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Belchertown, MA
Students enrolled: 569

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57 State Street
Belchertown, MA 01007

(413) 323-0472
(413) 323-0492
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November 21, 2012
I have had two children go through this school. I would say that 80% of the teachers are great. Of course, with every school, there are those few that you about - no school is perfect. The personalities of the teachers are highly variable so you need to be in communication with your child and the teacher about how things are going. There are teachers that I would insist on a change because I know the fit would not be good. Having a child who uses the Special Education services has been enlightening. I think that the hardest working employees are those that work with any activity under the special "umbrella". The school lunches this year are healthier than ever. The art, music, library, and gym teachers are the best - my kids loved all of their specials. They went to a different special every day of the week. We had good experiences at SRE and I would definitely recommend it for a child grades 1-3. One last thought - the PTO has been outstanding over the past five years - amazing parent involvement.

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September 15, 2011
We had a horrible year long experience at this school. The communication between the school and the parents was dismal. My daughters teacher missed > 30 days of school. Some days they could not even find a substitute so she had gym or art all day. I was never given a communication that they were aware of the situation and dealing with it. When I went to the open house all the teacher did was complain about having to stay late for open house and how she was so glad the parent after me had cancelled so she could go home. She seemed completely burned out. I asked to switch teachers and was told I had to wait several more weeks until a request could even be made. I attended 3 class activities and each time the classroom was in complete chaos. I found a child wandering around outside alone, far away from the children on the playground, picking through the trash looking for something to eat. no adult supervising anywhere (i was just visiting feeding my baby under the pavillion). i asked to request a teacher the following year so this wouldn't happen again, was told they don't accept requests, only to find out that my louder and more persistent friends got their requests granted.

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January 15, 2010
This school is on the right track after several years of bad management!

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March 16, 2008
If you have a child with special needs, go to another district, because this one will not work for you, only against you. The teacher aides are the only good thing about this school, everything else is sub-par.

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May 30, 2007
My son entered grade 3 at Swift River at the end of JAnuary.He was homeschool for the past two years as we lived in mexico.We are Canadian so really didn't know what to expect in the American system.He is in a class of 24 with two fantastic teachers.They were so welcoming and accommodating we couldn't have asked for better.The level of education has been outstanding and my son loves the school.He does take gym,art and music all with different teachers that specialize in those fields.There are before and after school programs.

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Swift River Elementary School
57 State Street, Belchertown, MA  01007
(413) 323-0472
Last modified Swift River Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades 1-3
Swift River Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 5 reviews. Top