Mount Pleasant is an awesome school for students K-5 with great teachers and administration. Students of all ages are engaged in learning. Friendships are made across all races, religion, and genders. It has been a great experience for my daughter who is now in her last year. She has really adopted her love for learning at Mount Pleasant.
This school is very average. The teachers here are nice, but are low on inspiration. Unfortunately, the school is lacking for those who want more for their child's education. This is definitely not the school for students who are above average in their academics as it does not offer enough. However if you are a special needs student this is the school for you because they have a full staff of special education resources outside of the general education program. The leadership only wants limited parent involvement. The school population of children is very diverse and the teacher population is not. A friend of mine said her kindergarten child was afraid of the Principal of the school. lf you live in the district you are assigned an elementary school by your street. I do not recommend moving to an area of West Orange that is assigned to this Elementary School.
My Son has attended Mount Pleasant Elementary from K - The present Grade 4. When he entered Kindergarten he had some special needs and the teacher and staff assisted him in every way possible, by the start of first graded he was in the mainstream. The principal, Teachers and Staff made the whole school experience a pleasure for students and parents. They are always there for you and your child. The PTA is very proactive and does a lot for the school and the students alike. I want to thank everyone in the past four years of My Sons education growth. Sincerely a Proud and Happy Parent.
I couldn't be more pleased with Mt.Pleasant. The teachers, principal and all the staff are wonderful. I've had nothing but positive experiences so far, going into our 4th year now. I love the diversity and sense of community. My children and I have made great friends thanks to the school. The teachers and principal all welcome feedback and are very easy to access. I feel very involved in my kid's education and have loved every teacher so far. The principal is fantastic as well and takes such pride in his school. We are fortunate to have such an amazing elementary school.
I can't say enough wonderful things about Mt. Pleasant School. The teachers are amazing as well as Mr. Schiavo, the principal. My children are receiving a top quality education.
From the time I first walked through the front doors, I felt welcome and a part of a strong community. The office, support, and maintenance staff are always ready and willing to assist in any way necessary. The teachers are loving, supportive, and creative, and my three children have learned so much from them! The school focuses, not just on academics, but also important life lessons and social skills. The student body spends their days in a peaceful and nurturing environment, and anyone who walks through the hallways would notice the strong and healthy relationships that form between students and between staff, faculty, and students. I couldn't ask for a better school for my children!
My son has attended Mt. Pleasant since kindergarten and is now entering 5th grade. He has excelled in most subjects and all of his teachers have encouraged him to move forward with his most passionate interests. They have nurtured him to be a very talented and respectful child, with particular respect for children with special needs. Mr. Schiavo, the principal, runs a very tight ship and will not back down on anything if he know it's in the best interest of the students. He consistently hires amazing and bright teachers with a true gift of their profession. We will miss Mt. Pleasant next year!
This school is a truly special place. The principal is fabulous and will do anything for the students. The test scores show how great an education our kids get. The teachers go above and beyond! There is NO BULLEYING. The parents are all nice. I have never met a nicer bunch of people. I am glad my son is at this school and am thrilled with his accomplishments!
All three of my children have gone through Mt. Pleasant and couldn't have had a better experience or a better education. With Mr. Schiavo at the reins, Mt. Pleasant is what I call an elite private education in public school.
I have three children attending this school and could not be happier. The Principal, teaching staff and administrative staff are all fantastic - right down to the lunch ladies! My children excel on the NJ standardized tests and are thriving both academically and socially. It has a wonderful diversity and very warm and caring family base. I really couldn't be happier with this school.
I have two daughters in Mt Pleasant and couldn't be happier with the experience they are recieving at Mt. Pleasant. I say experience and not education because, althought their instruction has been 1st rate, they have recieved so much more. I agree with the other reviewers that the standard is set from the top, and the principle, Mr. Schiavo, sets the bar high. The PTA is also very involved and does a fantastic job.
We relocated to NJ from out of state this past year and enrolled our daughter in Mt. Pleasant for 2nd grade. As we are nearing the end of the school year I cannot say enough about what a great school this is! We relocated from a "Blue Ribbon" school district but we are much happier here. Our child is a very bright child with moderate dyslexia and Mt. Pleasant has truly helped her reach her full potential and she is doing great, scoring in the top % of tests and really loves going to school each morning- what more could we ask for?! The teachers here are so passionate about teaching and the families are wonderfully diverse and supportive- it is really a great community for learning!
I cannot say enough positive things about the leadership, support & teachers at Mt. Pleasant. Schiavo's dedication is channeled to his faculty and the community. They listen, they respond. I am a very picky parent and former educator - FABULOUS SCHOOL!!!! West Orange gets a bad rap by those that do not understand the facts. The teachers are amazing, the principal is involved and passionate & the lovely ladies in the front are a pleasure. If your child happens to need special services - you are the most fortunate. This school is a win-win. Go Cougars!!!
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