Argyle is a great school and doing wonderful things. My daughter loves her school and she is thriving.
My son is wrapping up kindergarden this year and I cannot express enough how much I am impresed with the entire staff at Argyle. As an actively involved parent, I have had interaction with most of the staff and everyone seems to go above and beyond and show a genuine care for the students and the school. My son has learned more than I expected in kindergarden and has developed an eagerness to learn. HIs first year of school was definitly a success at Argyle!
When this school was built in 1961, I was in the third grade. We started before the lunch room was finished and the shrubbery was planted. The PTA of our school, planted and landscaped, put pictures in the halls, manned the clinic(volunteer moms) and everyone attended and participated in the PTA. This was a great school. Academically I would have put it up against any private school of its time. I eventually did my student teaching in Argyle. Hopefully, the parents and staff of today are holding up the tradition that was started. And yes, today they are having a 50th anniversary celebration! Congratulations, Argyle!!
After a failed attempt to sell our house and move to a different school district, my husband and I finally called Argyle and asked for a tour. The principal and vice principal were wonderful and took time to answer all of our questions, even addressing some false rumors we had heard about the school and its progress. We walked away from that tour with a completely different outlook on this little school around the corner. We are so glad we took the time to check out the school ourselves rather than relying on an outdated reputation, or rumors from other parents who hadn't even visited the school themselves. All this time we had a wonderful little gem of a school in our own backyard! Argyle is a wonderful school and I am so happy my daughters have the privilege to attend. I only wish others knew how good it is. The teachers are all loving and attentive, and the administration is friendly and familiar with all the students. I would suggest to any parent, at any school, to not only judge a school by how it looks on paper (test scores, etc.) but to actually visit the school, walk around its halls, talk to its administration and teachers, and then make a judgment.
I'm the parent of a rising kindergartener and my first impressions of the school are better than I thought. I know that they have a history of low test scores, but I know that it's from having alot of hispanic students that have english as a second language. I'm hoping that the school meets my standards. Besides, I know that Argyle has a bad rep, but I think that school is what the parent makes it. If you want a successful student, you have to start at home. Anyway, I hope the school meets my expectations!
Actually, I have a question, not a review. Since Argyle turns 50 this year, is there going to be any kind of celebration or homecoming event? I was a rising fifth grader the summer of 1961 and eagerly rode past the construction site about once a week to see how my "new school" was coming along. I will check this site again in case there is any announcement of such an event.
My son attended this school in 3rd grade and I have to say it was one of my favorites. The principal was wonderful, very hands-on with the kids, encouraged socials for the kids like Halloween, welcome back to schools, and so on, listened to your concerns, and encouraged parent/teacher relationships. My son had one super wonderful teacher and another really great teacher. He was learning not only academically but proper behavior as well because he is very charismatic. No school is perfect but I definitely have more good things to say than bad things about this school. The staff was very friendly and cordial. Overall, I recommend this school with a smile and since we moved, I sincerely miss it. The grass is not greener on the other side.
My son attended this school and was enrolled in the special needs pre-k programs. We moved in order to get away from this school. The principal seemed to do a good job, but his leadership wasn't enough. The school my son had been in was excellent and this school was no comparision. I never knew anything about what he was learning in school, because the teacher never sent any information home and he never came home with any projects or school work that showed they were working on any type of theme. I was very disappointed with the quality of education he was getting and I felt as if this was year of his life of learning that was lost. If you have a special needs child, I would suggest you look into another area school.
I am a parent of a first grader (Ms. Owens) at Argyle. I just wanted to write a review because I noticed the majority of them are dated from a few years ago. First let me start by saying that the rating of this school is very misleading to the actual quality of the school. I was apprehensive about my daughter attending this school when we relocated from New Jersey based on the rating from this website. Fortunately, my poor expectations of this school turned out to be completely unwarranted. The principal, Mr Babay is very hands on and is always present and available to parents. Ms. Owens is a wonderful teacher, very encouraging and consistent. The school is always clean and safe. The children are respectable and the staff is pleasant. They encourage parent involvement, workshops, pta, student activities etc. I would recommend this school to other parents.
Argyle Elementary is a wonderful school with caring staff. The Teachers work well with each student and make every effort to ensure that every child get a quality education.
I transfered my son here from a charter school and despite it's location, it was an awesome school. Ms cook was my son's 1st grade teacher and she was deligent, caring, dedicated and made it obvious through her actions that she loved her job. My son scored higher on the state tests here and obtained more knowledge then at the charter school. I was hesitant at first from rumors, but it turned out to be a great educational move for my child
Argyle Elementary has a wonderful staff , the teachers work with each student and makes sure that they are on grade level or above. The school has met AYP standards for the past 5 years . Its the Parent involvement that slacks... The teachers can only do so much... when it comes to PTA the parents do not want to participate We have a great new Principal and Ast principal years
As a parent of a first grader at Argyle, some parents make negative comments against the school, but how many of those are involved in volunteering for their child's school. If we as parents want changes then, join the PTA and one of its committees, the teachers I have worked with are more than willing for any outside help from parents. Part of volunteering is not only to get you involved and get to know what is going on at Argyle, but a time for you child to learn to give back and be involved with making changes. Many of our active volunteers, are regulars, they manage their schedules and work at most all school functions. If you want a Spelling Bee, then suggest it and work to organize it. We have a new principal, Mr. Babay, and a new PTA with elected members, so give them a chance to shine!
My Kindergartner is at this school and academics are not stressed. Parents are not treated as an important element in their child's education. The school does not encourage parents to volunteer in the classroom (its ok for fundraising activities). The PTA donated to a homeless organization but has never said/showed/explained how much money was raised and how much was spent and where. The PTA never sponsored any academic programs! Did this school have a Spelling Bee this year? All sorts of flyers get sent to parents to raise money for the school but where does it go? The administration and the PTA are in need of a big change! The focus needs to be more on academics at this school! Good luck with getting a good teacher!
I am very pleased with the quality education my child is getting at Argyle. She's already reading! She loves going to school every day. I like Argyle and my daughters kindergarden teacher.
both of my children attended this school,I've never liked the school. the school is raggedy,in need of repair. more parents need to speak up about the school. thereare some good teachers at the school but i think a lot of the older ones are burnt out and they just dont care anymore.
Overall, Argyle is a great school. The teachers work really hard with students who come from mostly a transient area. My child loves going to class each day!
My child is enrolled in the Pre-K program at Argyle Elementary. Mrs. Kniffin and Mrs. Powell are great. That is where it ends. The staff are unfriendly. When situations are reported the principal will give you a well rehearsed and politically correct answer but will ultimately do nothing. The front office staff are rude, the majority of the teachers don't speak when you say 'good morning.' I am highly disappointed and would never recommend this school to anyone. My child will not be returning to this school next year. If it wasn't for the great job that Mrs. Powell and Mrs. Kniffin do on a daily basis I would have withdrawn my child from Argyle Elementary months ago.
Argyle is not an upscale leadership school by far. The school represents a stand still of unknowledgeable, non chalant staff, no consideration for the future, disrespectful attitude at times, and no power to excel themselves and the students. I have never been so disgusted at a school since my child has been attending Argyle. Paying for a better education would be much better then attending this low rank school. As for the Principal she represents what the school is all about. 'Argyle is like a low budget film.'
I am very happy with Argyle Elementary. I moved here from Boston over a year ago and my daughter attended Teasley last year. Her and my experience this year is much better.
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