Worst experience here ever. Took 3 attempts to enroll the kids because the same front office woman told us we needed another form of a different color each day. Seriously, you couldn't tell us that the first day so we could have gotten the proper forms day one? (We were a mid-year out of state move). Our 2nd grader carried around all his school supplies for the first 3 days and never empties one thing from it-when I asked why, I was told he was being sent to the library all day because they were reviewing. Huh? He should have been a part of the class from day 1-perhaps the material would have been new to him. And who dumps a kid on their first day in the library all day by himself. Our kindergarten teacher experience was even WORSE. I knew within the first 30 seconds that she saw us as "one more kid" when she asked the lady if all other classes were at 24 before even saying hello to us. Then she proceeded to write several things on the board that I would need to make sure my son could do "or she couldn't pass him to 1st grade". Well, hello, nice to meet you too. His new school supplies got raided the first day-he came home missing half of them and the other half had been replaced by poor conditioned items from the other kids. I could get over this had the teacher given a darn or had a heart. She basically said he would need to toughen up as she had rough kids this year and was afraid he'd get hurt. WHAT??? She even sent home a sticky note saying that I had to create math problems for him to practice. She held him in during recess because he didn't know the class rules and what to do on an assignment...we are talking the 1st week of school! Now, I'm a former teacher and a parent...and no matter what angle I look at this situation from, it is wrong. Needless to say, I'm upset we bought a house in this zone and our kids are now at another school where they are A) getting an education from a teacher who cares, B) not being bullied or left alone and C) are in a positive environment. Oh yeah, and if it weren't enough...no one showed either boy where the restrooms were on the first day, so they held it all day. Yes, they could have inquired...but the setting was super intimating and unfriendly. We lasted 2 terrible weeks that almost killed the year. School should be positive (especially in Kinder), not a place where you feel unsafe.
My daughter is in the Dance Magnet Program and she absolutely loves attending this school! The teachers she has had are quick to respond to any email I've sent and amazing. The front office is overworked a bit but who isn't. Only reason I say that is when I do call the front office I feel like they rush me off the phone, I get help with the question or concern I call about though.
I have 3 children in Perrine Elementary and another one on the way. I can't say enough about how wonderful the teachers at this school are. With three children attending I have been able to meet many teachers and see the difference that each of them make for each child at this school, not just mine. And did I mention the Arts available at the school? Our magnet program has been such an asset to so many children to show and express their talents. This is a great school and I highly recommend it!
My son is finishing Kindergarten this year. It has been a battle over all. My son is a young kindergartenener and probably wasn't quite ready. Within the first semester his teacher informed me of his academic difficulties. Right away I started to obtain extra help, but they don't provide much in K. I contact the school board, I eventually started to have him tested for developmental troubles. He basically scored at average Kindergarten level but needed extra help. It's been a long up hill battle to obtain this. I was told that he couldn't get any extra help until the first grade when the school would start to evaluate his needs. I understand his Kinder teacher has her hands tied with all the red tape; the class room size is not a 15 to 1 ratio; it's more like 25:1.
My friends daughter attends this school and she is enrolled in the gifted program. I think the school could impress more parent involvement but the gifted program seems to be great. They are constantly challenging her to reach her peak performance and then reach a little more. The teachers that she has had, have been involved on personally with each student's growth.