The policies established by CPS made it difficult to obtain services in a timely manner. Early intervention and a great understanding of ADHD on the part of the staff would have improved the situation as well. When my child did qualify for special assistance in the classroom her improvement was immediate, unfortunately her zest for school and self-esteem were diminished in the process. Interventionist were a necessary asset to schools and an effective strategy to preventing failure. My child lost a year!
The school's RTI was ineffective and impossible for a teacher to complete with a class size over 20.
Once both my children were accessed, they received services; however it is a fight..if you are easily discouraged, uneducated or unwilling to challenge them, your child will be lost. What about the children with no advocates.
My daughter attends the Carnegie RGC and we are so thrilled with her experience. She has taken huge strides academically and is surrounded by love and attention. The children are respectful and kind to one another, and the results of their hard work are amazing. The teachers are engaged and highly skilled. A wide range of activities are available as well as aftercare options and intensive tutoring. It is not a perfect school, but it is a very good one, and I recommend a tour and serious consideration from any parent.
My child started at Carnegie in the gifted program almost 6 years ago. My 2nd daughter just completed the pre-K program. I will say that the pre-K teacher was excellent. She got my daughter where she needed to be. I have not been satisfied with my older child's teacher's since 1st grade gifted. That is why I am transferring them out for the coming school year. I was not a complete product of the public school system. Most of my elementary school years and high school years were spent in either Christian or Catholic school. So, I don't know why I though I could trust the public school system to educate my children. That being said, I am looking forward to them leaving. I would not recommend Carnegie school to any parent.
The leadership at this school is EXTREMELY poor. I have taken a few issues to the principal (Marlene Heath) and each time she either FAILS to thoroughly care for the issue or allows the TEACHERS to act on her behalf. Speaking of teachers, many of them speak to the students like they are DOGS and have even called the unacceptable names. Some teachers DO work hard however, MOST of then are LAZY and seem to be there just for the paycheck. THEY run the school -NOT the principal. Its really sad... This school is a JOKE -I would NOT recommend it.
This is not a bad school, but I have found over the last four years that the atmosphere leaves a lot to be desired. Although there is not a lot of outright violence, there is an excessive amount of teasing and bullying. Some of the teachers are spectacular, while others just clock their hours and get out of there. The PTA is new, and they're doing as well as they can, but not a lot of parents are involved in the school program.
With their new golf program Carnegie now expands the childrens' mind in sports as well as scholastics.
My child is just completing the Gifted Kindergarten program at Carnegie. As a teacher, I waas terrified to release my impressionable baby to just ANYBODY, ANYWHERE. I drove by the school at all hours of the day and night to 'check out' the neighborhood and the school grounds. I was pleased with the area surrounding the school. The summer 'mock' week of school was extremely beneficial and thoughtful to get the children ready for their first classroom experience. Mrs. Wilson and Ms. Hudson are FANTASTIC! My child can read better than a second grader, can add and subtract two digit numbers. They have given scientific challenges, and knowledge in Social Sciences. Not to mention that we were particularily 'stumped' on a geometry assignment that my child eloquently explained to us!! The school is clean and safe, security is on point, and the principal is a true educator! Great afterschool programs and PTA!
Carnegie School from my personal experience is one of the best elementary schools you can go to. I say this because you learn what you need to learn to exceed in life-in all subjects because the teachers are your friends and want to help you in all parts of your life. But I'm going to keep the rating realistic, because just because i go to the school I'm not going to rate excellent when I know that even though the school is one of the best, there is still a school that is better than them in some or most ways.
I am a parent of (2) students attending Carnegie School. My son entered Gifted K, almost 6 years ago and my daughter just completed Gifted K. I am more than pleased with not only (most important) curriculum but the environment in whole. The teachers that I have been in contact with are indeed supportive, caring and overall DEDICATED. This unfortunately is rare within our public school system for many of reasons. It is my opinion having an education background that teachers are just as important as the parent as it relates to a students level of success. I owe, my son and my daughters 'success' to Carnegie's staff. In 5 (going on six) years I have yet, felt as though my children werent safe enough or didnt belong to this school. I am pleased to be a part of the Carnegie Community. :)
My 6 year old is in gifted kindergaten and has learnt so much this year. She reads very well and and seems to enjoy school. Her reading level is comparable to a 2nd grader.
The gifted program is still fairly new and leaves a lot to be desired. It's not what I expected and isn't comparable to the other Regional Gifted Centers.
My name is Charlene Stubbs all of my 6 children went to carnegie and 3 graduated and 1 is about to graduate and I have 1 that has 2 years to go. this school is awesome. We have the most team spirit when we have an outting such as cheerleading competition or any other sport the whole school, family, friedns, teachers and principal attends. We support our students and teachers at this school.
The teachers are great and really give the students the attention they need to be successful.
This school has been as close to an answer to a prayer, as I'm likely to find, in a Southside public school. The pricipal is a caring, energetic leader. The teachers and staff are, for the most part, caring, & enthusiastic, about teaching the students. The program offerings, are varied, & there are two magnet program options, currently offered. The children are challenged by the work, & projects (although, there could be more homework given, I think). Overall, I can live with the thought that this is where my children are receiving their elementary education. Oh, before I forget, the average standard test scores are decent, and rising.
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