Wilder is a solid school in the Louisville area. My son enjoys going there and is getting a good education, which is the important part. The only complaint I have had is the jump to label ADD or ADHD. I took the teachers' advice two years straight and put him on Vyvanse, while not really agreeing. Finally I decided to take him off of the meds and he is doing better than ever. Sometimes you just have to realize that they are young kids and are not going to be still or quiet the entire day. Beyond that, I am happy with where my boy was placed and the friends he has made. Also, up to this point we haven't had any bullying issues, which is an important topic now.
My daughter also attends Wilder. It is a good school with good environment; since my child is reserved and shy we are planning to move her to a private school where student teacher ratio is less. Any suggestions..
Beware, have you ever been so glad to be done with something that you just let out a big exhale? That was our reaction to the last day of school at Wilder. Although there were several good/great teachers along the way the bad/uncaring teachers made the overall experience rather sour. Management was unimpressive and concerns were never truly addressed or handled. We sometimes wondered if they actually listened to parents about a teacher that bullied kids, or a teacher not actually teaching or giving false information, safety concerns brought on by teachers poor judgement. We actually had a very seasoned teacher try to teach my child that Louisville, KY was not in the Eastern Time zone because she claimed the text book got it wrong when in fact the book we looked at was accurate. We didn't move our kids as other families did because they were not a target of some of the inappropriate activity and we felt the disruption of friendships was something to consider but we did have a lot more "discussions" on what is appropriate behavior (mostly adult behavior) and why people act the way they do more often than we should have at an elementary level. Good Luck with your choice!!
My daughter had a wonderful, caring teacher at Wilder who communicated with me on a regular basis about her progress. She did enjoy some of the after school activities offered. We did have to deal with some bullying problems on the bus.
Wilder has been a wonderful school my son. He enjoys his school work and the teachers. The teachers are great at helping the children learn, even if they are having trouble. They also make learing fun. It is a wonderful family like enviroment that is condusive to learing.
The teachers and parents involvement make a great atmosphere for learning.
This is a wonderful school. The teachers are very caring and make learning fun for the kids. My son has special needs and Wilder has done a wonderful job in helping him achieve in school.They involve the parents and communicate openly about your child's education.
My son is only in Kindergarten, but we have had a wonderful experience so far. We love his teacher and the TA, and we love the principal. I do not like all day Kindergarten programs, but that was our only option since we couldn't pay for private tuition. Everyone at the school seems to be very compassionate and helpful with these little kids and all the big adjustments they have to go through. I have attended a few PTA meetings and I have been very impressed with the parental support. I feel very fortunate that my son is able to go to Wilder. If I had any complaints, it would be regarding the 'full day' kindergarten program which is district wide. I wish we could have found a half day program. We will do everything we can to keep our kids at Wilder.
My children enjoy Wilder. There seems to be a great caring atmosphere from the teachers & assistants. After speaking to the principal about my child's special health needs, she was very accommodating. As with all schools, I think communication between parents & staff are the key element in a great education for your children. The PTA has many extra activities & parental involvement that seems greater than in most schools. Academics are truly important to this school, as well as a healthy environment.
I have a son going to Wilder and he loves his school. I love the teachers at Wilder and the emphasis put on academics. The PTA seems to do great things for the school and the actvities are very family-oriented. I don't think you could ask for better teachers, assistants, volunteers, or principal that what is at Wilder. I must admit however that I have had some instances where the office staff has been rude to me like some of the other postings have said, and that is a shame since normally the first people you encounter in the school is the office staff and that doesn't make for a nice first impression.
Knowing about a school is invaluable. Wilder is the best! We love it! The principal is progressive and fair, the teachers and parents care and it is very safe! It rocks!
My children never felt welcomed at all. The office staff were very rude and selective about who they were nice to. I also have a special-needs child who was not accomodated at wilder. My children were glad to be switching schools.The person who helped my special-needs child most was a parent-volunteer who goes to school to offer extra help to students.She should be the one paid to be there.
I completely disagree with the previous two parents. My family has had a wonderful experience with this school. I have had two sons who are students, and one which is special needs. The teachers that I have dealt with have bent over backwards to accomodate my son and make him feel included. My oldest son has blossomed thanks to the care and concern that his teachers have shown. Not to mention the outstanding academic atmosphere that Wilder provides in a diverse learning environment. I also would praise Wilder's preschool program. The strides that my children have made are amazing.I credit it with stable, long term leadership.
I agree with the other parent who provided feedback, the teachers are not at all helpful with children who need extra attention. It seems as though there are too many children per teacher(class size). The office staff are also very rude and not at all helpful.
This school was not very helpful to a special needs child. The Principal was very disrespectful towards us, the parents. We switched to a Private school after this experience. The extra activites were nice and did involve all grade levels.
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