Posted June 7, 2010
June 4, 2010 poster - please contact me at your earliest convenience. I would love to discuss your concerns. James Gray, Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
This school has been a big disappointment. Communication between parents, teachers and administrators has dramatically deteriorated over the last three years while my two children were there. The caliber of many of the teachers has been shockingly poor. Several of them demonstrate a total lack of creative problem solving skills and an unwillingness to develop positive relationships with their students. I have witnessed my two boys' self-esteem plummet at this school because of the inappropriate ways in which their teachers relate to them and handle difficulties. My attempts to communicate my concerns to the teachers and the principal have been met with resistance and empty promises. I would not recommend this school to anyone who believes that teachers should be some of the most positive role models and influences in the lives of our children.
Hamilton is a good school. Dr. Strausburg is a fantastic principal, they should all be like her. You walk in with a problem, you will walk out with a solution. Academically they have worked harder with my kids than their last school. As parents we have to keep in mind their job is to teach, our job is to discipline. If we do our part all the kids benefit. I also supplement my boys education at home as I don't feel there is enough emphasis on grammar. Other than certain kids behavior issues, I don't have a problem with this school.
This is my son's third year at the school and we all love it. The staff is hardworking and dedicated. They show spirit by attending school events held on weekends and offsite. They have always taken the time to talk with me or my husband at any time, but we have also taken the time to talk with them. Same with the principal. She has been there for over 20 years for a reason. Overcrowding is not an issue. They are a smaller school with one classroom per grade. As a parent you should visit the school and more than once. Feel that it is right for your child.
What I like about Hamilton is the fact that they have a unigue alternative to traditional gym, Dance & creative monvement! It is a perfect fit for my Child. Also on site OT & Scocial worker. Two art programs! Chorus! There are many advantages to this school for our family!
Excellent teachers and dynamic principal Strong academic program and high test scores Outstanding arts education and dance programs
I am completely shocked by the comments about the principal. My children have been at Hamilton for two years and I would say the principal is one of the most dedicated supporters the school could possibly have. The school has a new parent committee and there is a lot of positive momentum from the parent community. The staff is top notch and my gifted child continues to be challenged in her daily classes. While there is no official gym class (because of budgetary constraints) the children get plenty of physical activity in free time in the gym,outside or during the excellent dance program(s). I suggest that parents visit the school,meet the principal and staff instead of just taking one parent's word. The school is working on extra curricular activities and again this is funding related. The school partners with neighbor Lakeview YMCA for afterschool programming.
I used to go to Hamilton as a child and the other parents were right about the principal. I do not know how she managed to be a principal this long. But besides the fact that the principal does not care about the school, there is NO type of: extra-curricular activities, after-school programs, bilingual classes, or even GYM! There is a whole gym and nobody even uses it because instead of gym they have DANCE in a CLASSROOM! I will NOT put my own children in this school or reccommend this school to anyone.!
I use to attend Hamilton as a child and if the principal is still the same I can agree with the other parent,about her not really caring or being there. The teachers on the other hand were great. They tried hard to get you involved and enjoyed what they did. They became involved with the students on a higher level helping them with just about everything from school to personal problems. I am a mother of three and if I still loved in the area I would be happy to send my children there.
Hamilton is the worst school you could send your children to. The principle is rarely, if ever there. She does not care about the students education. The year I was there she allowed police to enter and take students from the school without informing the parents. So honestly think twice about where you send your children for school.
I disagree with the comments of the previous parent. Hamilton is a great school with excellent teachers a strong principal and continually rising test scores.
Do not send your child to this school if you want your child to ever learn any thing more than the same basic lessons that were covered in K-3rd grade. This school uses the Saxon program and after 3rd grade they focus on the same basic materials already covered. My children are now in fourth grade and have yet to be challanged. I spend increasing more time with my children teaching subjects that should be covered while they are at school. This school is famous for low test scores. PTO? the children are not getting the skills that they need to be successful. There are a growing number of children every year who can not read or write English. My children tell me that they refuse to separate those kids from the English speaking class because the school is so over crowded the resources do not support that effort.
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