This school is a blessing! The teachers are amazing, the extra curriculars awesome, the principal is incredible, and the parent involvement opportunities are frequent and diverse. We came from another elementary school after requesting a transfer due to dissatisfaction, and for the last 2 years Ward Elementary School has been the answer to our prayers. Our daughters have been high achievers here and their confidence has soared since coming to this school.
I wouldn't even give them a STAR. It is up to a parent to get educated and advocate for the specific services your child needs. You need a private expensive neuropsych to understand and dx. have it the problems, dx, and what is needed. Once you do all that then you find out that basically there is the pull out model where if you are lucky you can get enough weekly time with an accredited specialist but probably not one on one. It is like a spit in the ocean and I have found not enough to warrant significant progress but enough for the school to say "Bobby is making progress" Basically it is OK to be disabled and make too slow progress toward goals which leaves a child at huge self-esteem risk. It is NOT OK. It is crimminal! Teachers mean well but are NOT educated about special needs or special education. My advice to anyone who can afford it is to get your special needs kid out of the public system that can't manage them or help them appropriately. It is like putting a bandaid on a hemoraging body part.
Ward is like a prison for kids. They are certainly not BOY friendly. They can't play like children should at recess. No soccer, football -flag/nerf, no tag. They have a field but can only play on the cement tennis courts? Overly rigid, strict. Not understanding about children and not supportive to families. They are only interested in the smart kids with good test scores. I would never send my kid here if there was a choice. Elementary school should be fun and about love of learning and self-esteem. At Ward that is their motto and it is a joke! Those things aren't being fostered there.
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