I agree 100%- Nov 5th post was never observed by me and I volunteered virtually everyday. Very much above average in academics, great facility, good extracurricular events, in particular the father daughter dance and mother son dance. Also since its opening 2009, the principal has replaced 50% of the surplus staff and hired outstanding replacements. Through the transition, scores have continued to rise. Saved me $10,000 a year in private school tuition.
I did not like what I observed at this school while my kids were enrolled. Teachers practice much favoritism there. Also, teachers engaging in extramarital affairs with other teachers and their arguing affecting the kids... Horrible.
My son attended Kindergarten and 1st grade at Cliftondale. My husband and I were going to put him in private school but after my neighbor encouraged me to tour Cliftondale we were sold. Ms Drake's Kindergarten class was a great transition for my son who had been going to Montesorri school part time. She challenged her students but was also nurturing and fun ! Ms Rachel was the absolute best 1st grade teacher for our child. She has a way of making learning fun but also teaches children that there is work time and there is play time. She implemented a rewards system that highlighted good behavior do the children in the class wee inspired to show positive class conduct. She expects 100% of her students @Everyday all day" as she used to say. My son adored her. We are moving and I am prayerful that we get a school as great as Cliftondske!!!
i just picked my daughter up from school and the school held them back until most of the rain stopped to make sure they weren't wet
I have been a Cliftondale mustang parent for 3 years and here is what I have observed: The students are well-mannered, with all the same energies and challenges of any child in any side of town. The fathers and men of the community are very active and there to welcome the students with a smile and words of encouragement EVERY morning. The teachers are top notch. They care, they teach, and they inspire the children. The front desk staff is much better now about creating a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere for the school. The school nurse is great. This school is not ghetto but parents at the school must work harder to reconnect with the concept of building community. Cliftondale parents need to go beyond being a group of kind strangers to actually working together to create a school community that celebrates children of different religions, languages, skin colors, hair textures, body sizes and cultures. This is a strategy for any school to promote respect and prevent bullying. Ciftondale school and neighborhood community is a beautiful diamond in the rough. We can make it shine.
Whatever you put in is what you will get out. You put notthing in you get nothing out. Yes, the parents involvement can be better. Every school has it's ups and downs, some just don't report the bad like they would the good.... My opinion, this is a good school compared to the ones I've seen. They still have some areas that needs improving, but I've seen some improvement. Kids do as they see and speak of what they hear.
The parents at this school are spoiled and lazy. They want teachers to do all of the work and often try to get them to change grades that their child earned. The students live in nice houses but are just as ghetto as the next kid. The parents break this school.
Cliftondale Elementary is a great school! As with all schools, there are some teachers who lack the desire to teach, but for the vast majority of the teachers, they are awesome. Every class has a smart board, and 3 desktop computers. The school is also equipped with an additional 60 laptop computers, which can be reserved from the library. There is a computer room with 30 desktop computers too. The leadership at Cliftondale is first rate! There is differentiation inside of the classroom. Students are classed by learning level for the most part but there are a few kids who suffer from being placed in slower paced rooms. The CRCT & ITBS tests are great barometers to discern Cliftondale s performance. Once again, students that are placed in the advanced/accelerated classes can compete with the best in the world. Believe that! You heard me!
This school needs better Teachers with more respect for the parents and students...Front desk assistance is a joke! The Principal, good luck with speaking with him......After school program, stay away...Attitudes everywhere!....All together, Horrible!!!!!!!!
Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.
The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.
To start a new list, click OK. Otherwise click Cancel.
Thank you! You will begin to receive newsletters from us shortly.
Thanks for verifying your updated email address.
Oops! You haven't verified your email address yet. To do so, please click on the link in the email we sent you. Can't find the email? Click the button below to receive a new one.
Oops! That email verification link has expired. Please click the button below to receive a new one.
Create an account to submit your answers.
Sign in with an existing GreatSchools account or using Facebook:
Your review has been posted to GreatSchools.
Share with friends! Post your opinion of Cliftondale Elementary School on Facebook.
Welcome to GreatSchools!
Thank you for registering as a school leader. We just need to verify your email address. We've sent you an email - please click on the link in that message to get started editing your school's information!
Thanks! We just sent you an email – please click on the link in the email to post your answers.
Get timely updates for Cliftondale Elementary School, including performance data and recently posted user reviews.