Having come over from Europe Sarah Smith was our first encounter with the U.S. Public School System. This is a outstanding school. The teachers we have met so far all were outstanding. There are a lot of changes in staff, I agree. I can't say if this is because of the principal's way of managing or because he expects the most of his staff. I am pretty sure the latter is the case. One point of remark though: there doesn't seem to be a strict basis to allow someone to move to the next grade or to retain a student for another year in the same grade. Parents can be disappointed by the fact their child has to stay a year behind, but isn't the child's future the first point to take in consideration?
Both my children have gone to Smith since they were 5 years old. This is a school where the children come first. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal is kind and knows each child by name. He is a leader with a heart and a vision. Thank you, Smith, for bringing out the best in my children and giving them the encouragement and confidence they need to go out into the world. You are truly one of the best! Congratulations to the administration, faculty, and staff on a job well done! You're hard work pays off!
Sarah Smith has a tremendous reputation and we bought our house specifically so that our children can attend there. The teachers at Sarah Smith are terrific. The principal however is another story. His leadership style is that of 'my way or the highway'. This is evidenced by an extremely high rate of teachers who have left the school since he took over as principal 5 years ago, all citing his bullish management style. We are considering transferring our kids to private school as a result.
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