I went to Jackson School and recently returned as a parent of a child who is there. I cannot tell you how much the school had changed--and yet, the caring, high educational expectations, and belief that all children can learn to behave, handle responsibility, develop their talents, and be part of a community that makes a difference has continued to shine forth there. When I left Jackson, I was 1-2 years ahead of my peers in both math and reading at the private school I then entered. The connecting of science and social studies, music and art, have been of ongoing and continuing benefit to me through the years (and yes, there were things on my ITBS tests and SAT's that I was first introduced to at Jackson). Keep up the good work, and go, Bulldogs!
We moved around quite a bit while we were getting settled professionally. During that time our children attended several different schools. I did not become apparent to us until after we moved our children to Jackson how much difference a good school can make in your children's lives. They had quite a bit of catching up to do and the staff was really helpful. Our third child started at Jackson and is way ahead of where our first two kids were at this age. In my opinion the teachers are excellent and there is a good selection of teachers with different skills at each grade level, which enable you to select a teacher that would most complement your student's weak areas. My daughters have been exposed to serious violin, ballet, and basketball after school programs because of their involvement in the activities at Jackson.
Jackson school is a great place for children. The staff works together and tries to place kids first. The staff at Jackson works hard trying to give the best education possible to all children that attend. The school has a great parent core that supports the school. Mr. Winslow is an outstanding administrator whom the staff all looks to for leadership. Jackson is a great place to be.
When we moved from one district to another, our ten-year-old daughter was forced to attend Jackson. We regretted moving her to a new school, but her performance has been exemplary and her talents in math and reading have really excelled! We have had no disciplinary problems with her at school. In fact, we have grown accustomed to having our daughter police our lives at home with the values and morals she has learned at Jackson. She exudes school spirit and really enjoys all the new friends she has made. (I felt terrible after reading the previous parent s comment and thought everyone should know that I m not disappointed in the least. Belittling and forcing the children to face adult issues has not been a problem in our lives. Perhaps a poor teacher was their experience. But, being involved with your children s lives means more than simply dropping them off at school. I suspect there were only issues with one teacher and that the parent was not able to involve him/herself within the schools volunteer program. I would quickly pull my child from Jackson and instead home-school her before I allowed her to be influenced by such things. And, yes, I am a working parent who is away from my kids 7:30-5:30 daily (as is my wife). I truly do trust Jackson elementary and intend to enroll my two remaining children ages 5 and 1.
The staff at Jackson Elementary are a dedicated group of committed professionals. They do an outstanding job teaching, and love their kids. I have volunteered in other schools for years, and will continue to do so with Jackson Elementary.
There is one teacher that I really like at Jackson's Elementary and she obviously holds herself to a much higher standard than the rest of the staff. This school appears to think that belittling the children is discipline and you'll get no support from the principal. My children have been belittled, lied to, disrespected and threatened with adult things that adults should handle, not children. I would never recommend this school, especially in terms of self esteem which is just as important, if not more so, than the rest of the curriculum.