This is our 5th year attending Chiles elementary and we have had the best experience! The teachers care so much and the administration and staff have the ultimate level of leadership! We love the sense of community and the love and dedication from staff, parents and students!
My wife and I were excited to send our child to this school because we were told it's one of the best in the area and the reviews seemed mostly favorable. Our son is in kinder and began with an excellent teacher, then after two months and due to overcrowding, they moved him. At first I was not concerned because I assumed the teaching, routine and standards of the other kindergarten classes would be followed but now I am so disappointed with his new class and teacher. She seems uninvolved with the children and just there to do her job. The classroom is sparse and thebtransition to the new class was not smooth. There is no fun in this kindergarten class compared to the other classes. It's obvious to the parents as well as the children. My son would come home happy and excited to go to school the following day and now says he's bored and hates school. I know several parents were not happy because they were also switched. One parent spoke to the principal and was basically told that the focus is on learning and not the aesthetics or fun of the environment. I disagree with that being that it's important to make school fun IN kindergarten so they can look forward to school and instill a love of learning. It's clear however the principal doesn't want to be bothered. I am hoping 1st grade will be better with teachers but if not we will probably be taking our child out as it's clear the principal will not support parents concerns.
My son has had an amazing experience here at Chiles. He has learned so much and has had the best teachers a mom could ask for. He loves the science experiments that they do in class so much that he wants to come home and do them again. There is so much for the kids to get involved in here at Chiles like gardening club, chorus, bells, modern band, art club, patrols, morning show, running club, book club, chess club, geography bee, and much more. I always feel welcome when I come to school by both the teachers and the front office staff. I love volunteering when I can. We are beyond blessed to have such a great elementary school for our child to attend.
It is true. The learning has lost its beauty at chiles. The students are all the same and conform to whatever is expected and are afraid to challenge their creativity. Everything is about test scores and being the best rather, than the joy of learning and fun behind it. Not only are the students robots, but the principal has the teachers as her little puppets. She has no sense of reality. My daughter came home crying everyday and both her father and I are teachers. She has always had a love of learning until the new principal changed the philosophy of learning at chiles. It is so sad to see such a beautiful school in a beautiful neighborhood forget what learning is all about. The kids eyes don't light up anymore when they learn something new. They are afraid to make a move. No hands on learning and nothing fun anymore. The beauty of learning is gone here. And coming from a teacher in the district , there are way better places out there with supportive principals and teachers to encourage the love of learning again. We have transferred our daughter and her eyes light up again. Yayyyy
This school needs robots not kids. Like someone else said in the reviews, if you don't have a perfect child than don't waste your time with this school and with all those long parent teacher meetings, where the blame is going to be in you (for not parenting best) and on your child, for he/she is not obedient at all.
The reason, why they got high test scores in fifth grade state tests because, if they find a kid who would need more help, they start mentally torture the kid and the parent up to to the point that parent would change the school. It happen with me and it happen with my neighbors.
All they need very obedient little robots who must follow the teacher's commands. Otherwise the poor child is in trouble.
Parents, my best advice to you is when your child come home with repeated complaints from the same teacher, please don't blame your child right away, rather, think outside the box and observe the teacher's behavior carefully. See if she is trying to compete your child as is he/she is of her age.
To this day, after 2 years of my son passing first grade from Ms xxx, I repent now that why did not I complaint to the county about his teacher's behavior towards him, that was discriminative, discouraging and rude!
As the youngest kid in his class room he had difficulty to write and read (though w=he was excellent with math and science), she would made him sit on the playground, during break time, in-front of kids who are playing right in-front him, and would ask him to finish his writing work. Is not it a mental torture? Than what it is? I talked to the principal who simply covered the teacher and repeatedly blame my child for poor behavior. Excuse me, he is only 6 years old (perhaps 60 years younger than you) and you want him to act and obey commands just like you.
Looks like neither Ms xx and nor Principal has ever taken child psychology classes during their teaching training.
This is a wonderful place! It's an A school for a reason!!! The new principal is so committed to the students, the teachers and the school as a whole. The gifted program is first rate and the special opportunities are some of the best in the county!! We are so happy at Chiles, we know our daughter is in a great place! It's like they say, attitude reflects leadership!