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Fort Leavenworth, KS

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Biddle Blvd
Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027

(913) 651-6517
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December 02, 2013
I absolutely love MacArthur Elementary! I'd heard great things about this school before coming to Ft. Leavenworth, and it definitely has met and exceeded my expectations. The teachers show genuine care and compassion for my children, and I love that I know exactly where my children are academically at all times. My children's teachers (Ms. Silvers and Ms. Irminger) are well organized and they go above and beyond to make sure that I am fully aware of the subject matter being taught in class and various events happening at the school. The principal is A-MAZ-ING! I had one tiny issue last year, and she handled it immediately. As well, she followed up with me several days later to make sure that everything was alright. I love that Ms. Bertram is always present. She truly leads by example and makes it a point to get to know the students and their families personally. The best aspect of MacArthur is hearing all of the exciting stories my children tell me about their fun and exciting lessons they've done in class. I could go on and on about how wonderful MacArthur is but the proof is in the pudding...my kids have flourished at this school and are soaring academically and socially.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2013
My 2nd grader has attended this school for three years. We continue to love the school culture and staff. I find it very hard to believe that any parent would rate this school with only one star. I'm trying to find a way to stay here forever! As with any school, there will always be some "issues" or ways to improve. Sometimes parents are so overwhelmed with their one singular issue that they don't see the big picture. I have worked and volunteered in schools around the world and have a lot to compare to MacArthur ES. The children do get a lot of early release Fridays, but that is only to allow teachers time to meet and reassess student progress (because they do flex for reading and math), that is almost unheard of in most school districts. Drop-off and pick-up in the parking lot has always been a problem but is better than it has been in years due to the Principal and staffs efforts. Parents are actively encouraged to attend SITE Council meetings to discuss school-wide academic and safety issues. I have seen a lot of positive impact from parents getting involved. Bottom line - great school, excellent Principal and one I am proud to send my child to every day!!

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2013
Our kids went here for one year and we were pleased with Our experience. The academics is pretty much what I expected. The school has a good music, art, and PE program. These were called "special" classes and the kids went to a different one each day in addition to the library (which is also excellent). The school has access to an amazing amount of technology and kids used them on a daily basis. I agree with the previous review about the principal. She handled a behavioral issue with my kid in a kind and constructive way and included us in decision-making. I've also seen her handle behavioral issues with other kids, especially those with special needs in a firm but kind way. The teachers communicated at least weekly to let us know what the kids were covering the upcoming week. As for recess, there is a short pre-lunch recess and one or two later in the day depending on the schedule. I agree the recesses could be a bit longer. Much of the time is spent lining up in hallways and waiting for other classes to line up, but I guess that's the way in most schools now. Aides and teachers hand out "Excellent Eagle Tickets" as a behavior tool. Earning 25 gives them extra recess.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2013
I am happy with several aspects of MacArthur. I have three children who attend the school and myself NDyQae spouse are more than informed of their academic progress through email with their teachers as well as the ability to see scores on tests, homework and in class assignments through the online grading system. All three teachers are more than willing to a have one on one impromptu meetings as well as the quarterly parent teacher conferences. The principal is a tough individual who holds students to standards but also is kind to the students. The only drawback to the school is that teachers are not allowed to give a student a grade less than a B on their report card. If a student scores below an 80 they must resit the test after being retaught the subject. This continues until the student achieves an 80. Students also can turn assignments in late and still receive passing grades. Although I understand the importance of students grasping the topics of instruction, this grading process does not give me as a parent an accurate gauge of where my children stand at and also gives them a false sense of accomplishment when all three come home with straight A's.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2012
No, actually that review about limited recess is correct. There is a 15 minute recess after lunch and about a five minute one before lunch. Sadly I think it is you who needs to their facts strait! However, I am giving this school one star because of the lack of principal leadership. In my experience, she and the teachers fail to take action until it is to late. Two teachers left after last year. Coincidentlly, that was the same year that the new principal took office. I know why one teacher left and it does not reflect well on the administration.

- submitted by a community member
October 28, 2012
Whoever wrote that last review complaining about recess needs to get their facts straight or at least ask the teacher/principal to clarify before posting inaccurate information on this site. Students are given at least 2 recesses a day...one around lunch time and another one during the day depending on the schedule. That's a lot more than 15 minutes. And if that is the only reason you would give a school 1 star, then you may need to re-evaluate your priorities.

