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Once was a really good school, but shoddy admin and rotational door off teachers have really caused a significant downturn over the last 2 years. Pros: For the most part, the teachers are very good. There are some young ones who care deeply but have not refined their organizational skills. Cons: Admin is some of the worst I have seen at the 9 or so schools my kids have attended. ESS admin was especially awful with the teachers being largely left up to their own coping mechanisms to deal with high needs kids. This in turn meant that moderate to low needs ESS students were abandoned, and yes, I mean abandoned, as in left alone in class for entire periods. Recently, the principal and ESS director resigned and the school has moved to a collegiate "Dean" format. This may improve the situation, but expect the 2017/18 school year to be a rebuilding year as they figure their business out. Many of the truly great teachers are leaving as well. This once was a good school I would have been proud to recommend, now it is a school that is constantly in a tail chase because it can't get it together administratively. Based on the numerous really good charter and public schools in the area, I highly encourage you to look there!

Handles bullying effectively: Disagree


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Fortunately, my children were older, but they were observant of the bullying taking place. Rarely were kids punished as they were usually doing this outside of the watchful eyes of the teachers. I doubt the bullying here is any worse than other schools in the district.


Supports LD students: Disagree


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The teachers in ESS really care, and there are stand outs, such as Andi Rancin who has been one of the most effective teachers I have ever seen. Others in the department care deeply, but lack the maturity to manage their classrooms. ESS admin is some of the worst I have seen requiring constant parent-to-admin involvement to ensure your Childs IEP is being met.

Effective school leaders: Strongly disagree


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Leadership was authoritarian at the top and completely absent at the director level. As stated earlier, this may be changing because of recent resigations and reorganization of school admin

Develops character: Agree


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For th top tier, absolutely. They really concentrate on this with the high performing students. With the middle to lower pack, they don't ignore them, but nor do they pay particular attention to them either. I doubt this is very different from other schools.


Teacher effectiveness: Strongly disagree


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Most of the teachers cared deeply for the students, but some lacked basic organizational/admin skills necessary to run a class. However, Those who possessed these skills represent some of the best teachers I have witnessed.

Amount of homework: Neutral


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Homework sent home was largely productive but also occasionally "busy work"



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Bullies and disruptive students rule this school. meetings with admin to address my child's reluctance to attend all excuse-laden, no action. They don't believe suspension or calling kids to the office will reform them. WELL WHAT ABOUT GIVING TEACHERS AND STUDENT VICTIMS A BREAK FROM THEIR DISRUPTIVE PRESENCE?!?! OMG. Some standout teachers, many young teachers who do not know how to control classroom behavior. My son is counting the days until MA is behind us for the summer. This is a year of his life we will not get back. Badly handled, MA!


Handles bullying effectively: Strongly disagree


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Ridiculous. Ridiculous. No change after meeting with admin. Just excuses.

Supports LD students: Neutral


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Help available has become better over the course of the year. Thank you!

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