We are very happy Ray Kilmer does not send excessive amounts of homework. It can usually be done in less than 15 minutes. We are of the philosophy of not doing any homework at all so that we can have family time. However, 15 minutes is much better than our previous experience!
Previously, we had our 1st grader at another well-respected charter school, but he was not happy there. Since moving him to Ray Kilmer Elementary, it has been one of the most amazing changes. He is much happier, and our whole family seems to be lighter and happier too. It is amazing how much the positive and cheerful environment of the school has changed our lives. Much of the staff knew us by first name from day one. What a wonderful group of staff who set the tone for joy and learning!
Best. School. Ever! This is our fourth year at Kilmer and we have loved every moment. The teachers and staff are smart and caring. The kids are kind to each other -- big kids are true leaders and help the little ones. The families show up to events. It's not an area where people end up by chance -- people CHOOSE to live a smidgen out of town. This school is a community. If we moved (which we won't), we would choice our children in to Kilmer. :)
I can not say enough great things about Ray Kilmer. I have 4 children attending this year and each of them love the friendly, warm, encouraging environment this amazing school provides. I believe when you feel loved and safe you are able to learn better and this is exactly how my kids feel at this school.
Kilmer is a warm, friendly, community based neighborhood school. Front office has a warm and welcoming environment. It is a place where kids and families feel welcome and at home while academics are still at the forefront. Kilmer Elementary is definitely a great introduction for primary students into all that the Lewis Palmer D38 has to offer!
Kilmer is a small, student centered school with many opportunities for students to grow both during and before/after school hours. The community is welcoming to new families and has a wonderful special needs program. Both of my children have been there since preschool and are extremely happy. I love the parent and community involvement and find that this support is what helps the school rise above others. The teachers are well educated and truly care about all students.
Kilmer has undergone many changes over the past several years but has managed not skipping a beat in maintaining the focus of educating the whole child . Teachers are highly educated as well as creative when it comes to customizing the learning plan for each individual child. The culture is a small town feel but definitely could compete on a larger scale. The CSAP scores remain in the highest percentage in the state and the D-38 district. I am one of many parent volunteers who give their time and energy into making a Kilmer a fantastic school. The school also offers an enrichment program and is constantly growing to meet student needs. Chuck Stovall is the principal who began in Aug of 2010 and truly cares about the students and staff. I feel confident he ll continue to lead Kilmer to even greater heights!
We have been greatly impressed with the 'extra-curricular' activities offered to our children. We have watched our children grow with confidence and in joy. We are deeply saddened to think about some of things going away next year with the budget shorfalls.