We have nothing but wonderful things to say about Redwood Elementary. We moved our kids midyear from a local Blue Ribbon School. We were surprised to find that both of our kids were behind in math, but were able to catch up with help from their caring teachers. The educational resources (reading/language, math, counselors) that Redwood (and the West Orange public schools) have to offer are amazing. We were also happy that Redwood encourages science and lots of hands on projects. In addition, Redwood is lucky to have such a dedicated principal. Our children have excelled in the short time that we have been at Redwood.
Redwood Elementry is the school with HEART. Every day they show it. The teachers are very helpful and accomodating. I have one daughter who is entering college this fall and one more left in Redwood for her final year. We are looking forward to another great year and progress as always.
I agree with several of the parents. The administration and many of the staff members are unresponsive to the cultural needs of the diverse student population. They claim that they embrace diversity, but all they do is "tolerate" it, as their motto states. What they do is very condescending, and amounts to nothing more than history month celebrations and potlucks. Little, if anything, is done in the curriculum or in the hiring practices to really show that they respect and value the diversity in the student population. They have a sheer ignorance in understanding that academic needs are connected to cultural needs, and this is why their scores are a disgrace for a suburban school with so much potential. Change the admin, and we may see improvement.
Redwood School shows H.E.A.R.T and is a great elementary school. The academic standards are strong and the teaching staff is outstanding. It is a place that thrives on the diversity and has been a wonderful start to all four of our children's academic success.
We have nothing but great things to say about Redwood. We have two children who attend Redwood. They love school. The teachers and staff are dedicated and outstanding in their field. We continue to be impressed with the parental involvement as well. The class sizes are very small and the students are motivated. The principal has done a terrific job to foster an environment that is both caring and academically challenging.
Great teachers and a great deal parental involvement makes this school one of the best in the area.
My daughter is in 1st grade, and absolutely loves Redwood school! She can't wait to be there everyday. She has excelled and is more than Par with other kids I know in other school districts/towns. The teachers are great with communicating with parents, and even the Principal is amazing and caring for every child.
My daughter is a current student at Redwood. At first, I was reluctant to try the school based on my first impression (we were coming from a private-school environment), however, after meeting Principal Kivlon (outstanding) and the teaching staff (outstanding) and talking to many other current and former Redwood parents and hearing their glowing reviews, and most importantly, after seeing the quality education that my child is receiving, I have become a huge fan of the school. If you do a comparison of student test scores in reading and math, class size, level of education and experience of teachers, you will find that Redwood is on par with the most highly ranked public elementary schools in NJ. If you want your child to receive a quality education in a caring, nurturing environment with experienced teachers, you won't go wrong with Redwood.
Both my sons attended this school; I was PTA president for two years; amazing staff.
My children have had a very positive experience at Redwood School. They have excelled academically and socially, and I credit their teachers for helping facilitate their growth in these areas. The school is rich with diversity and we have not found the environment to lack tolerance or respect for diversity. There is a great deal of parental involvement in the PTA and many extracurricular activities for the children to enjoy. Most of all, I find that my children come home happy and excited about the things they have learned at school. As a parent, I couldn't ask for more.
My child has attended Redwood school for the past 2 years so far (K and 1 st grade). The teachers have been very responsive, the principal is very accessible, and safety is high priority in and around school property. I'm disappointed, however, in the lack of extracurricular activities and enrichment programs for the younger grades.
Test scores are down every year and the administrator thinks we are doing good. I don't with whom she is comparing us to. I agree we need better leadership for sure.
Very poor. Leadership is lacking and the school is not at all geared toward families with working parents. My child has been at Redwood for one year. If my child's teacher is not better this year then I will pull my child from this school.
Quality is mediocre, test scores are dropping and needs administration changes. Parental involvement is high however school does not encourage it.
The staff here is caring and helpful, the facility is beautiful, safe and their class sizes are small with at least two teachers, so every child has individual attention. The standards are high. They offer extra curricular activities and as well as arts i.e. art, music and drama class! They even have a language class. They have a great mix of cultures as well. I am very happy with them.
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