August 10, 2003
Acacia is a wonderful school! My son has been there for two years now, and both years his teachers were caring and compassionate. They both took time to discuss his advancement and shortcomings, and provided excellent insight as to what I could do to assist him with his education. This year my daughter starts school at Acacia as well. She has spent a lot of time there with me and is very excited to become an Acacia Cub! Acacia has an amazing amount of parental involvement. The school encourages parents to volunteer in the classromm and/or with PTA activities. Even if a parent can't commit to regularly volunteering, there are ample opportunities to come in and help out at the school (field trips, classroom celebrations, school dances, etc.). My main concern with Acacia is something that many of the schools in this district face. Currently there are still sixth graders that atend Acacia, despite the fact that Redwood Intermediate is right down the street (a 6th-8th grade school). Apparently there isn't enough room at Redwood to accomidate all the sixth graders so some stay at Acacia. There is a big age gap between Acacia's youngest and oldest students, and sometimes this can be a problem. For the most part, the upper and lower grade kids have minimal interaction (alternating recess and lunch periods, for example). However, the daycare at Acacia accomidates all grades and therefore they all interact. In this setting I have seen inappropriate interactions, mostly older kids encouraging younger kids to do things they ordinarily wouldn't do (for example, cursing or aggressive behavior). Dispite this concern, let me note that the after school daycare staff is wonderful. They are all very caring and attentive, and I feel very comfortable leaving my children there. I have seen Acacia evolve over the years--- several years ago I was a student there myself! I am pleased that my children will both be attending such an excellent school.
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