My child has also transferred to this school and we have livees in misery ever since The teachers speak to the down to the children in a VERY negative ways. My child has NEVER experienced working on IPADS and no problem ever gets solved when brought up. We must be talking about two different Combs Schools. The teachers call the students dumb and tells them they will end up in jail. THIS IS NOT A GREAT SCHOOL!
My child transferred from private school to Combs and it's been wonderful. I feel like she is getting a private school education. Teachers know their craft and she will be prepared for this competitive world. She is working on computers, doing research on IPads, going on awesome field trips . This is exactly what she needs!
All three of my kids attended Combs. Thank God my last one will leave there after this school year. This school does not teach kids how to write or spell at all. My kids have to be taught at home by me the things they should be learning at school. As long as you read enough AR books, then all is right with the world. I wish they would get rid of the teachers that don't actually teach and hire ones that care about actual teaching. I can't wait for my time to be over with Combs.
Combs Elementary recently decided to divide its 5th and 6th grades into single-gender classes: boys and girls are in separate classes now. The principal did this without parental input or consent. Research has proven this is not the best way for children to receive a well-rounded education. My kids' previous elementary school tried this single-gender class idea for 2 years, then dropped it; students AND parents universally disliked it and student scores and overall learning went down. I'm extremely disappointed in Combs' 5th gr teachers, they are rude, impatient and model immature behavior that would get a student suspended.
Combs has been an awesome experience for my child. We love accelerated reading. My son always has a book now. It's like a private school but a public school if that makes sense. My oldest child attended Combs and when she went to middle, she was over prepared. Middle School was reading books she had read in 6th grade, even the math was a review for her. Good job to Combs teachers and principal. It takes the whole village parents, students and teachers.
My child was in 2nd grade & had extremely supportive teachers. I regularly emailed teachers they responded. I attended most school events and dropped in occasionally & never witnessed teachers being rude. I did find that the Science was weak but the Reading, Writing and Math were up to par . A cafeteria worker yelled at my child and the situation was handled and we didn't have any other problems. It's not a daycare if that's what you are seeking. With regard to the principal, she was thoughtful, knowledgeable and easy to reach for questions. The MAP test is a focus of all Missouri Schools, if she wasn't I think these parents would complain no matter what. No system is perfect not even West County (BTW: West County MAP Scores are decreasing). The other factor I liked about this school is that the Principal has successfully written and been awarded grants for supplies for her school and she established a partnership with the St. Louis Science Center, the Botanical Gardens and St. Louis Zoo. I wouldn't base my decision on comments posted by upset parents (typically the ones that leave reviews). Contact the school yourself and make your own informed decision.
This school in my opinion is the worst by far. I have 2 children who attend there one of which has a few problems where extra help is needed. My child was quickly labeled by the staff and then the phone call and letters start pouring in. Your child needs this or that. His learning disability is very mild and a little actual care and effort would go a long way. My childs teacher even went as far as saying he is now at the age where he can no longer be helped and its just a matter of waiting it out till he can leave/drop out!! Are you serious?? What happened to the type of teachers I had growing up? Who actually loved their jobs and put everything into helping each student. Not to mention the discipline, you get changes in your color is your pencil needs to be sharpened, if they don't mark the lunch counter, to me that is just absurd! We cannot wait to get out of this district and be in a district where the teachers aren't there just to collect an unearned paycheck!
We started Combs in January, 2009, and we were very impressed with the school academically. Shortly into the Fall of 2009, we got a better look at the teachers. Most of the one's we dealt with were rude and disrespectful to the kids. Listening to the teachers and lunch help literally scream at the kids during lunch was very disurbing. How could any student respect anyone that treated them like that. The math teacher would claim to teach, but apparently not well enough for the kids to understand. This year 2010-11 is even worse. I totally agree with the other parents in regards to MAP testing. That is all the principal seems to care about. My child's writing skills are horrible, and her grammar skills are just as bad. The principal is distant and unfriendly and sometimes not truthful. I, too, regret ever sending my child to Combs.
I agree, we pulled our child out last year and with extensive tutoring she is just now getting back at level.They do not teach cursive, even though they say they will. They just move kids along, don't teach grammar and the discipline isn't effective. I would not recommend this school. Pay the money and move to West County, best investment we ever made.
I do not like the school my daught was transferred here it was the biggest mistake. I found that the Principal along with the teachers all they care about is getting great scores on the MAP test. They seem to have fallen behind the scene and forgott about the students along the way. They don't understand that all children learn different. Wouldn't recommend this school to a dog
My daughter attends Combs elementary. She transfered from another school and it was the worst mistake we have ever made. The school is focused only on the AR program so what they do is they give this test 2 days after school starts and then if your child scores low on it then they try and label your child. They even consider a C failing can you believe it!!!
I have two boys at Combs they have been there for 4 years now. I love the staff and the boys enjoy going to school. Everyone works together to help all the students learn and NOONE gets left behind. Its a wonderful school. Mrs. Bland is a fantastic Principal! I only wish they could go there for all 8yrs.
We have been going to third school for 2 years now. I have two children 2 grades apart. At least some of the teachers at this school are very wonderful and concerned about the students. I disagree with the policies, including lack of recess or downtime for the children and the poor quality of school lunch. There are little to no extra curricular activities and state test scores don't speak for themselves unless you are talking about causing undue stress on children and teachers. There are more important things, like are the students actually learning relevant material at their level... my child had yet to be taught cursive two years after it is typically introduced.
Combs Elementary is an excellent school, the principle is one of the few left that appear to not put politics over the welfare of her children. In the state of Missouri it is leading the pack from other schools in the state. Unfortunately, its special school district (Ferguson/Florissant)is pathetic. They are constantly trying to take much needed services away from those kids who really need it. This SSD counts on the parents being ignorant as well as some teachers to manipulate services from children. If you don't have a special needs child and you are only going through one entity, Combs School this is definatley the school for your child.
My daughter attends Combs elementary. The state test scores at this school are way above average. The teachers are highly trained and motivated. Compare the scores to any school in the state, they speak for themselves.
We have been part of Combs School since 1999. It's a small school located in an historic district in Florissant. Because of our small enrollment, class sizes are small which results in more one on one time with the children. We have excellent teachers and a supportive administration. There are many after school activities in which the teachers volunteer their time for the students to learn more and have fun. Every year, the students are involved in the Accelerated Reader program and at the end of the year, an entire day is dedicated to the students achievement in the AR program. Combs PTO has added many family events and will be added more each year. Come join the fun!
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