My children love this school! The teacher's are excellent and care about their students. Parent involvement could be better.
My daughter attended 1-5 at Frontier, and my son attended K-5 there. Every teacher we had was excellent. Volunteering at the school, I saw the surprising percentage of parents who do not communicate with teachers by email or scheduled conference... or at all, I guess. I suspect that those parents are often the ones who complain the loudest. Anyway, I was a "fly on the wall" in the workroom and was impressed to see teachers respecting each other, coordinating activities with other classes, and being careful to guard students' privacy. My volunteer work was restricted to non-academic tasks (like cutting out 1,000,000 shapes, sharpening pencils, shelving books, etc.). All of the classes I saw were orderly. The two principals know each child's name. My son had several incidents of being bullied, and after I talked with the teacher it stopped. I don't know what they did or who else was involved, but it worked. My children got a top-notch education at Frontier.
wow, I am somewhat surprised by some of the reviews. I had a child in preschool here with an IEP for a year and a half. We loved her teachers and she progressed very quickly to achieve all her goals and no longer needs an IEP. My older child has struggled with reading one year and math another year. Each year she received propper help and not only got up to her grade level but slightly exceded it. She loved her teachers and will miss the school greatly. They had an awesome art program this past year, as well as music (handbells and choir), and spanish, and a PE teacher who really cares about the kids. The only lacking thing i could see was parent involvement. It was the same small group of parents in each grade who do everything. All I can say is.....get involved!
Although many of the teachers here are fabulous, it doesn't make up for the Administrations lack of leadership! With such a lack of professional focus, the teachers (and students) here are constantly leaving for other schools and even other districts. It's important that an administrator looks out for what's best for kids and supports her staff. Unfortunately, Frontier does not have this kind of support. I would not send my child here or work there (I'm a former teacher of Frontier) until the administration receives some mentoring and professional development or until the administrators are finally asked to step down. Feel free to do your own research on scores, student enrollment, and teacher mobility!!
After 5 years, I moved my daughter to another district altogether, and the results have been amazing. Her new school identified and addressed the areas she was weak in, and her confidence and achievement have improved dramatically (in just 4 months). She had spent her entire career at Frontier as "a problem student" and was constantly labeled as ADHD, despite no doctor or psychologist assessment. Everything was geared around teaching to the CSAP, and not about creating successful adults. There seems to be constant stress and drama amongst the staff, and this seems to carryover into marginalizing kids who may not perform well instead of dedicating resources to help them improve. In fact, they have decreased the resources available to these kids. District 20 did not live up to it's reputation here.
The administration is very receptive and helpful. There is lots of opportunities in school and before/after for music, art, sports, science chess, and more. The teachers are very communicative.
I do not recommend this school. Most of teachers are nice, but administrators, especially principal is just not supportive. I had many VERY disappointing experience with her and we are moving my children to another school next year.
I attended Elementary School at this very school. Now mind you this was a while ago 1985-88 to be exact. However, as someone who is now embarking on the journey of becoming an Elementary School Teacher, it is more apparent each day that parent involvement and the incorporation of parents/guardians into the daily lives of their child(ren) as a student and one day as an educated member of society is key. I also take this opportunity to remind adults, myself included, that when blogging, responding, or just informing, we need to be examples to others, especially with how our words are used and/or spelled. I was appalled to see that the word 'principle' was misused in the last post by someone referencing the 'high expectations' of the school. We certainly all remember that the principal is always your PAL! The expectations of your students are high because they can achieve it.
Great school! Principals, Teachers and support staff are all very friendly and supportive. Always willing to go the extra mile to help students with areas they are struggling with. Never had problems with the timeliness of receiving important paperwork as another parent/reviewer mentions.
Disorganized elementary school. School papers would go home a week after school activity already happened. They would rather hold a child back because they did not give a child enough IEP funding than give the child proper IEP.
My child spent k - 4th grade at Frontier. The staff was top notch. I was extremely impressed with Principal Tencick's ability to know each and every student not only by name but also by interests and siblings. Having moved to other states I can firmly say that D-20 is the most student centered school district my children have attended. The overall committment to the students is apparent from the central office staff to the crossing guards. As a parent I always felt welcome at the school and even my most minor concerns were always addressed.
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