Mrs. Blilie was a truly extraordinary teacher who had command of the classroom and seemed to adapt to each kid in a way that set high expectations while also demonstrating a lot of caring for the kids. She even setup special projects for the kids to pursue additional learning in areas of interest. We've been impressed with all other teachers as well.
There are many opportunities for kids to take their learning further either through after school programs, advanced math, or extra projects through their classroom teacher. The homework level seems appropriate for K-5 kids.
There is a strong school community that embraces treating others with respect and viewing differences as strengths. My kids have diverse friendship groups which I believe is a great sign of a health community.
I have three kids at this school and have been very impressed. The teachers are engaged and adaptive to the needs of different kids. I was concerned leaving my eldest child at this school after he tested as gifted (nothing too special as many kids do the way they test) and some kids left for the gifted / talented magnet. We left our child at Expo and the teachers have done a great job pushing him academically so he continues to be challenged. Mr. Mark is an extraordinary math teacher and a great asset to the school though all the teachers we've had have been great. Finally, the school community and PTO is healthy and engaged. All three of my kids are thriving at Expo.
a great school for all kids. There is a good mix of diversity and a staff that are very attentive to the needs of the children. With diminished resources, they still meet the social and emotional needs of the students while always improving the academic scores
I have two children at this school currently and am quite pleased with EXPO. They both have very different needs socially, developmentally, and academically and the teachers, staff and principal have been very warm, caring, and responsive to our requests. There are many activities for the children to participate in, an active PTO, lots of opportunities for parent involvement and many parents do get involved. It is a vibrant community that truly focuses on creating a safe, fun, productive, and stimulating learning environment for all students.
I love Expo Elementary! My children have been at this school for 5 years now and although there have been many changes, the teachers and principal have done a great job of adjusting in the face of district wide cuts and changes. My children receive gifted and talented services but are also appropriately challenged in their classroom. We chose this school for the variety of resources and the diversity and have been thrilled with both. I believe with all my being that this school is preparing my children to be good students with a love and ability to learn, but most importantly they are learning what it is to be part of a community. A community of learners, teachers, adults, kids, families, rich, poor, black, white, Christian, Muslims, and everything in between. All are valued and all are important... now this is a lesson worth learning for success both in and out of the classroom! Thank you Expo for giving my children the foundation for a lifetime love of learning!
I recently found a new school for my son after two years at Expo. The staff was absolutely ineffective and apathetic at managing a very difficult social atmosphere that seems to exist at this school. The teacher farmed out concerns to the social worker, and then did not enforce management, and seemed to actually side with the bullies. The principal seems to favor a handful of families who have the time and resources to establish a power base. The needs of the individual child do not seem to register. The Gifted/Talented services were basically non-existent. I have heard this used to be a good school, but solid teachers have retired. I would not recommend this school to anyone.
The best thing about Expo is its playground, and fortunately you don't need to be a student there to play at it. Unfortunately, Expo's negatives outweigh its positives. To begin with, I would avoid this school if your child is academically advanced, or even if your child is a very eager learner, because intellectual curiosity is not encouraged here. For the most part, the curriculum is not challenging, and if your child is labeled G/T, the G/T services are abysmal. Second, Expo's culture has changed for the worse in the past few of years. Bullying has increased, and the staff typically ignores complaints rather than addresses them. Third, the principal is very nice and has a kid-friendly personality; however, he doesn't seem to take his job seriously. He does an extremely poor job of communicating with parents, and he frequently passes messages down for other staff to answer on his behalf. If I email the principal, then I expect him to respond, not some staff member that I've never had contact with before. It would be interesting to see how the district's realignment will impact Expo; however, my family was extremely unhappy at this school and will no longer be attending here.