My child attended Marshall West last year for K and this year for 1st. The reason I give it two stars is strictly because of the teachers. They deserve 4 stars...same with principal and office staff. They are terrific. I must say though, our experience here has been horrendous. My child is very bright and well behaved and she is pushed aside because of all the "problem" children in her class. There is no academic challenge for her and therefore no achievement because her classroom is so overcrowded that the teacher has to focus on all the other children. Granted it's not the teacher's fault, but I can't let my child's education suffer because the district believes that 30 kids to one teacher is reasonable. I got through last year being very active volunteering and helping out, but this year I just can't sit back and let it all happen again. 1st Grade is the first year children really get into active academics and I need her experience to be a pleasant one. I truly feel horrible saying it because I love the teachers, but my daughter just won't get the education she deserves at marshall.
I don't have an overall issue with the school, but the overall curriculum that I am sure is pushed by the state. I do homework every night with my 5th grader because she comes home without knowing her Math and still she gets good grades in her tests. I know for a fact she does not know what is being thought so how can she get B+ and A's in her tests?
The best thing about this school is the principals and teachers! It is true that it is unfortunately underfunded which is the same of most California schools. You definitely have to stay on top of your child's education, but that is the same anywhere you go. And for God sake VOLUNTEER and help out w/school activities! I was extremely involved w/the PTA (when it still had good people that were there to HELP the school) and enjoyed my time at Marshall, and so did my children. I disagree w/most of these reviews. I guarantee that most of these parents hadn't dealt w/any school in California before. The WONDERFUL principal at Marshall works countless thankless hours to better the school and is constantly trying to "fix" what the last principal "broke". So my advice, is give Marshall and Marshall West a real chance, and let them prove all this negativity wrong! MWest (K-1st gr) also has an amazing principal! I guess the one thing that should be promising to anyone reading this is, at least the District has finally started doing something right by this school by hiring 2 of the most dedicated principals I've ever had the privilege to work with. Loved our time at Marshall and miss it.
The only reason I give this school 2 stars instead of 1 is because of the Principal. He seems to be the only person at this school who has any idea what is going on or trying to make any improvements. My daughter is in Kindergarten here, and if there were no parent volunteers in the classroom on a daily basis, the kids would be running around and not learning anything. Her teacher is the most unprofessional, lazy "educator" I have ever met. Communication is nonexistent, and the classroom is terribly disorganized and messy. I am beyond thrilled that we are moving so my daughter won't have to attend this school for 1st grade.
This school to me is below standard as is all the schools in this area. Its is apparent that to obtain a qualify education you must home school or pay for private school. California has failed it's parents and youth. NEVER CUT EDUCATION, you IDIOTS. That only helps the wealthy! My son just transferred from North Carolina and their schools were better! WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT. I am sure they are trying their best, but the issues is plain and simple. There needs to be an adoption of one NATIONAL STANDARD in K-12 Education! You must adopt measures like New Jersey where even the Teachers are tested and bad ones are gone! NO EXCUSES!!! I am having to do the teachers job at home!!!
My twins are attending this school in Kinder, I've never been so disappointed. The school lacks discipline, structure, and underfunded. The classroom smells horrible and the kids are coming home with the inclass homework blank. If parents don't volunteer than the teacher can't get the kids to do their work? If I can't get them transferred then I am going to homeschool.
My children are currently going to this school. We moved here last month from Texas. I have not found one good trait about this school. Their teacher's classroom is filthy, their is no organization, classes don't start or end at the right times. Kids run a muck. Very disappointed. Hoping to transfer them to another school.
This school is underfunded, understaffed, and way overrated- more like a 3, not a 7. I've had it and we will not be returning to this school next year. Caution to other military families- please send your child elsewhere or homeschool. Our school isn't "poor" enough to receive many of the programs offered to other schools in the area. The school suffers because our free lunch program hovers below the 50% that schools needs to get extra help. So we suffer! If you do send your child here, be prepared to spend 10-12 hours a week volunteering so that you can know what's going on in the school. There is no communication and it is VERY disorganized. And be prepared to be one of the 8 people who do all the volunteer work to keep the school afloat.
I was very disappointed in this school. As a Monterey Bay native I had high expectations for Marshall. My child had very bad experiences here and we have left the entire district due to the lack of response of the principal and the school board. I would not recommend this school to anyone. The teachers are good for the most part but I just didn't feel that my children were safe there.
We chose this school for the dual language program and I have been somewhat pleased with the academic outcomes our child has achieved; however, we are very disappointed with the overall experience. Our child has done well because we are so actively involved, but we are concerned for the other families that don't have the same involvement.The school environment is not inviting and the school philosophy is not expressed. It makes us very sad that it didn't work out for us and we are thankful that we have found alternate program, but we sincerely hope that the dual language program succeed. It's a great program, but it needs a lot more support and more effective teachers.
