I was a student at James E. Plew Elementary School and I thought that the gifted program was terrible and that there were no good advanced classes for over achievers. Also every grade has an unfair teacher except for kindergarten and second grade.
My daughter attends this school and was tested for the gifted and talented program. I can't say enough about her first year at Plew. It was really good. The ONLY drawback of the school is district's policy of busing special education students to another school in the district. Sadly, my son missed out on the fabulous staff and teachers at this school, due to this policy. That issue is not a school issue, rather a district policy issue.
We have lived here for 2 1/2 school years covering 1st thru 5th grade and LOVE this school! The teachers and staff are great and really try to help each child and family. The parent involvement is wonderful! With lots of areas for volunteering, in the classroom, around the school, or from home! I have a normal student and a gifted and both have received the help needed and challenges for areas they needed. My younger daughter was even able to come with me to everything, granted she is very well behaved. LOVE LOVE LOVE this school! We are sad to leave the area and school, due to military.
This is the third time we have lived in this community, twice by Military moves, this time by choice. The school system here was one of the biggest draws for us and we knew that we were coming back to Plew. Our third child is now in Plew and the school remains a fabulous learning environment with committed teachers, a great principal, involved parents, and lots of extracurricular opportunities.
We have a staff of administrators and teachers that care about of kids and their education.
This elementary school doesn't have the aesthetic appeal that you would expect from such a 10 out of 10 school. But its current 10 rating is absolutely deserved. Our daughter is currently in Mrs. Zelinski's Kindergarten class. She is very organized with her class structure, homework for the children is very clear and concise, and development/progress is defined. The principal receives high marks from the local teachers I have talked with. Parent involvement is high; this area has many federal government workers, be it civilian or military, most of whom have degrees. We considered the local private christian school but are now very happy with Plew and would certainly send our three year old daughter there in the future.
We are a military family and this is our first year at Plew. I have children in the first and third grades. They love this school, and I love the fact that the parents are involved and the teachers are great. Our whole family is looking forward to another year at Plew.
This school is wonderful. Parent involvement is high and there is a feeling that all the children are really cared for. There is no art teacher, but parents teach the art and the program is wonderful. The children are learning a lot from different perspectives. The teachers at Plew are wonderful. They are great at challenging students and pushing them to achieve all that they can.
Plew has taken care of all 3 of my children; supporting the whole child socially, physically, emotionally, and academically. What a wonderful family school! Plew sees the individual child and fulfills their different needs and challenges them to reach their fullest potential.
Plew is the only school in Okaloosa County to score an 'A' 5 years in a row. The school provides music, foreign language, Accelerated Reader, Accelerated Math, along with a rigorous curriculum. We have extra curricular Art, Band, Chess Club, Knowledge Masters, and Closed circuit TV club. Our Parent Leader Association (PLA) is very active and we boast the most volunteer hours in North West Florida. Our School Advisory Counsel is active in every part of the decision making at the school.
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