We have been at Northeast for 3 years and couldn't be happier with the school, the staff, the parents and the other students! When we moved from NYC we were a little worried about the schools. Our son has had wonderful teachers, he is thriving academically and he is so well adjusted. The school is a very happy, cheery place and parent involvement is strong. I had a chance to meet a ton of students at the annual talent show when my son was in kindergarten. I saw kids of all ethnicities, sexes and ages working together and encouraging each other to do a "great job" performing in front of the audience. I've heard terrible stories about how kids can be so mean to each other, even in elementary school. I was so pleased to see that this is NOT the case at Northeast. The kids seem to very much want to help each other. Even on the bus, the older kids look after the younger kids. There is diversity in the school, as with most city schools. In our minds, our son has had a wonderful opportunity to make friends of all races, in a non-pressure cooker environment, all the while thriving academically.
Gearing up for another great year at Northeast! My child has had wonderful, caring teachers in his first two years at Northeast. (Mrs. Cutter is the best kindergarten teacher anywhere!) Academically, my child is ahead of his preschool friends in the neighboring towns (New Canaan and Darien). As far as we can tell, smart kids are challenged and do very well here. Our neighbors kids (our babysitters) and their friends have gone through Northeast, Scofield and Westhill, and have all gone on to great colleges (Dartmouth, Virginia, Middlebury, NYU, etc.) In trying to figure out how this school gets a 6, I can only assume that this relates to the inclusion of one English as a Second Language (ESL) class per year (out of roughly 6 classes). I suspect that if the data were cleaned up to exclude the ESL classes, Northeast would get the rating it deserves - a 9 or 10. The community at Northeast is great. The school productions are funded by the PTO, and I am always amazed both by the quality of the productions and the talent of the children. Parents are actively involved in the classrooms and in events like field day.
I love this school because even though it is a large school you still have that small town feeling when walking through the halls.
Norteast is an excellent elementary school. The teachers & principal are dedicated to the students and are eager to make sure our children are getting an A+ education. I think this website is good in terms of forums and questions, but to rate this school a 5 is ridiculous. Stamford is a CITY, we have non-english speaking students that come into our school and are given a CMT. We are a diverse community, not all of our children are the 'same', which is why our testing comes out lower than other TOWNS. It depends on what you are looking for. Children from all walks of life attend Northeast and all of the Stamford schools. They go on to college being well rounded individuals and are able to adapt well to people and situations very easily. I give Northeast a 10!
great teachers and principal! i have two kids at this school and they are both loving it.
Our son is in 5th grade and we're extremely pleased with this school. The Principal seems motivated and genuinly invested in the welfare of the kids. We were a bit concerned in the beginning of the year when we learned that our son's teacher is new (from another state) but she's turning out to be one of the best teachers our son has had. I found out from another parent that this particular teacher had job offers from neighboring ('better' ) districts and opted to teach here which tells me that Northeast is serious about pursuing top teachers. Again, very pleased! Wonder why it's only a 5 rating!?
My daughter is now in 1st Grade and I would like to give special mention to her class teacher - Diana Schuman. She is an excellent teacher and her guidance to parents as well as students is amazing. My daughter is shaping well in her Reading, Writing as well as Math along with her zest for extra curricular activities. -Manali
I like the School on their teaching approach which is good, especially mentoring and grooming children.
My daughter is in 2nd grade and her teacher is Ms Metcalf.I would say she is an excellent teacher who has moulded my daughter into an independent thinker and i would say she is the best.I thank her for all the efforts she putsin her students.
Before we moved here 2 years ago, I was told my daughter would probably always be in special ed. well Northeast proved them wrong. My daughter is currently in 3rd grade and doing extremely well. She has had the best teachers, they work with her and myself on a regular basis. They key is for the teachers and parents to work together. This school has been a definite blessing in our lives.
When my daughter was ready to enter K, I was disappointed that she didn't win the lottery to enter Westover. After two years in Northeast however, I don't want to enter her for another lottery. Teachers in Northeast are caring and friendly. More importantly, they know how to challenge students according to their ability. The projects my daughter has completed in her first year were impressive and I am sure she's had a great time/learned a great deal.
I have nothing but praise for this school. My kids are doing very well academically and they are happy and enjoy going to shool every day. In addition, my children have needed some extra individualized attention at certain times in their lives and their specific emotional, physical, and/or academic needs have always been met. The teachers and principal have always been willing to meet and talk. I agree with the prior comments-it is my job to raise them, but Northeast has been a great partner.
Northeast has a gifted and dedicated principal of many years standing, he knew both my sons by name within the 1st week they transferred into the school.
While everyone has thier own opinion, our experience has been pretty amazing. We have had a great teacher each year for our children. The other children in the school are from very good families and the location of the school is one of the safest in the city. Not sure what people expect from thier school, but raising children is the parents job and academics and evironment come from the school. Stevenson and Margolis are awesome and having a great time with it. Very pleased and expect a great life to come for my children.
I'm not sure where this parent heard that Northeast is the 'best' school in Stamford. Stamford has 12 elementary schools, all with strengths and weaknesses. My advice would be to visit your potential school, get the feel of it, and make up your own mind about the quality of education in Stamford. We've been extremely successful and happy here.
I feel that this school is one of the better ones. I have been to kt murphy in stamford and kendel in norwalk. In both schools my son who has some 'problems' was shoved aside, i requested numerous meetings and was pushed off till the end of the year and told 'we will have the meeting next year' when i came to Northeast I had a meeting within a month and another follow up in 2. Some of the teachers rub me the wrong way and I feel that they are 'annoyed' by my sons problems, But not the principle. I feel that he is great I feel that he truly loves children and tries to do right by them. Dr margolis is truly a GREAT principle. He address every problem and concern i have. He also has driven my son home when he missed the bus on day.
Northeast Elementary is commonly known as 'the best' public elementary school in Stamford, however, my family's experience there led us to remove our three children from the Stamford public system completely and send our children to private school. It may not be an affordable option for everyone, but the fact is that the Stamford system is broken and there is not the political will or the economic ability to change it. There are some decent, well-meaning teachers, but the administrators and most teachers are more concerned with standardized test scores than students' learning experience and development -- intellectual, academic, or emotional -- it's the score that counts, and that's it! Trying to be involved and make changes was an exercise in frustration. My advice: move to a town with a better understanding of education like New Canaan, or Darien, or to private schools. Stamford's schools can't cut it.
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