Both of my children have been at Cherry Drive from 1st through 5th grade. Every teacher has been dedicated to their students and very responsive to my children's needs. The office staff is great, the teaching staff is great, and the support staff is great!
Students and teachers at Cherry Drive are very happy. My fifth grade student had the best year ever and it was because of the teamwork of the fifth grade team and Mrs. Hepp. Also, my 2nd grade student also had a fantastic year because of her teacher. I know a lot of teachers left, I don't care why, I'm glad that the teachers that are there truly care about the needs of all students. My child had some issues with bullying and it was taken care of swiftly. I would recommend this school to anyone who asks!
The dedication I saw from the 5th grade teachers and my child's 2nd grade teacher was amazing. They were there to help in any way necessary. They created projects and assignments that were motivating for my children. The teachers and principal are compassionate, hard working and motivating.
The lack of communication at the school leads to frustration and anger. Most teachers do not keep parents updated or send emails. Their answer to questions is- check the website. The school has a bully problem, but sweeps it under the rug. The front desk staff is only nice to parents if they know and/or like you. Otherwise, they do not look up or acknowledge you. The District has to have noticed that our entire 1st Grade team of teachers, plus one 3rd grade teacher (with over 13 years teaching at the school) and another 4th grade teacher (also 10 + years teaching at the school) ALL left at the end of last year. There HAD to be a reason! Many families also choiced out. Why? Also take note- so many families have choiced out for next year, that nearby schools, such as Skyview, are now full, due to Cherry Drive students leaving Cherry Drive. Look at the scores and talk to community members before enrolling here. Principal Hepp is your friend until you need something or your child is bullied. Ask about the enrollment numbers. They are very low. Also, be aware this school is on an improvement plan. If your child has an I.E.P., be sure to talk to other parents here, Principal Hepp is NOT on your side, get an advocate!
It depends on the educator. They have the best music teacher and P. E. teacher in the district. Their G/T Coordinator is very effective. The 1st Grade team is brand new to teaching and it would not be fair to evaluate them. So many new faces due to retention issues.
My children are so well cared for at the school. It is a wonderful state of the art learning environment, with the 1:1 IPad program. I feel so lucky to have my kids in the school learning from these wonderful teachers and staff. This school is very lucky to have the support from our Parent Teacher Partnership staff and volunteers with ongoing fundraisers. The school is very welcoming and creates a community feeling.