February 05, 2015
Sent my child to Gaywood VERY RELUCTANTLY. Heard only negative things about the school. Felt slightly better after new principal was brought in and made some improvements like a PTA, making AYP, school garden. Even with those improvements, school no where near what I would want for my kid. Then another new principal was brought in and it was a VERY ROCKY start. After a year or so, though, things got better in terms of the school spirit, Internet wiring, art class, student incentives like coupons, switching classes so kids have specialized teacher in core subjects, improved appearance. HAPPIER FEEL, even nicely painted murals and school sign. Biggest thing STILL LACKING: academics, extracurricular. Like most public schools, Gaywood OVER-EMPHASES testing, teaching seems too tightly wound to standardized test. Early dismissal school, so working parents may not like that there are no afterschool activities. Tutoring program but only for low-performing students. No science lab. No sports or aftercare. Few fieldtrips. For comparison, nearby Magnolia has LEGO robotics, NASA partner, Science Bowl. Wish Gaywood had that. Bright spots: office staff, DR. JAMES, parent liaisons, good kids.
- submitted by a parent