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Theron H & Naomi D Goynes Elementary School3
Posted December 20, 2013
- a parent
This is our first year at this school. We were very fortunate to be placed in a class with an amazing teacher. I regularly volunteer in the class. However, I can't give the school 5 stars because at our very first meeting they cut my Childs IEP in half and then proceeded to tell me that he wont qualify for one next year because he isn't struggling enough. He has high functioning autism. My only other concern is the front office. The first time I volunteered I just walked right in the front door, signed a book, took a sticker and wandered off into the building. No one spoke to me, checked my ID, asked where I was going, etc. That is a little scary. Traffic in the morning is just a ticking time bomb. Cars go in every which direction. Kids and parents running across the street. Cars don't stop for crossing guards. Its scary. I don't allow my child to walk alone and we live directly across the street. someone is going to get run over. They need to do something. FAST.
This will be my son's 2nd year at Goynes ES and overall school has good reviews since I volunteer during school hours twice a week.I felt welcomed by my son's teacher and by office both school years, but as I ask information about my child's homework, I always experience office manager having private whispering conversations about other teachers and staff! Be professional and do your job. Mr. Hybarger always seems unavailable and never on campus to know what's going during dismissal, there are cars driving the opposite way while leaving parking lot. School needs improvement by administration!
My son has gone to this school for the past 3 years, at first the school was great. But this year I'm not very happy with the pairing of the teacher with my child, and I've come to find out that parents are not allowed to request a teacher for next year. They don't seem to care about helping the children that need more help with a teacher that will be beneficial to that child. They just care about statistics and good school ratings. If your child is in the top 20% of testing then no problem if not they get screwed.
We moved here towards the end of the school year but my child's transition to this school has gone very smoothly. The school is very large but the class are spread out evenly so the children still get a smaller classroom setting. Mrs. Batista has been wonderful and communicates very well with parents. Great school!
Goynes Elementary has been a great school for our son. He attended both Kindergarten and first grade. We've had great teachers both years and they have been fantastic in addressing my son's special needs. The on staff OT & Speech therapists were great and my son's IEP was carefully crafted to fill his needs. Ms. Rennie & Ms. Batiste are AWESOME teachers.
My children have attended Goynes since it opened. I love this school but have found in the last 2 years the quality of education my son is receiving is on the decline. This has nothing to do with his teacher, it's the fact the school has grown to be the largest elementary school in the district. My children have been in portables for most of their years, the class sizes in the upper grades are too large. When we moved to Aliante when it was first being built, we were told the school was for the children of Aliante. CCSD obviously had other ideas. Now we have children from out of our school zone who attend, swelling the school population even more. Yes, Goynes is a great school but it may not be for much longer if the growth doesn't stop.
I agree with previous positive reviews. We just moved to Goynes from N. Virginia schools and have a kindergartener and 1st grader. The teachers have gone out of their way to help our children successfully transition mid-school year. While they are required to teach the baseline, they have plenty of supplemental activities to test and challenge students above the average. Goynes is a year-round school with 5 tracks - one track is always on a short break. Next year, the school is re-zoning and we will move to a new school, Triggs. One area for improvement would be visitor security. While teachers are very open to parent involvement in the classroom, the front office does not require you to sign in or ask for your ID even though you have to pass through there before accessing any part of the school.
Goynes Elementary is a wonderful school. Mrs. Medina and Ms. Tabar are wonderful teachers that care. Unfortunately, we have moved from the area and my children can no longer attend, but they certainly had a great experience while they were there.
This school merits way more than a 6! As others have stated, the principal really makes the school a great place. Great extracurriculars - a hip hop dance troupe, chorus, and musical theater! Great focus on technology - my 1st grader was already learning to make powerpoint presentations and do internet research! Accelerated reader program is nice, too. This school was recommended to me by another principal in the district.