My children have attended Frias Elementary for the past three years. I have not been impressed with the office staff or administration, but their teachers have been great. I volunteer at the school and stay on top of their grades. I did try to request the best teachers because I know some of them are not what I think is best for my child (too easy, too much yelling, etc). We have attended many of the P.T.A events and they are fun and my kids enjoy them. It seems like there is a lot of parent involvement. I see lots of other parents volunteering and helping in the classrooms. I would recommend Frias to a friend.
I totally agree with the last person who posted stating that Valerie Rice is running this once beautiful school into the ground. All of the good teachers have left or plan to leave for the 2013-2014 school year. I was in te office and all of a sudden all doors close with a, "She's here," meaning Ms. Rice. I asked what that was about. Office staff stated they do not like the principal and hide when she is around. Staff are miserable which all trickles down to the kids. Ms. Rice has absolutely no consideration or compassion to the disabled students. She locks them in a room with no resources. She wouldn't even acknowledge them in the awards ceremony. Supposedly it is based on test scores, but these kids cannot take a written test but work harder than any student there. Can't Ms Rice acknowledge their hard work? Come on! She has no idea how to be a leader and is running this school into the ground. She shows no compassion to these kids! We have been there four years. Unfortunately, I had no other choice. We won't be back next year!!!
Frias Elementary school is being run into the ground by the incompetent administration, headed by Valerie Rice. Her and her band of do nothing cronies have run out all but the most patient of their staff. This once beautiful school has fallen into disrepair. They have staff members (Carl Hansen) who earn over $70k a year to do nothing. The school is suffering from a roof rat infestation and the administration is laying blame on their TEACHERS for causing the issue. This school is not too far gone to be brought back to community standards. The hack of a principal, Valerie Rice, needs to be replaced with real leadership. Her agenda does not put children first. Test scores are plummeting. I sure hope she is replaced before this school is destroyed.
We are just finishing our first year at Frias Elementary. We moved from a very small town (pop. approx. 4,000) and was nervous about coming to a larger city and school. I did a lot of research and Frias was one of the top choices for us. My girls have had a wonderful year. Their teacher was wonderful, the principal and vice principal are warm and friendly and they've offered some wonderful extra-curricular programs as well. The PTA is friendly and active offering many events for the kids. Mrs. Frias, the school's namesake, is also a wonderful and caring woman always supporting the kids and the school with whatever they need! We love being a part of the Frias Family, and that's what it is. We're looking forward to another great year!
We debated on whether to send our children to public or private school and did a lot of research on Frias. After talking with lots of parents, we decided to give Frias a shot. I am so happy we did! I have found the teacher to be warm and inviting, the staff to be friendly and my daughter has enjoyed her first year of school. The one time I did have an issue, I spoke with Ms. Rice and she listened, made me feel like she truly understood the issue, laid out a solution and the next time she saw me, she asked me if everything had gone as planned (it had). The vice principal, Ms. Robinson is equally as friendly and is always all smiles. We are excited for another year at Frias!
Our two children attend Frias Elementary School. Through their educational maturation we have been intimately involved with their teachers and principal. We are very pleased at the individual academic attention each of our children receive. The staff, principal, parents, PTA and local community offer tremendous support. We are fortunate to have our children attend Frias.
We love Frias Elementary. Our two children attend Frias and we have been so happy. The atmosphere at the school is wonderful and is directly due to the amazing principal Valerie Rice. Academics are top priority here and yet there is so much more. The teachers are allowed to use their creativity which is refreshing, and the students are engaged and happy. The parental involvement is fantastic. The PTA is extremely well organized and puts on incredible events. We are also grateful to Mrs. Frias for her involvement and committment to the school and the students. Frias Elementary is truly a jewel in the Southern Highlands Community.
My son is in Kindergarten and when he began school the first couple of months he acted out, had a hard time following direction and focusing on one task. After meeting with his teacher we took him to the doctor and found out he has ADHD. The assistant Principal, Teacher and her Aide have been absolutely AMAZING in ensuring that he got the attention he needed to get caught up and stay on track. As long as you are an active parent in your childs education this schools team will do everything they can to help your child. I can't begin to say enough about Mr. Neimeyer(sp?), assistant Principal. Amazing gentleman who is wonderful with kids and will doing everything and more in his power to ensure that your child has a good experience. My son now LOVES school thanks to this group and he is excelling in many areas.!!!!
I have three children who attend this school do to zoning and I am very displeased with the staffing. My children always had great grades before we moved to this side of town. The teachers mean well but don't provide adequate attention in the classroom.
My school is the best at everything! Very good curriculum, good technology for childrens assignments and parents communications with teachers as well as keeping record of the grades on line. That shows progress, caring, organize. I alos like to mention when they plan fun activities they are very organize too. My son changed schools in the middle of second grade and he went from B,C,D to AAA&BB Honor Roll. He is now in 4th grade and has a lot of interest in reading which did not have before and his interpersonal skills have also improved dramatically and is mainly the school that provides that since children are there more then what they are with us at home. I have to give my thumbs up to this school and I never been so happy with a staff so caring for the future of the children that gives me the chills when I think about it. My son is the most important person in my life and I do not worry when I leave him in their care because I know they are teaching him and he is learning. They deserve this! they have more plans for the future of our children and this is something that will make it happen
my son has autism ,he's 8,in kindergarten he wasted a year .in gr 1 ,1/2 the year he got one on one because there were only 2 kids.his teacher miss green did excellent with him.in second grade the class increased to 6 kids and no positive help.only an aide who was a babysitter,no worthful help to poor techers handling 5 kids at a time.but it is good that this district gave in home ABA therapy for my son which was a benefit.i appreciate that.as parents be an advocate urself and fight the system,it will provide u with what the child needs,it's the law.good luck
My son is in second grade and has HFA (high functioning autism). His classroom teacher has such a wonderful way with children, and am amazing amount of integrity. His extra teachers are paitent, caring, and attentive to his issues. This is one of the best public schools around. We have been to a few, both public and private.
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