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 ;)
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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".
the teaxhers are awesome the principals are awesome the students are awesome what is not awesome about this school!
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.
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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