I've seen a steady decline in the overall school performance of the Foresdale in the past 2 years. The principle is cultivating a sense of apathy among the staff. The expectations of very capable young people are way to low and when I've tried to bring this up the general attitude is "everything is fine". My Kindergartner who goes to another school is learning a similar curriculum in social studies as my third grader. The scores are very low at this school because it is poorly run. What's so alarming is the administrators aren't concerned. We should be holding our education administrators to a higher standard.
A better pay will be a good starting point, it will be hard for the school to perform better when the teachers are looking for a second job or a better pay. The city has to do more. Better schools = a better real estate!
The school is a great place. You learn all the necessary topics and dont go off topic. Anyday you're allowed to stay after to get help from any of the teachers. This school is the best school my child has gone too. My child was never bullied or had serious problem with other students. Forestdale is great.
I currently have two children attending this school. I wish there was more options of a bilingual classses other than one for their grade. I also have notices several changes of aides in one of my child's classrooms - probably due to budget constraints. Forestdale, being an "International" school, I was suprised to find a staff member car with anti-immigrant bumper stickers. I was offended and I am suprised the school whose intention to foster multi-cultural pluralism, isn't following through by tolerating staff members that have slogans like, "protect our borders" on their cars.
Parents are given the opportunity to participate with their children's learning. This teamwork is essential for student success. There is an openness for new ideas, techniques, and diversity. Most of the teachers are truly dedicated along with the staff. The principal works well with all aspects of the school.
The special education program at this school leaves alot to be desired. The system as a whole has some major issues, but the 'sweep it under the rug mentality' and 'your kid must need outside counciling' theory thrown around with all too much regularity is getting tiresome. I'm afraid there are no answers available or an end in sight. God help our kids is all I can say.