going down. The good parent don't want to get involve to this school activity any more. It is too sad for the kids.
My kid started kindergarten this year in sharon Hirsch's class, and so far it's been great! He is learning so much each day , it's amazing how much he's picked up in just a month and loves his teacher and going to school!
Marshall Lane is a great school. The new principal is fabulous. She is very open and honest. Our test scores are going up and new programs are being added. This year every student will have art and music class. We have a strong parent organization that supports our school. There is a real family feel at this school. My children can't wait to go everyday.
Marshall Lane is a school that is declining into mediocrity due to its current principal. The test scores have gone up but the environment for the students has gone way down. The programs that used to make the school great are being cut by the principal. The school in now a very good test-taking factory rather than an engaging educational environment for children. Many families who can afford to are now going to private school or moving out of the district. The families and many of the teachers who have been at the school a while are great but can't make up for the devastation being caused by the leadership. I would recommend either Forest Hill or Capri if you are locked into Campbell Union SD. Both of those schools have better principals, great staff, and offer a much more enriching education than Marshall Lane does right now.
Marshall Lane is a conventional school that excels at being just slightly above average. The best aspect of the school is the PTA, which tries very hard to add enrichment. Academics are pounded into the kinders, who eat in an institutionalized setting at lunch and play on plastic grass at recess. There are few progressives at this school, but there are many dear families that make the experience friendly and memorable (which makes the experience more surreal).
Excellent school! Great PTA. Acads focussed but not unnecsessarily over-competitive.
It is a great school! We love it since we moved here last November. My 6 year old boy loves all sorts of activities at school!
Marshal Lane is a great school. My children have been going to this school for many years (some still here, some have moved on) and we have always had positive experiences at this school. The Parent involvement is very high and can seem intimidating but once you get involved it has a very family feel. Mrs. Mund is an asset to the school and we will miss her greatly. Every part of the school rates an A !!! ( Wait...Hot lunches rate a C)
Both of my sons attend(ed) this school, one of them mainstream and one in the special day class (latter has graduated). The special day class teachers and support staff are all amazing. However, the school staff and parental support of the special day class leaves something to be desired. These students are frequently left out of activities such as birthday lunches and music education. My other son's mainstream experience has been wonderful. His teacher has been very supportive and communicative, even being so progressive as to communicate by email when appropriate. The PTA at Marshall Lane is involved, bordering on fanatical. They do great things for the school. My biggest problem with Marshall Lane is the lack of communication from the principal. I have often not found out about suspensions, etc. until my son told me... And this is something that I should be told by administrative staff.
ML has very good teachers. Teachers that instill leadership traits into children at young age. My son came from Challenger to Marshall Lane and we were impressed that how well rounded the ML approach to teaching it. Teachers make a huge difference here and someone is doing an excellent job in recruiting the best. Extra curricular activities such as Gardening, educational field trips give an added dimension to children's character. The level of Parent involvement in this school makes one go WOW! Parents help with in class presentations, P.E., fund raising for the school. I see children from this school being assets to the society in future, this is mainly due to Parents and Teachers. Keep up the good work parents and teachers at ML!
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