We love this school! My son has been in Normandy since 11st grade. He has made leaps and bounds in his academics and education. Great teachers and great curriculum! Love Saxon math use! It's a great school!
There is a 4th grade teacher that is a Presidential award winning teacher for Math and Science. There is also a 4th grade teacher that sent a note home to the parents in her class asking them for donations for her classroom, including having them buy lunch for her. There are extremes for good and bad teachers, which is why I answered neutral.
My 3rd grader was given "no homework" passes for good behavior. It was ridiculous and to much to the point that I had to call her teacher to please ask her not to give them to her anymore. Believe it or not we want our child to learn and we feel that homework is a way to review and master what you learned at school.
Stay away from Normandy Elementary. We moved to the area from out of state. Two of our children when to Normandy for one year (3rd and 6th grades) and we couldn't get out of there fast enough. The principal is REALLY bad. We had to request a meeting with her 4 times before getting a response. Just to clarify, she did not even acknowledge our emails and phone calls until the 4th request. Finally had a one on one with her to talk to her about our daughters academic needs and learning style. Her standardized test scores went from entering the school in the 79th percentile, down to the 45th percentile at the end of the year. She made no progress academically at Normandy. In fact, she regressed. The principal assured us she would set our daughter up for success in the 4th grade. Upon meeting the teacher our daughter was placed with for the next year, she chose to spend her 5 minutes with us to talk about her depression and how expensive it was to do laundry at a laundry mat. No questions about our daughter; No background about her and her teaching style; And when we referred to our meeting with the principal assuming she had been briefed on the situation, she responded that she had no idea what we were talking about. This principal and this school did absolutely nothing to set our child up for a successful academic year, even though we assured them we were in this together and willing to do what ever we needed to do from home to support our daughter as well.
Lastly, our older daughter attended 6th grade there, and it wasn't any better. She has an Advanced Learning Plan and has been in Gifted and Talented classes since 2nd grade. The 6th grade reading teacher knew all of this and chose to give her reading materials all year at a 4th grade reading level. When we brought it to his attention, he gave her another book at an even lower level. Additionally, we questioned why she didn't receive a 4 out of 4 on a writing summary. He responded that "Oh, I didn't give her the entire assignment so she didn't the ability to earn a 4 out of 4." Wait what?? In summary, there are many other Jefferson County Public schools out there to choose from. Don't waste your time at this one.