Run away. If you love your kids, choice them into another school. My son went to Explorer for kindergarten and first grade. His kindergarten teacher was awful and needed to retire 10 years ago. The administration claimed to not know the bullying this teacher was doing to my child, but I don't believe that. I brought the problems to their attention and they still did nothing. His first grade teacher was better, but that's not saying much. I knew there was a problem when he would cry if I showed up at school during the day. I found out after leaving this school that he was being bullied by other students, in front of his para and teacher. I don't understand how any adult can stand by and watch a child being mistreated. The SSN teacher has good intentions, and I think she really cares about the students, but the SSN program is too big. There is no way for her to manage the number of kids and paras in her program. The administration is worthless, they don't take action when there is a problem. You will not feel welcome by the front office staff, and the school does not encourage families to get involved in their child's education. Love your kids, pick another school!!!
I love having my kids at Explorer. It's a neighborhood school with 3 classes at each grade level and a preschool. There are no busses, so most kids walk or ride bikes in warm weather. The principal is amazing - very positive and professional. I've never heard her say a bad word about anyone. She and the asst. principal get along really well, love to have fun, and do things to get to know the kids like being on recess duty or having lunch with a few kids each week until they meet them all. The staff is very welcoming. Many of them have a lot of experience. They also have fresh faces, though, so it's a good mix. There is a very strong TAG program that supports kids at all grades, not just those in 3rd-5th who have been formally identified as talented and gifted. They also have a good special ed program and RtI for kids who are struggling. The staff seems to treat kids like they are all theirs and there is great collaboration and teamwork. The P.E. teacher offers free intramurals and there are lots of clubs and activities, too. The PTA is amazing. They offer several free family events in addition to fundraisers and are very supportive of the staff.
This is our first year at this school and I am so happy with our decision. They provide individual plans for your child, whether they need a little extra help or are advanced. The teachers provide great communication. We couldn't be happier. I am only upset with GreatSchools Rating...growth, seriously? Look at the actual test results if you want to see the real value of this school!
When we moved to the area, we chose Explorer as a school for our children based on current reviews at the time, and a very nice tour of the school. After two months, however, we found that our students' needs were not being addressed, the counselors were offering sub-par help for our child in need, and the teachers were slow to make changes for our advanced girls. When the students are tested in week 1 for placement, it should not take more than an entire quarter to finally test them further for Talented and Gifted. My 4th grader spent 10 weeks learning nothing in Math, for example. She also tested well above grade level for reading and language, and yet even at the quarter's end, the teachers were still not placing her in a better class for her ability. We feel that we lost all that time on their learning, with not much hope for improvement. When it came time to transfer out (which we did), none of the teachers, the counselors, the assistant principal or principal took the time to ask "Why?". I found that shocking. What administration wouldn't want to know why they were losing students? They didn't seem to care at all.
I love this school! My son is in his second year and is thriving. All his teacher's have been outstanding and the principal and staff committed, engaged and caring. I can't say enough good things about this school. There is also a lot of parent participation.
I am very impressed with this school. One of the strongest points about this school and district 20 is communication with the parents. They do an excellent job communicating with parents, from emails, to videos, to district classes, parent portal etc... Explorer has an active PTA and the money raised goes to grants for school programs. This is the only elementary school in CS with the STEM, science, technology, engineering and math specialized program. STEM is in addition to the computers and iPads in the classroom and separate technology class. It's impressive. But at the same time the school is cozy, warm and inviting. This school is a true neighborhood school. Very few students are bused in we all walk in together.
Explorer Elementary is a fantastic school for many reasons but one of my favorites is the fact they reach a huge diversity in students. I love the fact that they integrate those with physical disabilities with the other students so that children learnhow to reach out and care and be sensitive to those around them. They have the students best interests at heart and they work very much like a family should. I love the inter-action with the students and Mre. Lang as she desires to get to know the children. It is a great school to model after.
