My children attends Dunn Elementary and at best I would say that this school is average. My husband and I chose Dunn for our children because of their high test scores. Little did we know that we were sending our children to a materialistic-brand obsessed school were you will not thrive or "fit in" unless you fit the bill. I have never had an issue with teachers or other students but I do see a lot of stepford wives in yoga pants driving overpriced vehicles while holding their Starbucks on their steering wheels for all to see and I worry that my children will find this greedy brand obsessed culture normal and/or acceptable. In other words, if you desire teaching your children humble living skills, this is not the facility for your family.
The newer principal years (2012-present) has been less inclined to help or support our son with critical, obvious, and fundamental problems in the classroom with the teacher. We are not alone with our concerns and she dismissed them with out asking his she can help resolve or looking for any solution. We are very displeased with this year at Dunn as opposed to last year when we had phenomenal Kindergarden teachers. The Spanish teacher is not nice nor does she understand how to deal with kids that aren't picture perfect and this newer principal just announced she is retiring. It's been a rough year but my child has been completely turned off by this school :-( These are critical years and we do not know whether our son is coming or going in his class. I am sad that he feels he can't even talk during his lunch break or in the carpool line. Some of the older kids have also been bullies which is not tolerated in my opinion!
I now have 2 girls at Dunn and I could not be happier with the school or more impressed with the teachers and support staff. My children are greeted every day with smiles from everyone they meet, each year they have had teachers that immediately understood their strengths and encouraged my girls to challenge themselves daily. Our teachers never teach to the "middle level" in each class, they help children individually as much as they can. I have always had concerns by teachers and administrators dealt with immediately, and get call backs the same day, even if it means the principle calls me at 7pm. As to the other review that pointed out a specific teacher. My child had that teacher as well and I cannot fathom anything like that in her class. My daughter felt picked on by students in her class and her teacher looked out for her on a daily basis and always made sure that all children felt at ease in the classroom. My girls are more than happy at Dunn.
My daughter was a victim of bullying at Dunn and the sad thing is that her teacher, Mrs. Mowry, was the bully. She really shut my little girl down!
My daughter is a 5th grader and has been at Dunn since Kindergarten. The children are given the Cognative Abilities Test in third grade for AP math placement in grades 4 and 5. Even though my daughter did not score at the requisite level the teachers knew she was capable of higher level work and allowed her to enter the AP program in 4th grade. We have been so happy with the curriculum and high level of academic challenge. This year in AP math they are already doing 7th grade work. Love the challenging and caring environment!
There is way too much bullying happening at this school! We reported many incidents to the counselor, who promised to notify the parents of the offenders. We later found out that the parents were never told about the issues and the principal did nothing to help. I would never wish the same experience we had on anyone else!
Although the PTA is quite a click to be reckoned with, the school as a whole, principal and teaching staff are THE BEST!! I love that all of the teachers know my son, or act like they do when they see him in the hall! It makes him feel good. He was there for 1st and 2nd grade and both of his teachers were fantastic with my son, one on one and in their class as a whole. JCPS has an awful enrollment/school assignment plan, but, if you're fortunate enough to get your son or daughter into Dunn, you will LOVE it!!
Fantastic school, principal, pta, and teachers. Huge emphasis on high academic achievement. Teachers utilize different media and tools (smartboards, document cameras, computers, etc) to effectively teach their lessons. It is a very safe, secure environment. Respect and responsibility are practiced daily. The school offers many extracurricular opportunities and encourages community involvement. I am thrilled my children are getting such a terrific education from such a caring, dedicated principal and staff.
This was our first year at Dunn, and we have been extremely happy. We have found the staff to be very helpful and personable. The PTA staff has been wonderful and very appreciative.
Great teachers. It's amazing that they all know each kid by name. They actually care about the kids and what's going on in their lives. The office staff is also very nice people. The only bad thing I can say about the school is that they need a new Principal. She is very rude and snooty. If she leaves or transfers it would be the best school in the city.
I have been at dunn the last 7 months in a non teaching roll. I have never been around so many caring people they care about the kids and fellow employee's i wish my kids were small again.
