My son has been at this school since 1st grade. We loved it. The teachers cared about students. They had PTA and fun social activities. I love that they have different activities during the week for students. They have great teachers. My son is now in 4th grade. It seems that there have been lots of changes since the new principal started. The students are treated as if they are in prison. Parents are not allowed to be on school grounds. The office staff is unorganized except for Ms Mary. I loved taking my son to school and talking to teachers, and staff but now it seems like the new rules make it hard to have a relationship between the parents and the staff at school. I also do not agree with the new rules stating I must send 5.00 for future field trips and my son did not go on any field trips. The fund raisers they have are not for specific activities for each grade. It is generic. I am also upset that they no longer have PTA. I would have loved to be a part of it. They do not have any reward systems for students. My son works hard to g wt straight A's but got a ribbon along with every student in the same grade. My son works hard and is rewarded as if he is just like everyone else. His hard work is not rewarded. He is easily an honor student but they g eery ribbons at the end of the year for "maintaining a passing grade all year". The principal from 2012 actually walked the school and talked with parents. Ms Gibson seems to be hiding from parents or something because I only see her walking around unhappy with her walkie talkie like a prison guard. It's a school, not a prison. Something needs to change. Maybe she looks good as a principal on paper. Why is she teaching students that hard work doesn't pay off. So why work hard when you get the same reward as someone who is not. Not a fair system. Each student is not equal. You should be rewarded for the work YOU put in. Hope things change soon!
I cannot begin to start with how unstructured, unorganized and out of touch this school is. There is an obvious disconnect from the administration into the class rooms, and the communication from the classroom in the house is just absent. There is rarely involvement asked of parents, in fact I was even dissuaded from participating under a false guise there is strict restrictions for parents being in the classrooms. The teachers send homework photocopied out of the text book with no instructions, there is no social incentives for good behavior, no goals in the classrooms for kids to reach. The social environment is much to be desired, a lot of behavioral issues with students AND staff. Be warned.
We are so lucky to have the absolute best Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Brown! She knew the names of all the students and who their parents are all by the first week of school! She is proffessional, highly organized and great with the kids! I have noticed that a lot of parents are disrespectful to the other teachers, which only teaches their children to be disrespectful too. I have also read in other reviews that the office staff is rude, but in my experience they have been very courteous and helpful. I think the school is what you make of it. I gave 4 stars cause its only 1 month into school
Jim Thorpe- I don't care for this school. We will NOT be going back next season. Granted we're new here from Los Angeles, but LAUSD isn't exactly known for it's great education system. However, after experiencing JT, I give a HUGE thumbs up for our much missed LAUSD school. *There is little to no parental involvement from what I can tell, & it shows in the foul mouthed unruly children. So sad to see, & I feel for the children who seem as though their entire future is already doomed; but at what point do you say enough when a child disrupts the class almost daily with telling the teacher off, & throwing chairs across the room? Apparently never for Jim Thorpe. (& this is 1st grade!!) This can only reinforce the bad behavior in the minds of the other children. *Bullies are a regular fixture, but good luck trying to resolve anything properly. *Principal who??? There's a total disconnect. *JT offers almost no incentives for jobs well done. The teacher is equally difficult to connect with, and it's absurd that after just barely learning the alphabet & how to read, homework regularly comes home in a different font, just to add to their challenge. Makes NO sense! There's much more...
My son is currently attending this school, and well I must say it could be worse. My son is considered a special needs student he is in the 3rd grade and the student/ teacher ratio is higher then 18 per teacher its more like 23 per teacher and well as my sons current teacher likes to always say I can't have eyes everywhere. The office staff is somewhat unorganized and well sometimes flat out rude. The last principle was let go for cruel and unusual punishment. That is what the parents were told. As a parent I send my child to get education and get them ready for the real world well it seems that if it is easier to just pass them and make it another teachers issue that is what they are going to do.
My grandson has attened Thorpe for 4 yrs. He has special needs. I have found Ms Slackey and 99% of the staff very supportive. They have always tried to accomadate his needs. I wish he could attend all the way through high school.
Mrs. Ward is "The Best" first grade teacher. She goes above, and beyond her duties as a teacher to touch her students lives. Mrs Ward is an amazing human being... My only downside is that she cannot teach my child 1-12 grades. Thank You!!!