The school is entirely focused on their ratings from testing, and nothing else. Kids entering K hear about ISTEP testing from day 1, and are drilled on things that are tested. That's all they do.
Principal or teachers K-3 have not heard about the concept of "growth". If your child is behind the curriculum somehow, they'll drill test skills into the child, yes. But if your child is genuinely interested in learning, or needs to be accelerated in any subject (gasp!) - you are better off finding another learning environment ASAP, while your kid hasn't been turned into a little test-performance-automaton.
Both of our children have gone to Childs, and we have been thrilled. It's a warm, caring environment, and they received an excellent education. The principal and teachers truly care about the students, and it creates a very comfortable learning environment.
Child's Elementary is one of those rare schools that is able to maintain a family friendly place while being a number one rated scholastic school. The teachers are top rate and truly care about the kids and their growth.
Warm and caring school with very effective teaching. The neighborhood feel and walking area to school and surrounding parks is a dream. Teachers and administration are closely connected to the students and truly care about individual success.
Our kids attended Childs. There is nothing special about Childs. Some great teachers, some atrocious teachers. It consistently gets high marks because it is in the highest socioeconomic area of Bloomington. Give this principal and group of teachers a lower ses group of students and you'd have a failing school. Plain and simple.