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Grande Reserve Elementary School5
Posted July 13, 2013
- a parent
Amazing teachers I have one son that has gone to Grande Reserve from K-now 6th grade. Every teacher he has had is awesome! These teachers and admin really show they love their job and our children as individials! All the kids rave about the new principal! Love love love GRES!
We have had students at this school since it opened. I have also had the opportunity to help out as a parent volunteer. The teachers and most of the staff at this school are outstanding. My third grade son has had nothing but fantastic teachers since he started there in Kindergarten. The growth that he has had is unprecedented (especially last year in third grade.) The extra reading programs that he has participated in (reading recovery in first grade and extra reading help with the reading specialist last school year) are outstanding and have helped him tremendously. Also, the librarians do an excellent job with enrichment activities and really know their stuff. I would not hesitate to move into Yorkville as the superintendent and his staff definitely have this school district on the right path!!
Our experience with this school was very disappointing. Horrible leadership, poor communication with parents and such a bad experience for the children that parents were pulling their children out left and right to finish the year out by home schooling. I visited the school 3 times in preparation for our move and child's enrollment. When we came to start his first day, the principle was surprised and hadn't reviewed any of his background materials. She just picked a class to put him in and the teacher had no idea he was coming. He was embarrassed and I was horrified. I should have followed my gut and just taken him home. A gifted student who had never had anything but positive school experiences became recluse and had no desire to go to school. Bullying, fighting at recess. It was unbelievable. His class had 4 different teachers in one year. He didn't learn a thing. Yorkville is a nice place to live, but don't buy or build in this school's line of fire. We were re-districted to Bristol Bay for the next year and it was a great year.
We have had some excellent, caring teachers at this school. They are always accessible, always ready to help with any issue we have come across so far. The parents are very involved. The principal was immediately reactive when a problem with a nasty lunch aide was brought to her attention last year. The situation was immediately resoved to the positive benefit of the students. This school stresses Character Counts and has a No Bullying policy. I wish the academic programs were a little more challenging, but I think this is a state curriculum issue and not a specific school or school district issue.
The principal at this school is wonderful. She was always very accessible to us whenever we needed her and she went the extra mile to help my daughter whenever she needed it. They have a zero tolerance policy on bullying. We moved out of state and are no longer at GR, but would highly recommend them to anyone considering sending their child here.
I was excited about coming my children coming to this school, but wow! What a let down. If you get the right teachers then you would be set, other than that the principal needs to get a handle on the school. Playground time for the kids have been less than pleasent. If you want your child to have a mediocre education and will to let them slide by without a good foundation, then this school is for you.