Wow - I am very surprised by the comment made yesterday by the upset parent. We are a long time Coeur d'Alene family, and think the school is terrific. Yes, the class sizes got bigger. However, it is a California State/LA Unified budget issue, not a Coeur d'Alene issue. I feel my kids are safe and are very happy at CDA. My only real concerns are the budget crises and how LA Unified is spending 'our' money. As far as the new Principal goes, I am extremely pleased with him. He is much more involved and appears to care about the kids, not the personal awards that he could possibly win. He has great ideas and is inspiring the teachers to take learning to a new level!
I don't agree with the praises sung by the parents in the majority of the reviews. All classes are overcrowded except 2nd. Issues like safety, cleanliness, bullying need attention. There are problems with parents who are raising undisciplined kids--the result: bad behavior in school. This reality is minimized by the staff. By second grade all teachers are teaching cookie-cutter curriculums to standardized tests. Most of the energy is placed on bringing struggling kids up to the middle. The kids in the middle or higher are lost. The parental politics are out of control. There are parents who live at the school and get the best of the resources and teachers. The budget cuts have magnified the problem. The new principal, while he talks a good talk, caters to these parents. The principal lacks the maturity and the experience to manage this school fairly.
I know the teachers work very well with the kids, school spirit is big and most important,the kids are very happy
The school is strongly supported by an amazing community of parents. And the arts and music programs are top notch.
I love Coeur d'Alene because it is a school full of caring teachers, parents, and staff. The kids love attending everyday
Coeur d'Alene is an amazing school. I feel very fortunate my kids had such a great elementary school experience. Coeur d'Alene is very lucky to have such a great principal, Dr. Patton and an amazing teaching staff. The parents at the school are very dedicated and the parent committee is a fun group of hard working parents who want to better the school for their kids and for future kids of Coeur d'Alene. Great school environment!
I was very pleased to see the large number of computers in each classroom and to learn that learning to effectively use the computer is such an important part of the curriculum. And this is the only elementary school I've ever seen with a full-time tech support person on-site. Amazing!
This school does not deserve its good reputation!!!! What a big disappointment! First it is not a safe environment; always a gate open. The school leadership is obsessed with fundraising, but kids are of little concern, if at all. I found them indifferent, uncaring. The focus is on standardized testing scores. Heavy involvement of some parents is just intended for a lot of politics to provide preferential treatment for their own kids. So the label of the best school in town is rather a result of a joint meditation than of real current conditions.
Coeur D'Aelene is a fantastic school. The two teachers we've had so far have far exceeded expectations. The student body is diverse with a community feel that helps my child thrive socially as well as academically. It's wonderful to participate with other caring parents who are enthusiastic about helping to further improve the school and the community. The school has recently won several awards and a new library is on the way. If you are looking for strong academics integrated with a strong arts program, this school is probably better than most privates.
As a grandma I have been very involved. It is as good as a pvt school and better than some: academically, arts & music, sports, social adjustment, special needs, gifted programs. Parents are very involved (and grams) admin & teachers have supportive approach that meets individual needs.
We came over from Europe in the summer of 2006 to start the new schoolyear in 4th grade. Our daughter is very happy in her new school and lucky to have such a nice teacher, Mr Bax. She did hardly speak any English upon arrival, thanks to the school and her devoted teachers, she is getting better at it. I would recommend this school to all expats. Also for the parents this is a great school, since it is a nice community to belong to.
It is a very good school and I only wish they offered middle school grades.
Great neighborhood school, but lacking in afterschool programs- could never really get a straight answer as to why no STAR program.
Great pre-k program and kindergarden teachers. Mandatory pre-k volunteer 1 x a mth and parenting classes that were extremely informational and helpful. Dr Rex Patton (principal) runs a tight ship.
This is a solid little school. They offer PE, art, music and computers for the kids in addition to a strong staff and visionary principal.
My son is in kindergarten, so I can only speak to what happens in the first year. But I must say that I have been incredibly pleased. His teacher (Ms. Pippin) is gifted -- soft, encouraging, caring -- everything one would hope for a kindergarten teacher. I have been pleasantly surprised with the amount of music and P.E. (for a public school). The school feels very local, very community oriented, and very sweet.
I love many things about Coeur D'Alene. However, my one problem & it's a big one is that my son needed speech therapy from day one and although both of his teachers, myself and other parents made several verbal and written requests since the second week of school, he has yet to have one session with the school therapist. This seems to fall solely on the shoulders of the vice principal and speech therapy tutor and I've received no word from neither of them and it is now February. Even my sons teachers concurr that this is ridiculous. Meanwhile his best friend has had speech therapy since the third week of school because he was already tested at his last school. Otherwise, I am proud to have my son at this school.
Ms Pippin and Ms Lali are wonderful Kindergarden teachers. Very patient, caring educators. We have yet to meet other teachers like these two.
I think this is a great school. No public school is perfect, but Coeur d' Alene comes close. The teachers, principle and most parents are extremely dedicated. My kids are receiving a great academic education as well as being enriched with wonderful art and music programs. Just a great school.
This school is a 10! The quality of academic programs is superb. My daughter is enrolled in the after school violin, tap, and dance programs and she loves them. The parent involvement is also top notch! The two teachers she has had, Ms. Romero and Mrs. Jenkins have been absolutely wonderful with her. I recommend this school very highly and am very thankful my daughter was able to attend.
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