The previous post is correct that the school is only doing well because of the military families. The school's minimal extracurricular activities were reduced without notice at the beginning of the school year due to a lack of interest by the staff. The students for the sole remaining robotics team were selected in secret just 2 weeks into school year instead of holding tryouts for those interested. The school closed their library for the year to create another classroom with only a couple days notice and then closed the cafeteria on a Monday with notice being given the Friday before. The children are forced to eat outside on the ground unless their teachers let the students eat in the classroom with them. While 4 portable classrooms have been sitting unused for over a year. The school said they hope both will be open by August 2017.
Parks residences on shafter were given the option to move into brand new housing on tripler. None that applied for the GE to cont. At shafter got approval. Every single one was denied. This school doesnt support military families at all. After more than 2 years at shafter we are required to move schools even though live 10 mins away.
The school administration does not support military families and is out of touch with their needs. What makes this school great are the Military families not the administration. We make great sacrifices for our country and we only expect a little in return for our families. This is not a personal attack on the administration because they had the authority and opportunity to change the situation which is described below. This is an honest thread that needs to be heard and read. Military families were given an opportunity to move into new housing at Tripler village from old cramped housing (10 mins away but not in this schools zone). The Principal would not allow affected students to remain in the school for the remainder of the tour (1.5years on avg) or grant a geographical exception. This impacted only 10 students. This shows how out of touch the administration is with the needs of the military family. They are not concerned with how often children change schools and the toll that takes on them. The concern is with the current over enrollment of the school, 10 students was not asking much and the situation would have leveled out in less than 2 years. The administration did however allow students to remain until the end of the current year but by the time most families move into new homes, that "generous" offer would equate to 1-2 months most. There is no reason why an exception could not have been made to allow the children to remain until they PCS in less than 2 years. The school servicing Tripler village is also crowded and the student to teacher ratio is about the same. There is no team work or logic with the decision making. Be very cautious when asking for something exceptional with this school administration because they are only concerned with their own agenda.
I have to agree with what the others are saying. My son started first grade this year and overall he's had a wonderful experience. Coming from Germany, and having to switch from 4 different schools in under two years can have a negative impact. My son has excelled dramatically in less than 5 months! Thanks to his teachers! Schools academic foundation is a step-up from others. They offer a robotics club and YMCA after school program on their campus. Principal, counselor and the rest of the staff are very involved. From safety to academics there one-step ahead of other surrounding schools. Thanks for taking care of our Military families!
It's a great school. I highly recommend it. From the principal to the staff to the teacherstore everyone very involved. It's like a private school only it's public school. We came from fort riley an a private school st xaviers catholic school. It's not as personable as catholic school was but I've never seen a principal doing traffic control twice daily like here at shafter elementary school.
We have been involved with Shafter for 5 years and I have so much awesome things to say about the staff at the school. The teachers are easily accessible and sincerely care about my kids. I am blessed with the staff and can not say one bad thing about them. They work closely with the kids with a passion rather than "just a job" and it hows. Its as if my kids go to a private school though its a public school. If I had any concerns they were address right away. Im not sure about the person who posted a rating earlier -- but I love this school and I only wish it went to a higher grade than 6th. I will be looking for a private school after my son finishes 6th grade. I am in awe of Shafter and would and do tell everyone how great they are. Thank you to the staff at Shafter who are very personable!
Pick up/drop off is very important because kids are running around everywhere and pushing each other into the street! That is a HUGE concern! The principal avoids all issues and I guess only helps out with the special needs children, which is good because the students are getting beat up being in the same class as special ed kids. They'll be working on classwork and get a book thrown at their head from a "special needs student" because they are in the same classroom as everyone else. My kids used to love school until they came here.
There are more important things to worry about with your kids going to school then whether or not you have to park your car when dropping your kids off (in reference to another parent's comment). I'm grateful for the MPs who stand out in front of the school as I certainly feel my kid is safer for it. The teachers and staff are extremely caring and professional. My son is a first grader with special needs and his teacher couldn't be more incredible! The principle, Ms. Martin, is outstanding, as is the entire office staff!