Our first year at Clemens is going very well. The principal and the communication by the administration to families is incredible. I rarely ask any questions because I feel like I know so much of what is going on and what my kids are working on. My kids are being challenged, working above grade level. The teaching in 1st and 2nd grade is outstanding. This school has a strong PTA, a lot of parent involvement, after school activities, great G/T, etc. I honestly cannot think of one complaint.
We recently moved and my kids transferred to this school. At 1st everyone seemed really nice but after visiting a few times I found most of the staff to be rude and unwelcoming and on 1 occasion I asked about observing my child in the classroom and they didn't want me to. Claimed I would be a distraction Today I went to turn in a paper for the health room and just wanted to peek in on my younger 1 cause he has been begging me to come visit him in his class. So as I walked to towards his class I was stopped by 3 different people and was asked in a very rude voice if I had a visitor pass which I clearly had 1 in plain site! When I got to his class I didn't even open the door I was just standing at a distance watching and his teacher came to the door asking me did I have a visitor pass and when I said yes showed her she said well your disturbing my class were trying to taking a test and shut the door in my face, but I didn't once in the 5 minutes I stood there see 1 kid other then mine look up and all he did was look up and smile and went back to doing his work. However I will say my older child's teacher is very nice. Not fond of this school already and only been there 3 months.
Although the building has been upgraded, the quality of the faculty has not. The atmosphere is rife with political in-fighting to see who gets the upper hand, usually by befriending the teacher of choice. When parents and teachers are personal friends there can't be a completely unbiased and unprejudiced application of care and nurturing. When my first child attended CCES, starting from kindergarten, the staff were so great I didn't have to worry about the atmosphere or environment. Now, we have to worry about who our children will get as there teacher. If the mothers are at the school daily, then their kids will get away with murder. If not, then the kids will be sent home with a note for the silliest of infractions. There have been many excellent teachers, most of whom have left or retired. Some teachers know that the projects some kids bring to school have not been worked on by the kids, mostly parental assistance but it's politically correct to give that child a high mark while the child who insists on doing all work themselves gets a mediocre grade. This is also a training method for the parents. It's not the effort that counts, just the presentation.
We love Clemens Crossing Elementary! Our daughter had a wonderful experience in kindergarten last year, and was so excited to start 1st grade a few weeks ago. The principal and assistant principal (Larner & Anoff) are very involved and seem to know each of the 500 students personally. Strong math, reading, music, and art programs. PTA is also very strong, with a lot of parent involvement. We're so lucky this gem is in our neighborhood!
My son is in Miss Butler's class(K), and he loves it. The energy and involvement by parents/ community was what caught my attention to this wonderful school.
Pros: Outstanding, energetic, and responsive principle. High-quality teachers. Grounds & building in good shape. Safe. G&T. (Full-time teacher in school.) Technology ed. (Kids were given a digital camera to took pictures & learned to download -- in Kindergarten!) Cons: No foreign language. 'Health tech' instead of school RN. Large K class sizes (24 kids). Late start/finish time (due to busses serving Swansfield El first). Cafeteria too small, meaning lunches are too fast and (for some grades) too early/late. Pro/Con: Lots of individualized assessment, esp in first part of the year. Nice to have, but detracts from teaching time.
My son is in Kindergarten and loves this school. The faculty is very helpful and he has learned alot in the 7 months he has been attending.
My son, who entered kindergarten this year, really enjoys this school and is learning tremendously. His teacher, Ms. Butler is very positive, warm, and energetic. He feels safe and confident in school. He enjoys the classroom activites, opportunity to change classes (tech ed, gym, art, math, etc), rather than staying in the same room all day as he did in pre-school. It seems young to do so much changing, but he really enjoys the movement. And there is a clear routine for him. The only thing is I wish they offered foreign language. Students at this age are much more open to this ex experience. Overall, it is a great school with a warm, welcoming atmosphere with many opportunities for individual growth!
Clemens Crossing Elementary School is Columbia's best kept secret. One of our children has graduated from CCES and the other now attends. The school has a great new Principal, a great staff, an amazing Media Center and an extremely supportive and established PTA with so many additional enrichment vehicles for your child that it would make your head spin. Many of the staff have won various awards for high achievement in teaching and have been at the school for a long time, which is a indicator of a stable educational environment. The school facility is currently not overcrowded and actually is a bit underutilized. A new wing for full day kindergarten was just completed and 28 year old physical plant is in remarkably good shape and high on the list for upgrading. Our kids love this school.
Clemens Crossing is the ideal elementary school. It has a close knit community feel, has exceptional teachers, administrators and volunteers. We have one son in the third grade and another that 'graduated' the fifth grade last year. We could not have asked for a better experience.
We have moved schools every year since my oldest started school. This is the best school! We have been so pleased with everyone from the Principal, to the school nurse. The teachers are fantastic and parents are always in the loop. GT program, and SPED as well. You don't get any better than Clemens Crossing.
Very good school! One only thing that they should have is: Spanish. They have G/T Teachers: extra programs to get kids where they should be, and to get kids smart, involved,& up above grade level They are build ing a kindergarten class. This school has band & strings. This is the school you should go to! Mrs, Dumler: Principal is very nice!
What a great school!!! My first grader also had Mrs. Larner last year in Kindergarten and thrived! He is now in Mrs. Thomerson's class. My husband and I are very pleased with the school, staff and our son's academic progress. There is truly a cohesive partnership between the staff and parents. Parents are very involved, and the teachers are committed to students being successful.
Excellent school and excellent staff, led by the able pricipal, Mrs. Dumler. We are very happy with what our son has achieved since joining Mrs. Larner's class last September and can't wait till our second son is old enough to join this excellent school.
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