My son started at the tuition-based Pre-K this spring and has had a very good experience. The teacher and aides do a great job with curriculum, and are also very caring. We'll be back next year!
I have lived in the area for over 18yrs. MY oldest son graduated from Waters & now my younger son will be graduating this June. My kids have gone to several different schools before Waters thinking other Magnet Schools were different. I am so pleased with Waters School, the teachers are great & the students are very appreciative. It is located in a very safe family oriented neighborhood.
Our 7 year old is thrilled to have been accepted at Waters. We entered through the Options Program and I drive my son to school. Our son is very excited about the stimulating hands on approach at Waters. Ecology, the arts, and technology are integrated beautifully here. This is a school that cares about the children's emotional and educational needs. We have found the staff to be supportive and compassionate as well as passionate and enthusiastic about teaching at Waters. There is a high level of parental involvement and enthusiasm at this school which is refreshing to experience. Community involvement is also highly valued here. Test scores are on the rise. It is of major importance to see the jump in the third grade scores in 2006 that hit 90%! It is obvious children are thriving here under new management. We highly recommend Waters as a school on the rise!
We live in the neighborhood and are thrilled with the positive changes and parental involvement going on at the school. This is our daughter's first year there in the tuition-based pre-k and we couldn't be happier with the program and the teachers. She is really blossoming as a result of this pre-k. The school is turning a corner with the help of a new principal, dedicated teachers and involved parents, but it's going to take time and commitment. We're beautifying the school one step at a time so the surroundings speak to what a great school it is becoming - with very unique programs like an ecology program, city garden, stellar fine arts education; etc.
I believe Waters School, which was, until this year, under a 15-year administration that lacked caring what the school looked like, got a new administration and a new engineer who is awesome about order and cleanliness, and it is really starting to show. My daughter goes there and loves the PreK. This is the first year that we have had more neighborhood kids come to the school, entering in both K and PK levels (it is our first year for Tuition-Based PreK, although they have always had a State). I have noticed that this year, community/parent involvement is huge; we have a great start. 45 people came to paint the 2nd and 3rd floors last weekend, along with 35 kids who came to play, paint and do Wiggleworms in the gym while it happened...truly a wonderful experience. The school is old, but we are brightening it up as fast as we can.
I'm surprised at the previous negative post. My daughter is in tuition-based pre-K now and I couldn't be happier with it. The teacher is fabulous. And clearly the previous poster didn't peek into the tbpk room because every toy, costume and stick of furniture is brand new. Yes, some of the hallways still need new paint, but they are obviously making steady progress on the building. And anyway, I'm more inclined to place higher priority on the staff and learning experience for the students. While I can't speak about other grades yet, I do think Waters has some things other area schools can't offer - namely an emphasis on teaching Spanish language - even in Pre-K! And also there's the school gardens and ecology programs. My daughter came home one day very excited about digging for carrots and potatoes in the garden. That to me is unique in this big city!
Here is what I observed from Waters school: Dirty, Disorganized, and I was shocked at how the blonde vice-principal talked to parents. I had heard there were supposed to be some positive changes going on in this school.That is what made me tour the school in the first place. I would rather home school my child then send them to Waters School. Hopefully the parents that did choose to send their kids there are able to get into some of the better schools in the area for the next school year. There was not even soap in the kids bathroom.
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