Our child attends Ferson Creek Elementary and we have been very pleased with the education at this school. Every teacher our child has had has been an exceptional educator and the administration staff is also very helpful and together they strive to really challenge the kids at the school. I appreciate the strong push in math and reading and I like the large academic goals that they push to achieve and exceed. The renovated library looks great and the push to have updated technology (laptops & I-pads) accessible for the kids is fantastic. I appreciate a school that doesn't settle for being academically average and pushes to achieve greater than average. The community of parents that support this school are exceptional as well.
Great school! We have had children attending Ferson since 2007. The Early Childhood program is fantastic. The EC teachers and staff truly care about the kids, and it shows. The principal and staff are very friendly. We have been very happy with the our experience.
My children have gone to Ferson Creek since the fall of 2007, and we have had only positive experiences with the teachers, students, staff, and principal. It seems that some of the older reviews of this school are outdated.
Excellent teachers,principal and services. If you have an issue- they are responsive. District 303 also deserves credit. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you have concerns. National test scores appear well above average. Children are very kind. No matter where you go-- It's what you make of it. I think they give you opportunity above others.
I volunteer at Ferson Creek several times a week. The staff and teachers are friendly, and the students are courteous and respectful. I like the amount of collaboration between teachers of the same grade level.
I love this school! My son has a young new teacher and I find her to be very animated and fun while still providing an education of substance. My son came home telling me how much he likes his principal. When I was his age I was afraid of the principal.
Pick your poison - an inexperienced young teacher or a jaded, tenured one that takes off a ridiculous amount of sick days, leaving her students with a string of subs. My kids come home and report they had a sub at least once a week. What should be a fabulous school, considering the wealth and eagerness of parents to be involved, is instead mediocre. Classes are over-crowded. 23 kindergartners?! Appalling.
The teacher to student ratio is not good. Also parental help for crucial learning is not utilized. A very disappointing experience.
This is a great place to be. Even though there have been five principals in five years, the teachers have really pulled this place together and their effort, care, and concern for ferson creek students and families is apparent.
At ferson creek, parents want to be everywhere. What they don't realize is that the teachers are the certified, and trained professionals. Parents need to back down and let teachers do their jobs. Although it is nice for them to offer additional assistnace in the classroom....That is clearly a poor decision as parents are clueless of best practices in classroom education. I would not any parent to help teach my child reading, writing, or math. I want the trained teacher to do that. Bottom line...Parents need to back down and let the teachers do what they do best...Teach. I have observed parents walk around that place like they own it. Sorry, but they obviously need a job of thier own. I only wander, is that how you walk around your doctor's offices- unannounced and expecting to be seen without an appointment? Let's gain some respect for these professional teachers- many ma degrees!
I concur with the 'attitude' noted in the other reviews. Their special education&speech/language dept is sub-par at best. I had 2 children in the program and both had terrible evaluations,teachers and IOP's. The number of brand new, inexperienced teachers is staggering. The school's ability to deal sensitively with step-family issues is reprehensible. The principal's opposition to the Boy Scout orginization was frustrating. Parents who wanted to be involved were discluded because of restrictions on time, quanity and subject matter they desired from volunteers. Also--just forget about being involved with ANYTHING if you have a pre-school aged child--you are never welcome. Bus routes are ridiculous--wanting kindergarteners to walk 1/4 mile on non-sidewalked roads (45mph speed limit)and cross the street for bus stop. And our taxes go for what? Oh--and don't think that you will actually stay in the school you start in. This area redistricts and busses.
Ferson Creek is a school where parent participation and involvement is abundant yet test scores and school morale plummet. Why? I wasn't sure at first but after two years here it has become clear. Leadership! The leadership at Ferson Creek does not respect the opinions of senior teachers whom have a lot to offer to our children, leadership does not respect the parents opinions and will not listen as if no one is worth listening to. But most of all leadership does not respect the children or families at Ferson Creek and it is evident just from walking in the office you will notice that no one will greet you; they will not make eye contact; they don't offer help; this is not a good place to teach elementary age children respect and concern for others, it just doesn't happen here.
Respect for other persons is not a priority at Ferson Creek. I have witnessed the principal, teachers and bus drivers yelling at kids. They are, not surprisingly, becoming oblivious to this method of 'discipline'. While test scores are fine, it would behoove the school to focus on practicing respect and rewarding desired behavior (rather than just punishing non-desired behavior). Curse words are common on the playground (of course, out of earshot of the teachers).
Parent's desire for involvement in educational activities is not encouraged outside of the Art Volunteers In the Classroom and some limited Math Activities. It seems that with dropping test scores in the last 2 years in writing that parental assistance in writing workshops would be appropriate. Discipline and structure are lacking. Communication with parents concerning issues is sorely lacking! All communication must be initiated by parents! Notification about building issues has been handled poorly (e.g. Not being able to flush toilets, water heat problem).
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