This is a "gem of a school" - the motto our principal has been working on since her arrival. I believe she has succeeded. When we were looking at schools in the area 5 years ago Mortensen was not the gem it is today. However at Kindergarten information night their presentation was astonishing and blew us away with the behavioral expectations and how they were diving into reading and assimilating information at such an early age. This school has home grown clubs and activities such as drama, choir, run club, anti-bullying craft club (which was started by a student), and computer activities maned by a dedicated parent. The teachers go above and beyond both in the class room and beyond. There is a warm open feeling to this school, to make everyone feel welcome and included. The teachers have all been amazing, have been easy to work with and demand a great deal from their students. Their passion shows with our test scores increasing over the last few years. The specials teachers are amazing too offering the student body extracurricular activities based on their passions. Our principal has maned the helm of a great school and can always be seen supporting her students.
When selecting among schools in the area, Mortensen had the most knowledgeable staff and motivated teachers. My son is reading at least one grade level above thanks to the excellent curriculum and support from teachers. Parent involvement is also really high and there are many opportunities for learning beyond academics.
We were new to the community in Sept. 2011 - Mortensen was EXCEPTIONAL at welcoming my son to their excellent program. Outstanding group of teachers, excellent academics with appropriate challenge offered for all students needs, and a very friendly/positive environment with the kids. We're sooooo glad we chose this area to move to :)
This is a very high quality school. Parents are always made to feel very welcome and their participation in their children's activities is highly encouraged. Academics are strong, but more importantly, this school really focuses upon molding well-rounded kids. Good student behavior is rewarded and evident. Poor behavior is dealt with in an appropriate manner. All of the students seem to do well with each other. There aren't any cliques or other disruptions. Teachers are motivated and work hard to create a great learning environment.
This school now has an excellent rating according to CSAPS 2005. There are plenty of after school activities for the kids, choir, yoga for kids, spanish, mad science, guitar club, knitting club. The parent involvement could be better but I believe it is improving. Our daughter loves it and has done well there academically. Also kids from this school who have gone on to middle school do as well as other kids from other schools. They also have great special programs for kids with learning disabilities. The teachers are great and they have low turnover.
I love this school! My son is in Kindergarden and his teacher is wonderfully patient and makes the work fun and interesting for the children. Any time I have had questions or concerns for his teacher or the principle, they have been addressed promptly as well as with respect for my son and myself. Mortensen has a policy of a bully free zone (essential in schools) and those students who have displayed care and concern for his/her fellow students who may not have been treated fairly are named peace makers and have their names published in the school bulletin. This is a wonderful acknowledgment to these students. In closing, I would recommend this school to anyone looking to provide their child with a solid education, safe school environment, and a fun place to be. Thanks Mortensen, you've really made a difference in my son's life!