This is my son's first year in school. I chose Northgrade because of it being a dual language program. Since my son has been here, I have had nothing but problems with the lack of communication from staff! The principle as well as the assistant principle are rude, teachers cannot get on the same page at the same time. And I feel that as a parent of a kindergarten student, Staff needs to communicate every issue that needs to be address as soon as possible and not at their convenience.
North Grade is a very new school and has excellent resources. The teachers are usually very friendly and professional, although I can't say the same for the Administrative staff. There are several portables and concrete-ables on site. There is an excellent Dual language program, but be advised that it will be very difficult for students that don't have at least one parent that knows some spanish.
North Grade Elementary is not a good school. Teachers have no enthusiasm and for the most part don't encourage students. The principal is very strict and for the most part doesn't allow parties to celebrate Halloween, etc. Not even a going away party for the 5th graders. The chorus is a joke. All the music teacher does is yell at the students. Teachers don't communicate with the parents. The only reward students get for making the honor roll is a piece of paper make out to look like a certificate. They get the same thing each semester. The mood both from the parents and the students is definetly a somber one. Not many are happy and there's plenty of talk about transferring their children to different schools next year.
I love North Grade. The teachers truly love working with the kids. What bothers me is the unorganized stuff like when you call the office to find out info on the fundraiser and they have no idea. I feel the office needs to be educated before sending home stuff to us.
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