We have an excellent principal at Coeur d Alene Elementary. He is the only principal in the several schools I have worked on over the years who actually regulary goes out on the school yard to supervise at recess and lunch recess.
THANK YOU Coeur D Alene. What an amazing community to belong to. Kudos to our new(ish) principal and all of the amazing teachers and staff who make this school the gem that it is. I have one daughter in 5th grade and another in 2nd. I send them to school every day knowing that they are happy to be there and that they are building academic, as well as social skills. All of the new enrichment opportunities in the last couple of years have been a great addition to daily standard curriculum. Lots of parent involvement, and great kids.
Coeur d' Alene is a great school. I am a little surprised by reading some of the reviews below. Our new principal has definitely improved our school in so many areas. This will be the second year of our spelling bee, so fun! He organized a math night with kids and parents and has brought many choices for after school enrichment classes. I am thrilled with the direction Coeur d'alene is going. We have a wonderful, involved principal and a great staff. Keep it up CdA!!
I've started to have concerns about the new principal. In his first year as a principal and his first at our wildly successful public elementary school, he has helped us lose 20 API points, alienated several families who moved their kids out of the school, cancelled popular advanced classes because he does not believe in them philosophically, and keeps on mentioning the idea of changing to a charter school. I can't believe that one person will "destroy" what so many have worked so hard to create here in our neighborhood, but this, along with the budget cuts we've been experiencing, has gotten me worried about the future of this school.
The great thing about this school is that the parent community is very active and engaged. Principal Jenkins is a great leader who is attentive to detail and really cares about the kids. There are lots of after school activities, full arts and music programs, and class sizes are still pretty decent.
My child was in that Math Club. SHE LOVED IT and it brought her 2 up to a 3 in one grading period and she felt great about that. Boo to the new principal.
THis school has a new principal. Check the major drop in the state testing!!! It will only get worse from here. He has cancelled math club because it "makes kids feel bad" if the aren't doing well. This new principal will not take feedback from parents. Is fixated on getting students "proficient" Instead of excellent. Our child dropped from being borderline gifted to barely proficient in 1 year with this staff. PARENT BEWARE!!!!!!
Every neighborhood should be so lucky as to have a public school like Coeur d'Alene. My children have had excellent teachers in the past 5 years and I am very happy with the new principal. He makes a point of knowing all the children in the school, visits the classrooms regularly and supervises the playground himself on most days. I do not agree that the yard is wild and I like the changes he's made so that students have grade level areas on the yard - more choices, fewer problems. The teachers are caring and have high academic expectations. The parents are very involved. Students have a great arts program during and after school. They just opened a STAR program this last semester with fun after school classes. Thank you Coeur d'Alene!
Wonderful community of involved parents. Hard working, concerned teachers. Enthusiastic principal. Happy students. Bright future.
There are too many people,on this site and others, that would rather complain about a problem than put forth the effort towards its resolution. We should all assist in the educational endeavor our children are confronted with. It seems we favor holding the State accountable for what we, as parents, are ultimately responsible for. I would challenge ALL who read, post and discuss to volunteer and assist the new principal, the hard-working teachers and our children to accomplish our mutual goal: a GREAT education. There are many opportunitites to assist and if you have not, you should; if you have already, do more . The bar is set far too low. Let's raise it together and make the school better each and every year!!! It starts with YOU tomorrow!!!
Unfortunately, there is a lot of truth in the negative review. The new principal seeks to neutralize any problems by pretending they don't exist. The school yard is wild, with very little supervision. My children have been very fortunate to have had only OUTSTANDING teachers, so I personally have no complaints there and I'm very grateful to those teachers for their excellence. I have heard some horror stories, however, about downright cruel treatment from certain other teachers towards their students. When these parents have tried to talk to the Principal about it, they've been treated badly and told they're not allowed to say anything bad against his teachers.
Great school, great teachers, great, new principal who is in his first year. Lots of involved parents and lots of happy kids.
I disagree with the negative review about the principal and teachers. I have two kids at CDA over the last four years and have yet to see a mediocre teacher. The teachers are fabulous. They do their very best in a society that undervalues public education and that slashes the budget for our children while misappropriating those funds to benefit unworthy causes. The current Principal at CDA is raising the standards even more while working with less funding. I am sorry the bad reviewer had a negative experience. I don't think it is typical at all. CDA is an excellent public school.
I don't know who wrote the negative review of the principal and the teachers at Coeur D'Alene, but as a very involved teacher I know there are good and bad at every school private and public. As far as schools go, this is a good school and a good principal. He has worked very hard this year and as a first time principal I think he is doing a very good job. Everyone is tired this time of year and sometimes things get said in the heat of the moment. I hope this parent calms down and thinks about the good that there is here at school.
The principle is immature and lacks knowledge and mediation skills, with a disdain for the parent volunteers. The teachers are mainly mediocre, a few good teachers and some downright harmful teachers who are too harsh- shouting at the kids and preventing them from going to the bathroom even. The good scores are probably more a result of parental involvement and Kumon than the teachers. .There is bullying prevalent in the school yard, with lack of supervision. Discipline IS a problem at the school, and the teachers seem disillusioned by all the LAUSD cuts. The mission statement that each child will be educated to its potential is a complete joke, with no individuality at all in the material presented to the kids. Mediocre, at best and not the kind of education that one hopes for.
this school has a great enviornment for the students to learn and the teaching staff is amazing.
Active community (e.g. booster club!) means supplemental funding that LAUSD doesn't provide. That means music programs, art programs, teacher's aides, a school psychologist... You know, all the things that have been shown to help improve education and which the school district doesn't provide.
Coeur D'Alene has excellent leadership, and are showing the children how to become good leaders
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