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Colorado Springs, CO
Students enrolled: 661

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5225 Alturas Dr
Colorado Springs, CO 80911

(719) 391-3495
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September 20, 2014
Most of the parents that post to these types of sites are negative and looking to place blame for their own irresponsibility elsewhere or are obnoxious helicopter parents. All three of my kids went to French and I couldn't have been happier with the results. Sometimes teachers are imperfect in how they deal with over-emotional, combative, disrespectful, negligent, and irresponsible parents, but I would challenge anyone to exercise as much patience and diplomacy as public school teachers are forced to exercise....just to keep their jobs. The lack of parent involvement is hard to comprehend. The principal is a great communicator. The front office staff is professional and cordial. The teachers are on top of their game. Every staff member I have encountered is not only professional, but personable, genuine, and truly passionate about child development. I don't think you could find a more professional, well-trained, disciplined, and overall amazing staff to educate your child.

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September 18, 2014
This school's motto includes respect, yet the ladies at the front desk lack that. They don't even have the ability to say goodbye when they are done on the phone, which has happened on more than one occasion. The front desk is the first reference a parent or guest has when they enter the school, and they don't leave a good impression. There's obviously an ongoing problem in thar area since there are several reviews complaining about them, yet nothing seems to change. Maybe the upper management should also work with their front desk staff on the same motto that they try to install into the children......respect.

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August 15, 2014
I love the teachers a French! I do agree the front staff seemed annoyed but I think it is because they are so busy. My oldest did all his elementary years hear and we never had any issues. My youngest is starting there this year and I am so excited for him because I know he will do great because of the great teachers.

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July 02, 2014
This is a great school with supportive and professional staff members. The negative reviews have no merit and should not be taken seriously.

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June 17, 2014
My kids love the school the teachers are friendly and want your kids to make it the principal is amazing

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May 29, 2014
I can't believe it has such a low rating! I love this school. Both of my boys attend this school and love it. There will always be a few teachers or things that you do not connect with, but that is every school. You can tell the principal loves his job, and will always take into account your opinion.

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May 18, 2014
I can't believe some of the poor ratings for French Elementary on this site. All of my experiences with both my two children have been extremely positive...the teachers are incredible and the principal deals well with the children. My only criticism would be the aloofness and rudeness of the front office staff. When checking kids in or out or needing anything from them...it seems like they are bothered. Overall...great school!

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February 21, 2014
Principal is a tyrant! If you have any problem he will make it out to be something your child needs to deal with. He will question your parenting to your face. I have been present in the office when he came out behind a parent yelling at him. The guy is a HOT MESS and should not be in the same building with children much less have control over them. My child started in the 3rd and on the 1st day I received a call that my child was not being a "productive member in class." I arrive to my child crying and the principal standing over him demanding that he tell the truth. I dismissed my child as the principal informed me that he was not done and said I am letting my child off easy. Another child says my child was playing in the bath room. He was jumping up and down. yes, the principal made my child cry over an accusation from another child. And me not allowing my child to be drilled by a grown man, to the point of making him cry, made me an over protective parent, that in his eyes is why my child is acting out! lol The man needs to be reviewed and moved to a different position. I now drive 10 miles 4 times a day to avoid my child going to this school. I live 4 houses away from it ;)

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February 13, 2014
I have had at least one if my children at French since 2004. This is a great elementary school! Respect, responsibility and safety is the motto here and the teachers and staff work hard at teaching those important values to the students. The teachers are always available if you have a concern, and parents are always welcome in the school. I think that their new security and check in requirements are great! It gives added security in these insane times. I went to French myself way back when lol. It's a great school for parents who enjoy being involved in their child's school! I also know of a few students at French that were expelled from their previous elementary school and the team at French works very hard with these children. I wouldn't send my kiddos anywhere else!

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September 20, 2013
My son had attended this school for 5 years and he is a mess. I am not allowed at the school any longer but when I use to visit every Friday, I would dread having to check in because the Secretaries are so judgmental and rude and cold. You see children walking down the hall with their hands clasped behind their backs and their eyes down and not one of them makes a sound. Memories of Pink Floyd flash through my mind. But the worst is the chills that I get every time I see the foot prints that are facing inward along the wall outside. There are used for punishment making the students stand with nose to wall as other children play behind them at recess. My son had to do this for 15 min every day for 2 weeks for not turning in his homework. There is something very scary about this school and I have kept this to myself long enough.

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July 11, 2013
I am so disappointed to see how far downhill this school has gone. I have seen many teachers talking down to students and even had my fifth grader yelled at and my son's teacher even told his class that she couldn't wait for them to go to middle school because they were "so awful." I cannot believe that an adult would speak to children in such a negative and self-esteem crushing way. The principals are very hard to talk to and do not take complaints seriously. At an all school assembly, the principal even yelled at the students and told them that they had, "better not show him any less than their best behavior." Additionally, the secretaries are unfriendly and unhelpful. I have heard multiple complaints from parents that the secretaries talk about them within hearing distance. There are some really great teachers at French, but many teachers do not treat children or parents with respect. I would avoid this school and district if at all possible.

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July 11, 2013
My daughter is 7 years old and I am so sad that all of her love of learning is gone! The teacher used powerpoint all day long! We don t even use powerpoint for more than a short presentation in the business world! If adults can t stand it, I can t imagine what my poor daughter went through. Now that it is summer she is asking to be switched to a different school even though she will miss her friends. This school has fun Kinder and fist grade teachers which made me think this was just one of those years and my daughter will get over it, but she really dislikes learning. To make matters worse the teacher she really wanted for third grade is no longer working for the district. How can a principal let a teacher use Powerpoint all day and think that it is a good form of communication for children?

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April 03, 2013
We removed our child from this school after 2 years. 4th grade was a NIGHTMARE! Talk about a teacher who had checked out and was ready for retirement, with 10 years to go. 5th grade, the teacher found another job and just did not show up on a Monday. No notice nothing. the kids sat in their room unattended for over an hour. The principal finally came in to teach until a sub could get to the school around lunch time. The principal is a joke and the staff acts like they are almighty. 4 years ago this school was considered the best Elem. in the district. Now it is one of the worst. Very sad. This is the kind of school you could pay the teachers a millions dollars a year to teach and nothing would change. very negative vibe when you walk through the door. The nice thing about Colorado is that you can drive your child to any school that will accept your child. You do not have to live in the district, but it does help. If you care about your kids education, this district is not the place for your family.

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January 12, 2013
It must be staff or the school has changed. The teachers talk down to the children. They speak over them and walking around as if the children owe them something. The other day a smal child (5) sat down to eat at an empty table an the teacher watching over the children fliped out on the child. She started yelling saying "now I have to wash this table!". I hate that this is our school! Would not send my child there. Even the principal is off. If you ask him a question he will start drilling your child to answer you! He is always telling the kids to "track me with your eyes".

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September 16, 2010
the teaxhers are awesome the principals are awesome the students are awesome what is not awesome about this school!

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April 30, 2008
We loved this school! The teachers are fantastic and really care about the kids. My only complaint is that they teach to the CSAP testing.

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May 05, 2004
This is one of the best elementary schools in Colorado. The staff is excellent and go above and beyond teaching and learning. Everyone from the principal down to the janitors has always been extra helpful and willing to go the extra mile. I would highly recommend this school to anyone in the Widefield/Security area. After 3 children attending a range of schools, this has been and will remain the best.

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French Elementary School
5225 Alturas Dr, Colorado Springs, CO  80911
(719) 391-3495
Last modified French Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
French Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top