Teachers are too concerned about their own personal matters or furthering their career goals, constantly absent from the classroom or keeping kids busy in the class by turning on videos for them. My son learned nothing substantive all 3 years. Principal just tries to keep status quo and does nothing to fix the problems...he's only there to keep his teachers happy. I wonder if it's the kids who get after school tutoring that make this district get such good rankings because it's definitely not the teachers. Maybe other schools in the district are better, but this school was a very big disappointment for us.
Mr. Argese is more concerned in his own image then being a TRUE principal, it is not a coincidence that it is ALWAYS Maurice Hawk and Wycoff the schools that go and give presentations to the BOE and not DN. Argese only wants to be in his office and not be bothered, he is always happy to put the blame on the student instead of the adult. It is terrible that a blue ribbon school district has changed all the curriculum and now they devoted over 6 weeks to PARCC and give 3erd graders Chrome Books to train them for the exam, like if our kids are robots! DISGUSTING!
Overall School is older. Music Teacher is great and our child needed assistance with extra reading, teacher they got for this was awesome. Past this, can't say very much positive. Principal only wants parent involvement when money is involved. Since it was our child's first year in school, we asked if we could come in on the first day, and was flat out told no!!! Very poor for his role. Our child's current teacher is boring, and plays favorites in class. Our child used to come home and talk about his prior teacher and all of the great things, not the case this year. You would think teachers at this age group would want to teach, this one appears to only be there for a job. Tonight when I picked up from the after school programs, side gym door open, no security and no one to sign out the kids. Self service, Security Gaurd Did show up, but was more worried about texting on his phone. Wish I could share the photo, kind of scary. I would stay clear of this school. Hawk Elementary from our friends feedback is great and appears to be the exact opposite. Hope this insight helps!
The school administration staffs are not friendly, and teachers only care on their own teaching performance, rather than learning of each child in their class. They do not like parent involvement, and there is no set-route for communication with teachers and/or principals. When you ask question on school adminitration, they are always very defensive. Unless your child is super bright and submissive, you will have lots of problesm in communicating with the school.
Teachers motivate the kids to bring out their potentials. Excellent music and language teachers. This school comes up with many creative activities throughout the school year in various areas of interests.
If your child is lucky to have a great teacher in the class, then he/she would be benefit a lot in this school. Most of the teachers in this school only like the child who is a "Smart Robot". If you child is smart but energetic or creative, you must be prepared to challenge the teachers.
The school seems to be going through a tough time with principle leaving again this year. The class teacher my child had did her job just enough. In about a year we got to speak with her twice. There was not much challenge to extend the academic skills introduced . Where as the Gym and the music teachers did a fantastic job. They motivated the kids and they learned so much. The computer program is also very enriched and encouraging.
Like any other school, your child's year is determined by the teacher s/he gets. If it's not a good match, it's a lost year for the child. The district curriculum is lacking - I don't see any evidence to support the 'excellent' reputation this district has. Teachers definitely do not have 'cutting edge' techniques or even good old tried and true ones to inspire greatness in every child. They do, however, have plenty of excuses as to why they are not able to best meet your child's particular needs! The excellent test scores are a tribute to the diligence of the parents who spend countless hours teaching their own children so that they do not fall behind the others. You would not believe the amount of kids who have tutors in this district! All that said, my kid does enjoy school, he's just bored...