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K-6
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Shelby Charter Township, MI
Students enrolled: 610
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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53550 Wolf Drive
Shelby Charter Township, MI 48316

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(586) 797-4300
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November 30, 2014
Great teachers and a great community! My son especially loves the technology that he is able to use, like Discovery Education.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2014
My children have been attending Crissman for the past 6 years, and our experience has always been extremely positive. The teachers and principal really seem to care about the students, and go above a beyond in every way. My children have always loved coming to school because of the wonderful staff and welcoming atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2014
I wrote this review once before and it didn't upload, so I thought I'd do it again. I LOVE Crissman. My children have been going to Crissman for the past 6 years, and I've only ever had wonderful experiences with the teachers and students. Everyone works really hard to make sure each child's needs are met, and that there is a safe and welcoming environment to learn. My oldest is now in Malow and is taking Advanced Math, Advanced Science and Accelerated Social Studies. It's because of the outstanding education he received at Crissman! Keep it up.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2014
I am so glad my children attend Crissman. My oldest is now a sixth grade student. My children have had wonderful experiences with all the teachers, administration, and other staff. The teachers differentiate the lessons to meet all the students' needs. My children feel safe and happy at school. I am proud to be a Crissman parent!

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2014
My son has been going to this school for 3years, his first year of attendance there was great, he had a very nice and very helpful teacher. These other three are the worst teacher he had, very rude and don't seem to know what they're doing, don't care about the students, I think they're just there for the money. So parents think twice before you bring your kids to attend school here, because believe me they are the worst everrr!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2014
To be perfectly honest, if you can avoid having your child attend this school, I'd strongly advise that you do. There is so much work needed at this school, it's ridiculous. School lunches consist of breakfast food..so if you have no problem with them providing your kid with an imbalanced lunch, then so be it. If you have a child of color, prepare yourself because they do not treat them equally. They will make your child out to be different and insenuate that they need medicine for everything. Prepare to get ignored and walked pass as if you don't exist. My child's self esteem has plummetted because of the teachers at this school, and their inability to be able to properly adapt to the individual child, rather than trying to mold them into whoever they want them to be.The teachers talk amongst each other, so if your child has issues with one, expect for them to past it along, making it impossible for your child to develop a fresh start with the new teacher. There is definitely prejudice behavior at this location. The teachers are mediocre, and do not exemplify "Blue Ribbon" quality.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2013
I have had 4 children attend Crissman Elementary and I can honestly say I have been nothing short of impressed. Sure, there a a few mediocre teachers, but realistically that occurs in all professions and work places. Class size was large in recent years primarily due to state funding; however, this past year, teaching staff was added to two grades where the ratios were high. But as a whole, everyone is very caring and the school is run effectively. The teachers honestly care about your children and treat them like people as well as students (it is not just a job to them). Any issues that came up with my children were dealt with quickly and effectively by teaching staff. The leadership and teaching staff are committed to a "parent partnership" and I am often overwhelmed with the amount of parent involvement that takes place at this school. There are numerous events where almost every parent attends. I have had two major interactions regarding my children with the principal, Ms. Fiema. Both times, my concerns were handled appropriately and the problems were solved. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2013
There is so much to say about the horrific years my child has had here. Everyone I have dealt with at Crissman, from the teachers, to the principal, to the PTO, to the office staff, to the SACC teacher seems to be bothered if you dare ask a question, except for Rose (not Rosemary) in the office. There is a serious bullying problem at Crissman, and the principal does not handle these situations properly. She is definitely the kind to sweep it under the rug instead of dealing with it at the time. The teachers are all women, save for one man. If your child is a boy, watch out! There will be no understanding of the vast differences between boys and girls in the classroom. As punishment, you will see that recess is regularly taken away and then your child gets blamed for having too much energy. I ve actually had a teacher tell me, I didn t have time to deal with that because I had a lesson and 33 other children to teach. Please do your homework. There are several other schools in the area (Duncan, Beacon Tree, Beck) that would be happy to take your child and provide a safe and comfortable learning environment. I m just happy we made it out and will now be on to Malow next year.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2012
So nice to see that Governor Snyder has passed an Anti-Bullying law for our schools. Now Crissman's principal has no choice but to address the issue.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2011
Our child was a new student to this school in the middle of the year. He was verbally harassed numerous times to the point of physical sickness. The principal is quick to talk about her prevention on bullying but offers no real help when in the middle of it. The teacher offered no help whatsoever on this matter. Once our son left the school, the bullying continued on through cyberspace and social networking, again the principal seeing no real reason she needed to get involved. Actually stating "I can't play the parent". This school is certainly not one of Utica's finest.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2011
Before allowing your child to attend Crissman, I strongly suggest that you do a bit of research into the "stereotype" methods experimented with by a terrific teacher from Iowa named Jane Elliott. (John Stossel did a great story on her work.) This terrific leader and teacher showed how simple it was to change a student's behavior by telling them that they were not as good as other kids in her class. (The brown eyed/blue eyed experiments.) Sadly, Crissman has a 3rd Grade teacher who has been doing this for well over 20 years. Mrs. Elliott experimented for 2 days and at the end the kids knew that she not serious, whereas this 3rd Grade teacher does it every day of the year and is terribly mean in doing it! AVOID her at all costs!! On a positive not, the new Principal seems to be improving the school, finally, but there is a long way to go until Crissman is even average compared to the other fine schools nearby in the district.

