Special Education is not a program or a place, and inclusive schooling is not a policy that schools can dismiss. Since 1975, Federal Courts have clarified the intent of the law in favor of the inclusion of students with disabilities in general education. (Osborn, 1996: Vila & Thousand, 2000a, 2000b) A student with a disability should be educated in the school he or she would attend if not identified as having a disability. The school MUST devise an individualized education program that provides the learner with the supports and services that the student needs to receive an education in the LEAST RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENT POSSIBLE.
Unfortunately the school falls under Pasadena Unified School District. They have horrible use of funding. The school continues to cut down on appropriate staffing. They do NOT attempt to follow IEP, or 504 plans. In the past this school was exceptional; however the last two years has been horrible. Pasadena Unified School District is a disservice to the community, students, and teachers. Shameful.
In 1994 the U.S. Department of Education's office of Special Education Programs issued policy guidelines stating that school districts cannot use the lack of adequate personnel or resources as an excuse for failing to make a free and appropriate education available in the least restrictive environment to students with disabilities. Pasadena Unified is practicing pre 1994 policies and politics.
We just pulled our kids out of Sierra Madre because they have dragged their feet and refused to help our daughter who has reading difficulties for three years. If you have the kind of kid who will excel at any school, then you will be welcomed at Sierra Madre. Our other kids were included in lots of things, because they win Science Fairs and Math Field Day competitions, but this school improves the overall test scores by pushing out any kids who won't score really well. They remain disorganized and sacrifice huge chunks of instructional time for lots of pointless assemblies instead of improving the education. Even my GATE kids were behind when they started last week at their new schools in a neighboring school district. I wish we hadn't put up with Sierra Madre for so long.
Both my children attend Sierra Madre school. It's absoulutly a wonderful school, I feel very lucky to have found the school. My children run home excited to tell me about there day. Highly recommended.
Sierra Madre School is a high-performing arts-focused public PreK-8 school nestled in the foothills just east of Pasadena. Our three core values are academic achievement, creative culture and safe and nurturing environment. We have top-notch teachers & staff and highly supportive and involved parent groups. Our Principal, Gayle Bluemel, retired this past spring and we are currently looking for a new elementary Principal with the vision help our already excellent school to continue to thrive through challenging economic times. Our former Assistant Principal, Garrett Newsom, has just been appointed Planning Principal of the Middle School campus. The site-based leadership team made up of teachers, administrators, staff and parents is fully prepared to maintain the school's core values and continue to thrive during the transition to new leadership at the elementary campus.
Sierra Madre School is an unsecured school that is called an "inclusive" school, but apparently they can choose who to include. There has been a steady decrease in people with disabilities as API scores climb. Parents and community members are allowed to enter and exit the school through various unsecured entrances.
My nephew has started kindergarten here and he is doing so well. He is extremely happy and he has really come out of his shell. I am very happy with this school so far and I hope he continues to do well.
Mr. Chip Williams is one of the finest teachers. SM middle school is blessed to have this man teach our children. He inspires the children to want to come to school and do their very best. Our children will be amazing because he touched their lives!
The previous posting represents the only thing I don't like about this school! The teachers and administration are wonderful, don't get me wrong, but there's a snobbishness among some (not all) of the parents here that I find offensive. It's not "sad that it has to be part of PUSD"--it's sad that some Sierra Madre parents seem to believe that they and their children are somehow "above" the rest of PUSD's schools. Sierra Madre students are mostly the privileged children of highly motivated parents. Let's acknowledge how lucky we are, instead of putting down students and schools that do wonderful things without the many advantages that we enjoy.
There is nothing I can say that is bad about this school. The community, the parent involvement, the principal and even the middle school (which is not listed on Great Schools) is all TOP notch. Sad that it has to be part of PUSD because it's in a class of it's own!
I have had nothing but positive experiences with Sierra Madre school,the staff, teachers and kids all are awesome. I have three kids that go there, a 9 yr old son, and two daughters ages 12 and 13. Mr. Martinez is a 5 star teacher,who always puts his classroom kids first. All the teachers there care, and deliver. I love this school. -Mrs. Daniels
It offers the best small school atmosphere on a beautiful campus with an enthusiastic and engaged school community.
The school is very good enviroment for my childrens and the teachers are very dedicated to each of our childrens.
I love this school because It teach our kids to respect every human being as an individual. This respect will be demostrated by a friendly, cooperative spirit among students, parents and community. Also acquire the academic knowledge and skills needed to achieve success in their nxt level school year.
Hard-working teachers + Very supportive parents + wonderful students = one amazing learning community!
I love everything about SME. The teachers are excellent. There is a lot of parent participation. Everyone works so hard for the kids.
Parental involvement and a commitment to the arts. Learning concepts and not just teaching to the test!
Our family loves this school very much. Moved from private to this public to find a fabulous community, dedicated staff and teachers, and a great education! Thanks.
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