Dufrocq has won the "Magnet School of Excellence Award" (top recognition) for the last 2 yrs. The teachers, administration and staffs are excellent. After a year of private school, our son is now part of the Academic Magnet Program. We're pleasantly surprised.. the program is on par, if not, better than private with smaller class size (19 kids). We're happy and proud to be part of Dufrocq!
We moved to the Dufrocq Magnet program this past school year (2012-13) after 4 years in a private school, and we love it! The main reason we moved was to get a smaller class size than we had at his private school, where the class size was 29/30 kids. My son's current academic magnet class size is only 20 kids max. so now he gets more attention when he needs it. The 3rd grade magnet teachers are great, the facility is beautiful and airy, the magnet program offer loads of fun hands-on activities and field trips (7 field trips this year!), and my son has blossomed here. My child has not experienced any bullying and I have never had any problems with the office staff as another parent mentioned. I can only speak to the academic magnet program, but we think it's great!
This school is one big, chaotic mess. It may be a new building, but remember it is what is inside that counts. The office staff is incredibly rude, and my child was physically bullied so much that she cried every day after school. This was in the Montessori program, and I know that the regular school is even worse. Write ups are thrown away by the administration, so the teachers get absolutely no support. Substitutes leave in the middle of the school day only to never return. I pulled my child out of here and is since blossoming at a private school.
My child is in his second year in the Montessori program at The Dufrocq School. Although I love THIS particular program, its teachers and lead magnet teacher, I'm still unsure about the rest of the administration. Since Dufrocq now houses 3 different programs (Montessori, Traditional, and Academic Magnet), and is about to start a Microsociety program, at times the school seems chaotic. Last year we had little communication with the main administration, and a lot of times we weren't exactly sure what was going on in just the little everyday details. The school reopened in its remodeled location last year and expanded its enrollment then, so I'm hoping that a lot of the chaos disappears soon as the school settles into the second year with all the changes . Facilities are wonderful--all brand new, and I'm sure the test scores will improve as the years progress.
This is a great school my child often tells stories about Dufrocq and all the great things they do in class while learning. The staff really cares about the students and they are a great group of people to have on your childs team regarding education. they have their best interest at heart. the teachers will do what it takes to ensure the students are prepared for the next grade. For instance my daughter took the LEAP in 09 and the school provided additional support and tutoring from the beginning of the school year until the day the students took the test and for that I am grateful because I noticed her confidence increase and she was not nervous for the test she felt that with the support and tutoring she would do fine the teachers also provided encouragement the entire time. And for that I appreciate you Dufrocq
This school has consistently shown improvement in scoring according to Louisiana Statewide assessment. One of the fourth grade classes each year has a passing rate of 90%-95% on the leap each year.(This includes special education students as well). The fourth grade teachers come in early to help students who may need additional tutoring and they stay as late as 7:00pm in the evening assisting students who need additional instruction. The fourth grade teachers also spend most of their weekends providing assistance to inner city 4th graders who need additional help. I cannot see how anybody could say that the teachers are not genuine when they say they care about the students. I applaud this school an its teachers.
I have come to the conclusion that if this school would have been under the same leadership it was under three (3) years ago it would be a great school. I have found that most of the teachers are very bias on dealing with children of another race, and they are mainly teachers that are new to the system and have never dealth with someone thats not of their ethnic background. The kids at Dufrocq are inner city kids and sometimes you have to deal with these kids in a different way. You cannot treat all kids the same because every child has a different personality and a different background. I feel that teachers at Dufrocq put on a good show that they care about their students but they really don't they would just as soon have a student suspended then have to deal with them.
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