Dunn is an excellent school with the highest caliber of teachers and principal. The teachers and principal genuinely care about each and every one of the children. They go above and beyond what is expected of them each day to make sure each child is getting the highest quality education they can receive. It is truly each teacher and the principal's calling in life to be in that position, because they make a difference in the lives of each child and it shows. I have a daughter in middle school this year and she couldn't be more prepared after her years at Dunn. We love the school and its staff.
I have visited many schools in the Louisville and surrounding areas and I have yet to see the dedication to our children that I see at Dunn Elementary. Dunn Elementary is truly a remarkable school in the Louisville community. Dunn has excellent teachers and attracts the better teachers because of the high quality student population and the willingness of the staff and parents to make things happen. I have 2 other children that graduated from the Oldham county school system and I can not compare the quality of teachers and staff to Dunn. They are truly dedicated to the education of our children. I would recommend Dunn Elementary to anyone who has a child in elementary school system.
I have 2 children who attended Dunn. They were both in the talented-gifted and advanced programs. Their achievement test scores were always in the highest percentiles. However, they were unhappy at Dunn. Their grades were average and their motivation was low. Some of the teachers and administrators were very good, but others were terrible. Several teachers have reputations for yelling and using obscenities in class. The teachers defy the principal's authority. There is a lot of politics involved in getting the best teachers. I often considered changing schools, but remained because Dunn was in our neighborhood. Now that my children are in middle school, they both like school, have great grades and have won many awards.
Having visited many schools in KY and elsewhere I would highly recommend Dunn Elementary School. Students are well behaved and eager to learn. Parents value education and support the school in many ways. Teachers are dedicated and professional in their dealings with students and parents. These three things are critical to ensuring a successful academic experience for children. High expectations are held for teachers and students and the support is provided for them to achieve at those high levels. Students love going to school at Dunn where they feel safe and valued as they learn and achieve at consistently high levels.
Dunn is clearly a desirable school, with an active PTA and involved staff. But, like all east-end Louisville elementaries, the student-teacher ratio is atrocious Other schools are similarly over-crowded, and there is only so much that can be done when teachers are facing classes of this size. Be thee aware ...
Dunn Elementary is truly a gem of a school in the Louisville community where many people focus on 'private' schools as the only option. Dunn has excellent teachers and attracts good teachers because of the high quality student population. Many high quality families attend this school and generously give of both their time and money. The school is able to afford many extracurricular activities, technology and arts programs because of its excellent PTA. I believe Dunn offers my two daughters an excellent education in a relatively diverse environment with many oportunities to pursue other interests. I highly recommend this school.
Dunn Elementary truly is a 'great school!' We are currently in our sixth year of having children at Dunn. My husband and I are very pleased with the education our children have received at Dunn. Dunn has a wonderful, caring, and very involved principal who puts the needs of the children first. We have seen an improvement in the quality of education and safety of the students each year that she has been at Dunn. We know of many parents who can afford to send their children to private school, but choose Dunn instead due to the excellent education they receive there. The parental involvement at the school is incredible. We have an outstanding PTA who provides much-needed technology, supplies, time and services to the school who like other KY schools is faced with difficult budgeting issues. I would highly recommend this school to any parent with elementary age children.
I have had children at Dunn Elementary for six years and have very high regard for the school, its staff and its PTA. One of my children struggles with a disability and each year I have had a lot of interaction with the teachers, counselor and principal. They all devote extra time and effort to improving his education and his self confidence. The parental support is top-notch with countless service hours and PTA involvement;in fact, it was recognized nationally as a PTA School of Excellence - the first in Jefferson County. The PTA's strength translates to improvements in school resources, such as sponsoring an artist in residence each year and offering students exposure to the performing arts as well. This is important due to budget cuts in these areas in public shools.
As a parent of a Dunn Elementary student, I couldn't be more happy with the quality of education that my child is receiving. I am an educator myself and feel that my child is receiving the best education that there is to offer. Dunn is an exemptional school, which is highly reflected in their continuously high test scores. The amount time and dedication that the faculty and staff put in to ensure that each child is being taught at their highest level of achievement is unprecedented. The school offers tremendous opportunities for the student to experience the arts in various ways, ranging from weekly Music and Art class, taught by a very qualified teacher, as well as an artist in residence. The physical education program as well as the computer program are top notch. I would have no reservations in recommended Dunn Elementary school as a great school!
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