I was previously happy with this school but after this past school year I am very disappointed. My child made high honor roll but unlike most parents I wasn't happy. Why you may ask? Well I often assess my child to see if she is in fact learning what she is supposed to. I was so disappointed because what they said my child knew she didn't and it was impossible for her to have been on honor roll. I often times asked about certain things I knew she should be learning and was just told oh everything is fine. On top of that they do a very poor job of recognizing the few parents who volunteer and stay involved. I knew it was time to go when my own child asked to go to another school. I am Black but I come from a very culturally diverse background and grew up with people from all races and nationalities and that is one thing I desired for my child. If this is something you want for your child, you will not find it here. However, they will be well educated in AA History, Sororities, and Fraternities which is not a bad thing at all except when its all you display. The world we live in is not just Black and not just White. I don't know when APS schools North and South will realize this.
We have had a terrible experience and can't wait to find another school that we can switch our daughter to. We have had issues where other children have hit our daughter & used racial slurs at her and teachers who do little if anything about it. We are 1 of the VERY FEW white families at this school and have not been warmly welcomed. I have spoken with the administration they state that they will handle it yet nothing ever changes and no follow up is ever received. The staff seems to care very little and I was shocked that they did not have a required daily planner for the students to use to teach them responsibility, time management and self confidence. There is no cultural diversity amongst the staff, all staff is of black decent except the principal. The gym is full of roll models and their pictures, all of which are black. There seems to be quite a bit of racism toward white families & we feel uncomfortable here. I hate to have to say that as we try to show our children that everyone is created equal and how someone acts is more important than how they look. This does not seem to be a value that the school and many of the families we have come in contact with seem to follow.
If negative reinforcement, belittling, and yelling is your parenting style, this is the school for you. My child attended this school for Kindergarten and that was one year too many. We escaped this school and moved to another school district where the teachers care, love kids and love teaching. The para "professional" ( there was nothing professional about her) told my child that a picture he had colored was awful, the classroom was always in complete chaos and the teacher acted as though she did not even like children. The administrative staff was uncooperative, unprofessional and rude. Anyone who gives this school a good review has extremely low standards for their child. If you are even thinking of sending your child to this school, I would seriously reconsider. I was given no choice but to give this school 1 star, which is much more than it deserves. On my own scale I give this school negative 5 stars. I wouldn't send my dog to this school. I feel as though we escaped, and my child feels the same way. Run, do not walk, but RUN from Parkside,, sending your child to this school would be one of the biggest mistakes of your life.
My daughter is a kindergartner at Parkside and as a parent I've gotten heavily involved in volunteering. The teachers are warm and committed and enthusiastic, and do a great job at keeping the students motivated and well-behaved. There are a ton of fun school activities that promote wellness, literacy and culture, and lots of opportunity to parents to get involved in making this school even better. And the resources are fantastic: a fully equipped science lab and computer center, a beautiful library (media center), a school garden that is just getting resurrected, and a bank of computers and a promethium board in every room.
I'd have to say this school is average but nothing more. Like the other parent said some of the teachers have poor English skills but are very sweet to the kids. Education wise? Well you've seen the news and if you look up the ratings for all APS schools the testing scores have dropped dramatically. Bottom line is I wouldn't keep my child here for long, they just don't have the resources and education level I'm looking for...and this school is supposed to be one of the BEST APS has to offer.
Great School!!! My Nieces take FREE Ballet classes with a lot of these students at The Art of Confidence Performing Arts Alliance in Atlantic Station and they are all GREAT KIDS!
I am the grandmother of Devaunte' Thomas and Tonya Cosby, 3rd grade and Kindergarten students at Parkside. I would just like to commend Dr. Phillip Luck (Principal) for his genuine concern and love for the students not only at Parkside, but due to his great personality, i am convinced that it extends to others. I have witnessed his caring countless times. During a recent tragic event with little Jaquavis Hannah, a resident of Trestletree apts, as predicted, Dr. Luck and Ms. Hall (counselor) were right there to check on the situation. I truly appreciate Dr. Luck for all that he does. He checks on the children in Trestletree Village apts. During the summer, he may stop by to play football with them and just say hi! Also, My Sincere appreciation to Mrs. Ulrich (3rd grade) for her great work and support in encouraging my grandson Devaunte'. She does a marvelous job. Thanks to all of the other staff for their outstanding work..THEY ARE THE GREATEST!!!!! Vernell Grooms
Wonderful and caring Teachers, Principal and Staff...in an excellent atmosphere. A rigorous curriculum along with excellent extracurricular activities and top of the line technology. The staff at Parkside actually cares about the students. My daughter absolutely loves going to Parkside. Keep up the GREAT work!
I love the atmosphere, expectations, and love shown everyday! I am very pleased with my son's progress and attitude toward learning!
We moved our boys to this school after a very bad experience in a highly recommend and rated school also in Atlanta. I was very worried how the boys would find the move after starting this school year and after 3 weeks moving them to Parkside. Well I was very silly to worry as all the staff and the principal were so friendly, warm and reassuring that we had made the right move.... After 1 month at the school there was a huge change in the boys attitudes and they grade cards showed it even more....This was by far the best move for the boys and for us, as they both look forward to going to school and we look forward to going and volunteering.. At Parkside they really do care about your child and what and how they learn and grow.... I am looking forward to the next few years.... and Dr. Luck is by far the best principal my husband or I have ever meet....
Wonderful staff, principal, administration, and parental involvement. Parkside is definitely a hidden jewel in the Grant Park community! Dr. Luck is such a caring principal, totally devoted to the students and staff. The administration is wonderful! Exceptional counselor(Go Ms. Ball!) and everyone from the secretarial staff to the janitorial staff are always warm and friendly! My girls are excited to go to school each day and as a parent that warms my heart and makes me feel like there must be something going on great at this school! Keep up the Exceptional work, Parkside!
Our son is in his 2nd year at Parkside and we could not be happier. This is an excellent alternative to Charter in Grant Park. From Dr. Luck to Cub Scouts, the programs are first rate, teachers are very accessible and school pride is right up there with the best. Our son will have met his HS requirements for foreign language at the end of this school year, with the total immersion program, he sounds natural in Spanish. Grades are up, attention to his needs are consistent, just all around a great school. Parent
Families and teachers work well together. The principal is very productive and an excellent motivator and communicator.
Principal & staff-compassion for their students,dedicated to their profession.
This school maintains to reflect the excellence of a private prep academy. It has a clean and sanitary environment and I have not seen too many of the teachers that speak with poor english habits.
My two daughters are having the time of their life at Parkside. Principal Luck really loves the children and nurtures his teachers and staff. Finding a middle school that compares will be very very hard.
Parkside is an excellent school ! The Parents, Teachers and Principal really are involved with the students getting the best in education ... Go Parkside !!!!
Parkside is the best!great school,great teachers,great everything! Love it,Go Parkside...
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