Want to let this parent know that its not just your child. Strongly agree with the parent about the kindergarten teacher. She is harsh. My daughter cries everyday she get into the car. Sad:( I am afraid to complain. About the other comments. The car rider line is about 15-20 minutes. The 30 volunteer hours are alot. What if you work or have other obligations? If I pay taxes then my kids should have just as much right to go here. All of us don't have husbands to fund them or control the PTO. Field trips are different for each grade. Mine were expensive to me but guess it's relative. Uniforms cost me $151.92 for 2 pants, 2 shorts, 4 shirts, pe uniform each kid. School supplies were over $150 per kid so far. Donations are excessive. The wording on some of the requests has changed from being so demanding but if you don't donate then your kid gets less. Lunches are yucky and expensive. Aftercare is a mess. It is unorganized and loud. My older child's teacher is ok. Science could be better. The playground is ok but its a crowded space. PE is not the best. Little or no equipment and no real room. Gave 1 a star cause of my younger daughter's teacher. Overall school is ok. Not best nor worse.
I disagree with the post regarding kindergarten below. Teacher is very nice (in a Mary Poppins kind of way) but ineffective. Unless your child is an extreme overachiever and follows every single rule perfectly (I mean really, really perfectly) she cannot handle the child. I'm in no way referring to the academics portion of class, which I cannot speak to, as my child began kinder with a head start therefore, so far, it's been mostly reviewing. I'm talking about "participation" aka behavior. She demands perfection from her little 5 year old kiddos. They must sit quietly, and must follow all the rules to the T. If the child acts in any way that is not overly-obedient - I don't mean serious behavioral issues, ex: daydreaming, scribbles while she is talking, doesn't respond to/ do things immediately when asked, she will give them a low grade or even zero for participation. Even if they are getting 100 in all tests and classwork, the participation grade will slowly but surely bring your child's GPA lower. Effective in teaching technique? There is no in-between with her, it either is or isn't. She will completely disregard any effort the child has put into whatever they are working on, give them a zero and may even suggest your child has issues. She has zero compassion or understanding of a young child's brain development, however, she truly believes she is an expert and will hand out parenting tips (based on zero experience). I believe she is immature, inflexible and lacking professionalism as she does not support the student. As I said- if you have a regular, immature, 5 year old child-even if they are doing very well academically (A's and B's)-her class may not be the perfect one to be in. Now, if your child is perfect, sits still all 6 hours of the day in class, pays attention the whole entire time, is mute throughout the day, this is the place to be. She isn't "tough" or "strict" - she is inflexible and lacks empathy towards the young kids. She teaches Kinder the way you'd expect a 5th + grade teacher to, when 5th graders actually have the maturity to behave a certain way and to understand what's being discussed when she disciplines them (all day long). I agree wholeheartedly with the post below mine. Disclaimer: I do believe this is an isolated incident as I've had positive experience with the older grades. They'd get 5 stars.