we can simply not get thru to all children, however, I feel this staff at FD are exceptional. I have seen a deeper understanding of compassion in my children since joining the Fort Daniel School Family.
The Principal Mr. Willis is the most outstanding leader I have ever met & experienced in Gwinnett County Schools. He truly cares about the children. My first experience watching Mr. Willis in this school was his interaction with a group of 5th grade boys a few years ago. He joined the young men in the lunch line, then followed them to the table, squeezed between 2 boys to sit with the group for lunch. This showed me that he would much rather meet them on their terms and get to know them outside of meeting them in his office later. These were not my children but as a mom this was an overwhelming experience.
Every thing about this school is great. I have never seen teachers that genuinely care like the ones we have had a Fort Daniel. There are no concerns about safety like there were at her old school (Rosebud Elementary in Loganville). The principal is great, and very involved - without being overbearing or "scary". Our Daughter is getting an amazing education, while enjoying the school she is at. You can ask for anything more than that!
Top notch in every way!
This is not the school for children with learning differences. If you have a child that can learn by sitting in a classroom and absorb all of the required coarse materials. This is a great place to be. If your child is even slightly out of the realm of this style of learning, this is NOT the place for you. This school is not designed to handle any child with significant reading/writing/spelling/ or math difficulties as diagnosed by a licensed professional. If you have children with these learning styles, get a IEP and get to another learning establishment, public or private. On the flip side, the PTA is great in this school. Many great things happen there because of the parent involvement in PTA. They work very hard to keep costs low. Reiterating, If you have any learning difference needs, you need to consider another county school system.
Only to those that understand how persistence, grit, and determination are being taught. How about self reliance? Self confidence? Through those reassuring personal qualities help you develop persistence, grit, and determination.
Children that have learning differences feel left out at Fort Daniel; because the children realize they are unable to keep up with their peers at an early age. The biggest problem in this kind of environment is that learning difference children are forced to watch other mainstream learning children receive awards for their academic achievements. This allows children with learning differences to feel as a failure because of their achievements are not measured appropriately by the school. It comes down to teaching styles. This school (and the school system) has a one size, one way, of doing things. If your child doesn't fit in, there are no success's in their lives. So, no it is not a fair environment for all.
This school does pride itself on respecting others. However, the school philosophy, does not provide respect to children that learn differently. How can you expect a child that doesn't learn like others to respect his or herself?
If you were compassionate for all students, you would have appropriately trained teachers for different types of learning styles. The compassion, caring, and empathy only goes as far as your child's ability to provide good test scores.