After being a student here for over 7 year I can say that the educational experience is nothing more than basic. The school offers art, music, and P.E. And depending on what grade your child is in, what they learn will differ from year to year (I.e. one year they might learn social studies, and the next they might learn vocabulary instead). And the teachers at Goodrich are unbelievably biased, with most choosing to lean towards female students. But the principal really seems to care about each and every student. At Goodrich they have a reading program called AR, where they are tested on books they read. This has basically destroyed my love of reading, because, of the huge emphasize placed on how important it is to read a certain amount of books in a set amount of time. And sometimes they don't even offer quizzes for American classics like Tom Sawyer, but offer quizzes on very obscure books with obismal ratings. And the majority of the teachers there have a short temper. But despite all of this, the teachers really try to make learning more fun, and try to engage the students.
The Principal is awesome. The communication with parents by both the administration and teachers is done weekly. Parents who want to be involved are readily included by the PTO. The Principal attends almost every PTO meeting!
The gifted programs need attention. The student / teacher ratio is a bit high, but comparable to nearby schools. The test scores are surprisingly low. The kids are learning, not just learning how to test. These kids will be successful in life. The 5th and 6th grade buddy program is awesome for K and 1st grade students.
My kids feel safe at school, and I never worry about their safety. The teachers seem to truly care about the kids.
Kind teachers, wise admistration, but schools lacking in options for gifted or advanced students. I've heard this is being evaluated, but considering the location, DuPage County, the district is very slow. Also, I need to say, the district communication is lacking. Teachers in the school were shuffled around for this fall, but instead of telling the parents directly, the kids came home talking about it. As a courtesy, parents should have been told before the children. Parent Teacher organization is really lacking. More about fundraising than about being a bridge between parents and adminstration. Would love to see expanded role.