Mrs. Robinson was FANTASTIC! Unfortunately our 3rd grade teacher though well educated was a frazzled mess. Kids need guidance! Yes self sufficiency is a great skill but some develop it sooner than others, a little organization from teacher goes a long way. I heard from a 3rd grader that her teacher (different) yelled at them all day, this was repeated by others including parents. My sons teacher used catch phrases "you bombed this" "your work is caca". Didn't understand why I thought teachers should strive to inspire instead of crush students confidence and love of learning.
Pros; The facility is aesthetically appealing. It's a blue ribbon school in a state that is not the best. Cons; It's overcrowded they have had to take the music room over for a kindergarten class. They do most PE classes on a concrete covered area. The covered part is great, concrete seems like a poor choice for safety. There's an EXTREME amount of homework. Some evenings my 3rd grader was working until 8,9 even 10 pm. Not a healthy childhood. No field day at the end of the year, no halloween parade, kids could not wear costumes to school, no concerts, or plays.
The transport to & from school is the most atrocious system I have ever had the displeasure to encounter. The car line starts 1-2 hours before dismissal (hello bad for the environment running your engines that long!), comes from three directions wrapping around the school & streets. We live in a neighborhood across the street where you have to either park closer to the school at least 30 minutes early, or ride bikes. The floods of bike riding/scooter/skateboard kids and their parents takes a very long time to get through. The school start & end times are "approximate". I was told last year to pick up my son at 3, when I got there at 2:55 most students were already gone & he was distraught because I was not there. Again this year I was told in writing & verbally 3pm but dismal can begin as early as 2:45. According to the website the school day begins at 8:45 but my sons teacher starts class at 8:30. This should be basic, yet is completely disorganized. This is our third school (relocation). My son has excelled in all the schools and states, yet his teacher had nothing but negative comments about him academically, I was surprised to find he made honor roll with all the negatives he and I were told by her. His teachers catch phrases were, "you guys bombed this" and "your work is caca". Nice. Way to inspire your students. When I asked my son her catch phrases for a good job he drew a blank. She flat out lied to me about reminding my son to get his class work done. I don't honestly know why you have to remind students to do class work but the lie never sat well with me. This school needs to get its act together. Until then, it's not surprising that many families are seeking alternatives- I pulled my son to homeschool as did another neighbor and I am hearing multiple similar experiences.
Whispering Oak Elementary is an amazing school! Their teachers are polite and kind, yet know how to handle many students in order to allow everyone equal opportunity for learning.
Their staff is very nice and easy to speak with and always has the best interest of the child in mind.
This school is truly shaping young minds to be very, very successful in the future.
While some parents may feel that too much homework is provided, I personally do not. While, yes, you want children to be children and have fun, there is still plenty of fun to be had when it all boils down. Ultimately, learning can also be fun for the students if done in the manner the entire staff at Whispering Oak Elementary provides it to the students. Then, when carried forward at home, the students earn a love for learning, which is priceless.
Whispering Oak's style is to provide homework to each child and see what they are capable of, in a non-stressful manner. It is a truly winning formula for any parent whom would like to see their child grow up with a solid work ethic and strong foundation.
Whispering Oak Elementary is helping shape the children of the future. Their teachers are fair and kind, yet completely understand how to control the students in order to allow everyone an opportunity to learn. They also recognize both superiority as well as inferiority in students and do everything imaginable to get the child on the track for which they need to be.
With Principal Montgomery having taken over as Principal in January of 2016, the entire staff is comprised of masters at what they do. They are polite and very easy to speak to, and always have the best interest of the child in mind.
It is very frustrating that my child education has been limited to reading and math, because the school wants to make sure that students do well on the FSA since this is what gives the grade to the school ( and of course the funds) and they don't want to loose their "A" rating and their blue ribbon. This school doesn't care about giving a child a well rounded education and specially formation. They overwhelmed the students with above grade level tests because "we don't know how the FSA test is going to be so we have to give the students tests that are diffcicult to be prepre for the test" and this quote has been the answer to all of my questions and complaints since the beginning of the school year.
My child teacher is not well organized, it seems that she never knows what's going on, it seems that there is only certain amount of time to do a topic and whether or not the student undertood she moves to the next
My kid comes home with one sheet of paper for math, and that doesn't seems like much, but in addition, because there's no time in the classroom ti review anything the student ( and of course the parent) is responsible to leran the spelling words, the vocabulary, lexia, etc...
For an average kid that's not too smart to one that's not up to speed I can see where this school is great. Not an ideal school for a child with a learning disability. Principal (not sure about the new one) and VP are more concerned with covering up issues than helping kids.