Principal Oliver will tell you she cares for the safety of your children but will not do anything to actually correct the problem. The teachers like in any school are a mix of good and bad but mostly good. The reason for the only 2 stars is the fact that when bringing up conserns about safety that many parents have she first lied and said she was going to do something about it. Then when nothing happened she said nothing is going to change because it would be too difficult for her and her staff.
Somers Elementary School is outstanding! Teachers encourage creativity and deeper thinking. Reading is a huge focus (as it should be!) Students who are working above the class can participate in a gifted class starting in 3rd grade. Students who are falling behind get extra help as well. Teachers are caring and are concerned with the progress of their students. They are also available to talk. We are so thankful to have chosen a great school system!
Disappointing in many ways. Certain second and third grade teachers who have spent their entire careers here (and appear beyond burned out) should move on. Very cookie cutter - lacking in creativity - all focused on cmt scores. "Focus on reading" translates into an hour and a half of independent reading for 8 year olds (plenty of time for the teacher to do her own work) Punitive and arbitrary in disciplinary processes. Music and art are once weekly but good. Campus is nice. Principal retiring; outcome will likely be neutral.
As parents, we see the students work every day and are able to be in contact with the teachers each day as well. They do not spend too much time on any given subject, so the breadth of teaching is wide.