Overall, I think Guilford is a great school for our child. The teachers are engaged and communicative. The leadership seems to be as well. If I have a complaint, it's that I'd like to see more parent involvement, both in the PTA and on a volunteer basis. Too often, I see the same twenty faces at every function. And, this in a school with well over 400 students. We're perfectly happy with our child going here.
I'm confused by some of these reviews. In some regards, school is what you make of it. My child has had great teachers at Guilford. They're responsive when I make inquiries; they meet whenever I ask them to. We have lots of parent involvment and lots of opportunities to nurture a love of learning.
Do not go here! My first year in Howard public schools, and I am deeply disappointed. This school does not live up to the "Howard County has great schools" reputation!
PROS: - Staff is nice - Cafeteria menu shows a nice range of selections and healthy options - PTA - Car rider drop off is nicely handled - Parent involvement (I see lots of parents volunteering) - General communication via newsletter - Bridges Program CONS: - My child's teacher barely communicates with parents and can be unresponsive (this is my biggest issue, it's like pulling teeth) - I had to teach my child how to count money, name the planets and their order, and how to add and subtract. This may be more to do with the curriculum than the school. My frustration is with the lack of math and science. My child gets more information about nutrition and the environment than math. - Too much emphasis in arts & crafts. My child does art/craft projects in his regular class and has art class. - My child reads above grade level and already knows how to add and subtract. My expectation of public school is that those children "above" grade level will be given more challenging work. That is not happening. This is our first year at Guilford. One particular teacher is below average. The school overall is good. What I do commend is that school tries to improve.
My child has gotten bullied at GES. I like the school but the children need discipline and the teachers need to do something
After reading some of the reviews, I would like to give more transparency regarding GES. Guildford is a great school. They have so many extra curricular activities (band, orchestra, sports), you have to deliberately not involve your child. There are so many tools supplied by GES and Howard County Schools to enhance the education of my son it is refreshing. My son has been a student there for the past 3 years. Are all the teachers candidates for 'teacher of the year', no, but they are above average. You find me a school that does and you will lose all credibility. My son is in GT and excels because of my involvement in his studies. He could go to Mount Boogidy Boogidy Elementary and it wouldn t matter. This is the key element many parents overlook. Turn of the TV, stay out of Target, and shut down the Blackberry. Get involved!
My child was encouraged and challenged, grewing from a non-English speaker in Pre-K to First grade level in both Math and English, while still being in Kindergarden. Both Pre-K and K teachers are outstanding and there is a lot of collaboration between teachers. The staff and the parents support many extracurricular activities to which my child paticipates with enthusiasm.
Considering the number of ESL students and special needs students, the faculty of this school really shines! I have two children in this school who are challenged, and happy. Great Job Guildford ES Teachers and Staff!
I tried Guildford for one year and it was ok. Lots of discipline issues with certain kids. I am not sure if the teachers can do anything though. My daughter loves to learn, and wants to learn, but she has to sit in class with kids who are not disciplined and are out of control. I attempted to have her stay through first grade, but I have decided to remove her now since these are crucial years in learning. The elementary years are important in solidifying the foundation of your child's education. I do not believe Guildford would be able to provide what my daughter needs to take her forward and beyond. I am opting out of Guildford for private school.
Last year was a tough year for my son and myself at GES. The teacher that my son had was very mean and didn't make my son or myself comfortable in the classroom. I hope that this year is a better year for him or I might just have to find him a better school.
The academic quality of GES is hit or miss, that is, there are good and bad teachers. Additionally, tenured teachers who do not perform well tend to be moved around within the school. My children get passed over because they are middle of the road and quiet. Discipline is a problem school wide which takes away from academics! The same parents are involved year after year and thankfully they really put in quite an effort. Overall, we are not impressed.
My child attended this school from k-5th. She was lucky to have a couple of teachers who cared. Unfortunately there were some that didn't (and they're gone from what I hear!). Elementary is a crucial time for learning. If I know now what I should have known then my daughter may be honors or GT. Now she's in a place where no child should ever have to be. Parents: get involved! demand the best for your child!
I have had 2 students go through from K through 5 and love the school. The teachers and administration are very caring and my kids got the best education. Both are now in GT and Honors classes in middle school and highschool with 3.5+ grade point averages and I attribute this to the wonderful experience at Guilford. It is a diverse student population but that is what makes it all the better. I would highly recommend this school and have to anyone who asks.
My son was in this school for fifth grade and enjoyed the fifth grade staff; they worked very hard to make a great learning experience for their students. His favorite teacher was the GT teacher. The school is a good school. Before and after care is contracted through the Columbia Association. It is a very diverse student population. My daughter is in first grade there now and it seems all the school staff tries very hard to do a good job.
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