This school offers a fantastic dual-language program, preparing children for a multi-cultural society. Teachers are caring and the principal is always looking for ways to improve the program. They offer opportunities to attend many events throughout the year.
This is a special school. The teachers and assistant teachers are dedicated and create a positive environment for the kids. Additionally, the aftercare director is wonderful and clearly cares so much about each child. At home, my daughter talks about school and what they are learning about, and I love seeing her enjoy learning so much. Last but not least, the school is not just a building, its a community where parents and teachers work together to help our kids thrive.
My daughter is young and the school has a good attitude about homework for little kids: they send home optional activities and things to practice with your kid that you can do to participate in your childs learning but its not mandatory.
The children bully other children, my child comes home from school crying many days and tells me. I feel that most times when addressing Principal Freeman she tries to fix the situation, but mostly it is false promises and nothing actually gets resolved.
The children that bully and try to get other kids in trouble always seemed to be praised; the teachers seem to turn a blind eye to this. Children that are helpful or compassionate get reprimanded for being "too busy" or not doing their work because they are talkative or disruptive.
I noticed that since my child is NOT Hispanic, but the teacher is, she gives her a hard time. She doesn't focus her attention on my child like she does to the other children in her class. She knows that my child struggles and it feels like she is making it harder for her and myself as a parent trying to help her.
The homework is a lot. When you do not speak Spanish/English it presents as a challenge for the parents to help the students. I have suggested maybe start an after school program for students that need extra help, but that has not happened.