As a new kindergarten family at Excelsior Elementary we were nervous. Sending our oldest off to a new school not mention into a Chinese immersion program was overwhelming. The school has had many opportunities for us to familiarize ourselves and be comfortable with the atmosphere as well as the staff. The immersion program has exceeded all our hopes and the teachers have been fabulous. My favorite though has been how involved the principle has been. Taking the time to introduce herself and acknowledge students at every opportunity. The best part about her is that she brings her dog in for students to read to!
Excelsior Elementary is the tops! It is not just a school, the whole staff are a wonderful community of caring adults that make learning fun. From our first school visit, my husband and I turned to each other and said, " I wish I had gone to elementary here."
While entering the parking lot you notice there is something different about this elementary school. The emotion is palpable. Kindness, devotion laughter and happiness...numerous adults greeting children, guiding traffic, and acting as a safety patrol for walkers - day in and day out. Principal Lee Drolet, runs her school like one of the best run businesses in the world. A fair but firm CEO. She knows all 600 +/- students by name, speaks to them often, and hand delivers birthday cards to them. Class size seldom exceeds 20 children; all classrooms are equipped with smart boards, microphones and computers. Music, art and PE are mandatory. This public school offers all students the option to learn to speak and write Mandarin in the Chinese Immersion Program. There is also classrooms for gifted children and adequate staff for children with special needs. The playground is safe, clean and has updated equipment, running track and a music area. The number of parents that volunteer is remarkable. There are numerous activities that create a special elementary school experience: VIP day, boat excursions, movie night, class parties, field trips and walks and parades down main street.
The best School you can Ever imagine. Great teachers, great programs, great support for the kids. It is just amazing!!! My daughter is in Chinese immersion and is incredible. They pay attention to every small details in my kids. It's an awesome school.
I can't believe how unprofessional people can be when their job is to work with people. I had an issue with a teacher and had to notify the principal on the matter. While the principal did claim to take action it appeared to be no consequence for the teacher actions.There was no justified reason for the level of disrespect on the teachers behalf. There was no apology to me or my child for the belittlement and embarassment that was caused. Hopefully some type of training can be implemented to improve the level of professionalism needed to properly work with children.
Excelsior Elementary is the Best!! The teachers work very hard to provide a variety of great learning experiences for ALL learners. The principal is a strong leader and supportive of the teachers.
Excelsior Elementary is a fabulous school! We live in another district, but open enroll to Excelsior because of the quality of education that our children receive. Excelsior is a wonderful blend of a school with top- notch strategies used by teachers and a variety of activities for all children, but also maintains the feeling of a small school with individualized attention. The principal is a very strong leader and the teachers are amazing. This staff truly cares about my children, challenging them to learn and grow as people. We are thrilled with Excelsior!
This school is really lacking. The only reason this district has a good rep. is due the wealth of the families. Which allows the important focus of what matters overlooked.My child was bullied by a teacher.A teacher should be a role model in the school day to not only their class but to all students.The teachers don't actually look at the work.My child received a good grade on a paper when clearly there were errors. There was no correction in errors made in the assignment.This was not the only time my children came home with work like this either. If a child gets injured at school it is not always reported to the family unless you really communicate with your child. You would be suprised in the things that go on luckily I speak with my children. If a student misbehaves in class I found that the teacher does not respond appropiately either. I've taught to children myself and just find it to be a shame on so many levels. My children will be attending another school next year. It's of great importance my children are in a safe enviornment when I'm not around and EES dont cut the cake for me.
we love excelsior elementary. we live in the wayzata school district, but open enrolled our child into the chinese immersion program at excelsior. the teachers and staff have been communicative, responsive and top notch. my child loves going to school and has had a fantastic first year experience. bravo bravo. could not be happier
I had to put my child to a local private school as I could not believe how big and impersonal the school is.
I'm not sure what the a previous poster is referring to, but Excelsior is a fantastic school! Regarding the math program, yes, new methods are taught, but my children are taught traditional methods as well. They then have the choice of which methods to use. The principal supports both parents and her teachers, cares about kids, and is definitely dedicated and accountable! Not sure what the comment about immersion students is about. My children are not in the immersion program and do receive gifted services. There are differentiated services for both traditional and immersion students. Excelsior is a wonderful school with a terrific staff and my children are thriving there!
Our child is not only keeping up with the other classmates but with special ed over the past few years starting to even advance more, along with outside additional efforts, and our child now is excited to go to school.
As a very successful professional (engineer), I can tell you that the 'new math' program really falls short of meeting the mark if you're hoping for a good math program. Don't let the test scores fool you! Count on having to teach your kids all the traditional method yourself. On the plus side, I spend more time with my kids. The homework helps teach the kids good study habits outside of the normal school day. The teachers are nice, but the principal isn't accountable for her actions. The school is totally caught up in all the liberal indoctrination rather than teaching the basics. It is assumed that all the 'smart' kids are in the immersion program and thus get advanced placement. There are too many days off during the year!
Excellent teachers and staff! Fantastic principal! Involved parents! Impressive Chinese Immersion program! These are just some of the reasons why my family moved to Excelsior so that we can attend this school.
My child went to Excelsior from K-4th, and in general had an average experience. Excelsior does have some nice qualities, such as classroom parties and the annual Halloween parade. However, some of the teaching methods lack the importance of learning the basics of writing properly, forming letters and sentence structure. The math curriculum, Everyday Mathematics, is also a marginal program. Technology is excellent though, lots of new computers, laptops for the kids, etc. On another topic, the high potential program is very questionable in their testing methods. The high potential program cannot explain their testing methods adequately. There are bullying problems on the playground which are ignored or not dealt with in an effective way. Another parent mentioned the 'small town' feel, which yes can be nice because you know everyone, but can also manifest itself into extreme narrowmindedness. My son has since changed schools and is much happier.
Excellent School! I have had three kids go through Excelsior, each had an awesome experience. The school has a 'small town' feel, everyone is your neighbor. The teachers are young, energetic, and love teaching - it shows!
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