I found this site looking for Wendall Watson's phone number. My son has went here for 3 years and I couldn't believe the reviews. Yes, some are older and Yes this is Florida so schools Have to teach to the FCAT. But, I couldn't be happier with a Public school than here. Mr's Liberg is great,the office ladies, Mr's Michalski, Mrs' Sangster and Mr's Rodrigez couldn't be more helpful in any interaction I have had with them. Mr's Carlson, my sons 3rd grade teacher is the best I have seen so far in Florida. Very involved and really cares about her students. We get email's daily from her , late at night on her time reminding us of what is going on the next day and even a merry x-mas on school breaks. What I do notice is lack of involvement from most Parents, sad but true. We were the only parents to show up for Teacher conference's. Teachers can only teach children who want to learn and if Parent's are not involved helping, making their kids study and behave instead of Blaming everyone else for their lack of parenting then How can a teacher teach those children. Keep up the Great Work Wendall Watson, we appreciate all the hard work you put into public education in Florida. The Smith's
What can I say....does not deserve a 7 out of 10. My son went there because he could not get into a charter school. Aparently, 2nd grade teacher yells alot. No playground!!! 2nd graders thrown into a empty yard to take a break. No playground, no balls, no games nothing.... Just grass. He came home crying every day. Oh yeah, fun for a kid. His grades fell drastically in just 1 1/2 months. That says alot!! Called twice for a parent/teacher conference. Teacher never responded. We're just bidding our time till he gets into better school, a charter or Montessori school. At this point I think home schooling would b a better option.
(moved) My two children transferd with straight A's to Wendell Watson . In one year they dropped to average grades. I should have went with my gut feeling at the beginning of the year. My children will not go back.
My son attended this school for two years. Although it has a very good grade, I question the staff's ability to handle misbehaving children. He has attended two other schools where teachers and the school psychologist utilized methods to work around his ADHD with success in terms of behavior in the classroom. This school was not willing to work this method. I was told repeatedly to just put him on medication by various staff members. I am very thankful that he's out of that school and is at a good one that is actually helping him.
We have been at several schools in the last Thirteen years and by far Wendell Watson is the best. You will not find a more caring principle or staff then at WWE. They truly want every child succeed.
I am very dissappionted in this school. I have come from out of state my daughter loved school until she came her. There is to much about this FCAT and there not teaching the childern. I am going to have to take my child out of this school.
Wendell Watson is an excellent school, Mrs. Herring and Mrs. Apgar do a great job. Everyone I have come in contact with has been very professional and my son has had a very positive experience. Things are orderly, clean and overall run very well. Hats off to Wendell Watson! Teachers have been great also...
The alpha program with Mrs. Davis was wonderful. She was an amazing teacher and mentor for the children. My son had Mrs. Tharpe for Kindergarten and she truly kept him under her wing.
My son has attended Wendell Watson for Kindergarten and First Grade. It has been such a positive experience that he loves going to school. He is very bright and is constantly challenged to learn and grow even though he has exceeded the requirements for the grade. The staff are professional and friendly. They welcome volunteers to help out in a variety of areas around the school.
I have two children in Wendell Watson and I am very disapointed. It is almost March and I still do not know who the Principal is. I went to a program at the school in the evening and if she was there I would have never known because she never got up to address the parents. There are no incentive programs for the kids, like student of the month, honor roll or anything else parents can attend and meet each other or school staff. I am looking for another school to put my kids in.
I have two children in Wendell Watson Elementary, and I can say nothing but good about the entire staff. They are caring and concerned about the welfare and education of the students. It is unfortunate that the state grades the schools based on test scores, because yes they are teaching to the test. However, given the strict guidelines under the Sunshine State Standards, they are doing their very best to teach all that is required, and to prepare these children for what faces them in the future.
I have been very disappointed in this school. I have a son who had been a good student prior to attending Wendell Watson and getting a teacher who I feel is resonsible for him being so far behind other students in the middle school. They concentrate more on maintaining the 'A' rating with the FCAT than preparing the children for middle school.
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