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Sunset View Elementary School5
Posted June 18, 2014
- a parent
I love this school. My son has gone here for two years and so far has had wonderful teachers. He had to switch in the middle of kindergarten from Petroglyph, which we also loved, and were worried he wouldn't like it as much. We thought we had lucked out the first time around, but then he got Ms. Skinner. She is absolutely amazing. He really loved going to school because of her! His next year he got Ms. Garcia, and she was good as well! Her teaching skills were excellent even though sometimes she seemed frazzled. I also have done my field work, I'm at the start of student teaching, and have gotten to work with some great teachers as well. Overall, the teaching in this school is above par. The staff is great and has a wonderful connection with the children. All of the PTA events are well above my expectations. My son actually got to perform at Albuquerque Little Theater last year as part of the school play. I do have to say though, even though I am ALWAYS at the schools I don't really get to see the Principle. She is very inactive and largely I have to talk to Betty in the front office or Ms. Thompson (who might as well be principle) if I need anything.
We have had a great experience at Sunset View. The principal is a little abrasive, and doesn't seem very interested in what parents (or teachers for that matter) have to say or their problems and concerns. My kids have had amazing teachers, though! The office staff is friendly and helpful. Parent involvement is high, though it seems to decline significantly once you get to about 3rd grade. My only real complaint is that the school doesn't monitor visitors very well. It's a simple signing of your name in a binder that just sits out in the office and slap a sticker on your shirt and you have free run of the school. I wish they'd at least make you ask for the binder to sign in rather than leave it out; it would be very easy to grab a sticker and not sign in if you were there to cause trouble. Otherwise I've been very happy with the school, with very few exceptions. I'd definitely recommend it.
This school could be 10x better if they were led by a different principal....Dr. Johnson is terrible at dealing with conflict head on..she screens her calls way too much and takes her time to address issues with parents days later. When scheduling a meeting with her and a teacher she has another teacher represent her. She also backs up her teachers 100% whether they are right or wrong which can be an issue sometimes. The teacher's my child had were great but unfortunately the scholl is being ran by a rude, uppity, non-caring individual.
My child's Kindergarten school year was amazing at Sunset View! We loved it! First grade was far less than wonderful...They tend to make a K-1 class if they are over class ratios in the school. Hopefully this will not happen to you. It effected my child negatively emotionally and educationally. The principal, Dr. Johnson, is rude with the children and I have yet to see her talk to them while in the hallways, has only attended one PTA meeting in the 2 years we have been at Sunset View. She sends a teacher (who she appoints as a rep for her) when issues are taking place and a parent requests a meeting with her. Instead of meeting with the principal you meet with a teacher who has no idea what is going on. We were Very disappointed with the principals dismissive behavior! We are very excited for what second grade holds for our child!