They have a few GREAT teachers. All the good ones retire or leave. It is only leaving a few good ones left.
They are very judgmental (school staff and PTA). The PTA is very cliquey and not accepting of new ideas. If you volunteer to help with an activity they only give you days notice of information.
The homework load is TOO LITTLE. Kindergarten children get more homework then the other grades. Where is there class reading books? When asked at a parent/teacher conference, I was told that my child could chose his/her own book and read that. How do they know if they are understanding the reading or actually reading words correctly. Book reports? none of those?
They use WAY too much technology and not enough teacher instruction.
They do not DO WELL with kids that have special needs. It takes them MONTHS or even a YEAR to finally assess students that need services. They want to push kids through (not holding kids back) to make themselves look great and make their numbers look better. KIDS are Struggling!!
The AMP teachers, and classroom teachers continue to make learning fun despite the frustrating pressure on data and numbers. Sadly the recognition events highlighting achievement grades have been removed for the families, and in it's place are time consuming classroom meetings where kids talk about their feelings. Complacency abounds due to the socialistic grading style where every achievement, or lack there of, earns a '3.'
Unfortunately, the grading change at Peiffer and focus on data and numbers has "tied" up the teachers in philosophical double-talk. Their energy is used up to placate surveys in which a percentage is inaccurately based upon the pooling population (usually 10 responses).
The academic award programs have been removed which celebrated when kids improved their learning. The grade scale has been watered down to a 1-4 scale where a 4 is never achievable. Technically ALL students are at a 3 level which numbs the mind for any growth. Percentage grades have been removed to help "all kids feel better about their learning" philosophy. Consequently 70% mastered earns a '3,' and 100% mastered earns a '3.' The new talk from students, "Why should I redo it? I earned a '3' and redoing it will only keep my grade as a '3.'" Homework is weak because students who fail to turn in homework earn '3's just like students who did the homework. This grading change, from the Principal, has disappointedly weakend Peiffer academically.