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North Elementary School2
Posted March 15, 2014
- a parent
This school is well below average and should not rate a 6, it would be a 4 at best. They have one of the worst music programs that my children have been involved with. The teachers terach to the lowest level to achieve their test standards. This school has a large problem with bulling not just at school but also cyber and their response has been and continues to be "it's a neighborhood issue". If you are planning on moving to the Crystal Lake area stay clear you will be heavily disappointed.
North is the best school in the area! The principal and staff are awesome! After having very negative experiences with Coventry, North was a welcome change for us. The teachers are all really caring and helpful and energetic. They provided my son with extra help in writing, math and reading. Although my son did really well in a small group setting, I liked that they seemed to also integrate him in the main classroom as much as possible, so he felt like he was a part of his class and wasn't missing out on things, which was one of my worries about him participating in a LD program. He is now in middle school where he is really outgoing and excels in a small group setting and as he is gaining confidence, is doing better in the large classroom too. Crystal Lake seems to be a nice place to live. I generally don't see kids (or parents) with the annoying 'over privileged' attitudes. My three kids have never had problems with bullying or harassment from anyone in any of the Crystal Lake schools or busses they've been in. The Crystal Lake school system and community seems to take these issues seriously and really provides a positive learning environment for the kids!
We have had a wonderful experience at North. The Teachers have been amazing and very caring and supportive of our daughter's particular needs. They seem to be in-tune with what is going on in the individual kids lives and become very avaialble for them both academically and emotionally. Thank you to a great school and great teachers!
If you have a child with learning differences, I would do some serious searching and consider other options. Their are resourceful programs out their, and North Elementary doesn't seem to tap into those. Children that have learning differences need the support and access to different ways of learning. How long would you let your child go without reading? Will they be just another one that slips through the cracks? Do you think that perhaps it may have something to do with the teacher or the program that they are using? Just something to consider. They do not have the sophistication that they like to think that they have.
North is the best. My son has gone to north for a couple of years now and we are very pleased. We love the dual language program that they started. I think that the only thing that is missing is the after school sports. That would be great to have. Thank you North School!