We left this school after 2010/2011, taking both children out. Should have left sooner. Most of the teachers were very good, some were truly amazing, dedicated, loving, nurturing, and so on: all you would want for your child. The PTO had some very dedicated parents who go out of their way to build a community, volunteer supervision during recess and lunch, etc. However, the principal at the time was awful. Having coffee meetings with parents does not equate to managing the school to be a safe environment were children can learn without fear of being attacked on the playground. When I complained that my 3rd grader was assaulted by a boy who tried to choke her, his response was that I should take pity the child because his life is not easy. My very bright and active 1st grader cried every day because she was afraid to go to school and wanted to stay in at recess. I understand that the school has a new principal this year, and cannot comment on how the school has changed. However, it is still over-full, under-supervised, and has very limited after-school care options. If your child is bully-proof and would thrive in any environment, I would still look for better options.
We have been pleasantly surprised with our kids' experience at Bishop. The low API scores gave us serious pause when considering it, but after speaking with other parents, we decided to give it a try. The teaching staff ir remarkable and quite dedicated. Both of our kids have advanced to higher reading levels than their current grades and are able to visit other classes for more challenging material. Both have adjusted well and enjoy going to school each morning. I would strongly recommend that any parent considering the school attend one of the open houses or PTO meetings to learn more. If you are actively involved in your child's education, s/he will probably do quite well here.
Very impressed with the teachers here. The atmosphere is one of a caring and dedicated staff and that to be is one of the most important factors in the success of the students and therefore the school.
I have two children attending Bishop Elementary. We are so pleased with the education our children are receiving. Bishop has an amazing teaching staff. My children have had the most wonderful and dedicated teachers who truly care for my kids, communicate well with families, and work to challenge every student in their class. To really get to know Bishop, talk to parents who actually have a child at the school, come visit, and get involved in the PTO.
We were very hesitant to send our son to Bishop for kindergarten last fall (2011), but we are so happy we did. After meeting with the principal and attending open house I was excited about the school. I'm so glad I formed my own opinion rather than only going off what I read and heard from people who really didn't have first hand knowledge about Bishop. His education is off to a great start thanks to a wonderful teacher, staff and school community. He's excited to start 1st grade! My best advice, form your own opinion! Be involved with your childs school.
I love this school. I totally disagree with the comment about the principal/child not being challenged. The principal is very involved and approachable. He hosts a monthly coffee hour for the parents just to chat and give parents a change to ask questions, etc. My daughter is only English speaking and she is absolutely thriving at Bishop. She is challenged, only in the 1st grade but at a 2nd grade reading level, loves school, has lots of friends, etc. The teachers are also fantastic!! Bishop has more Nationally Board Certified teachers than any other in the district. They got a new playground this year and computer lab. All of the 2nd and 1st graders have ipads for learning, google volunteers to come in to do a robotics lab with the older students....so many great programs, even in this economy. Don't worry about the test scores, they are consistently going up each year and if you know how to read scores correctly there is nothing to worry about, it's not about the final score. Love, love Bishop!!!
My child goes here and only speaks English. I found my child to be ignored and neglected socially, academically, and emotionally with the mindset that he already knows the English language. I have over heard that the Principal goes on his phone and text teachers during school hours. I have never seen the Principal around the school he is not really involved. This school did not meet my expectations.
My son is entering 3rd grade and has language processing disorder - global. It is a type of learning disability which gives him significant challenges across all areas at school. I meet with his pediatrician every trimester, I volunteer in the classroom, I support the teacher at home, I am involved at the school level thru the PTO, and I check-in with his resource specialist and tutor regularly both in person and thru emails. After 2 years of intervention services led by Ms. Swantje Agape, I must say that Bishop s resource specialty staff, teachers, principal, and staff are TOP NOTCH. They are respectful, patient and caring to my son, his siblings, and our family. I can't imagine my son being educated anywhere else. Parental involvement is so important - whether your child struggles educationally as mine does - or is performing well at school as his brother does. Be involved regardless.
I read some of the comments here and was really worried about staring our kindergartener. I met with the principal in April and felt much more reassured. He spent over an hour answering our questions. We just met with the teacher this week in a welcome meeting and are SO excited about the new year. I know everyone has different experiences, but before you react to any of the comments here, take some time to visit the school first. I'm certainly glad we did.
If you suspect your child has a learning disability GET HIM/HER OUTTA THERE! After 6 miserable years (K-5) of failing due to "laziness" with requests for testing on perpetual back burners, we left the district. Testing commenced immediately in the new school. Results: several severe learning disabilities and significant emotional issues (some of which are certainly the outcome of being a "lazy failure" throughout childhood). From our experience, the teachers are predominantly in their first salaried teaching position (a few are seasoned vets). Most are competent, concerned, and welcome parent involvement; a little number have no business being teachers. But even the good ones are limited by the apathetic administration. One shining star at Bishop is the PTO--particularly a couple of families who go far above and beyond to bring joy and a sense of being accepted into the lives of kids who are otherwise stomped through the cracks.
My daughter is now attending Kindergarten here. With so many great private schools in our area we debated for a long time about where to send her. I can tell you I'm extremely pleased with Bishop. They have fabulous teachers, a great office staff, and a really involved PTO. Yes, a majority of the kids come from low income homes, and are ESL. This doesn't mean that they aren't great kids. It's all about how much time you're willing to invest as a parent in making your child's education great. Get to know the teachers, get to know the kids, and be involved. The fact that Bishop encourages heavy parent participation is what makes this school shine in my opinion.
I'm tired that this school always blames English Learners for the low performance. Many students speak more than one languaje, and basically just because of that they are consider English Learners. That's not fair. The Principal and the office staff performance is something to question, A new principal will be the beggining of a good change.
I have two kids at this school. It is a great school. I agree to the previous post...get involved and you'll see results.
My son is in 1st grade and I'll admit after reading some negative comments about Bishop I wasn't to thrilled about sending him there. I got involved with the PTO talked to his teachers everyday. I have to tell you Bishop is a great school my son is reading at a 3rd grade level top in his class for math. I couldn't be happier.I'll tell you something the school your child attends is what you want into be. Get involved see what's going on at your school. I'm proud to say I have a 5mo.old and looking forward to another 5yrs. at Bishop.
My oldest is in Second grade, my youngest will start Kinder next fall, and only have positive things to say about Bishop! The principal and staff have been wonderful. The teachers truely love their students and do everything they can help them. My daughter is taught at her level, above her grade in some areas.
I have two English only speakers at Bishop and I have nothing but postive comments regarding the staff. There is a large English learner population, but that has never hendered my children from being challenged or helped as needed. I am very impressed with how the staff works with the children at every level. I like the diversity and the acceptance of people from all walks of life.
This school is not at all good regarding teaching level.They teach the preschool level things which our kids already have learnt.Other activities are good but they have to really improve their teaching levels and syllabus and the homework pattern.
I would not send my child to this school.This school leaves children with higher or lower learning needs to the side of the road.Why should children have to wait for the rest of the class to catch up when they are ahead of the class already? Scores have dropped dramaticaly and continue to fall.How long before the State of California reconizes that this school is failing fast.
In all honesty, the school is not up to par and having a child that tests above average this school is way below average and does not offer any challenge for him and so he suffers in learning so that the others can 'Catch Up' and that is not fair to those that don't need to 'Catch Up'. This school needs to be looked at more closely
The school needs to do more in teacher training to assure parental involvement and student centered classrooms rather than athoritarian teacher centered setting. I am sure there are good teachers at Bishop, but after our experience, I hesitate to put my child through another traumatic year and take a chance on another teacher.
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