- submitted by a community member
September 08, 2012
Kids are not allowe to be kids at this school. My daughter tells me that they only get 15 minutes of recess a day! Just because we are in the military doesn't mean that our kids should be treated in such a military style.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2012
We have been very pleased with MacArthur this year. We have a 2nd grader and a 4th grader, and both have flourished this year. The teachers are VERY good at communicating with parents. I always know what is going on with my children, and if I have any questions, all I have to do is send a quick email and my question answered promptly. One thing we really like at MacArthur is the fact that they do "flex groups" for the kids in math and reading. The kids are consistently being evaluated in their skills in these areas and are then placed in appropriate groups for their strengths or areas where they need extra help. This has been awesome for my kids. We have not had any problems with lack of discipline in either of my kids' classrooms, so I cannot speak to that. Regarding the parking lot, I have yet to have my kids in a school where the parking lot was NOT chaotic in the mornings and afternoons. A crossing guard would probably be helpful, but as long as the people who are driving are going slowly and are aware of their surroundings, then the kids should be safe. My kids cross the parking lot every morning. We have been very happy with MacArthur.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2012
I would need to agree with the post from yesterday. The school has become very disruptive. There are no consequences from the administration when a child is disruptive. I do not feel my children are safe at this school because of this lack of discipline throughout the school. Also this administration has not kept the parents informed about what is going on in the school. The parents in this district have always been very involved with their student's learning. There are no newletters from the principal about what STUCCO, Guard, band, choir or any other positive presentations are going on or any support for these programs from the administration. I am extremely disappointed and wished I had known how this year was going to be.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2012
Okay, this school used to be fabulous, but it has taken a nose-dive. The teachers obviously care about all students and teach well. The problem is when students in the classroom aren't disciplined for disruptive behavior. I blame school administration for not enforcing consequences for frequent classroom disruptions, destruction of school property, and physically hurting other students. When this is allowed to happen, it affects the learning of my own kids! How can they progress academically in an environment that is not safe and conducive to learning. Be wise, take your kids elsewhere!

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2011
HEAD MY WARNING!!! Send your child elsewhere. So, I've reviewed all of the comments. All legitimate. Parking (yes, an issue); but to the defense of the school~this is an on post school where over 1000 students descend with rolling enrollment annually. Our personal experience requires parents to HEAD MY WARNING!!! Our oldest son's kindergarten experience (while he may believe was awesome) is requiring my family to supplement him this summer. He had THREE teachers in one year (which is hard enough for any kid to get adjusted to one), and due to some administrative oversight because of an influx of kindergarten enrollees and neglect of district policy, he was put in the "ESL" class. He had over 8 Foreign Exchange Students in his class. We addressed the issue with the principal, who complete disregarded our concern. We then discussed it with the School District who was unaware that all Kindergarten Foreign Exchange Students (non-English speaking) were in one class. As a result of this oversight, my son tests below the average McArthur Elementary student, and a couple of students parents were informed (at the end of the year), that their child may have to repeat the grade.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2011
This school was academically good and like any school, it has some issues. If your child attends this school, you will need to watch the parking lot. If you drive you will have to be vigilant of students, teachers, and parents just randomly crossing in front of your car . There are also no crossing guards anywhere if your child would walk to school. It is also a bit challenging for the kids to retain what they learned with the extended breaks, and almost every Friday will be an early release day which seems to bring home additional homework just so the kids can keep up.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2011
This school is AWESOME! My daughter is in 1st and has Mrs. Zimmerman who is wonderful! The first grade does flex reading and math so they students are taught according to their ability level. My daughter has really grown a lot this year. We will miss it when gone!

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2011
Wonderful school! I have three kids in MacArthur- a 2nd grader, 4th grader, and 6th grader. I am thrilled with all three of my kids' teachers and the overall environment of the school. It's a very welcoming place and the staff and teachers are so friendly. My girls love the science lab and the trips to the planetarium. Can't say enough good things about this school!

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2010
Wow! What a wonderful turn-around in this school in just a few months. You can really feel the positive change in the environment at MacArthur Elementary. New principal is friendly and visible, and very positive. He mentors and leads teachers to excel and the changes he instituted have been warmly received and are making a difference. The winners in all of this are the kids at the school. Changes by the new principal and District Superintendent have made all the difference in turning around a negative environment that existed for years. The school has become a place where all feel welcome again, and teachers tell me that they enjoy coming to work again. Educationally, it remains one of the best schools in the State; however, like all large organizations, good, positive leadership makes all the difference. School lunch has greatly improved due to the involvement of the BoE in fixing the contract. Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2010
Great school, great district, great staff, great involved parents. Principal will be greatly missed. Don't believe everything you read here. USD 207 is a great place to have your kids. Sometimes ego maniac parents spoil it for all the other parents. I have seen parents yelling at staff, teachers, and admin in front of other parents and their children. Remember, school is not the military. Teachers & staff are not your inferiors. Treat them with the respect they have earned.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2010
We were to be stationed here as an Air Force family for 1 year...wish it was more JUST for this school. FANTASTIC! IINVOLVED! The planetarium and 21st century science lab are amazing. The way the education is all tied together among the variety of classrooms (art, science, music) while still engaging the students in fun is wonderful. We are very happy and our 1st grader has flourished as a result of this school and our fantastic teacher.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2010
We have been at MacArthur for over 3 years now and my children have been in every grade level between the 2 of them. The teachers are amazing and Dr. Berg is going to be greatly missed when she retires this year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 26, 2010
I would like to thank the staff at MacArthur for keeping my child safe. They having taken her peanut/nut allergy very serious. The nurse, principal, and teachers work together very well. They always put the children first!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
This is the third year my children have been to Macarthur, and I can say nothing but good things about the teachers. I feel I must mention that the counselor and principal have been difficult to approach. There are two other elementary school options on post. If I had it to do over, I would choose on of those solely based on school leadership. Thanks GreatSchools for giving us military folks an opportunity to give honest opinions. elementary school options on post andfor

