It seems to us that the teachers and staff are more dedicated now than they were 17 years ago when our daughter attended C. J. Morris So far we are very pleased with input from our granddaughters. So far!
Cyrus J. Morris is an outstanding school - It offers the IB Primary Years Program, before school Chinese language class, and was named a 2012 Honor Roll Scholar School in 2013. CJ Morris Elementary offers a high quality education with dedicated teachers. CJ is under the exemplary leadership of Mrs. Donna Hunter. All students, whether gifted/talented or learning disabled are taught in a caring and encouraging environment .
Glad to see new leadership at CJ Morris, which changed in February, 2013. Under the new leadership student behavior outside the classroom has already improved. Also the atmosphere around the school is more upbeat and positive.
Not enough administrative involvement into the bullying and bully groups present at this school. Addressing the issue to one bully student is not effective if the bully is part of a small group. Issues are not reported unless brought up by the parent. Administration is only concerned that they have met all necessary state requirements on the issue, not looking deeper into whats really going on.
This is an excellent school. The programs they offer are challenging and multi-dimensional. There are no shortages for equipments as every students have their own laptop. Plenty of extra-curreculm activities for parent involvement. So far, I have been very pleased with this school.
CJ Morris is an amazing school! My boys enjoy going to school at CJM. The IB-PYP world school fosters well rounded students who exhibit good character traits and strive to do better. The teachers have high expectations of their students. The school offers various programs to help struggling students and challenge advanced students. Also there are many after school opportunities for all the students to engage in. The students are also encouraged to use technology and the school has laptops that are brought into the classroom for students to use. I highly recommend CJ Morris!
CJ Morris is a very good school ! They have many programs available for struggling learners ! Technology Institute, Homework club, Summer School, and the Outreach Program, all of which my son was able to participate in. The office staff is very organized and friendly, this school is very Preofessional and structured. Highly recommend !
I am very impressed with C.J. Morris Elem. The fact that it is an IB World school is just the beginning. It was a committed staff that put that program together and continue to find ways to improve their teachings. And now that the school is going to be modernized, it will have the upgrades in technology, utilities, and even storage space that it needs. The office staff is pleasant and has always offered their help whenever I or the community club has needed it. I am very excited that my children will continue to have such a wonderful experience in their primary years.
I am very disappointed in the overall experience I'm having a Cyrus J. Morris Elementary School. My second child is going through the school now and my first in going into high school. The 'community feel' that once existed is GONE. I think a lot of this has to do with the principal. C.J. used to be kept clean at all times and all staff memebers were happy! Now, the hallways are a mess and some rooms are unkept. I pity the students who are in rooms that are filled with clutter. This is too distracting for learning. I'm happy that C.J. is an I.B. PYP school, however, I feel very strongly that it is taking away from the California State curriculum.
First I would like to congratulate C.J. Morris on becoming an IB school. Our school and it's leadership worked very hard to achieve this international status and I see it every day how it's paid off through my daughter. Academic program is awesome. We are very fortunate to have Music in the Box, other schools are not as lucky. Parent involvement is wonderful,in which I take great pride in doing so myself.We have a wonderful Community Club, where I also participate as much as I can. The teachers are great, I've had many opportunities to witness their teachings and personalities and I like what I see. We have a great principal and staff. In response to other reviews about our staff- let's be real, they are real people, not perfect people and on a daily basis are dealing with 500+ kids! I personally think they are doing their best!
I am excited about the curriculuum at CJ Morris. We are an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program Candidate School and are expecting to be credentialed soon. The 2nd through 5th grades are learning Spanish. The students are learning to be global thinkers and their critical and analytical skills are being developed through the methods of inquiry part of the program. Not only do my chidren learn about weather they learn that it is something that is common all over the world and they study what weather does in other parts of the world. they learn not only about the American Revolution but about other country's fight against tyranny. I am impressed with the principal and all the staff. the school has agreat sense of community. The children know not just their own classmates but the other students in other classes and grades.
I have had 2 children attend CJ Morris. They both had wonderful teachers and loved their experiences there.
I am a little disappointed with this school. I am not doubt about most teachers' ability of teaching the students but there are some just have no enthusiasm. I also had some bad experience with the front office staff and hope they can do somthing to improve their attitude.
Both my kids attended this school and loved it. The kids are great and learn to respect each other and the teachers do a wonderful job communicating with the parents on the progress of their children. The primary years program is great. The one bad side is probably the front office staff.
AS an active parent volunteer, I have witnessed the most amazing teachers in action. The teachers set high standards for the kids while being understanding and caring. The teachers are often there early in the morning and work well into the late afternoon. Since you can see into all the classrooms as you walk through I always notice how every teacher is working with the children, each day.
I feel that the students and staff at C. J. work very hard to be successful. We have raised our test scores and students are growing the all academic areas.
I have had 5 children go through this school and was disappointed more and more as my children went through each year. Return Teachers are obviously burnt out, and tend to blame parents for children's failure or struggle with understanding. They will not admit that children just don't 'Get' what they are teaching in a very hurried environment. Was once a great school, and there was a waiting list to get in, but that was many years ago, under a different principal.
Overall a Terrific school. When it comes to their teachers they are wonderful. Great programs. In fact Mrs Beirnes should be nominated for teacher of the year. Superperb reading clinic program! I am happy to see they provide special education to students who need it. They do however have some boundary issues between school and home and I seriousy encourage them to work on that. Please take that as constructive criticism. I work with children with mental illness and learning disorders and problems with school etc. I've worked with schools who haven't followed through on their IEP's and you do and that's a plus, but there is a balance that I urge you to find. Especially when your over involvement maybe for the wrong reasons. (budget cuts) Otherwise it is still a superior school. I would like to give props to Mrs. Beirnes. Should be more like her.
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