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2010
Crissman had many changes this summer. A new principal, new administrative assistant, and new programs. There have been some growing pains, but everyone is working together to adjust to the changes.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2010
Most of the faculty members are highly motivated, friendly and helpful. There are also lots of parent volunteers that make this school great. Highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2010
Our son is now at Malow. He attended Crissman for 1-6. Our daughter attended Beck from K-5 and Crissman in 6th. Beck was WONDERFUL! Now that Crissman is behind us, we are VERY sad to say that other than a very good 2nd grade teacher (Mrs O'Donnell), all others that our son experienced at Crissman were mediocre to poor -- this ranged from teachers obviously addicted to sustances (later on 'medical' leave and moved elsewhere) to a teacher who terrorized every boy in her class... and likely still does today. On top of that, the Principal (who THANKFULLY) recently retired was also fairly impossible to go to for REAL HELP... although if one wanted pretent help and smiles, she was the best! Further, most of her teachers seem to have been chosen and directed in her image. The new Principal has her hands dull here and her job cannot be easy.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2010
Crissman is mediocre to poor because the Principal does not seem to listen to the concern of parents. A real shame!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
I love Crissman because the staff is dedicated to making kids be the best that they can be. No job is too big or too small for the Crissman staff.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2010
We have had many years experience with Crissman Elementary and it has become almost family. I can't say enough great things about this school. The staff and students both are outstanding!!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2010
Unfortunately the poor quality of teaching continues at Crissman. It is though a natural progression from the top, as the principal is more worried about appearance rather than results.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2010
I have 2 students at Crissman. I am dumbfounded by what I've read below, as I have had nothing but wonderful experiences re' my kids' education, teachers, staff & principal. I concur that large classrooms are not ideal (& fyi are not the norm at Crissman; it's 1 grade level), but this is a State funding crisis issue, as Utica has made SEVERAL cuts and is running extremely lean. I also feel the majority of teachers care incredibly, to the point they've been proactive in bringing concerns to MY attention, are prompt to respond to my concerns, etc. B-ribbon is a point of pride that cannot be eaned without the students! Finally, I also have a lively son. I simply expect him to expend his energy approrpriately & if he's disruptive in school, I would hope they'd teach him consequences. I strongly feel this school is valuable to my childrens' future.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2009
The staff seems to forget what it means to be a child. Specifically, what it is like to be a rambunctious, active, energetic boy. The school is dominated by women staff memebers whom don't seem to have the patience or understanding of a little boys characteristics. The academics are fine, and the children excel. It's the personality and understanding that is lacking.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2009
Recently my 6th grade daughter was very sick. Crissman Elementary Schools, Principal, Secretary's, Teachers, Parents and Students came forward and made a very rough time for my family alot easier. We had calls, visits, cards, and hugs offered every day. Not a day went by that we as family did not feel the concern and love of everyone at the school. Mrs. Pesha the Principal, Riina and Rose, all made sure there was nothing we needed. They also made sure our 4th grader was doing ok with everything going on. We will always be Thankful for them and Mrs. Sheehan and Mr. B. for their love and concern. I do not know who could ever see anything else at Crissman, but, high levels of Leadership, Education, and concern for every student at that school. I am a parent who would not want my children to go anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
We are new to the school, and it has been a good transition. My children's placement seems a good match to their teachers. Today the school day is so packed and there is a a lot to cover, but the teachers seem skilled, and principal very good here at Crissman.

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September 16, 2009
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June 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2009
After 3 years as Crissman, it has been a poor experience for our kids. We pay a lot in taxes for an administration that is unresponsive.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2009
We went to the 5th Grade music presentation the other night at Crissman. It was a very nice event organized by a teacher who seems to care. However, the problems at Crissman were on full display. Each class has 32 or more students, and the principal did not bother to attend the event. It might be nice next year if Utica Cchools spent money on another 6th grade teacher, and less on the administration and long-tenured teachers that do not seem to care much about our kids. The current financial crisis is impacting Utica Schools, and our children are suffering with large class sizes.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2009
Crissman is in a wonderful location nestled inside a pleasant neighborhood. Unfortunately, this is its' best feature. The leadership seems to just be passing time. We have 3 kids, and so far a few of the teachers have been good or great, a few have been just ok, and a few have been very poor. Overall, our tax dollars have not been well spent at Crissman.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2009
This school is a bit like a 1980 Chevrolet Malibu. No matter where you stand, there is no angle where it looks great... or even good. The leadership is poor, the teacher quality is mixed (at best), and the extracurriculars are almost non-existant.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2009
Crissman Elementary has a long history of providing outstanding education for Shelby Township. Unfortunately, some of the best Crissman teachers have retired in the past few years, or are doing so this year. Sadly the school leadership seems unconcerned that the best teachers have and are departing.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2009
The principal is more worried about her success than the childrens'.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2009
If the school cared as much for they kids as they do for getting their 'blue ribbon',it would be a wonderful place. Sadly, it is not! This school is in stark contrast to the wonderful experiences that my kids had at Duncan Elementary and Beck Elementary nearby.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 14, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2007
Wonderful school;wonderful staff. Having two children with learning disabilities, one average, and one genius--the Crissman staff was able to adjust to all;giving them excellence.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2005
Crissman Elementary was able to withstand my high level of standards. My daughter was learning things in Second grade that I don't remember learning until High School. The teachers are organized, caring, knowledgeable, individuals. The non-academic programs were also excellent. I was proud to see the Principal stand in as the crossing guard one day. It shows true Team spirit and a sense of pride to give help where help is needed! The children's safety was always a priority. That's number one in my book! Crissman Kids Are Great!

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2004
Crissman Elementary is an excellent school. The teachers are very caring and professional. They actually get to know each of the children and is aware of any behavior differences. They take great pride in informing the parents of any struggles the child may be having. I can not say enough good things about this school.

- submitted by a parent
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Crissman Elementary School
53550 Wolf Drive, Shelby Charter Township, MI  48316
(586) 797-4300
Last modified Crissman Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Crissman Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top