My big man is absolutely thriving here. He was attending Highland Bluff when we first moved to Brandon, but I found them too large and overly obsessed with tests to the detriment of almost everything else (they were lucky to get recess in a given week, and if Scandinavian educational models are any indicator, exercise and recreation are as important as math and reading to a good student). My child's father took a job with RCSD and we were able to elect to send him to Flowood; best decision we ever made. There's considerably more racial and economic diversity (hard to come by in Brandon, admittedly), the school is smaller and more accessible, and the teachers really work with your child to help them succeed. My son had near constant disciplinary problems at the last school (because why not make them sit and pound the books for hours with no break to blow off steam? What could possibly go wrong?) and I was even strongly hinted to that I should seek an ADHD diagnosis and put him on medication. We come to Flowood and, aside from the odd spate of talking too much on his part? We've barely had an issue. Funny, that.
School atmosphere is inviting. Teachers, students and other staff members are willing to help you. Children are well-behaved and are ready, respectful and responsible.
My grandchild attended K-5 at this school and I was very please. She is reading, spelling,doing basic math. Ms Pennington did a great job with her and I feel should be recognized for such a job well done. If the other teacher are any thing like her, wow !!. I can deal with all the fundraising, because I felt they were all for a good cause, and I went all the way to make each one a success. The teacher were doing their part and I felt the need to do what I could and enjoyed it!!
We have one child that finished K-5th at Flowood Elem. Our second child has attended since K and is currently in 3rd. Dr. McCool has been an excellent leader at the school. All of the teachers for each of our children has been motivational, committed to the children's growth and concerned with their progress in all areas, not just academic. We feel blessed to be a part of this school and support it fully. We, like some others, are not huge fans of fundraising, however, it has never been a hindrance to our children having what they needed. It would be nice if more money were allotted from the state, but it is also reality that this will not be happening. We love Flowood and pray for the staff there on a regular basis.
I do not have a child who attended flowood ele. But i was a guest there recently. I brought our polar bear snowball to have photos with the kids everyone was wonderful! the children were all so happy and the teachers had them on a really good scheduale and were very good with the children...
Although this is my daughter's second and last year at this school (she is in 5th grade), I had a pleasant experience with Flowood. My only drawback was that at the start of both school years, we were not given the opportunity to meet the teachers, set-up desks and just get acquainted with the administration and parents before the first day of school. So, my daughter had to log around two bags of stuff. Being an educator, I love it when we have our open-house the night before the first day of school. It gets everything out of the way and I get to meet parents and talk. I do love the teachers there and the administration seemed fine to me. There is a lot of fundraising, but you don't have to participate in everything and I haven't had any backlash from the school when I didn't.
I can't believe that I am reading some of these negative comments. We are our 5th year and every year is better than the last!! My thoughts of the previous comments are that you typically hear from the few that want to complain. Very rarely to you hear from the satisfied parents. My suggestion to those that are unhappy with things is to get involved!! I am very involved with my kids education and social life. I know their teachers and the admin very well. I can't be more pleased.
I am very disappointed to read the comments made about our school. I have two children at Flowood and I couldn't be happier. The children are getting a wonderful education experience. They will be well prepared for middle school. As for the administration, both Dr. McCool and Mr. Vance are at the school for the children. They work to make sure the children are getting the best education possible. Parents who complain about the amount of lunch time and what is served need to go to the Department of Education to complain. I'm glad my children go to such a wonderful school.
I have been at Flowood for 3 years and have been very impressed with the teachers and administration. The children that attend Flowood are very prepared for Middle School. For the fundraising efforts, these funds help the teachers buy needed items for their classrooms. Teachers are the most underpaid profession, but have the greatest impact on our future leaders. Giving them the ability to buy more interactive materials is a small sacrifice for the benefit. I am proud my children attend Flowood.
I have had two children in this school for years. All I can say is that I could not be more pleased. Both have gotten a quality education. I can't say enough about the teachers and the administration. My fifth grade daughter learned more things to prepare her for middle school than I can even begin to tell you. Her computer skills, life skills, and general subject area skills are wonderful thanks to Mrs. Brown,Mrs. Prestwood, and all of the previous teachers. The single gender classes gave my daughter the ability to strengthen her weaknesses and enhance her strong points. My other child has been given the same opportunities to develop way beyond the basics. I can't say enough about the teachers. Mr. Price continues to motivate my child. All I can say is that Flowood Elementary is far above the rest! Thanks to everyone there for all they have done!
