As a former student I can say that S.P.G.S. is greatly underestimated. There are many great teachers and staff members at the school and overall I would say in the past five years the school has shown major improvement. People seem to condemn the S.P.G.S. special needs classes, but the school is older and is not necessarily equipped to handle all special needs groups, but it has taken strides not taken by other local schools. I believe the lower than average scoring on tests stems from a lack of effort on the part of the students not the teachers, but this issue needs to be resolved with more direct methods than are currently being used. Overall I would rate the school at a five because it does create a sense of community that brings the small town of South Pekin together and there have been some very academically successful people that have graduated as S.P.G.S. Tornadoes.
- submitted by a community member
May 30, 2006
My child was in the S.P.G.S. special education program and received very little help from the teachers or staff , he was targeted as a problem student but instead of being helped to overcome his obstacles, he was made an example of . The principle of this school does a poor job of running the school,but he also contributes to alot of the problems there. In meetings teachers promise to try to improve the childrens academic experience ,however when the meetings end so does their interest in the child. As for parent involvement it is discouraged .When I saw my child was struggling I offered to come in daily as an aide and was told I wasn't needed,and my letters of concern to teachers were repeatedly ignored.My recommendation for other parents is avoid this school! It is no place for children!