I think there are good teachers at Pattengill and the principal although new, is trying to sort things out. But there is a reverse discrimination problem at this school which interferes greatly with feelings of safety and accomplishment. Too many fights among the kids and too little accountability makes kids stressed and angry about how they will be perceived if they report being bullied. This is a huge problem.
We love Bryant/ Pattengill because of the diversity, principal, and dedicated teachers. I was an elementary teacher, subbed at Bryant/Pattengill, and volunteered extensively in and out of the classrooms. I've had 3 kids go to Bryant/Pattengill, Tappan, and Pioneer and I have another child at Pattengill. My kids' learning levels range from low to high and all of their individual needs have been met. I love that it's social studies everyday just by attending class. I've seen Bryan/Pattengill teachers handle discipline problems with care while also preventing disruptive students from hindering learning for others. For my older kids, the instruments, student council, Girls on the Run, languages, rec & ed sports, and the talent show offered at Pattengill led into band, leadership, testing out of college language requirements, sports, and theatre all through high school. I also really like that all of Pattengill stays together for Tappan and Pioneer, which helped make a big school feel smaller. Last but not least, I like the division of k-2 and 3-5 because with so many teachers at each grade, it is easy to find a good match-up for your child's learning style with a teacher.
I have substitute taught at this school in the past. Teachers are friendly and highly qualified. I am a veteran teacher and was very impressed with the split grade classrooms and the special needs program. I would recommend this school !
Love everything about Pattengill! Couldn't pay any amount of money to have had a better teacher than my son had last year. Truly challenged the advanced kids and directed the class with such warmth! Also love all the after school classes offered. Hard for him to choose between Lego Robotics, flag football and chinese!
The new principal is a friendly person, intent on making the school better than before. It has good, hardworking staff, and we are pleased with their performance. The things that are issues is the newness of the principal, and whenever an institution runs a big push to improve and implement new ideas, sometimes it is a trial and error experience. Overall, we are quite pleased with the performance and enthusiasm of the school's staff. It's a nice school.
My experience was less then optimal and although the teachers were very nice In my opinion the teach the test. However the children did not retain much and it is very easy to get lost in the masses. Cultural diversity does not mean cultural division and the schools flag ceremony in place of the pledge reminded me of a funeral.
We our very happy with Pattengill School. Our daughter has received a great all-around education so far. The teachers are top-notch. There is also great parents who give much of their time to make the school even better.
Excellent School. This is a safe school with highly valued diversity and academics. Has provided a nurturing and challenging education to three of my children.
We've been very pleased with our experience at Pattengill. We like the age-specific opportunities focused on grades 3-5; the setting is a bit more 'mature' and the kids have a great sense of pride being at the 'big' school. There are many enrichment activities at Pattengill: academic games, science olympiad, performing arts classes (to name just a few) and many highly committed parents. We love the great diversity and how the staff handles differences through the multi-age Puma Pride character program and peer training. Teachers are fantastic and very dedicated to the success of every child. My oldest of three is soaring through middle school academically and socially thanks to great preparation at Bryant and Pattengill-- two of the best kept secrets in Ann Arbor.
My son is not very challenged here. Much too easy for his ability. We moved here from out of state and he would definately be behind if we would move back there. No languages offered, no extracurriculars, no drama. Very little parental involement and very little information provided by administration.
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