My son is entering 2nd grade at SPARK (he has been there since K) and we love it! He has had great teachers that have had genuine concern for his learning and have gone above and beyond to ensure his success.
We are sad to see the past principal leave as she goes on to bigger and better things (a testament to caliber of staff at SPARK), but we are excited to see what the new principal will bring to the table.
We are actually staying in our home which we have outgrown in order to keep our children at SPARK!
A wonderful, inclusive and exciting school! We have loved having our two kids attend this school and will be sad to leave when they move on to middle school. The teachers are warm and loving and the school facility is fabulous and newly renovated. The rooftop garden is especially nice. Very involved parents and an active and engaged PTO. The only complaints are really district-wide issues that the school has no control over and are issues at all APS schools. We have really loved our time at this school.
Academically this school is better than the rest of what the district has to offer. Most of the teachers are enthusiastic about teaching and truly want to see students excel. I've had concerns about some of the teachers' use of improper grammar, but luckily our family is the type to ensure proper training at home as well as school. The resources at the school are excellent. There is a strong PTO that is actively engaged and will ensure that children's academic needs are met.
Social development at this school is severely lacking. APS, as a district, doesn't have much diversity. Many schools are very segregated. While this school has a decent mix, the school would benefit from sensitivity/diversity courses. Of course, a child's narrow minded views come from their closed minded parents, but some of the statements that have been made in the classroom that have gone uncorrected are startling. My family is not from the South, so maybe this is normal to most. However, it's difficult to focus solely on academics and ignore the lack of diversity and efforts of inclusion to teach the "whole child". Considering that social development is not being properly taught in some homes, it'd be great to have a place where, for 6 hours, a child could learn about others outside of their "bubble".
My daughter completed her first year at SPARK. She transitioned well from a small private school. We like the facility, the involved parent's association and enthusiastic teachers. While we plan on sending our daughter back next year, we do not believe that she was challenged academically. This is mostly due to a rigid public school system that doesn't allow for individual lesson planning and teaches to the middle. While her teacher understood our concerns about keeping her challenged she had 24 other kids to plan for as well. We understand it is our job to manage our child's learning and we supplement SPARK with outside enrichment to keep her challenged
Springdale Park Elementary has provided a wonderful learning environment for our children. The school is beautifully renovated with a fantastic rooftop garden from which the children get to sample vegetables. The teachers are warm and loving and it is a fantastic community of parents.
This school is amazing: from the family science night, to the rooftop garden, to the spanish language classes (for grades 1 and up), to the science presentations for younger kids during the standard testing for older kids, to the orchestra, the environmental science program, the music and art programs (seriously the music teacher got the 1st graders to sing somewhere over the rainbow acapella this year, do you know how challenging that song is for young kids??), to the focus on reasonable personal physical activity in PE, to the supplemental reading circula, to the anti-bullying pro-self esteem focus, I could not love this school more if I tried. I'd go here in a heartbeat, if If they would let me attend an elementary school. I have a daughter in 2nd grade and a son in Kindergarden.
This is an amazing school all around from the teachers to the parents to the administration. An active PTO and generous parents contribute extra time and money to support the school. Fundraisers and requests for supplies are always answered. While it is not immune to a bad teacher or administrator every now and then, it rivals any private school in terms of educational outcomes. The only differences are that Springdale Park has a slightly higher class size and is governed by APS. The excellent record of the school has caused the student population to grow and expansions are already under construction. I'm excited to be a part of the school and can't wait until my younger children start here.
Great principal, excellent teachers, beautiful facility. Disappointed with experiences we have had with other administrators and staff here, unfortunately. Very involved and wonderful parent involvement.
Springdale Park is such a beautiful school! Filled with beautiful people. The principal is brilliant! Ms. Brown makes it a point to know every single one of her students. The teachers are brilliant too! They make sure every single student tries their best and succeeds. These teachers really make the best out of children. Gives a lot of work but also still knows how to have fun! School Activities are greatly valued in Spark (Springdale Park nickname). Especially the fifth grade Wahsega trip!!! So enjoyable! -former student