I think that respect starts with families, but I do see that the teachers and administration treat the students with a positive regard that shows them respect. That is modeling what we desire to be reflected in the students, and I have yet to witness the kids being disrespectful to each other or the staff.
I love what my child is learning through the arts integration curriculum. I like that she has specials like media in addition to PE and art. Her teacher is always communicating with us. The special events that the school and parents organize together foster a great sense of community. My child was sad to leave the school she had been at since Kindergarten and it took a little while, but now she wants to stay at Doral as long as they'll let her.
I have had a very positive experience with all of the teachers my child interacts with. I also noticed that she is always referring to what they have taught her or what they have said during everyday conversation.
Curriculum is only so so. They do not push the students to achieve. They are more concerned with continued funding instead of educating children. While the teachers are generally very nice that doesn't equate to student learning. Recently I found that one of the teachers called my son a loser in front of the entire class and actually printed it on a handout I gave to the administration and nothing has been done about this. The administration would rather sweep issues under the carpet rather than address them.
The math teachers employee a 'three before me' method in math. So if a student doesn't understand they have to go to three other students before speaking with the teacher. If the student is shy or embarrassed going to three other students is not helpful.