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Pleasantdale Elementary School5
Posted May 19, 2014
- a parent
My husband I moved our two boys to District 107 in January of 2014. My older son is attending First Grade at Pleasantdale Elementary and he has grown leaps and bounds and has greatly accelerated in all areas of academics. My son was in need of an IEP Program and the staff and team of educators have done a tremendous job creating a learning environment that helps my son learn in a way that works for him and his learning disability needs, he never feels different from the other children in class and his confidence and self esteem have also greatly improved. Pleasantdale Elementary is a top notch school and deserves a 20 on a scale of 1-10.....we are very thankful and blessed to be part of a great school as well as a fantastic community that District 107 provides to the families and residents in the surrounding area!
I agree with a previous review in that this school only cares about isat test scores and district assessments. If your child does not test well, they will be thrown in to the special education black hole. I really like the principal he truly cares about the children. Most teachers are very caring and attentive. The PTA is very helpful as well.
This truly is one of the better schools in the area. The curriculum is geared towards teaching the children in a structured system while keeping them engaged in the learning process. Staff is fantastic with all children and has the experience to back it up. They go out of their way to make sure children who are behind get extra attention, they have teachers who will work with children that need the extra help. You definately see the tax dollars at work. Parents are expected to be actively engaged in their child's learning process. I am amazed at the amount of preparation and work that goes into teaching these children and the care the staff takes to ensure a solid learing environment. This folks is in my opinion one of the best schools in the area.
The May poster has not been in this district long enough to really see what goes on here. The superintendent does not care about special needs children. The focus on the brightest of the bright because they are what will keep the test scores high. Yeah the elementary school principal is nice enough if you like puppets. And forget about the middle school principal. She is asleep at the wheel. If you want the best for your kids, look into Western Springs because you won't find it at Pleasantdale.
This is an excellent school, great school principal, excellent staff and an extremely supporting and caring superintendent. We are fortunate to have such a great staff to take care of our children. I can not say enough good things about Mr. VanderCar (the principal). Teachers of our kids (KG and 1st grade) are excellent too. I am sure your kids will thrive in this school.