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
Great school, so impressed. Thank you Dr. Berg

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 15, 2009
very impressed with continued support and challenge for the children. Thank you Mrs. Uhart, Zimmerman, Marsh and Fitzgerald

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2009
Excellent school. My kids are happy and love going to school here. The teachers are organized and communicate very well with the parents. Love the weekly newsletters, emails, and take home folder. Organization at it's best. No complaints about the principal or any of the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2009
My son is in first grade and has attended this school for one year. We have nothing but good things to say about it. His teacher is fantastic, caring and compassionate. He is happy to go to school every day and has learned so much. I find the work load to be appropriate for his age. The facilities are better than most of the other school's I've seen, with a wonderful playground and up to date science laboratory and library. We had a minor issue with bullying and the counselor and teacher immediately stepped in to remedy the situation. Parent volunteering is highly encouraged, which I personally like. Like most military families, we will be moving at the end of this school year and hope that our son's next school comes close to being as good as this one.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 20, 2008
This a school with good teachers and hard working students. The music program is impressive as all classes work on a musical performance during the year. The facility is very nice and all classrooms are equipped with computers. There are also a couple of computer labs in the building. The library is big. We are impressed with the curriculum. Our daughter did not qualify for IDEA which is the gifted program. It appears difficult for a student to get placed in the program.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2008
My grandchildren loved Mrs. Zimmerman. They always say how great she was. The teachers are all great. My Son had many problems with principal but they were resolved after going to the Board of Education. Just think military schools are run different than public.

- submitted by a community member
May 12, 2008
My children attend this school and we have had the BEST TEACHER we could have ever had. Mrs. Zimmerman, the 1st grade teacher, is a true gem!! She is compassionate, caring, and makes every single student feel like they are the most important child in the room. She more than makes up for any other negatives in the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2008
My husband and I are new to this area, but we must say that this is the best school that our children have attended. I find the teachers are highly motivated, the school clean and offers many educational resources that keep the students interested and happy. They demand high academic standards of all of their students which I am appreciative for since I also demand that of my own children who are in Kindergarten and 5th Grade. Dr. Berg, the principal, is a no-nonsense principal, and while some are opposed to this, I am for it. By reading other reviews listed here, some find her unapproachable, but I have had excellent communication with her and appreciate her effort. My son did have an issue with bullying, but she and the counselor took care of it immediately and solved the problem. I approve of this school and hope to remain here.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2008
In spite of concerns about the principal's personality, I find MacArthur to be a great school. My son has been here for two years (1st and 2nd grade), and we're looking forward to a third year. The class sizes are small, the teachers are well-educated and enthusiastic, and the children are happy! In addition to rich curriculum in the regular classroom, art, music, PE, computer, and lab science are offered weekly.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2007
My son attended this school for 3 years, 2 of which were pretty good. We had one bad experience with a teacher. The principle is very domineering and unapproachable and did not help in my and other parents' attempt to bring attention to this bad teacher. I am not surprised so many parents love this school, it looks good on paper, however, if I had another chance, I wouldn't send my children to this school. It's very strict, has high achievement standards (of which I'm generally in favor if it's a happy, learning environment) that I believe, only lead to burnout when presented in the way we experienced (teachers yelling/criticizing kids). I gave this school 4 stars because the facilities are clean, it has a wonderful science lab and library. There are a few excellent teachers that in spite of the principle, are doing thier best for our kids.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2007
My daughter has spent the last two years at MacArthur and she has truly loved every minute. The teachers and staff are wonderful in every aspect. I could not have asked for a better foundation in my child's learning. The cafeteria also offers a great selection and a healthy menu. I only wish that we had more time in this school!

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2007
Our son is a 1st grader at Macarthur and we are very impressed. I feel like he is a getting a great foundation this year. Great extra-curricular activities. Good teacher to student ratio. Parents are very involved. I am able to volunteer in my son's classroom. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2004
Awesome school! My son has been there 2 years now and we absolutely love it!

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Macarthur Elementary School
Biddle Blvd, Fort Leavenworth, KS  66027
(913) 651-6517
Last modified Macarthur Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Macarthur Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top