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3 OVERALL RATINGS

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This school has an effective approach to homework:
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Teachers at this school are effective:
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This school develops strong character in its students, like integrity, compassion and respect:
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Leadership at this school is effective:
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This school effectively supports students with learning differences:
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This school effectively deals with bullying:
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There are 9 reviews about all of the school topics.



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This is a delightfully diverse school that doesn't deserve its low school report card ratings. My son is in the 5th grade and due to an unusual set of special needs, has experienced six different schools. This is the ONLY one that has been able to meet them. My theory about the F rating is that the school serves a racially diverse population in a low income neighborhood. It's one of the few schools willing to work with challenging kids who are not going to boost any school's ratings. They were a turn-around school that started being successful on paper and were rewarded by less funding. In reality, the staff is top notch. The administration greets every child by name as they walk in the door. Most of the kids seem happy. Mr P. plays the ukelele as he supervises and chats with the kids on the playground. Mr. O. gave my son an extra keyboard after my son poured a drink on our one at home. Ms. F. emails my son's homework to me, since he can't seem to ever get home with it on his own. The principal, Ms E., leads the school with efficiency and patience. She is professional, yet approachable. Dr. G., the acting assistant principal, deals with the tough situations of discipline and difficult parent relationships, in a no-nonsense, yet fair manner. J., in the office, is the perfect person to tie the whole school together as she directs the flow of kids, parents, teachers, specialists to what they need and where they need to go. Please, give Smith a chance. It's so undervalued for the excellent job it does.

Handles bullying effectively: Agree


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This is a tough one. My son has been bullied and the school always effectively addressed my concerns. They are also working with my son to reduce the behaviors that make him a target for bullying. Bullying does occur and the school is certainly not in denial. When they are aware of the specifics they are very responsive in trying to curb it.


Supports LD students: Strongly agree


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The school has a rich team of specialists: special education teachers, full-time school psychologist, full-time social worker, occupational therapist, nurse, interventionists, and others. I believe this is one of their strongest areas.

Effective school leaders: Strongly agree


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Leadership seems to support and unify the teachers and staff, as well as connect with kids and parents.

Develops character: Agree


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Yes, they try. They deal with a tough set of circumstances, though: low income, special needs, families in crisis.


Teacher effectiveness: Agree


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Almost all are effective. Like any school, there are a few that struggle. The racial mix of teachers is more diverse than most schools in order to connect with their multicultural population. The specialists lean toward the white--probably reflecting the pool they have to choose from. However, I believe, they all genuinely care for the students.

Amount of homework: Neutral


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Homework is sparse. The teachers have never belittled my disorganized son for not getting it in. The teachers are working with me to help him with his organization (which I believe is more important than the content of the homework).



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My children have been attending Smith Elementary for two years now and we really love it! I can see them flourishing at Smith. This school does not only do very well academically but they also sow a sense of community in every family that attends. I really like that my kids are exposed to this community/family feeling that you get when you enter the building. The staff is really caring and you can see they enjoy working at Smith. I am looking forward to the next few years...go Jaguars!

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Last modified Smith Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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