Mitchell elementary school administration headed by the principal on the whole lack compassion, patience, reasonable discernment and sound judgment when dealing with dynamic and complicated parenting issues that expanded beyond parents' home to school, law enforcement, and other related organizations and programs. They show suspicious bias against a certain party and take on things personally. Their cold and bluntly rude and compassionless demeanors makes their education model like training young students into rule machines. Yikes!
We have found Mitchell to be an excellent school. The Principal has a background in Social Justice and her leadership style is collaborative and accountable. Mitchell has a very active and inclusive PTA and the school is very unique in the variety of events including Math and Science night, Science and Social Studies Night, the Mitchell Miler, MultiCultural Night, SHINE Talent Show, and the Day of Giving Back. The teachers are great and have been very engaged with the unique learning needs of our kids. The school is very community focused and we have seen the Mayor of Golden at multiple school events each year. Enrichment activities ranging from running club to the garden club as well as the parent driven in-classroom environmental education program (ELF) really make the school top notch. We did our homework before enrolling our kids and confirmed that Mitchell is the BEST elementary school around!
We moved to Golden middle of the school year and my daughter had to jump from preschool to kindergarten. In three short months I have seen her love of learning blossom. She barely read and wrote before Mitchell. She now reads everything, won't stop writing and is always up for math problems. Mrs. Middleton is really supportive and gave her all the help she needed.
The school principal insulted me and directly diminished my credibility because I am not white. The principal accused me of aggression and called the police when I came to pick up my sons from school. My children are in this school because my x-husband refuses to change schools. The school tries so hard to put my sons special education classes because they happen to speak Arabic at home. the principal refuses to speak to me regarding my sons.
I loved this school! I went here for seven years and it totally prepared me for was coming next! I loved all the principals and they were great!
Don't think you are going to receive anything other than average instruction here. Parent support is excellent but academic leadership is lacking. Communication between parents and teachers is abysmal. Don't expect quality education here.
Very bad experience - I advise you research the teachers' credentials, the school's policies, the true academic numbers for the school and make sure you are present at the school as much as possible and *KNOW* the classroom instruction, the classroom rules, and the teacher's knowledge and involvement on what is happening in their classroom. We were at Mitchell for one year, the 2011-2012 school year and will *happily and thankfully* paying the $8000/year tuition to send our child back to the private school she came from for the 2012-2013 school year. Academically is school leaves a lot to be desired - many other issues are at this school as well - just be present at random times at the school and know what is going on with your child and their classroom.
I am impressed with how fast my daughter has caught on to reading. Her teacher is very nice. I do get frustrated at times because I feel as though the class is all over the place. The instructions are not very clear and a lot of times we find out class events at the last minute. Also, the secretaries are always crabby, even to the parents! This is our 1st year here, so I am hoping next year will be a bit better.
Great school! I have been looking for a school for my daughter and have observed in several classrooms and grade levels multiple times. The teachers are well prepared, direct, and have high expectations for their students. There are many para-educators who work with students individually and in small groups on math and literacy skills as well as the Lexia program. The school creates a culture of inclusion for all students reagardless of ability, gender, or race. **PS. to the posting about lice: Lice is not an academic problem and can come from neighborhood kids as well as children at school**
Teachers do not care too much if kids are respectful or disrespectful Pushing, cutting in line, learning to be rude and disrespectful towards other students is what kids learn in this school. Well behaved kids have a hard time in this school because there is no control to reward good behavior and teach good behavior to those kids that unfortunately are aggressors from the day 1. I'm in the process of looking for another school.
Mitchell Elementary is a great school! I have had three children attend there and am pleased with the teachers, facilities, and curriculum.The best part of Mitchell is its principal, Mr. Summeril, who assures that all students have a good experience at Mitchell. Although it varies from teacher to teacher, the homework and academic pressure to perform seem to be balanced. Not overwhelming amounts of homework but good effort to keep students challenged and moving upward in their academic achievements.
My children have attended Mitchell since 2003 and we are very pleased. Faculty and staff are easy to work with and pleasant, and all are committed to our children's success. Mitchell was recently recognized by the National PTA as a Parent Involvement School of Excellence. The school provides numerous after school activities for enrichment, in addition to event/activites such as ELF, Family Math and Science Night, and Reflections to name a few. My children are in the Gifted and Talented program and I choose to continue to sent my children to Mitchell because it has everything we need and want to help them become successful in academics and life.
I have had my children enrolled at Mitchell Elementary for over 16 years and things have improved greatly in the last few years. The principal is very open to communication not only with parents but with students also. Inclusion for special needs kids is not approached as a hassle and all kids are appreciated at this school. The teachers continue to improve every year.
I transferred both my 1st and 2nd graders last year from a private school and they loved it! The teachers track student's progress very closely, and when my 1st grader fell behind in reading, she was immediately given the help she needed with a reading specialist and was back on track by the end of the year. My 2nd grader is ahead in most areas and her teacher worked hard to keep her challenged and focused all year. The teachers love the principal here. He was new to the school about 3 years ago and has changed and impoved the school in many ways. I checked the school out for kindergarten many years ago and was not impressed, but the new principal has done wonders. Parent involvement is fantastic and the PTA very involved. Three cheers for a new and improved Mitchell Elementary!
There is a conspicuously low amount of homework assigned. The stress at this school seems to be the overall experience. Nothing is outstanding. . . academics, sports, extracurricular activities. Teachers and Principal are very nice, but is that enough? Parent involvement is very low.
The principal doen't seem to be very concerned about the academic progress of the students as long as they keep moving the kids along through the grades there seems to be no concern.
I have been very pleased with Mithell and how they treat their students. The principle extremely fair with the students and treats each one as an individual.
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