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Sandburg Elementary School1
Posted April 13, 2014
- a parent
Sanburg was an enormous disappointment, not only as a school and a particular teacher but the principal was one of the worst we as a family have ever run across. I hear she is still there and I feel sorry for the families and kids who are and have attended there. Bullying is a major problem and administration especially the principal in incapable of resolving any issues. She is also inept at addressing staff issues when there was a teacher there with clear problems that effects the kids in such a negative/harmful way. This was one of the worst public school experiences in my 18 years as a parent! Run away!
I attended this school from kindergarten to 2nd grade. It was *horrible*. I can't stress this enough. First of all, the principal was horrible. I got severely bullied, and what did she do? Absolutely nothing. I had very bad second grade teacher who yelled at my class for doing nothing and pounded her fists on her desks. I was extremely sensitive at this age, so I came home crying every single day. My friend got punched in 2nd grade, told the principal, and made him apologize to the person who punched him. Whatever you do, DON'T go to this school. I beg you.
My oldest son went to Sandburg for three years, and my youngest is now in 4th grade and has been there 4 years. I can't say enough about the school, teachers, and administration. Having two very bright boys, I can vouch for the fact that Sandburg does a lot to foster a solid education. The positive behavior model is such a wonderful concept. The science program is outstanding. The principal and her dedication- the PTO- all wonderful!!
My son has been at Sandburg for 2 years and has received nothing but love, patience, and good direction in his time there. At the beginning of 1st grade, he was at the bottom of his class academically, but has since blossomed and skyrocketed into a new world of learning thanks to teachers like Mrs. Davenport and Mrs. Abrams. They have worked with him to the point that he can now read where he could not before. I have read some other reviews where the parents were less than happy, but that has not been our experience. My son had some behavior issues in Kindergarten, but with the love of Mrs. Merkel and Mrs. Miera, he was able to overcome and grow within himself and not lose his identity in the process. Moving to Cherry Knolls and enrolling him in Sandburg was the best move I ever made for my son.
AS 1st posting noted the school is very weak with discipline and bullying is a severe problem that is not appropriately addressed. We are now looking for another school as our son is not safe as this school.
We continue to enjoy Sandburg. They really put the kids love of learning first, from preschool to preparing well for middle school. The Gifted/Talented program is integral in meeting our kids needs and the teachers have been kind and creative in helping deal with one child's learning challenges. We really value the warm and caring community that results from a forward thinking principal and staff forging a bond with our very active parent community. The current commitment campaign which replaces a zillion small fundraisers is even titled -Kids at the Heart of Sandburg. Kudos.
Sandburg is a good school if you have a child with no learning issues. My daughter has a bit of dyslexia and we have had a hard time getting help. When we finally discovered our daughter had a learning disability we had to fight with Sandburg to get them to help. They finally offered special help but we would have to wait for 6 months. Once a student does something wrong the teachers are quick to scrutinize that student and single them out anytime there is a problem. I would not recommend Sandburg
We have found Sandburg to be a great school for our children. The PTO and parent community in general is very active in providing enrichment and support to each child in every curricular area. The new Sandburg Center for the Sciences and it's director have really allowed science to become a more exciting and hands on experience for the students. Art and Music are great programs as well, and the library is awesome with a certified teacher full time to assist teachers and students with research projects and library skills.