I have been a part of the Martell family for many many years. I went here as a child, and I was labeled by a teacher in her first year (who is STILL THERE) as a special education child. At the time I had undiagnosed ADHD, and she bullied me mercilessly that year in school. Some of the other children remembered this and continued to harass me throughout the years, while many others forgot. My parents had to have me tested outside of the school for my IQ, and I was not diagnosed with ADHD until I was 21. Fast forward 20 or so years, my two children no go to this school. My older child had no problems, and loved all the teachers. My younger child had great difficulties at this school though... In kindergarten, my child was labeled as a problem and was sent home daily. My child was told, "If you misbehave, you're going home." What child would want to stay in that environment after being told this!?!?! I was so glad to hear that the principal retired that year, and since then there have been no problems. Support staff is wonderful, the gym teacher is amazing, art is fantastic, and so is everyone else...except that one teacher who remains from my childhood.
This school is mediocre at best. It's leadership is very corporate and cold (as mentioned by prior posters). As a parent, you want your child to be taught as an individual, not collectively to boost school rankings. It seems as if they are more concerned with teaching to take standardized tests and passing out bumper stickers. Their curriculum is subpar compared to neighboring districts. When your kids are there for many years and the teachers struggle to tell you any real specifics on your childs abilities as a student, that is a problem. No lockers and no sports outside of gym either.
I have just started going to Martell 2 months ago, and it is awesome. The teachers are very nice. The principal barely gets angry at any of the students. Academically, it is the best elementary school in Michigan. I have just moved from Canada, so this review may not be accurate.
Martell is hands down the best elementary school in Troy. My child was extremely well prepared to enter middle school on account of the warm, creative, and informative faculty members. My child had zero issues through their experience at Martell. The administrative faculty members were nothing short of extraordinary in all aspects. We have another child preparing to enter Martell, and we cannot wait to let them flourish here. The building itself is in wonderful condition! My son had nothing but the best experience at Martell!
If your kid is a bully, this is the school for him/her! The bullies run the school without any repercussions from the staff. The staff prefers to say "If we don't see it, we can't do anything about it" and boy is that true! I think they look the other way on purpose so they don't have to do extra paperwork. I would rate this school ZERO STARS if it was an option.
Not at all happy with Martell Elementary. Terrible issues on the playground with boys hitting other boys and no or little punishment, to the point where the behavior continues. I agree that art class is dismal. All projects are made of paper and most come home unfinished. Recently, I learned that there is a decline in the number of students returning to this school in the fall. Our children deserve better.
My experience with Martell has been an extremely positive and beneficial one. The teachers here at the best! They really care about your child and will stop at nothing to see them succeed. The Martell staff seems to know all the children, no matter what grade they are in. In my own personal experience, my children's teachers have all taken the time to get to know them, both inside the school and their personal lives outside of school. My children trust their teachers and enjoy going to school. For academics, my children are learning many concepts and consistently earn good marks on report cards and state exams. I have never had a problem with approaching anyone at the school. If I had concerns, they were addressed promptly, and the staff has made sure to include me in on any interventions if needed. I feel comfortable knowing that my children are well taken care of when at school, both intellectually and physically. As far as lockers, I personally have never been to an elementary school that had lockers for children. Of course in the winter time, when boots and snowpants are needed, things look cluttered. This should not be counted as a negative mark for the school.
We have had a good experience at Martell. The facility itself is bright and inviting. Most of the teachers are positive and uplifting, however our child is hating school this year as the teacher says inappropriate and unkind remarks frequently to students about themselves or about other students. I would like to say that I feel I can go to the principal with my concerns but I feel like my comments would not be anonymous and the teacher would then be even harder on my child. (As I said this has been our experience with only one teacher.) The description on here says there are sports programs, but the only thing they offer is gym. Parent involvement is good. I have been pleased with the art program. (They save the art and bring it home at the end of the year. And they work with a variety of mediums. )The main secretary can be very moody although I have always noticed she is kind to the kids. The reading recovery program is great. I would have given 4.5 stars if it weren't for the one teacher....
Martell is amazing. The passion the staff and principal show for the children is outstanding. I'm amazed by their committment and endless energy to give the kids the best education possible. I'm so glad I made the choice to move to Troy and come to Martell. My kids look forward to going to school.
The office staff and principle are wonderful! As for the teachers some of them are grouchy and have been there for a long time. The hallways are a mess because there are no lockers! I can't believe this school does not have lockers. It's very hard for the children to cram all their stuff on the hooks in the classrooms. I recently moved to Troy and was very disappointed in the buildings and lack of lockers.
Martell is a wonderful elementary school that welcomes - encourages - parent involvement at all levels. Academic programs are top-ranked in the State of Michigan, and music, sports, arts, media center and other extracurricular activities round out the elementary experience well. I agree with many other Martell parents that there are no bad teachers or offerings at Martell. Finally, the school has wonderful programs for learning disadvantaged (such as Reading Recovery) and gifted children. Everyone is welcome!
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