I attended school here. The teachers flat out do not care. They will allow bullying even if they witness it first-hand, they will even bully students themselves. I was in a special eds class and teachers were very rude to me. One threatened to throw me out a window if I did not stop tapping my feet against a chair. They do not care about a student's well-being for they have tried to keep special ed students in the school when they clearly needed a better education. They intimidate and harass parents who do not agree with their advisories. Very inadequate, especially when coming to special needs students.
Both my kids attended Lenox, and overall, it was good. Mostly good and caring teachers. Good academic programs and very good extracurricular activities, such as field trips, holiday celebrations, music programs and famliy/student events.
I too am very disappointed with the bare minimum services that are provided by the special service team for the district for children with special needs. According to the law (IDEA) Pompton Lakes School District is not providing free and appropriate placement for children on the spectrum (ASD) such as PDD and Aspergers. This has to change, we sit in the iep meetings only to hear everytime your child is not severe enough for the program we offer but they do not offer info that there are other programs in or out of the district that is appropriate. Many of these children can not or is not ready for typical preschools, as they have behavioral and social issues and need constant redirection. Preschools do not have the staff that are trained to work with special needs kids.
This school (and district) does what it needs to get by. The administration in the school sets the tone and the tone is mediocrity. How can we get a better education for our children? The test scores show how they are BARELY keeping everyone up to NCLB standards. It is very sad to see how average is what is held out as a goal for our children. They are capable and deserve better. How can this change? New blood in the district's adminstration and innovative approaches to teaching our town's most valuable asset.
For such a town that has money the kids are still playing, eating and having school plays in one area. Expansion should be the key. We pay high enough taxes that it should show in the school but the school looks like a institution. Put the money where it belong in school education and like that the school won't be struggling to put tv's and dvd's in each classroom, logical that should be provided without the parents having to sell or campaign for it. Provide the kids a better up-graded school system. Paterson schools are up-grading and expanding and income levels over there are much less than our's.