Nature Ridge has excellent teachers. The principal is so involved with the children/students, parents and teachers. The team work from the parents who volunteer their time, money and support is awesome. I never seen a school with so much support. Everyone gets involved in every grade level even the special needs classes and students don't stay behind.
This school is way overcrowded with a principal that is not doing a good job and should be dismissed as well as demoted from every obtaining a principal position at a school again within u-46. For your hard earned payment into our tax dollor system, I highly suggest moving or staying out of school district u-46 as it is a complete shambles with continued misuse of funding. This school district as to be the worst in Illinois.
Our school is way overcrowded. It is evident in the curent report card of the school that has been published for the 2008/ 2009 school year. When is this issue going to be addressed ? We can no longer take the majority of the Spanish program students from the Elgin area if the school continues to grow without proper expansion. This is a serious issue amongst every parent I speak with .. At this point I feel that the only way to solve this problem is to move out of Bartlett and be rid of U-46. My tax money will be better spent on my children in another district. The teachers are fantastic , but they can only do so much with overcrowding. Submitted by a
this school is very nice but way over croweded. The classroom size are very large which is not fair for the teachers and our kids. We have been complaining about this issue but the school district is not really concerned about the impact of this problem on our kids education and their right to have a school with the same rate of inrollament as other schools in Bartlett.
As a parent, I am very pleased to see my children actively engaged in learning on a daily basis. I am pleased with the excellent mode of communication within the classroom and throughout the district. (phone messages, e-mails, etc.) As an educator, I feel that Nature Ridge has a strong positive vibe coming from the staff, and they are doing all that they can with the growing population, and demands that are put on educators every day to keep up with the insane law of 'No Child Left Behind' The teachers at this school do an exceptional job showing the kids that they care.
The school is great but way, way overcrowded. There are currently 3 mobile classrooms this year and next year U-46 intends to bus more children in from Elgin and add another 3 mobiles which would make 6. The Spanish emergin program while necessary needs to be split up with part at Nature Ridge and part at another school, perhaps in Elgin which would ease overcrowding and hopefully end the mobile classrooms altogether. Having 168 children or more currently out in 3 mobile trailers in my view is a serious issue in evacuation into the school should serious weather occur. Other than this issue, the school and teachers are fantastic.
Since 2006 we have had a new Principle, Terri Lozier and the standards have shot up significantly, the faculty are happy again and get this...my children get up early so that they can be at schoold by 8.10 AM !
I think the new principal has done a lot for Nature RIdge, she's envolved in each child's development. The teachers are caring, and the students feel the support and challenge. Parents have to be part of it, it's not only there job.
The school allows to many children per classroom. My child is in kindergarten and it is extremely overcrowded. There isn't alot of learning going on due to the size of the classroom.
This school now has an enrollment of 700 children, which is way too many children for a school of this size, the first graders start eating lunch at 10:45.
Students are not encouraged to finish there class work but most of the times classwork comes home to finish along with the homework.
All in all, not bad but not great either. Music, art, & PE are very limited. Principal leadership has changed which may well turn out to be a blessing. Current teacher does not seem to have love of children. Strange ways of teaching math. Very mixed student population, very high income to very low income.
Only experienced Kindergarten and First grade but I think things are good. There is a lot of growth in the area and the school is adapting to the needs of the community.
This school is the absolute worst. The biggest reason is the principal, who actively discourages parent involvement. The few parents who are truly interested and volunteer are treated as an inconvenience rather than an asset. Experienced teachers with great ideas are discouraged from actually putting them into practice. Overall, Nature Ridge is a cheerless environment where kids who are actually ready to learn have little chance of being happy.
We spent three years at this school and we never had a teacher that was satisfactory. Solving homework issues was non existant.
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