My son attended West Friendship Elementary for 7 months during his 1st grade year. Within a few months he started crying every morning because he didnt want to go to school. He developed a nervous habit of twirling a chunk of his hair in the front which would make that chunk of hair stand up like a horn. He started crying while doing his homework every night because he thought he was stupid. Many days he was coming home and telling me he hadnt been allowed to go outside for recess because he had to stay in and finish work, or because his teacher told him to stop twirling his hair but he forgot and did it again. (He was 6 years old) Sometime in January he became very distraught when it came to going to school. One of his favorite classes had always been PE, but he even hated that. He finally told me that he didnt even get to play during PE because they said he had the wrong kind of shoes. He had little brown workboots at the time, but nobody from the school had contacted me. We went and bought him new sneakers. But then he was told they were not "tennis shoes" and he needed tennis shoes. I spoke to his teacher numerous times about his academics. His report card stated that he was behind in math and reading. Meanwhile at home he was doing math well above his grade level. He could read anything more than the words he had learned in kindergarten at another school. Finally in March we decided to move and change his school. At that point he was so depressed and hated school. His self esteem was incredibly low. I spoke about these issues with a new teacher. Within a month my son was no longer nervously twirling his hair. (no more hair horn) he was getting up early excited to go to school. His new teacher had been expecting a problem child who would be way behind in math and reading based on his report cards, but was amazed at the math he could do and he took off reading. By the time he started 2nd grade he was reading goosebumps books and magic tree house books and anything else he could get his hands on. In many cases when a parent reports a bad teacher or a bad school it may just be that the child has a learning or behavioral disability. But my child had neither. This school was horrible and I am glad we took him out when we did.