My children have been attending this school for nearly 15 years... my youngest is currently attending and every teacher and administrator here is amazing. They always have been. In regards to the bullying, it's everywhere and in every school. My children were not immune to it either and were bullied. But it was my job to teach them the positive way to respond and not engage. It worked and they actually were some of the original students of the playground Peace Patrol. Students learn how to bully at home as well as in school. I taught my children to respond with kindness, no matter how much it hurt. It ended up teaching them and the bully a great lesson in compassion. They also learned to deal with these issues on their own in a positive manner instead of retaliating or having a parent fix all their problems.
So far kindergarten has been great! All the kindergarten teachers are wonderful...so caring...the principal is out there directing traffic and so involved...some principals just sit behind a desk but she really cares about the students! The PTA is a very active one! grateful to be at this awesome school and look forward to the years to come!
My child has attended Pepper Tree since Kindergarten. The teachers & staff are the best of the best. This is our last year & she has had an exceptional educational experience. Couldn't have asked for more!
There is a reason why this school has a 10 in the district. My children have attended Pepper Tree since 2nd grade and they are now in 6th and yes my daughter had a bulling experience which was handled exceptionally well by the principle. Bullying is common everywhere nowadays. What matters is how it is handled. On the other hand the teachers go above and beyond to help every single student without exception. I also have a little one who started Kindergarten and since she never went to preschool she was way behind academically but her teacher has been an essential part in the difficult task of putting her up to speed with the rest of her classmates. My husband and I are working parents and although we both also volunteer in her class we feel that without her teacher's wholeheartedly dedication she wouldn't be where she is now. To those parents who feel that Pepper Tree is not the school for them, I suggest you move your children to other schools and leave room to those who will truly appreciate such a wonderful school.
This school is all about the test scores. It will be interesting to see how things change with the common core. They are quick to label children who thing outside of the box, or who aren't Stepford children, as ADD and lack decorum or professionalism when addressing the issue with parents. As with any school, some teachers are better than others.
This school has many great teachers, but there is some strange setup like, combo classes, AND split class time (2 teachers share 1 class' normal school day) How can this be done!? Doesn't this cause students to have split personality!?