This school definitely doesn't deserve a 7. Maybe a 4 and that's generous! Should've listened to word of mouth. We waited until the end of the year for these comments to be fair and objective; I'm afraid in this case we can't be..It would be easy to point the finger at the principal, the teachers, other parents, etc. but the reality is they're overcrowded, under-funded and under-staffed. Additionally they don't have/make time! We didn't pay so, we got exactly what we "didn't pay for" a repeat year for our child since she's now far behind her peers! Time lost that will never be replaced! We'd have been better off home schooling or investing the $6000 per semester at the local Catholic school. Never seen it this bad in 16 years in the military. In terms of education, Marshall elementary is right on par with another local school that was shut down during the school year for being so terrible! It could use a complete revamping inside and out. I can't believe the military funds this dump should've known when we were greeted by the school dumpsters- yes right in front of the school!! Caution parents research 1st. Hate to do this because I'm sure the staff tries but...still bad!
True that the Principle is sorely lacking in leadership skills, but also there are issues with some parents. One parent claims the teachers aren't good enough. Evidence shows she is on the internet attacking & trolling messages boards using multiple screen names. She should be more involved with her two children & their school work instead of using the time to troll online & neglect them.
This school need to have a better leader in order to put the school at their best. Principle does not enforce discipline enough especially for trouble student, who doesn't know any better.Budget cut from CA State make it worse. My suggestion, if you have any other choice, Marshall would be your the least desirable one.
My child has been at Marshall for 2 years, both years we have been extremely pleased with the teachers. Every teacher I've met at Marshall really seems to care and to do their best. There seem to be a lot of complaints about the principle on this website, the truth is that he cares about the kids and I believe he's doing his best given very tough circumstances. Could he be a stronger leader? Yes. Year in/year out, the PTA is wonderful, they work wonders supporting the school when budget and personnel shortfalls cause problems.
The Principle: lacks the leadship and motivation necessary to run a school under so many challenges. I truyly believe the principle cares but his action fail miserably in comparison to his words. He has made promisses and has failed to follow through. He is forgetful and at times dismissive. When busing funds were limited and no busing was to occur within 2 miles of the school, the principle took little to no action in making the drop off procedures safe for students. In the first week I brought ideas and solutions to the problem and his response was a 'wait and see' approach. After making calls through the school district and military I saw no less than 4 of my proposals utilized but it took children nearly being run over and a host of other traffic issues before anything was done. there is so much more but not enough space...
If you send your kids to Marshall, be ready to be extremely active in the education process of your children -- if you want them to have a quality education. The principal is forgetful, indecisive, and misleading. He needs constant oversight from parents or he won't do the things he promises to do. Teachers are generally pretty good, but some fall in to the Union mentality-- 'it's not in my contract' -- so parents have to fill those contract gaps to make things happen. Be active and involved and the kids will benefit-- despite the obstacles the administration, budget and policies present.
I have two kids that attended Marshall Elementary for two years. This school really lacks resources as well as a full rounded education for its students. I agree there is no real discipline. My one daughter's fourth grade class was a swirling torrent of chaos. The teacher rarely had a firm grip on them which then in turn falters their education. Not to mention the size of the classes as each grade ascends is horrendous. You cannot teach effectively with that many kids in your class, especially the fifth graders. A counselor there once told me he doesn't hold teachers responsible for children learning well. This astonished me because if there are no good or bad teachers and they aren't responsible for teaching well then why are they there?! Sad to say but I rather home school than put my kids in the hands of Marshall Elementary.
My kids attended Marshall while we were stationed in Monterey, and between the two we experienced every grade level. What everyone says about Marshall is true, it has heart. The teachers are wonderful, each offering special qualities I'm grateful my kids experienced. Parent involvement is second to none, the PTA is dynamic and welcoming. Marshall's after school opportunities are improving too, when we left they were offering Science and Guitar classes. Support staff is terrific and the principal is always working to improve the facilities and offer new opportunities. The way they met the special needs of military kids was especially comforting. This is not a school district in which you demand and receive. It is struggling to fund even the basics. But if you're willing to roll up your sleeves and be part of the team, Marshall can be a family, just like it was to my kids and me.
my son was in marshall elementary when we were stationed in monterey, ca. he fitted in quite quickly. he was also in the gate programme. so i could say that the teachers are helpful & knowledgeable. despite of poor funding, my son was given good projects to work on - did the teachers bought them for the students? on our part, we participated finacially whenever the call was made. my son still remembers fondly his teachers & has been correspnding to them thro' email.
I have two boys attending Marshall and so far the teachers have been wonderful and I am really happy with the school.
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