The teachers are very proficient at teaching the children. However, the zero tolerance policy for parents to drop off their children in the school's driveway in the mornings, especially when it is raining, is appalling. I usually respect the school's policy since some parents choose to block roadways, but allowing a few bad apples to ruin the bunch is unfair and unjust. Rather than allocating resources and funding elsewhere, the school would hire a dedicated "parking lot attendant" to block your vehicle and harass you.
I give this school 5 stars because the new principal is so wonderful. The teachers seem to care more about changing the mascot than they do about the kids. They want the kids to stand in an alley, locked out in the morning rather than go in for a good breakfast. I believe the district should move those uncaring teachers out and hire people who really do care for the beautiful children there.
I was very pleased with the way the Principle at Clairmont handled the bully problem as soon as I addressed the problem to her. And it was handled in a prompt, kind with the no tolerance on bullying. Also my granddaughter 2nd grade teacher Ms.Podesta has been a great help in making learning fun for her. So I believe Clairmont is a great school.
We all work together as a team and are 1 of the only title 1 schools to make our AYP and API goals.! Our teachers volunteer to tutor kids after school daily and even the kids who ar performing at or above grade level beg 2 be n tutoring twice a week ! That's amazing to me ! Additionally our school chooses a charitable project every year schoolwide to donate 2 including mosquito nets which we were able to contribute a large sum, water pumps/ wells in Cambodia where there was no clean water for miles , and purchasing new stuffed animals for our local fire department for a years worth to kids who'd lost much or all of what they had in a fire to comfort them . Our students come from a low income area themselves and yet give and give every year !
I loved this school because the teachers are nice and friendships happen alot in this school and I wish anybody in this school to work hard and have fun. A lot of smart people come from this school and have a amazing lives.