Darnell has gone downhill the last two years. Teachers are leaving left and right because of issues with administration. My child lost their teacher midway through the school year two years in a row. They lack proper intervention for children who are struggling in a specific area. I can't wait until my children are zoned for another school. I loathe Darnell.
This school is a joke! My son went to a private school for kindergarten and first grade and got straight A's. He was doing third grade work in the first grade. Unfortunately I lost my job and we could no longer afford the private school anymore. I had to enroll him here and now he is barely passing! I wasn't quite sure why until today. I dropped my son off at safe key and on my way out of the parking lot was almost hit by two vehicles pulling in the exit, come to find out THEY WERE TEACHERS!!!!!! How can they teach our kids if they themselves can't read or follow rules!!!! THANK GOD this will be our last horrible experience at this joke of a school!!!!
This is a great school. We came from Northern Virginia, where our daughter's school had traditionally rated 8-9 on greatschools.org. We have found Darnell elementary to be better in almost every way. First, our daughter has attended this school for 2 years now, and both of her teachers have been fantastic! They work with our daughter to ensure she's maximizing her potential every day. She has already tested for the Gifted program for next year. Most importantly, the teachers are recognized for performance, and everybody seems pretty motivated. The PTA has not been as effective this year as last, due to a change in personalities, but that could easily change back. Overall, we recommend this school strongly and are looking forward to another year.
This school seemed good until recently. My 5th grader has seen and been witness to horrible bullying, and the administration does nothing. I am so happy she won't go there any more. The PTA is awesome and has made it extremely fun for the kids, unlike the staff/administration. Staff and parents are pitted against each other and the P, VP do nothing but sit back. The kids are just numbers and are bribed for good test scores. Sad place. Nothing will be getting better. Many teachers are leaving because of the lack of confidence in leadership (administration) and lack of concern for students.
I feel that this school was good when we first started going here, 3 years ago. Now, the PTA is having a hard time getting any parent involvement, the front staff is rude, except for Sherry. You have to fight for everything there for special requests. It is a challenge to have your child looked at as something other than a test score! Teachers are not getting support they need and the school has no true rules with handling bullies.
I would not recommend this school. We decided to move to this school district a year ago, because the school got a 9/10. Well it has fallen to 7, and should be farther in my opinion. My son has failed the 3rd grade, after a modest amount of help from the school. Th teacher did what she could, but obviously, not enough. When problems were obsereved, it seemed like the only answer was more homework, which he had problems doing what he had. I have asked for ann IEP several times, but have been denied. What other litmus test do you need than the kid flunks the grade?? Asked for a zone variance, but it is still CCSD. Pretty soon we will need to change the spelling of the state to NEVADUH!!!
My son started PreK at Darnell and he is behind in everything and the teachers and the people that work there have tons of patience and they treat me and my son so great I am so happy I enrolled him :)
My Twin girls started going to this school in October 09 and they love this school. They are both in Special Ed they have a great program and there teachers really care about them. They are in thrid grade and enjoy all of there class mates.
This school so far is a joke. My child went to Scherkenbach Elementary last year, and nothing compares to that school so far! There is no communication, no involvement with the PTA, all they want is for you to sell stuff. I used to get letters every week from either they were going to spray pesticide, or something as minor as a teachers schedule was moved around. I also feel 'out of touch' with this school as well. I feel the principal and staff are overwhelmed or dont know what they are doing. I fell as if my child does not exist. I think i will ask for a zone variance next year because Scherkenbach is the best, look at thier rating!!