I really hate to give a negative review but we relocated at the end of last school year, I would have wanted to read my review to help in our decision.
The facility is newer & aesthetically appealing
It's a blue ribbon school in a state that is not the best ranked (#14)- we came from NJ which is #2.
It is overcrowded w/students- they are struggling to figure out how to deal w/this
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 but concrete seems like a poor choice for safety
There is an extreme amount of homework. Some evenings my child will be working until 8-8:30 pm. This is not a healthy proper childhood
There are few to no social activities that we have experienced so far- no field day at the end of the year, no halloween parade & the kids could not wear costumes to school, so far only fast food restaurant "spirit days"
The transport to & from school is the most atrocious system I have ever had the displeasure to encounter. The car line starts an hour before dismissal, comes from three directions wrapping around the school & streets. We live in a neighborhood across the street where you have to either park on a street closer to the school but get there at least 30 minutes early to be able to park, or ride bikes, it's over a mile from our house. 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 is all very basic, yet completely disorganized.
This is our third school (3 different states). My son has excelled in all the schools and states, he tested exceptionally well for the gifted program yet his teacher had nothing but negative comments about him academically, his report card reflects him struggling. Hmmmm... a giftedly bright student who aced his courses at a blue ribbon school in NJ which is the #2 rated school district in the US suddenly struggling.
This school needs to get its act together.
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.