My children have only been attending this school for a year now and they absolutely hate it! Iam extremely dissatisfied with our experience overall. With the exception of a few, this has to be the most negative school staff I have ever encountered. I honestly don't understand how anyone is comfortable with this school. My children are literally begging me to change their school and I am strongly considering it.
My daughter has been going to Dewar since Kindergarten and up until this year we loved it. The staff and teachers are great. This year there has been a huge lack of communication with the parents. We often don't find out about things until the day before, if at all. You now have to sign your child in as tardy at 7:55, but school doesn't start until 8am, so I'm not sure how 7:55 is tardy! We, the parents have been told we can not go to our child's class for any reason. I understand the need for security, but really. I am glad we are moving this summer or I would be looking to transfer my kids to another school!
From the principal to the cleaning crew, everyone at this school is all about helping the children. The teachers we've been assigned have been amazing in their approach to teaching and in their ability to relate to the children in their class. Parental involvement is great at the school - a lot of parents work with the teachers on special classroom projects, classroom presentations, or school activities.
I read through some of these reviews and couldn't disagree more with those who thought Dewar had low teacher morale. These teachers are phenomenal! They have great attitudes and really make learning fun for each of our three children. Terrific communication between the teacher and the parents in all of our classrooms. The principal and AP always have time to talk about an issue, and will make time if the situation warrants it. I've asked each of the teachers that were assigned my children what I could do to help - some needed help, while others have said they would contact me if they needed it. Very challenging academics - I saw a 2nd grade class last week (not my child's class) doing science experiments on the playground!! Amazing teachers, great leadership, and fun learning all at one school
Dewar Elementary is an awesome community that I treasure to send my kids to! The teachers and overall staff is one to be getting so many applaud's! Beth Lind does a fantastic job in being a leader for that school! She has the patience of Job! My chidren love their teachers adn the overall experience has been fabulous!
Who could ask for more? My son has gone to Dewar since Pre-K and is now going into the 3rd grade. I have felt nothing but welcome and the teachers and staff are WONDERFUL!! The teachers welcome parent involvement and do as much as they can to make learning FUN. I am so glad the kids are allowed to have fun (within reason) and talk during lunch. unlike some schools . They have to be still and quiet during class, They need a little outlet. I would reccomend Dewar to anyone looking for a GREAT school.
My child was in Kindergarten this year and I couldn't have been happier at the education he received. Mrs. Sublett has been an awesome teacher. She made sure my child was taken care of each day, was never too busy to talk with me, and made sure I was involved and a part of his education. We will be attending Westside next year and can only hope the same caliber of teachers will be over there. If you ever find your child standing outside Mrs. Sublett's room, please be thankful and know that a wonderful learning experience awaits you and your child!
It seems to me that the rare negative comments on this page all say they are highly involved in their child's school life. Having seen many parents like these I will say that the problem is most likely with the parent. They need to let go and let the teachers do their job. THe teachers at Dewar are awesome and should put the over-involved parents in their place. Eventually kids need to get away from mommy and daddy.
My daughter began at DES as a Pre-K student in 2001. She will complete 5th grade this year. After 7 years, I can honestly say she has received a first rate, excellent education. She loves her teachers, past and present. We are confident that she is well prepared for middle school next year.