RUN! This school has a lot of work to be done before it should be even a consideration. Never saw the principal until the day I filed for a transfer. The fourth and fifth grades are going through restructuring with teacher teams, and your child is the guinea pig. The teacher my child was assigned was AWFUL! He was bringing an extra change of clothes to school because she was not letting him use the restroom. After we dealt with that, she continued to pick at him for things that were not important to the point he was unable to learn with her. The assisant principal is the only saving grace for this school, but she is not in your child's classroom all the time. All I can say is RUN and don't look back!!!
We" choiced" into Explorer from our "home" school in d-20. WOW!!! This school is made of dreams. From students to teachers, to specials, to admin to the PTA, everyone.....I mean everyone is behind my child's happiness & success. They are right on top of their education. The people who make up Explorer are very proud of being there & actually love being with the students. A++++ school. Mrs. Lang is a wonderful leader & partner at this school. Way to go Mrs. Lang, teachers, staff, admin & parents at Explorer!
I have been very pleased with Explorer. I have a child with an IEP who gets one-on-one time in the special ed program and has a "para" (teacher's assistant) to help in the mainstream classroom. Explorer is among a handful of schools with a "SSN" (special student needs) program. I also have a child who has been identified for gifted and talented as well, so I am familiar with both extreme. The administration seems very engaged - they are at virtually every special event I attend. PTA is active. I would recommend this school.
Explorer is an amazing school! I actually interviewed 15 schools before narrowing it down to Explorer and one other school. I have LOVED this school. The teachers have been fabulous! They have quickly adjusted to my daughter's needs. They allow her to excel in the areas she is good in and have given her extra support in the areas that are a struggle. The parents are so involved and just great. So many parents put in an amazing amount of time and effort. This is SUCH a friendly school. I always feel at ease. After two years, I'm looking forward to the next three!
We choiced into this school from another fairly new D20 school. There is no comparison to the quality in education, parent involvement and morale among students in Explorer vs. my child's former school. She is challenged in the classroom, she feels safe, and she is being taught all subjects! The teachers are happy, I see tons of other parents involved and the principal, counselor and other support staff have helped make this a smooth midyear transition. Awesome school!
I love Exploxer ES. I didn't realize how much until we moved out of state last year. My daughter went to school here from 1st to 4th grade. The atmosphere there is pleasant. I always felt welcomed at this school. I loved that they have Spanish and Art classes. I also feel that the math and writing curriculm far exceeds the current school my daughter is attending. There is plenty of parental involvement and I never witnessed ANY bullying.
My Daughter was enrolled in Morning Kinder here last year and the hard work and dedication of her teacher was outstanding !!
My daughter is enrolled in Kinder here and has learned so much in the first semester. The teachers really take a hands on approach to learning.
The classrooms are overcrowed and the teachers do not get enough support. Focus is on either the 'challenged kids' or the TAG kids.
Explorer is one of the best schools I have seen in a long time! The teachers are GREAT in helping the kids out. The school is located in a great neighborhood, and the parents are very involve with their kids education. I hope the next school my kids go to is as good as Explorer.
My son has been going to explorer for 2 years. I was not impressed with the staff at all. As a TAG child, my son was bored. For a top school in the prestigious D-20 I was not impressed at all. The classes are overcrowded and the teachers are overwhelmed. My children will be going into the friendly, family oriented D-11 this year. I look forward to a less stuck up school.
I think the school caters too much to the kids 'that really need it' and doesn't focus enough attention on 'TAG' kids. Obviously it is a matter of perspective, but advanced reading and math groups don't begin until well into the school year to give every child ample opportunity to improve. We haven't seen any bullying whatsoever, but again it is a matter of perspective.
Explorer is a good school, but does not focus on helping the students that really need it. They teach to the students that learn fast. Even when they recognize that a student is not getting the information he/she needs, they still take far to long to decide a course of action. Explorer also does not deal with social issues at the school. There is a lot of bullying and issues that don't get addressed in a timely manner
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