I have never been as disappointed with a school as I am with Nettelhorst. My daughter and I moved into this neighbourhood specifically for this school. It had great ratings and reviews so we went in with the highest hopes and boy have we been let down. Instead of spending their time and money on things that really matter, teaching the children, they chose to use their resources to manipulate the media to try and attract people who can donate more money to the school. With the exception of two teachers my daughter would have fell through the cracks academically. I've made multiple attempts to meet with the principal throughout the three years we've been here and she refuses to call or email back. When I finally went into the office and demanded to see her I was told I had to make an appointment first by emailing her. However she doesn't answer her emails so its a total catch 22. They claim to be a performing arts school, however they don't offer band or chorus. All after-school activities will cost you about $300 for a six week period. I thought this school cared about teaching children in a nurturing environment but I was wrong. I recommend you look elsewhere.
There is so much about Nettelhorst that I love. My daughter has attended for 7 years and we have been proud to do our part to work towards the school's transformation. She has loved all of her teachers and has always been very successful academically. The only complaint I have is that I feel the school is losing the diversity and spirit that attracted us years ago. At assemblies the parents of young children stand in front of the auditorium, so they can get photos of their kids while blocking the rest of us, and the ones who don't leave as soon as their child performs speak to one another loudly as the older kids perform. I hope, as the school continues to improve, that parents realize that in order to truly be a "community school," all members need to be shown respect, not just the white affluent families.
My daughter loves this school. We couldn't be happier with her progress this year. She is in K and is reading and writing.
For Kindergarten and first grades the classwork has been well organized. From the art class, I have only seen one piece of artwork from a day of class in nearly two years of our child attending. Jane's Place programs for sometimes free but mostly paid after school classes are fantastic for working parents. Also, a Happy Start program is helpful to working parents. I think the school would benefit greatly from something as simple as having kids practice and become proficient with doing basic and fast math calculations using worksheets and basic reading and writing exercises. The school does provide more abstract thinking but some more focus on the basics at school and for homework would be in order to improve academic skills.
Classes are taught with a view toward the world and how to contribute to it in the form of good citizenry and stewardship.
I've worked at Nettelhorst and other schools before and feel that Nettelhorst provides a great environment for students to learn with friendly, educated and skilled teacher and staff members.
We are fortunate to be able to be a part of the Nettelhorst community and proud of how well the school is doing
I am thrilled that they have teachers who benefit from the great programs offered through Buundless Readers - our kids have made reading and learning a way of life thanks to these well trained teachers
Nettlehorst is very respectful to persons of all walks-of-life. Every child's success is important.
Nettelhorst is a wonderful school with great parent involvement, great teachers and staff. I'm so happy my grandchildren have the chance to attend a school like this.
The teachers are superb at Nettelhorst and the parents are very involved and concerned. It is a wonderful place. We are fortunate to be a part of it.
Nettelhorst is just a great school with wonderful parent, teachers and administrators. It is a public school that runs like a private school!
The teachers are so caring and the children are given so much attention and leave feeling productive after attendance.
It is a vibrant school with colorful murals on the walls, an active parent population, and an emphasis on the arts with music, art, and dance classes (but also an emphasis on math and science) and Jane's place classes being taught by local drama, art and music schools and teachers after school ranging from drama, clay art classes, mad science, and fairy tale ballet.
Nettelhorst Elementary School is a terrific school with terrific teachers!
My kids have been going there for the past five years and loving it.
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