April 24, 2004
If you're heading for one of the magnet programs at Sunset Elementary, then what you've heard about the school is probably true, because that's where Sunset's funding and quality teachers go, we discovered. If your child is entering the home school, however, beware that it is severely neglected in every respect. While our magnet school friends excelled and loved learning, our fellow home schoolers learned to 'just get by.' My child, after 4 ears in preschool (not Sunset), started out happy, well-adjusted, above-average performance, loved learning, loved attending school. Within 6 months in Sunset's home school, both interest and performance began to decline, and now, at end of first grade, he has regular tummy aches in morning, headaches during class, anxiety attacks at night, D's on report card -- and all my efforts to effect change, including the Principal, go ignored. Wish I'd known in advance.
- submitted by a parent