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Alice Smith Elementary School5
Posted June 03, 2014
- a parent
The principal here is just plain awesome! He really cares about the kids. The teachers are top notch. Our third grade teacher was the best! She made learning fun and she wants to be there. Parent involvement is very good. Parents go above and beyond to help out.
I am a parent at Alice Smith Elementary. We are extremely happy with the school and the education our children receive. The principal is top notch. She knows each child by name, greets them warmly, and really makes them feel like they belong. The staff is excellent. They really seem to like where they are. They are enthusiastic, love the kids and love teaching. We are very pleased with the small class sizes (20, 21 in kindergarten). I also appreciate the way the teachers collaborate and support each other. There are great evening events that focus on academics, such as family engineering night and the Imagination Fair. We are also pleased with the Gifted and Talented program and teacher. Lots of individual attention and support. We are very pleased with the warm, caring community where each child is encouraged to do their best. We love the diversity of Alice Smith. It's a beautiful school with beautiful children. Another great aspect of the school is the involvement and support of the community. Everyday there are caring adults who work with students on an individual basis. We are extremely happy to belong to this school.
I agree with the reviews posted in 2003-2005. It was a great school with a great principle and teachers. Unfortunately, this district is mismanaged on monetary and overall focus. The good teachers can not continue to make up the difference. As an example we know that they are only getting through 8 of 12 Units in Math while neighboring districts finish all 12. Test scores show this. We regrettable seen great decline in the past 4 years and pulled both of our elementary age children out to go to another district.
I have had nothing but wonderful experiences with Alice Smith. The teachers, principal and programs are A1! Kurt Nordess really DOES know all the kids by name, and he couldn't be a nicer man. I'm beyond impressed with my 4th grader's experience there and am looking forward to sending my kindergartener in the fall.
Our second child is entering 4th grade this fall. We love AS. Kurt Nordness is an excellent principal...reacts well to a crisis. Knows all the kids by name. They have good programs for gifted children so they do not get bored.