We have two kids at Matoska International. We have generally had a very positive experience here. While every family has their own experience and relationship with their child's teacher, we have loved nearly every teacher our kids have had. The arts program is top notch, the more recent attention to science and technology (regular use of Google drive and math and reading apps on new laptops, for example) is trending positive, and we appreciate the focus on character development and the 'whole child' that an IB focus brings. It's true that older families (like ours) may reminisce about the Centerpoint days. It's true it's not entirely parent choice as Centerpoint was. There are kids for whom this is their neighborhood school. We don't view that as a bad thing. We have been very active with this school, have put a lot of volunteer energy into the success of the kids and programs, and we have gotten out of it what we have put in. Our kids have grown academically and socially, have been nurtured and loved by a great group of teachers, specialists, and staff, and we have never felt anything but safe. Communication is strong, and you won't find a more involved group of parents!
Unfortunately, this school has huge problems with behavior and feeling like a safe environment for their students. They also struggle with testing scores, but always seem to have "excuses" as to why their scores are lower. It once was a fantastic school, and K-1 are excellent. The problems begin with 2-5. Students are NOT challenged at their level and parents have taken their time to go in and teach their higher learners in the hallways. Technology is also not a priority within the entire district. They have a 5 year plan, but it's too little, too late. They are behind in technology, bragging that a SmartBoard in every classroom is their answer. Sadly, disappointed parent. Had REALLY high hopes in the first couple of years.
This school is amazing. The staff is amazing. The kids are amazing. The school is going through tremendous transitions, with the whole community pitching in and making strides to creating a safe, nurturing environments for young minds to expand.
The staff are dedicated< approachable< brilliant and hardworking. They are very welcoming to families and go above and beyond to reach every child and teach them.
I really enjoy Parkview. My kids get the extra help they need it when they need it. I think the Kindergarten needs a little help to be less like Centerpoint and more like Parkview. I have three kids in Parkview right now. Becky Peterson is an excellent school coordinator. The Parkview PTO is awesome. Some of the teachers that I think excel at their jobs are Mrs. Walzinski and Mr. Pai. Your kid will get the attention they need here!
I have been a Parkview parent for 5 1/2 years and I couldn't be more pleased with my children's accomplishments. The Parkview staff is highly motivated to educate and shape the students into positive learners and responsible cizitens. While no school is perfect, Parkview teachers and staff are constantly striving to find ways to improve. Some examples include reaching out to community senior groups for mentors and working with local organizations, like the YMCA, to offer swimming lessons and after school programs. Kids are encouraged to become active in their community and to be good role models for the younger students. They take these jobs very seriously and are proud of their accomplishments. I have no doubt my children will be happy, succesful, and confident individuals. Thank you Parkview staff! Job well done!
After a month of kindergarten for my little girl, I am becoming very disgruntled about Parkview (this is not Centerpoint; even though they are in the same building, there should be separate entries here). We have made an active effort to educate our girl long before she started kindergarten. She can read and write, do basic math, knows basic zoological classifications, astronomy, geography, etc. When I inquire about how Parkview evaluates and places children according to ability, the answer was basically, 'by age'. There is little, if any, outreach by the school (and this is district wide) to the parents, beyond registration and requiring medical records and emergency contacts. All they do in kindergarten is color and paint and play. They have not even started teaching the letters of the alphabet, much less reading. There are five computers in the class, but they are not allowed to use them. My
My children attend Centerpoint, the district-wide parent choice school within a school at the Parkview building. Centerpoint is an outstanding program because the teachers deal with students as individuals, parent involvement is extremely high, and the teachers are constantly striving to improve education for all students. Parent input is not only allowed, it is an integral part of the Centerpoint program. Parent volunteers lead book and writing clubs, K-5 family groups, art enrichment, and publish students' written stories. Curiosity is nurtured, literacy is paramount, and students are treated as whole individuals. My son loves school. Even after nearly three years, he still runs excitedly to the bus stop every morning. There is no greater gift that a school can give its students than that love of learning.
Our children went to a catholic grade school last year, then to Parkview. I found that this school is about a full year behind the catholic school in most all subjects! The combining of grades, such as 3&4, and 5&6 for various classes is not fair to brighter students and holds the learning process back for average students. The teaching of certain subjects, such as science for only half the school year, then switching to another subject stinks also. I found the attitude of the Principal, as one of strict authority and parents were not particularly welcome to mention any positive ways to improve learning for their kids, that the teachers and principal have it all under control, and that there is no room for improvement. If I were to rate this school overall, I would give it a 'D-.'
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