I agree that there are many, many problems with this school and most stem from its principal. It is a beautiful new facility, but most parents would be shocked at the terrible prison-like atmosphere inside. I didn't know how badly the children were treated until I started volunteering in my child's classroom. When your only interaction with the school is picking your child up at the fence to the playground at the end of the day, you have no idea of what the kids go through. I encourage parents to see for themselves. Perhaps then there will be some changes.
The experiences we have had at this school are not what we expected for our 5 year olds first year of school. From K-Teachers yelling at 5-6yrs to return homework to so much testing that I am not sure when they have time to teach the kids. Plus our son has so much homework that it can take 30 minutes to an hour or more each night...for a Kindergartner. We are frustrated and are glad that we will not be attending this school next year.
I have loved all four years that my children have been at this school. The teachers are all so friendly and helpful. My child's reading ability skyrocketed. I am sending my third child there next year and can't wait to see how well she does.
We had the unfortunate luck to be zoned for this school and served one years time. Donna Barber does not allow text books to be taken home, Other area principles permit kids to take books home. My child,s homework and class work was frequently graded incorrectly. Some teachers were virtually inaccessable for 1-2 weeks at a time. The front office staff is rude, inconsiderate and frequently condasending to parents.
This school is in Seven Hills and is the worst school I ever sent my children to. they lost my kindergartener on the first school and didnt notice him missing for over an hour. Please be carefull. I moved and broke my lease just to get away from this school.
I felt the special needs children were discriminated against. The AM Teacher and her asst. were belittling at times with their comments and focused on negativity instead of positive reinforcement. When confiding in the principal not to disclose my identity or my childs to the teacher, she did anyway after promising that would not happen.
We need a better curriculum program in Kindergarten. This school has no reading program in place. The class sizes are to big. There are 25 kids in my third graders class. I thought classroom reduction did not allow for that. Field trips are a joke with our Principal. I feel she does just enough to get by. It's pretty sad I send my children to be under her influence daily. Most of our teachers don't stay at this school long. The common denominator here is the principal.
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