Three of my five children when to this school. My older children did quite well here, but that was some time ago. The principle has changed and my third child at the school is a 2E kiddo while my others were not. What a difference. I went from thinking "top" school, to absolute worst. Many families with special needs kids have been forced out with the new administration. If your child has special needs, look into other schools. TAG program is very weak as well. Some teachers are wonderful, but others are terrible, like most schools. If you have a middle of the line type child, this will probably be a good fit.
Superior Elementary is either a 5 star or a 1 star school depending upon which side of the fence you end up on. This school is fantastic if you fall into the "teacher's pet" category. If you don't, then this school can be hell. The teachers get lots of leeway on how they teach, grade and handle parent teacher conferences. If they like your kid, things will go smooth and you and your kid will be happy (read other reviews). If they determine that your kid is not worth it, it would mean that your kid gets graded subjective to the teacher's criteria. The TCAP scores for your kid could be high advanced but you will still see 1 or 2 on the progress reports. Your kid could get bullied at every level and you cannot complain. The biggest white elephant is the grading. They get volunteers to grade and most often, those volunteers don't know a thing about grading. End result is depressingly low grades for kids who should be building confidence at this age.
We specifically moved here to feed into this school and haven't regretted our decision once. The teachers are fantastic and obviously are really attuned to different learning styles. The parental involvement, which is considerable, is part of what makes Superior Elementary so terrific. I like (& respect) the way the teachers figure out how parents can best help -- some make great teaching assistants, while others might be best utilized doing clerical. There are always going to be nits, and mine is with the entitled nature of the neighborhood ... but that has NOTHING to do with the school, the high quality of education and the truly wonderful, caring teachers, admin and staff.
If you have a concern about something at this elementary school and go to m. hausermann, the principal, with your concern be very careful because she might inform her whole school staff about what your concern is. This happened to me. I am not sure if this is to intimidate the parent or to make sure that the whole staff knows about the concern and turns against you. Since there are quite a few teachers from the school that live in the subdivison make sure you let m. hausermann know that what you are talking about is not for public disclosure.
We have been very pleased with this school. The teachers are fantastic and there are lots of fun and educational activities for students.
Parent teacher student relation and the quality of education is very good. School has very pleasant atmosphere for every kid to learn and grow.
There is no denying that Superior Elementary has very high and successful academic standards. My child has done very well there and I am pleased with that aspect of the school. My purpose here is to bring to the public's attention the pitfal that is the principal, Mary Hauserman. She seems well intentioned but also seems to be micromanaging the school into the ground. Over the last 2 years she has let some of the best teachers in the school go based on her personal prejudices, what message is this sending to our children. Then she did not listen to the school community(even though she asked for imput) when filling the spots. I think moral is low and it needs to be watched carefully over the next year or two. Being a person in a minority, it is hard to sit back and watch her weed.
Superior is a great school. Parents are extremely involved, and the teaching staff is excellent. It is so nice that we have such a great public school in our own back yard! My only complaint would be that I find some parents to be OVER involved, and I think that the school should encourage some time without parents in the classroom. School is a time for children to form their own 'space' and to learn to grow as independent human beings.
Superior is an excellent school with very high academic standards, terrific teachers and very involved parents. However, the high academic standards can make this school less friendly towards any child with a special need like ADD.
Superior Elementary is a fantastic school. The teachers are well qualified, motivated and energetic. They actually CARE! I found them to be available, accessible and open to parent comments and involvement. Some are really the nicest people around - and they can teach children! Superior consistently scores well on all tests, and I believe has been ranked 'excellent' (the highest ranking available) all 6 years my oldest has attended. Parent involvement is so high, that at many of the class performances and field trips the parents outnumbered the kids! There were nice extracurriculars such as the choir, chess club, drama, music, plays, talent shows, fitness club, etc. Sports is really most often a 'club' event - so I don't have much to say here. I would recommend it highly and without reservation.
Superior Elementary is an outstanding school. I am completely impressed and happy with it. The principal and assistant principal are both fabulous and very involved in the school. The environment is academically challenging, welcoming, and nurturing. Our daughter loves school.
I have two children that attend Superior Elementary. The atmosphere is creative and friendly, and inspires children to do their best! The teachers, Principal, Vice-Principal, and staff, know the students and parents by name, and are always available if you have a question, or need assistance. This is a model school and deserves to be recognized as such.
Great school, lots of wonderful teachers who care about the quality of the kids' education
Amazing school, award winning teachers. Glad to be eliminating Core Knowledge and combining the BVSD curriculum. Rather crowded classes, but plenty of parental involvement so that the classes are never short of help. Fabulous Art and music programs. New leadership @ the helm. Good school
3 Of my children went to superior elementary school. Overall they enjoyed their experience. I did find one of the teachers did not take my concerns for my sons difficulties seriously so after futile efforts to change the situation I ended up withdrawing him. Overall I felt the literacy program to be deficient- because they did not teach phonics as their core strategy- I was a bit disappointed by some teachers, not covering the more important subjects thoroughly enough for true concept comprehension by all students- playground supervision could have been better, the fundraising strategies coudl have been better- providing more extra curricular classes for fees instead of simply requesting money.
Superior Elementary School is truly superior. We have been thrilled that this public school far exceeds the quality we experienced at private school. The administration is excellent, and we have never seen such loving, dedicated teachers. Our children are thriving there..and are very prepared from grade to grade. It is a warm, happy and supportive place and we feel so lucky to have found Superior Elementary.
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