Our children have thrived in the Montessori program at Norris, both academically and in their development as individuals. They have had experiences as leaders and mentors, they have learned to solve problems in the classroom through "community meetings", and they have grown in responsibility by managing their time to finish their "work plans" each week. Some children in traditional schools in the area come home with an hour of homework (in first grade! after over 7 hours in school!). I appreciate that Montessori does not overburden my young children with busywork at home. I also appreciate the lack of bribery with trinkets for good behavior (we've had treasure boxes in other schools) and rather a focus on cooperation and privileges, owning one's behavior, and the reinforcement of positive choices. This school also still has two recess periods daily and physical education three times a week (one is a music and movement class). The music and p.e. teachers are both creative, fun, and actually teach important skills. Overall we feel Norris is a gem that still holds onto a lot of important things other schools have lost in the squeeze for academic performance.
Norris Elementary has a lot going on and the new principal seems to be on top of things. After more than ten years of driving to and from that school the drop off and pick up of children is far more efficient than before. This school is Montessori and traditional. It also provides top notch preschool for children who do not speak English as a primary language. All schools in the Millard Community study the same curriculum and take the same standardized tests. I am not sure how they rank with the rest of the schools in the area or country but I would guess they are higher on the list for quality education.
Norris Elementary, Omaha, NE. Seems to be a growing problem with bullying at this school. Some teachers care and will take a active role in solving the problem, and other will turn the other way and say the kids just need to spend more time together. If your child has an IEP, good luck! Some teachers and staff do not look at it or follow it. Fact and reality from a parent, and from other parents that send their children there.
I have had great experiences at this school.The teachers seem to really care about there students. The bathroom is not a problem with the little kids anymore.They have moved the 4th and 5th graders at the back of the school.