The teachers are ok. My child had 3 like very nice teachers and 3 three unfriendly ones. The curriculum is pretty mundane and redundant. I dont believe a child will leave Switzer a better student because they attend Switzer. The teachers as well as the principal aren't exactly having a profound affect on the students.
The school doesn't give ANY homework. There are about two take home projects a year. The students are expected to complete their unfinished class work at home. From my knowledge about half the class may have to take their class work home. There aren't any take home work to reinforce what they are learning at home. My kid is in 5th grade, and not once in five years was homework given.
Academically this school isn't challenging. Although every child receives A's and B's on their report cards,they consistently preform poorly on the state test. In some subject areas only about 30% of the kids are proficient. Keep in mind the states proficiency level is extremely low. A great school would reflect proficiency in all subject area by a higher percentage of students. This school hasn't been a blue ribbon school in over 5 yrs. If your looking for a great school scratch Switzer off the list.
I would like to thank ALL of the staff ( teachers and non teachers), administrators, parent volunteers and the PTO for making Switzer a warm and welcoming place for my children have the opportunity for educational excellence.
This school is fantastic! I am a high school teacher and if you want your children to be challenged educationally and ready for the next level, this is where you want to be. I have two children attending Switzer and they have since kindergarten. Yes, there is homework. Shouldn't there be? There are several after school activities, fun ones like Lego Robotics and more serious ones like Science Olympiad. The PTO has a great interaction with staff and parents. Speaking of staff, 7 out of 8 teachers my children have had have been exceptional! The other was average (when compared to their competition) but still very good.
We have had wonderful experiences with both of our children attending Switzer. The teachers they have had are exceptional educators, with creative and engaging teaching methods and genuine concern for the development and well- being of the kids in their class. The current principal has provided outstanding leadership and knows all the children so well. He goes well above the expectations of the position each and every day. My kids LOVE school and grew steadily in their love of reading and learning new things. In fact when the district had a snow day earlier this year, my daughter sobbed because she couldn't go to school. Couldn't be happier there.
This school is amazing! I have four kids attending Switzer ranging from K through 6 and I couldn't be happier with each of their situations. Our kids are diverse--from getting all As, to the athlete, to one with Asperger's and each of them is well taken care of. The teachers, and especially the principal Mr Palmer couldn't be nicer or more helpful. If you're looking for an elementary to place your child and know they'll be well taken care of, buy a house that's in this district. You won't regret it!
The teachers are amazing at Switzer. The teachers make sure that the kids are learning what is needed no matter how hard the teachers have to try. I have been so happy to have both my children in Switzer. The whole staff is helpful and friendly. The teaching is at a higher level and the children are very bright because of their hard work and dedication to our children.