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Sandy Hill Elementary School1
Posted February 01, 2015
- a parent
Its the best school in the Cambridge. Dedicated teachers and administration, but the best way to describe school is chaos. It is over crowded and getting worse. Lack of discipline is the main issue in the school and that too is getting worse. A large number of problem kids (in each class) are causing major disruptions in the classes to the point that learning is a constant struggle for most kids. Teachers send kids to the principals office and they are back in 15 minutes. The town is importing families (from poverty areas of Baltimore City) due to better section 8 housing in Cambridge but the town/county refuse to increase funding to the schools, they just add more kids who are already at a learning disadvantage. The abandonment of the school by involved parents has left the school with very few families that actually care about their children's education. The only time most of the "parents" come out is when the school is giving away something. The best that you say about Sandy Hill is, if your kids are good, they will excel because the standards are so low for what constitutes a good student and good behavior. If you can, send them to the K-6 school in South Dorchester.
My daughter is in her 3rd day at Sandy Hill and everyday she comes home and tells me that somebody called her a name or some child beat up this child, I am not surprised with this , this is the kind of people who live around here, I can tell you I already miss catholic schools, my daughter had nothing but upmost respect from everyone in catholic and christian schools
I have a 2nd grader at Sandy Hill Elementary. It is a great school. My child has attended there since pre-k. She has learn so much and has had excellent teachers. All her teachers had her best interest in mind. The principal is all always concerned about the staff and children. I'm glad she is attending this school.
My child is a first grade student at Sandy Hill Elementary. She is doing very well so far this year. I am pleased with this school and the first grade staff. My daughter has an increased desire to learn because of this new faculty's ideas.
The State of Maryland 'dumbing down' curriculum combined with the socioeconomic challenges in Dorchester County are prominently displayed in the school system - a recipe for disaster. 'Character Counts' - where? While issues may have been corrected, they are temporary. Children who are doing well are bored, the curriculum is not altered for the best interest of the student. Our children and our society deserve better.
My son is finally out of Sandy Hill, and I feel much better about his education now. Last year, the children weren't permitted to go out to play at all because there were too many fights! During his years at Sandy Hill, he had one honestly caring, excellent teacher. That's not enough. I am so glad Sandy Hill is part of our past.
I have a 2nd grader and a 4th grader who have both been at Sandy Hill since Pre-K. It is a wonderful school, with supportive caring staff members who have helped my children excel and maintain their love of learning. Each morning as my youngest walks through the halls, she is greeted by name by teachers and administrators; because of these people she loves school! As a college level educator, I have high expectations when it comes to the education of my own children, and the staff at Sandy Hill has NOT disappointed me. I am equally impressed with the amount of parent involvement, the PTO planned activities, and the overall community feeling at Sandy Hill. As parents, we must lay the foundations for learning and excellence; no school can do a parent's job!