The parent that posted on 3/10/11 is spot on! The school only looks terrific on paper because of the location and has students from cultures that put high emphasis on education and perform well. The principal is basically sitting in a sweet spot knowing she's judged by numbers and does everything she can to push out kids that don't perform at the top! Since kids perform well it's very hard to push out the bad teachers and the principal doesn't seem very caring about students needing extra assistance. I noticed it was a red flag during back to school night when the principal spoke for an hour reading off test scores. We transferred to Fallsmead and it's absolutely no comparison which should be an embarrassment to Travilah considering they're in the same Wootton cluster. Everyone works together communication is top notch at Fallsmead. I felt like I was pulling teeth to get any information of what was going on in the classroom at Travilah. Fallsmead sends out weekly class updates which majority of schools do but not the case with everyone at Travilah, but don't worry parents are notified at the end of the year if their child didn't test up to their standards.
If you want a good school and a friendly environment, Travilah ES is the place. Staffs are friendly and the parents are very supportive. It's all about surrounding your kids with interesting and diverse people.
I was a old student at travilah and I loved it so much currently I'm at robert frost which is as good as travilah. The priniple cares for the students. Playground rules I hear so far are overwhelming but this just proves how much they care for our saftey and health. The teachers are very kind and they help you strive to work your hardest. The school holds many extracurricular activities that help and support the kids when they need help. Overall travilah is a great very educational place and a healthy environment
The is GOOD over all. The students are very good. Teacher are vary from excelent to so-so. The school is well organized. The main issue with the school is leadership. The principal seems to be good administrator who does NOT understand kids, parents and there needs. The principal fails to create fare and comfortable learning enviroment for all students. Few students are treated too well (kids of wealthy parents donating to school a lot) while rest of the kids the principal does not care about. But principal DOES care about the school performance down to fraction of a percent. And she pushes the scores up by KEEPING best students in school rather than recommending them for Gifted-and-Talented program offered by the county (kids in the GT program go to different school and home school looses performance a bit when they leave). At the meetings with parents the principal talks about school building improvement, school scores improvement and such. She DOES NOT talk about kids, and I think this is because she DOES NOT REALLY care about them. I know first hand that it can and is different in some other schools in the area!
I have been very pleased with the school, the teachers, administrators, and curriculum. The PTA is very active and supportive, providing tons of extra activities, enrichment programs and supplying the school with whatever additional supplies or perks it could need. The administrators and teachers have been very professional and responsible whenever my kids had an issue, addressing the problem discreetly and with kindness. More than half the kids test as Gifted and Talented, so if your kid is smart, s/he will be challenged. I think they do a great job of trying to give individual treatment to each kid's learning abilities. A very green school with teachers who care and are responsive to parents. Incredibly diverse in population although less so in socio-economic level, many kids speak other languages and the school is very thoughtful about cultural differences. County administration lacks nimbleness and is adverse to change, but that's true for all the ES in the County. Overall, would highly recommend the school to any friend.
This school is fantastic. Great teachers, extracurricular activities, many special programs for special students, and a great bus transportation system. Just fantastic!!!! I compared several private schools before sending my children to this one. This one is the best!
We moved to this area last year since we thought this school is one of the best based on the ratings, but so far we are so disappointed. The kids are great and so are the test scores. However some teachers and the management team are really not professional. They only care about the 'bad' side of the students and the parents have to accept whatever the arrangements they make. No communications at all, however if the parents have a concern, the school like to spend more time on dealing with the parents instead of solving the problem and helping students to progress. The dangerous thing that I can see is my daughter who used to be very confident and happy is gradually losing her confidence and happiness, and even the interest in going to school. Be careful if your kids are not mature enough even though they are good academically.