My daughter just finished her first year in the new Dual Language program and we have been really impressed at how the program is run. Everyone at the school is friendly and helpful. We are thrilled that this program is offered right in our neighborhood. Glad we got in when we did.
The school should be renamed Worst Riverside. It is more like a shelter than an educational institution. Your heart will break everyday you send your child to school. Your chikd will tell you stories about other children and their lives at s hook and home that will shock you. Sure you can argue that this is real-life and that children need to know about others who are in constant danger or even impoverished. WRES will do everything it can to furnish your chikd with food and medical care, even clothing. The teachers are devoted, but can seldom meet academic goals because of their social work and nursing. This is a neighborhood school without its neighborhood. Affluent Avondale and Riverside has abandoned WRES because of its policies to keep ESOL students ad Starz students, whom are bused in adding more than half of the school's population. If you are a parent in need, or have a child who does not speak English, or has failed more than one school year, this is the place for you. He or she will be embraced and protected. They will be socially promoted out of 5th grade towards their GEDs or military. There is nothing aspirational about this school.
Our first three weeks at this school were tough to due overcrowding but since then, it has been excellent. The principal is truly loved by the students and parents. The new dual language program is providing an extra challenge and the bonus of two teachers for kids in that program. The staff is involved and family like. We are very happy with our choice and wish more Riverside families would come back to WRES. It's now a magnet program and great things are happening.
WRES has been a great experience for my child. Having experienced kindergarten at a large, suburban A school where neither of us felt comfortable the size and population of WRES has been a welcome change. The teachers and students represent a true slice of life with all races and socioeconomic backgrounds present. I feel my child has made life long friends, as have I, and that the teachers genuinely know and love my child. I'm sad that we only have a year and a half left.
I personally like the school. What people fail to realize by looking at the schools grade is the demographic. We have ALOT of families that have the financial means to send their children to the plethora of private schools in the area. At this point we are left with shipping other kids into our area that barely speak the language. This grade isn't fair representation of what our school is. To the parents that had a bad experience with a teacher, you can get a bad egg in any carton. It's a question of what you are looking for in a school. Our school, our neighbor hood ,is close knit and I feel like they are doing a great job. Is there room for improvement? Yes, but that goes for any learning institution. As far as curriculum is concerned, that's all district based. What our kids get taught is what the other schools teach also.of we want a change we all need to stand up and be heard. Write letters show up for meetings. Be accountable for what and how our young people are being taught. I put it to anyone that reads my post. Do your research on our school before you make a choice.ask questions, look at the general population. We need our local families to come home!
My daughter has been at WRES since 1st grade, now she's in 5th grade. It's not just a school, it's a family. We, teachers and parents, work together to help our children succeed.
I want to preface this comment by saying that what I experienced is my experience and not a slam on every single teacher at this school. This was the worst experience I could have ever imagined in a public school. My child came from an A rated public school, but because of the parents reviews on this site, I decided to give it a shot. Truly the biggest injustice that I've ever given my son. This school was nearly an entire grade level behind his old school at the beginning. The teacher he was placed with was clearly unhappy with herself or personal life etc. and brought it to school with her every day. She was incredibly rude, to the children, to the parents, and I even had a member of the office staff whisper to me one day that this particular teacher even scared them a bit. It was a learning experience to say the least. My child will now be going to a private school because that is the only other option at the moment.
West Riverside Elementary School has been a long established school in which many generations in Jacksonville, FL proudly attended. As in many of our schools, unfortuantely this generation has to go through many things that I, nor my 86 year old mother had to be exposed to. I truly feel, in keeping up with news, etc. that West Riverside Elementary School is one that is trying very hard to get back to the 'olden' days of being a school of distinction, along with proper morals, thus promoting emphasis on quality, beginning education for our elementary students improving on a better future in being promoted to higher grade levels.
I have two children at WRES, and next year, will have a third. It is a wonderful neighborhood school, and it's a shame that many parents only look at the grade and don't give it a chance. It's a small school with caring, devoted teachers and staff. The students are extremely diverse each class looks like a sesame street episode. There are only about 300 children, so all of the teachers know all of the kids. It's a great learning environment. If you live in the neighborhood, go tour it.
Our daughter is an alumn. Best elementary school, best PTA, best teachers and paraprofessionals.
I have a 6 year old that is now in the 1st grade at WRES and also was in Kindergarten there last year. I can't say enough good things about this school! It's like a little family and certainly one of the best kept secrets in Jacksonville:)
WRES - Home Of The West Side Gators.. My son has attended this school for the last 2 years..He will be attending there again this year as a 2nd grader. I admit it, I am a very 'Picky Parent'. I love this School..The History, the staff, the faculty and the students are all outstanding. This past year we were blessed with a new principal that is gifted with the ability to posses both accountability ( for all who walk through the doors) as well as understanding. He is able to balance both. The Office staff is probably the best I have ever encountered. I have been to many schools where the act almost 'bothered' if you show interest in your child's educational environment. Not at WRES, you will be encouraged by staff and faculity to be as involved as you can possibly be. Please check this school out.
This is the greatest public school in jacksonville in my opinion. I have attended 4 elementary schools here. All 3 of my children attended this school all through their elementary school years. My youngest is still enrolled & my second child will be going to middle school this new school year. This school is clean fun & the staff is outstanding @ going that extra mile for your you & your child!
I have two children in this school, ages 6 & 8. I just love it, the kids love it, they are both thriving, making friends, building bonds!!! I just cant say enought good things about WRES.
I have two children (grades 2 and K) at West Riverside Elementary, and am extremely happy. The principal is great, the teachers are caring and dedicated, the student body is as diverse as sesame street, and the PTA is extremely active. The school is an unofficial magnet for ESE and ESOL students, which tends to weigh down its grade. But the grade (a B in 2006) doesn't matter as much as the experience my children are having, the friends they are meeting, and the things they are learning. Bottom line . . . if you are an involved parent and you live in West Riverside's district, you will be happy with the school. Tour it and you'll understand why.
This is a small school with dedicated staff. Don't let the grade fool you. The staff has difficult challenges with language and culture along with the transient nature of the neighborhood. Many students are non-english speaking. It seems like more than the ~20% reported. But the administration seems to make every effort to accomodate and educate all children. My child is new to the school and both my wife and I look forward to helping the school staff make this an enjoyable time. Based on my child's excitement, the school is good.
The school, teachers and the principal are wonderful. They care about their students and it's apparent in the way they run the school and interact with students as well as parents.
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