Let me 1st say this is our 5th year at Flowood so I do have some experience when I write this review. Most of the teachers are wonderful. The administration is the worst, though.They do not address anything other than discipline so not to draw notice to the school's short-comings.And they definetely, without a doubt in my mind, do not have the children's best interest at heart. It is strictly about assuring the test scores stay where they need to be. Without exposing myself, I will say that I do have a little experience with elementary educators and administrators and this school's leadership borders on neglect. I hope other parents will read this and know that you are not alone in your struggle with them or alone in your awful thoughts about the leaders. You're kids deserve better than they get at that school.
I have not been too impressed with this school. It in all honesty is not the teachers in most cases but the administration of this school. There are several areas that desperately need help. I do not believe in the constant fundraising efforts for a school that does not give back to the students. We have been at this school for 4 years now. We have had to teach our child on our own Math. The constant AR and AM goals are often out of reach for these children and when they are ready to scan for AM, the teacher is not there half of the time. I have been very disappointed in the structure of the classroom as well as the filth our children have to live in for half of their day. I am unimpressed and believe that the administration could be much better.
This yr makes the 3rd yr my children have gone to this school. When we relocated here everyone was talking about how great this school district is. Well I haven't seen anything great about it! Teachers wait till school is almost over to tell you your child is struggling. Oh, did I mention tutoring. NONE!!Well unless you want to pay for it. I haven't seen any sign of this school being great plus they don't want to work with a child who is having problems in certain areas. Over all I've not had a good experience with this school and I look forward to moving
Non-Gender-mixed classes are not real-world experience. Daily curriculum for my 3rd grade child is 'here is your goal for the year, work at your own pace, ask questions when necessary, take tests when you're ready, must meet goals'. There is no daily objectives that the teacher goes over with the whole class. The parents teach more at home than the teachers do at school (many times have gone over homework, that my child has said they have not covered yet & homework assignments given by teacher are not clear). Drop off in the morning is 7:00-7:30 and is a disaster. If this was extended to 8:00 like normal schools, it would alleviate the considerable amount of congestion. Inundated with fundraisers and continually sent home requests to send supplies or contribute $$ for something. Have not seen much use of fundraisers except new small playground. Quit the experiments and just teach.
I agree with the prior review. This school has not lived up to our expectations in that there are no science or computer labs, as we've experienced in the past at another school, and also there's no Spanish class. My son took Spanish at a former school for two years and it disappoints us that he will no longer advance in that area. The building is poorly kept and uninspiring, there's no pride in the upkeep. The classrooms are extremely small for the number of students, the children are crammed around tables instead of desks. We were inundated with fund raisers and requests for money last year, but there are no noticeable improvements to the building or academics. Also, the playground area needs major improvements, it is very sparse.
The school offers absolutely no open house for the children to meet their teachers, find their classroom, set up their desk, making their first day chaotic, stressful and unorganized. The academics are just not there as well - his spelling tests consisted of words any pre-schooler would know. This continued throughout the year - words such as 'house' and 'brown.' My son was unchallenged and bored. There's no computer or science labs. And, the school is in hideous shape. Horrid brown-painted walls, old office equipment piled in the 'cafeteria.' It's just an ugly, dirty building. I'm dreading this next school year.
The efforts made by Mr Toby Price as a positive role model in his personal appearance have emphasised to the boys of his 5th grade class that 'Clothes Do Make the Man'. I congratulate him and encourage him to continue to be the great role model that he is.
Flowood Elementary School, located in the Northwest School Zone of Rankin County Schools, is one of Mississippi's top schools. Currently the school goes through the 5th grade. 4th and 5th graders are in gender specific classrooms and we have seen test scores rise. We do not receive a lot of money from any one source (just like every other school in MS!), but we are smart in the ways we use our funds. The teachers love what they do and that love begins with the Principal, Dr. Barbara McCool, and continues down the line to our janitors and cafeteria workers. We truly try to make learning a lifelong experience by teaching each student on his or her level. We are EXCELLENT by design.
My son began kindergarten at Flowood and had a basic understanding of the alphabet. He could not yet read and did not understand phonics. During the course of the school year, he not only learned word sounds and combinations, but became a 'beginning reader' even before Christmas. He had surpassed the kindergarten reading level even before 3/4ths of the year had passed! This school prides itself on the reading program and now I understand why. I would recommend this school to any parent. A child without a basic reading comprehension, will not succeed in any subject.
This school is like having a private school without the tuition. Great teachers, faculty and parents!
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