If you don't mind having your child have to navigate around hundreds of gopher holes around the entire campus and kinder playground, have to sit on the concrete for recess snacks as well as AR assemblies, participate in music programs outside in the heat then this is the school for you! We sent our child here for two years and felt like it was a waste of two years. In kinder, our child was left in her classroom by her self during lunch and ran outside the front door which is just a few feet away from the busy traffic of Royal Avenue and anyone who walks on the sidewalk to find her class in the cafeteria. Luckily, she made it to safety. A class mate of hers was sent to the office mistakenly for misbehavior when he wet his pants and no one even in the office noticed for four hours that a boy wet his pants. This is very telling for this school and its staff including the office. We are thoroughly relieved we made the switch!
Madera Elementary has surpassed my expectations. Great school, excellent PTA that has given the school additional valuable programs. Teachers are amazing! Class size is perfect. And there is plenty of staff and parent volunteers on campus so safety and security is definitely in check.
Great School, Awsome teachers! my son has been attending madera since k, now hes going to 4th grade and my other and my other son starting k there too. very happy with their academic.
My grandson has been going to Madera for four years (since kindergarten). I am pleased with his academic progress (I am a retired teacher) . I am also pleased that all of his teachers have been willing to meet with me and keep me appraised of his progress.
We are brand new at this school with a Kindergartner attending. The school has been very receptive to us, answering any questions we may have. The on-site after school care is EXCELLENT. The only reason why I gave four stars and not five - the students need more time at lunch to eat their lunch.
My daughter attended Madera last year for her first year kindergarten. We were very blessed to of had a great teacher MRS. HEDRICK. My daughter thought very highly of her. She learned a lot through the year. She also learned about animals too. I recommend her to any new family's that come to Madera for kindergarten. We miss her dearly :) but the good news is that we can drop by her class and say hello during the school week.
Thanks to Mr. Hall we had a wonderful kindergarten year, my son has an impulsivity disorder which i feared would hinder his progress but the principal was there to support our family every day! We now live on the other side of the city but driving to Madera is so worth it. Mrs. Hedrick was a wonderful teacher who taught my kindergartener to read and more than I knew about animal science! (The class project was to dissect owls pellets and the kids saw duckling eggs hatching during class!) very thankful my son is attending Madera.
We came from a fundamental school to Madera. We have been at the school for the last two years. The same amount of time as the new Principle Mr Hall. It has been a wonderful change. The Principle is very involved he works with you. The teachers have been great. The PTA is over the top. I just wished we started here and not the fundamental school. I would definitely recommend this school.
First year at Madera, so far it has been a great experience. Principal Hall has been so down to earth, very engaged with parents and students and you dont get that "fake" vibe from him that you do with other administrators. There is a sincere "caring" vibe from the teachers and my daughter has said nothing but good things about her experience so far. As they say, first impression is what counts, so this is why I am posting this so soon into the year. We just had our anual Harvest festival and both parents and students had a blast. We are very happy and thankful to have our daughter here. (5th grade) BTW, the PTA here is soooo involved and are doing a fantastic job fundraising and coordinating fun events for the kids... GO PTA!!!
My family has been at Madera since 2005. While there have been a few hiccups, our overall experience has been great. I think a child's education starts at home and the school should expand upon that. My son has moved on to middle school and he and his friends from Madera are involved in leadership, NJHS and are in some Honors classes. They learned the basics they need for the future from Madera. At age 13 he still goes back and sees a few teachers. My daughter is going to second grade and has learned so much in 2 short years. A few teachers were irritating along the way, but that could just be personality issues. Our true love from the 2011-2012 school year was our new principal. He has made a huge difference in the atmosphere and spirit of Madera. My largest complaint does not fall solely on Madera (economy and pc district policies), however I have noticed it more there than at friends schools; the utter lack of field trips. While, as a busy parent I am happy with minimal fundraisers, I feel that I would be willing to do more to allow our children to enjoy more out of school learning experiences. Overall, my family loves the fun, friendly atmosphere at Madera Elementary.
The new Principal has been fantastic. He is a positive leader, who engages with the kids. He is out there most mornings greeting the kids and directing traffic. He is really down to earth and honest. The positive change is staff attitude is noticeable the moment you walk in the office. Only three stars because only time will tell if the new principal will stay longer than the last three. (Four principals in six years). Madera still has some some great teachers but there are just as many weak ones. Fourth, fifth and sixth grades teachers assign homework, but never check to see if it was done. Test scores have been droppings due to a loss of strong K,1,2, teachers.
The teachers are excellent, and really work with you and your child. Madera is one of the few schools in the district that offer both art and music to all students.
Maybe there is hope with the new Principle. The campus supervisors/ yard duties do not assist in establishing an enviroment that stimulates growth of desirable social and emotional habits for the children. This is there job description. Adults stand watching after school as the kids bully, they take no action and are generally accepting this as normal .
If you are ok with your child learning how to tie their shoes and count to 10 in the first grade then Madera is the school for you! This school falsely advertises high performance scores on their website. But all I see is my child doing is doodling cartoons at the bottom of his assignments because he completes them in 5min and sits bored the rest of the day. Every day that goes by I feel like my child's brain is being wasted by sitting in a classroom with underqualified teachers. I will be transfering my son to a private school for the next school year... Madera is the worst school I have ever had experiences with!
This school, at best, offers very little to a child s future and learning skills. My child has attended the school for many years and is soon to be leaving with very little to show for it... a few good teachers do not carry the weight of the rest of the staff, just waiting to retire.
My son has been going here for the last two years and I can not say enough great stuff about Madera. The principal, Mrs. Wolf is very active on the community and with the parents. My son has been fortunate enough to have the same teacher he had in K for 1st grade in a special split class. His teacher Ms. Cogan is amazing with the kids. My son is reading at almost a 3rd grade level. She lets the kids use their creativity. The PTA is amazing. The parent participation is amazing also. So glad my son goes here and my next child will be here next year.
My children have attended Madera since 2006. We are entering our 4th year. One thing that impresses me so much is the parent involvement at the school. The PTA is outstanding and the staff is wonderful. I receive personal calls from the principal when my child has done something noteworthy and it seems that children are constantly recognized for their achievements & good charactor. In my opinion, these are the qualities that create a good foundation for children to build upon. The teachers, in my experience, are extremely dedicated & encourage parent involvement in the class as well as at home. Let's face it, kids like to see their parents at school...it can do nothing but boost morale! So hats off to all involved with Madera's success story.
This is an awesome school,, the staff are freindly, the pta is amazing and the kids all work so hard. My kids have been here 2 years and i would never move them,, if you can get in its a must.
My child use to attend Township Elementary, although I was happy with my child's progress we had to move because we were not from the area. Then I read comments about Madera and I have yet to be dissappointed. My son has shown great improvement in the area or reading and writing. His third grade teacher Miss Johnson is great! I can't say enough good things about her. The office staff and principal are very friendly and they have lots of family activities throughout the year. I love Madera and hope to enroll my younger son soon.
We came to Madera because we thought it was academically a good school. We have not been disappointed as my daughter has definitely improved over the last year. She has a natural weakness in her learning to read and I would say She is borderline Dyslexic, however because of budget cuts the school refused to test her independently which is what I wanted, I refused their own psychologist to test her because they really don't know much about these types of special need - so She has not been tested at all. However, Mre Kuntz has done an astonishing job at getting my daughter up to their third grade level standards and my daughter now enjoys reading chapter books - her reading has improved tremendously - her Dad and I are very happy with her progress at Madera. Sorry to be leaving as we are re-locating!!!
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