The teachers and administration pander to the richest children in the school (or those whose parents appear the richest / donate the most money). Other parents can be downright rude. If you can't afford to vacation in the Hamptons (as one little girl announced she liked to do during a class performance), you and your child won't fit in. The teachers will blame you if your child is picked on (since they aren't allowed to discipline children for bullying). Some of the teachers really do try, but the overall approach, teacher and administrator turnover, and all around disorganization make it impossible. It's all about "show" - no real heart, substance, or caring about the kids. It's too bad, we pulled our kids out, and know many others who have, too. We had family members who attended in the 90's and it was a completely different place back then. Just too bad what a lack of good administration (especially in Early Childhood and Middle School) can do.
Teachers do their best, but the lack of support and inconsistent approach from the administration renders much of their efforts useless. When no discipline is permitted, students quickly learn they don;'t have to respect their teachers and that limits how effective teachers can be.
This school is poorly run and the administration is so incompetent it overshadows any positives that exist. The school is so afraid of losing students that it won't allow any discipline. Academics, discipline and consistency are sacrificed for revenue. The fact that this is the most expensive school in Vegas makes it even more of a joke. The only reason this place stays in business is because parents want to keep their kids out of the public schools, or they have more money than sense....
We love this school we have two children here and could not be happier. I think that the teachers really care about the students and they know how to make learning fun! It's been an awesome experience my kids are actually excited to go to school. Thanks for all your great work!
Echoing the perspectives expressed in previous reviews, our experience has also been that this school's culture is distinctively not inclusive, and that culture also pervades student relations in the classroom. This school is heavily branded in the Vegas area as "the best", and it has some fine attributes: great security and facilities, some outstanding teachers, and a breadth of enrichment programs. But we didn't feel like we were experiencing "the best" of educational offerings in the area when we saw bullying in the classrooms, and a high staff and faculty turnover rate.
Our family has had a great experience with the talented, intelligent teachers who go above and beyond every day. They are truly what make the school so wonderful. Their creative curriculum and engaging class activities make our children excited to go to school. However, it seems the current administration is driving down morale, and many of our children's favorite teachers are leaving or seem stressed. To their credit, these teachers don't ever quit on the kids, despite frustrations with ever-changing mandates. The Dawson faculty is simply the best.