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381 North St
Greenwich, CT 06830

(203) 869-6756
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Teacher effectiveness: Ineffective
July 18, 2015
My daughter just moved to the school and I was expecting from the great reviews that all the teachers would be amazing and she would be warmly welcomed. But my daughters main teacher who said he spent all of the day with was cruel to her and all of the kids. At her previous school she was fired but they rehired her at North Street. They took a whole marking period to finish my daughters testing in ALP and get her in. I was not very happy with this school but I'm glad she will be going to a different school next year.

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Teacher effectiveness: Ineffective
May 23, 2015
With a few exceptions of great teachers...a true disappointment. Not a place I would recommend to any parent

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Develops respect: Strongly disagree
May 23, 2015
Nothing was ever done about bullying. It's very sad how poorly new principal has dealt with issues

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May 23, 2015
Glad we our out of there. One of the worst experiences of my life with educators and administrators.

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November 07, 2014
Sorry to disappoint reviewer from Aug 18, 2014, but you must not know parents from the other elementary schools in town. The message re: class placement may have been transmitted by the NSS Principal, but was actually a district-wide message sent by every principal at the 11 elementaries. So, if you want to lay blame on anyone for trying to send a message that they will push back on parents, you should lay blame on the Superintendent. Submit a letter to the principal about your child and the kind of environment he/she needs, and I promise your needs will be met to the best of the school's ability. As far as NSS is concerned, it is a warm, caring community. The best thing about it, however, is that the overwhelming majority of the teachers are fantastic, seasoned educators who give their "all" to their students and go above and beyond to make sure our kids are getting a great education. I have 2 kids in the school and will soon have 3, and I've had nothing but positive experiences all the way around.

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August 18, 2014
The "newish" principal (1 year on the job) maybe trying to hard to come across as tough to the very wealthy/entitled/opinionated parents who send their kids to this school. At this late stage of the summer, class assignments still haven't been announced, yet we're supposed to sit idly by and patiently wait for this "gift" to come from on-high with no opportunity for review?? "You will receive your child s class list in the mail shortly. Our placement process involves a team effort, completed with great care. Class lists are developed and reviewed by your child s current teacher and our specialists to ensure that we have considered all factors that create an optimum placement. ... Although we certainly welcome parents input about their children s learning needs during the planning process, it is important to keep in mind that the final decision on class placements resides with the principal."

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July 07, 2010
Sorry to disappoint the reviewers below but I couldn't disagree more about this school. If you look at how this school's results have tumbled from a regular in the top spots in the state/district, to the middle of the pack, you will see where the truth lies. There are some excellent teachers and the advanced learning program is very high caliber however there are also an unsettling number of poor teachers, ineffective programs and inane policies that the administration is either unwilling or unable to address. Poor leadership has been part of the problem for many years and this does not appear to be changing with the new principal.

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November 04, 2009
NSS has been a fantastic experience for my three children. The motto, 'character is who you are when no one is watching' is reflected in the teachers, staff, and instilled in the students. The education, friendliness, and values have been maintained under the guidance of the new principal Dr. Smith. We appreciate NSS!

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February 07, 2008
Wonderful school in every respect. Friendly, involved teachers, top notch principal (although she is leaving at end of '08). My two daughters went through this school and both loved it. Excellent advanced programs as well.

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September 19, 2006
My daughter attended both Parkway and North Street School. Both schools are excellent in the education that you get at either school. The difference is what you may find in the mentallity of living in the 'back country' vs 'in town'. Parkway parents are more into volunteering and community. The kids are more innocent as a whole. At North Street the kids are more worldly and parents have less time/more money to donate instead. Overall you can not go wrong with either school. Just a matter of enviroment or mood preference.

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August 24, 2005
I have nothing but good things to say about Betty Burfiend, the principal. In our 6+ years of involvement at NSS, she has never been anything but an asset, even when we have occasionally disagreed with her about various issues. Teachers have been plus/minus...mostly plus, though, and the one real 'minus' that one of our children had a few years ago was let go sometime last year. At least NSS rectifies its mistakes, eventually! Plenty of room for parents to get involved. The flip side of this issue is that working mothers are sometimes treated as being 'less than,' since they don't have the same availability for extracurricular activities as the stay-at-home moms do. Overall, I'm happy to have sent my children to NSS.

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North Street School
381 North St, Greenwich, CT  06830
(203) 869-6756
Last modified North Street School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
North Street School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 15 reviews. Top