I have a 6th grader and a 4th grader, both have been at Ames since K. We love Ames and are glad we decided to move into the district before they started school. My daughter is excited ready for Hauser in the fall but she is also sad to say goodbye to Ames. The teachers are awesome and the principle is as well. Both parents and teachers are very involved and care about the childrens education.
We have had children at other District 96 schools. We have found that Ames teachers really care and involved in the child life. The principal knows all the children by name. She really cares about each child like they are hers. Just an all around good school. We prefer it to other schools we have been at.
We have had two children at Ames for the past 6 years. The younger is in first grade, so we can compare changes over time. The school keeps getting better and better! The teachers really love to teach and they offer a wide range of programs to enrich the student experience. The district is struggling with space issues - all classes are at preferred capacity (about 20 children per class) , but the educational experience seems to keep getting better.
We love this school. Parents, teachers and principal, PTA and school staff work great together. Parent participation is a key element and welcomed. Small school with limited space limits activities,so they could use improvement there. Cultural program offers grea chance fo kids to broaden the small comunity feel and thin beyond our comminities. Communication is good to fair/ while it does come out , needs slightly more information to answer questions or more advanced notice.
I have two children at Ames and I am extremely happy with the quality of education they are receiving. A great deal of emphasis is put on reading, composition and math. Moreover, attention is also placed on cultural arts with special programs and hands on projects. Our PTA is very active and provides many programs and opportunities for all the children. The school is an old building with lots of character and many sculptures made by the children. The staff has great enthusiasm and it is apparent when you walk through the building. Our principal is very involved with the children and always makes herself available to parents. The small class sizes (most under 20) create an excellent learning environment where the students get lots of attention from their teacher. I feel so lucky that my children are attending a school that they love and want to be at everyday.