I have 3 children who attend Arcado and have been extremely impressed. The teachers are impassioned and dedicated and really go the extra mile in making education fun and effective. I think the new principal (now in her 2nd year) is wonderful. Perhaps last year she was still learning the ropes, but earlier this year I brought an issue to her attention which she managed with care and compassion and it was effectively resolved. I have very high hopes for her continued leadership.
My child had a terrible experience at Arcado Elem. I withdrew her and Homeschooled her because of the trauma she experienced at the hand of a screaming 2nd grade teacher. The principal never called me or helped me resolve the problem. He allowed his secretary to try to resolve the problem because he and the counselors were in meetings at the School Board. The registrar and other front office staff were cruel and disinterested in the well-being of my child.
Our children began their school years here and it was once an outstanding school until the new principal arrived this year. I agree that the front office staff is not the friendly, customer service oriented, student centered environment it us to be with the previous Principal. The school is slowly declining.
My daughter entered Arcado in the 3rd grade. Her teacher was awesome! She stayed in contact with me and encouraged my daughter to exceed all expectations! She is caring and effective! Hopefully, the new principal will improve the customer service in the front office.
My son has gone to Arcado for the past 5 years and I must say this school is AMAZING! I absolutely love it and my son does also. The faculty and staff are wonderful and are always very willing to help anyway they possibly can. The diversity of the school is one of the reasons I love this school. Everyone really does care about the students and want to see them succeed. ARCADO IS GREAT!
My Godson just started at Arcado in January and was welcomed with open arms and understanding. As a retired middle school principal, I was extremely impresses by the resources available and the quality and expectations of student performance. My Godson may have the best teacher, Ms Petronaci, that I have ever observed in 30+ years in the educational system. We are looking forward to the nest two years at Arcado.
We have two grandaughters at this school. We visited on & off for a week. We were impressed with the amount of resources available, especially the books, computers, and extra activities. Our daughter works there and has raved about the new principal. She tells us that he's in his 2nd year there & has made huge gains in teacher & administration relationships, student discipline, and stresses respect from everyone for everyone. Our grandaughters love the school & their teachers. The only draw back we saw were the resources that are pulled away from the majority of the student body to help the minority of the student body. It's too bad the system doesn't require parents to resolve parenting problems for students with discipline problems and or require non-English speaking parents to take ESOL classes for their child to be enrolled.
Arcado has a lot of parental involvement and a lot of activities for students to participate in. Although these are great aspects of a great school, one must look beyond those. Arcado does have teachers that should not be teaching. All children can learn. Just because children do not learn the way you have presented a standard does not mean they need special help or CAN'T do the work. Nor does it mean that grade is too hard. Maybe it means the teacher should look at the way she/he has presented the materials.