I see no compassion only politics and power. I feel they only want 'passive' children there and do not want any children that may be 'challenging'.
I have to say that this school has continued to decline. My daughter has been there for four years. She has had many problems, but if it wasn't for Dr. Callahan, God Bless her, my daughter would have been left behind long ago. And it is because the teachers do not care enough about the children! It is sad really.
Have you heard of the saying, 'You don't know what you've got til it's gone'? Well, that is what my imput is. I am displaced in Cumberland, Md. No Thanks to good ole Katrina. I have had two children complete k-4 at Magnolia Park and my third child was in her second year there! We Miss and Love Magnolia Park Tremedously! Move to another State and then you will find out that Magnolia is all that and more! Keep it up MP and hopefully with God's will my youngest will be back!
My children are begining thier 3rd year at MP. Overall I have been pleased w/ the teaching staff. I have been highly disappointed with the administration and principle. MP seems to have a cold feeling to it. It sometimes seems that parent involvement is discouraged. While I would like my childrens school to be somewhat professional, the harsh, business atmosphere of MP is not what I expect from an elementary school. While the school does well academically, I am confident it is inspite of the principle not because of her.
This is a great school, one of the best in Mississippi. There tends to be some arrogance that comes along with this. It is hard to take part in a lot of what goes on at that school, unless you're fund raising. No siblings are allowed on field trips and at some in school activities. I've heard/seen a lot of condescending talk from office personnel to the children. I attended this school 25 years ago and my daughter attends now (past 3 years). Education wise, they use Saxon Phonics and Saxon Math and those seem to work wonders, but can easily lose a child as well.
I am saddened by the turn this school has taken. It used to be very child friendly and welcoming to the family. The parents used to feel welcomed to come and help out in the school. In the past two years it has spiraled down. There is a lot of politics in this school. If I were to do it all over again I would have chosen another school in the district. I know the kids really miss Dr. Wade and so do the parents that knew her! I can only pray that hearts are softened in this school and the administration looks at what is important here, the children!
It is a wonderful school. They are very involved with the students and the parents.You are always informed of all activites. If you are moving to Mississippi I highly suggest you consider Ocean Springs. We have moved away, I must say if I had to compare the schools, Magnolia Park overall is a better school.
This is probably one of the finest elementary schools in all of Southern Mississipi. With its awards and outstanding achievements it's no one's guess why if your thinking Ocean Springs, you're also thinking about a bright future for your children. I'd give this school a nine out of five if I could.
Magnolia Park is the type of elementary schools an involved parent dreams about for their child! It's atmosphere motivates learning and pride in community. We need more schools like Magnolia Park and Mrs. Lewis, its principal!
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