I think that the teachers are wonderful. They want every kid to do their best. the rigor of the home-learning is a follow-up of the days instruction. I am glad that my kid gets work that relates to grade level skills and not busy work.
Mediocre education, lousy teachers and the facilities are completely run down. The school provides a traditional education which does not prepare the kids for the real world. Unfortunately, some parents seem to be thrown-off by the school's rating because it is an A school- but if you actually research the FCAT test scores they are all under 80%, many in the the mid 60 percentile. Also, there are very little resources (music, art, technology, physical education) for the kids to actually be getting something more than just a basic education and the parents have to be on top of their kids homework for them to actually learn.
Well, I guess they try their best, they have a excellent tutoring program, and a couple of people like Mrs. Noland that they really care for the kids, but I personally think that it's not enough, they shohave a more specific or detailed program for kids with learning disabilities, I hope that in the future it could be one.
The school is great and my daughter seems very happy and doing great, but some things must change. Security is very weak and school seems a but unprotected. Also, there must be a radical change in dismissal, it is total chaos!! All other schools have car loops and parents dont even have to get out if their cars. That way is safer for our kids and faster to get out if its all in order! They should assign volunteers to help with dismissal traffic. School buses tend to block the exit and nobody does anything to help or change that!
John I Smith offers amazing education in a nurturing and caring environment. Parent involvement is high in this school. They offer amazing after care programs which give the kids options for staying active after school.
Mi experiencia con la escuela no pudo haber sido mejor. Viniendo de una escuela privada, estaba preocupada al ingresar en el sistema publico. Pero JIS no ha sido mas que apoyarme, aliviar todas mis preocupaciones y ayudar a mis hijos en todas las areas. Nos estamos mudando ahora y me siento muy triste de dejar esta escuela. Las maestras son muy buenas, y la subdirectora Piloto es maravillosa. Mis hijos no se quieren ir. Es una escuela que merece mucho mas reconocimiento que el que se le da.
My experience of John I smith is excellent ,excellent teachers that that are good at teaching the students. It has a wonderful gifted program that help the kids get good grades.
This school is horrible in all aspects. The teachers don't teach, do not care about the kids and are not prepared. There is no communication with the parents, very little use of technology and the after school programs and after care is a joke. The facilities are old, run down and filfthy. Quite honestly there is nothing positive or remotely positive I would say about the school.
This school is disgustingly dirty. The bathrooms reek of urine. The floors and walls are filthy. There's mold growing on the tiles of some classrooms. The walls desperately need to be painted. The paint is peeling off. Definitely does not look like a school you would find in the Doral area. There's NO discipline whatsoever. They mix the little ones with the 6th graders. There's no computers. Some of the "teachers" should definitely not be teachers and the administration is terrible. Absolutely would not recommend this school. It's a shame, because this USED to be an excellent school.
We moved from Hollywood, so the situation is Hollywood Central Elementary to John I Smith. This has been one of the worst experiences we ever had. I could spend hours describing the whole ordeal and the big mess this school divers its day to day activities, but instead I will focus on the wort issue "Teachers". I don't want to generalize, but sadly our third grade daughter's teacher is somehow (and this is our point of view based on our personal experiences), not qualify to teach anything. I had to spent a lot of time with my daughter everyday to teach her what she is suppose to learn in class, and even though it is impossible to get a good grade from her teacher. She is used to get good grades from her previous school and most important we used to get a good teacher/parent communication channel over there. Here, at John I Smith, impossible. Her planner is never checked, we seldom get her homework revised by her teacher (what we get a lot is medium to bad grades from here). Trying to get a conference with her teacher, a monumental task (on top of that, her teacher does not get emails). She (teacher) has no right ask for her students excellence over such a deficient teaching
The teachers are Okay, the level of education is great, the school is safe (no violence), the people at the office are helpful and bilingual, and my kid is happy ... but the walls are dirty, the little playground looks dirty and old , and the public restroom signs have to be replaced (the one between the cafeteria and the media center) ... "women" and "men" are already plural and don't need a "S" at the end ... a big grammar mistake like this one, placed on the wall of an elementary school for every kid too see, doesn't look too good ...
We have had our kids in this school for 4 years now and are very happy with the level of education, teachers and students. They also have great Spanish, Art and Music Teachers. We have been 'lucky' every year to get excellent teachers. This year was the first time we were very disappointed with one of the classes/teachers. Fortunately this school has a principal and AP who will listen and try to find a solution to any problem you present and our situation has now been resolved. I would recommend this school.
The education is "good", but no space in bilingual program, only for few, then the infrastructure is poor, dirty walls, landscaping need to be attend, class rooms walls dirty, bad lights in bathrooms, the park for the little ones is old!.. lunch for after care program is just a juice and a bag of chips?..please it has to be better...I'm sick that I pay school board taxes, and the school is not in the conditions..We need to be sure that our kids are in a good enviroment with good education...
My kids are going to JIS for a littles while now. And I have a Excellent teacher for my kinder children, she is very caring, involved and active. Now, the other teacher for my 1 st grader , OMG, the opposite. The office staff are great, principal and assist principal are very involved. So I think it is all about the teachers commitment.
i loved this school my son is doing great and the teachers are great too. we are really pleasant to has this school in our community.
This is a horrible school! The teachers don't teach. I have to spend hours after school teaching my kids what they didn't learn in school so that they can get a passing grade. The teachers just love to hand out bad grades without making the effort to show the children what they expect from them. I send notes to the teacher and she never responds. I had to speak with the AP about it.. When I asked her if the teacher would email me, she said that they can't "force" teachers to use email because people falsify emails. Imagine that! Look at what they are worried about . . This school is horrid!
Amazing school with wonderful dedicated teachers and a very active, involved Principal. We are very happy so far.
I am highly disappointed in this school. With the high ratings, I assumed my son would be receiving an acceptable education. My son came from a school where he was honor roll, straight A's.. never even had a C grade in his life! After attending this dreadful school, he was barely able to maintain a C in any subject... If I were the teacher, I might take that a bit personally... I frequently attended parent teacher conferences with little achieved from them; I even applied to be a volunteer.. I constantly asked about it, and was told I'd be sent an e-mail about it, which never happened. This school has no desire to team up with parents with a mutual goal of teaching our children, rather, they push parents out at all costs and the real victims are our kids.
Pro: teachers are well prepared. Curriculum is strong, particularly bilingual program. Various after school activities to pick from. Strong emphasis on academic performance. Con: front office staff is not very friendly or knowledgeable. After school teachers are too young and I'll prepared to handle young children, often yelling at them or responding inappropriately, disciplining through intimidation. Bullying tolerated and not dealt with properly by teachers. My daughter reports something to me practically on a daily basis (name calling, food stealing, chastising). Teachers are obviously not trained well to handle bullying. Landscaping needs work. Classroom chairs are broken and need replacing. Playground is unkept.
I totally disagree with the parent who commented that Ms. Hines is not accessible! She has made her self very much available to me on the few times that I've needed her input. And it is very usual to see her at parent pickup greeting parents and getting a feel of the flow. My only real issue is the the lack of coordination with the parent pickup and some very few teachers who dismiss their students late, which really slows down the process. That and the PE coach sometimes is too busy socializing when he should be calling students' names. The teacher at the entrance should stand further down the line which seems to expedite this process. Parents should also never be permitted to park in the middle of the road in the parking lot to walk and pick up their kids. This happens on a daily basis, especially with the older High School siblings. Just selfish behavior on the parents setting horrible examples! Michelle Rousseau
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