I student taught here for a couple of months and was so disappointed in the little support kids received. There is an extremely high level of English learners. Almost every day, children who spoke perfect English were given packets to work on and given no real support. The teacher spent majority of their times with the students who didn't speak English. Complete understand that those students need support, but English speaking students who would reach for help would not get any. They were was no support for them. My heart breaks for those students.
Justin Elementary School has been great to my two children. They have been attending since 2011 and I haven t had a bad experience at Justin with the principal of teachers. Like some other parents have mentioned, you may have concerns at times but I have always been able to talk to the staff without any issues or attitude. As a matter of fact, I praise the staff at Justin. They have done so much for my children and with the new after school program, it just shows me how much they care for their students and the parents as well. I love this school!
My child was at Justin for grades 4,5, and 6. Both Mrs. Weaver, the previous principal, and Mrs. Palmer and the teachers were friendly and helpful to me and my child----they put forth extra effort to help. Keep up the good work!
My daughter started Justin Last yr, and she loves it there! I think Justin is a good school, with amazing teachers! Looking forward to many more yrs.
Justin is always trying to help others less fortunate. The have donated alot of money to Unicef during Halloween. They also ask parents to help the local food banks and homeless by donating food and warm clothes to the homeless.
It is a shame that only people who have negative views of a school speak up. It must be so easy to click on 1 star and complain about a principal. I can't imagine that you and your child's entire experience at Justin was negative. I am a parent of 2 at Justin. While we may have had our ups and downs, I and my children have made the best if it. Justin is a small school compared to many other in Simi Valley. Classes are not taught in Spanish as in some of the other schools are. The children do not feel threatened by other children at the school. Most of the teachers take a real interest in my children's best welfare. I have never had a problem approaching a teacher to speak about my child.
As PTA President for Justin and mom to 2 at the school, I have to say that any school can be good or bad on any given day. You have to take in the whole experience. Parents, Teachers, and Students need to work together for a school to be great. If you feel that something is unacceptable at your school, CHANGE IT. This may take time but aren't our children worth it? Our school is open to anyone. Questions are always welcomed and encouraged. If anyone would like an honest parent's point of view please feel free to visit me at www.justinelementarypta.org Complaining is easy. Taking the steps to make a change takes work. Justin is on it's way to greatness! I love my kid's teachers, resources are great, school is fun according to my kids. We all feel our children are special and so does our principal.
I have to agree with all these negative reviews of Justin School. My experience with Mrs. Weaver have been met with great disappointment. We have had to deal with her for over four years. Her way of handling issues with the children is not to, but rather to send home or suspend. Our children have had several hours of class time denied to them. This has effected their grades and feelings towards school. I believe she needs to be informed of her job duties and needs to get the children's best interest in mind. I don't think the district would approve of her disciplinary antics and hope these long term principals are still being evaluated at their work performance.
My experience as a parent of a Justin student has not been very well. We will have to take our son out of Justin for the upcoming year. The leadership and sense of caring from both the teacher's and the principal has not been at an acceptable level. As a teacher myself, I have been very disappointed with my experience and do not recommend this school for your childs academic education and interpersonal development.
My experience at Justin has been unpleasant. The interaction I've had with Ms. Weaver has been negative. I definately agree with the statement of the previous review stating that she lacks leadership skills. It makes it very hard for someone to work with her. I would not recommend this school and are going to consider another elementary school for my child.
I had a decent experience with both my kids at this school, until Mrs Waver, the principal, joined the school two years ago. Very poor leadership, I had to take my kid out of this school. Some of the teachers are very dedicated, but some of them are yelling at the kids constantly. It really impacted my kid's self esteem, he was put down so much... If you want a safe environment for your kid this is not the best school.
Leadership begins at the top and the top shines brightly! Justin has a dedicated staff, up to date technology, and a clean, safe campus.
We are new to Justin Elementary and love it. Our previous school had minimal extracurricular activities for families and the PTA had little support from the principal. Mrs. Weaver was a great influence upon our choice of school as she walked us to classrooms and spent time with us; before we were even enrolled. I find her to be a great principal; I don't know about you but when was the last time an elementary school principal knew the name of every child and took time to talk to parents. She supports the PTA and is very enthusiastic. She seems to have alot of the 'old school' values~I like it!
This school has a wonderful primary grade program, however, the upper grade, esp. 6th grade is not that great! A new principal in the 2005/2006 school year has caused me to take my child out of this school. This principal has virtually no knowledge of how to run a school! No communication skills whatesoever. I am very disappointed! Great PTA, however!
I've seen a lot of improvement in the past two years under the new leadership, Ms. LaCost. Plus, my son has had three great teachers and I feel very lucky that he's been able to experience true learning. He has been in Special Ed and Speech for the past two years, and I'm sure without this help, he would not be reading or speaking so well.
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