We are not very impressed by Sagamore Hills Elementary. We picked Sagamore because we wanted a small community school. The standardized testing is getting out of control And the children seem over-scheduled. The Principal, Julie Taylor, is conflict-avoidant and will not take a stand on anything. The Assistant Principal, Mark Montello, is fairly responsive. My son loves science, but the STEM program is lack-luster. The children are over scheduled and don't have time for play. There are some nice parents there, but the overall feel is very snobby if you're a newcomer. If you have not been there since kindergarten, it is difficult to break into the social scene.
My son is in first grade. He has homework each night, but no more than 5 minutes of effort. It is about teaching kids to be organized and prepared. I wish I had learned those skills at such a young age.
I am surprised at the recent negative reviews. This is my son's second year at SHES and he could not be happier. He loves his teacher and has made great friends. The more I get involved and volunteer in the school, I realize what a special neighborhood school we have. Teachers, staff and parents work hard to make this a supportive and enriching environment for all.
The small school atmosphere helps promote community. The STEM program has helped students bond and become in-tune with each other. There are many programs which help students of different grades and ages meet and learn from one another. This helps students develop relationships that extend beyond their "classes" and form friendships that are meaningful.