Mr. Bryan Ryder is a fantastic teacher. Watching my son blossom in his class this year has been amazing. Mr. Ryder has very high standards and challenges the kids to meet their maximum potential in and out of the classroom.
The school's leadership sets the standard for excellence that is echoed by the staff and educators. (April '13 parent must not have attended NSES as the princiPAL leads the school, not the princiPLE). NSES boasts many programs including a Technology program led by an APPLE DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR award winner (extremely high honor). Children are supported by committed educators who are backed by an influential PTA. We could place our boys in private school, but we would simply be paying tuition expense for an experience that doesn't match NSES.
Downside: NSES casts a large shadow onto its Middle School partner. You will be disappointed when matriculating to Desert Ridge Middle School after the experience of NSES. DRMS doesn't replicate the environment or results of NSES. This is where many could argue value for a private school setting.
Principal Stephanie Fascitelli and Assistant Principal Misty Smith are models for systemic effectiveness. They have created an environment that truly focuses upon students with an exceptional set of educators and staff. The school's environment is safe and inclusive while still promoting advancement and healthy competition.
Let's not be fooled by bogus standardized assessments that do not truly measure an educator's ability to teach. The vast majority of teachers at NSES are exceptional--some do leave room for improvement, but the principal builds a great team for the children of the school.
We left this school for a charter school down the road that offered many things but in the end it did not measure up to North Star Elementary. The teachers at North Star are amazing and the principal is top notch! We are glad to be back!
North Star Elementary is a wonderful school! The teachers are amazing! Look up student scores and compare them to the rest of the state. It is always published that New Mexico scores are at the bottom, but compare North Star's scores to both the district scores and the state scores!
North Star is an excellent school. The principal, staff and teachers all work hard to make it one of the best schools in Albuquerque. I wouldn't want to send my children to another elementary school. The principal, Mrs. Fascitelli, is responsive to suggestions. The school would not be what it is without her. Highly recommended!