I find the glowing reviews written April 21, 2011 - April 23, 2011 to be very fishy. Let me tell you how it is. The school is ok. There are many phenomenal teachers at Comanche, and there are some fair teachers. The principal, however, leaves very much to be desired. The principal is the worst part of the school, and really brings the school down. She has driven away some great teachers. The school is at risk of not having a PTA next year because no one wants to work with the principal. APS should take action. It speaks poorly of APS that they leave such an incompetent leader in this school. LOVE the teaching staff though! I would give the school 4 stars if it had competent leadership.
Proud parent of Comanche Elementary students. The principal and teachers really care about their students' education and safety.
I enjoyed reading the comments from all of the staff, but that really is not appropriate. That said, I must compliment the teaching staff at Comanche. I think they are fantastic. The PTA is great as well. The Principal is HORRENDOUS. She does not take the time to learn the names of the children. I pick my child up after school everyday, and it has become a joke that I stop by the office on my way in and ask if Mrs. Highland is in -- she never is. It is really sad that the parking spot reserved for the principal is always vacant!! I wonder if APS is aware of this absentee Principal? To sum it up: Fantastic Teachers!! The Principal is a joke.
Both of my children Comanche ES. The vast majority of the teachers are excellent. The administration can be difficult to understand...and communication between the adminstration and parents is lacking skill. However we have very low teacher turn-over so something must be right with the administrations approach. I know my children are safe, and Comanche teachers take a personal interest in the children. My children are known by first name by the majority of the staff. I believe the administrative problems to be more endemic of APS than Comanche specific.
In my experience as a staff member at Comanche, Mrs. Highland is a very professional principal who always concerns herself with the needs of the children, staff and families. She is fair and nonjudgemental in all aspects of her job.
My family has been at Comanche for a number of years and I have found it to be a welcoming, professional place for both children and families. Mrs. Highland has always invited parents to be a part of the decision making process and she has been accessible whenever I had questions or concerns. I always recommend our school to any parent who asks me. The teachers I know are excellent educators with my child's best interests at heart.
As a parent of two children who have and do attend Comanche, I have to comment here. The previous comment is completely fictitious, anyone who knows the Principal and staff at Comanche knows that Children come first. The staff turnover is extremely limited, usually to retirement and or cuts, and is very small. The Principal is caring to ALL families, and is very involved with the children and treats them all with kindness and fairness and encourages and helps them all to succeed. Congratulations Comanche Principal and Staff - I would recommend you to any and all my friends and family. Thank you for al you do.
Comanche is an extremely well run school. With caring and well qualified staff who work hard each and every day with a good attitude. We are a community within and of a community that surrounds us thanks to an amazing Principal who cares enough to make a difference. I would recommend this school to any family that wants to belong to a school that cares. Come join us. :)
My experience with Mrs. Highland is just the opposite of the previous reviewer. I have found her to be extremely professional, enforcing the rules evenly and fairly. Everything she does is with the best interest of the children in mind. Maybe some parents don't always understand all the reasons for the rules, but I feel they are there for the good of the kids. I have found her to be very approachable and she always listens to my concerns. Teacher turnover happens for various reasons, many unrelated to the principal. The turnover at Comanche has not been because of Mrs. Highland. I think the teachers and parents are very happy with her and the school.
Comanche is an amazing school! I have the privilage of being able to work with intelligent and professional teachers and staff. We all share one common goal, "Our Comanche students come first!" We work as a team every day and we are truely a family. Without the support of our phenomenal leader, Mrs. Highland, we wouldn't be able to make the positive differences for children and families! With open arms and a smile, I welcome families to come and see what we are really about! Comanche is a great school for children to learn and grow!
I have two children who attend Comanche. Before my oldest started at Comanche, I was told by a few parents that this was a great school, however, I have found our experience with the school to be only satisfactory. Most of the teachers at the school are awesome teachers and great with the kids, however, because the school has in the last 5 years gotten a new principal, there seems to be increased turnover with the teachers. The principal is very difficult to deal with- she seems to say one thing but do another, she is not consistent with the rules, and she seems satisfied with mediocrity. the PTA is wondful bit small and not well supported.
I am a proud parent of Comanche Elementary School because I am kept informed and I feel that my children are making progress. My children come home and are excited to learn.
The school is great. The Principal is just so-so. It could be worse.
This school has a caring PTA as well as good teachers. The parents stay involved and keep up with assignments. Great School!
my child is in her 2nd yr. at comanche. it is a very big improvement from her former school in not too far away. in her former school she did not get the help she needed for her spec. needs. at comanche, she gettising the help she needs. my only prob. with this school is, I don't feel comfortable with the lack of enthusiasm to have parents involved in the classrooms. i also do not like the fact that there is no telephone in the portable. i feel that this is a safety issur that needs to be fixed.
Pay no attention to the prior ratings. Mrs. Highland is a wonderful woman and Principal. She cares deeply for the children at Comanche and for their safety. Comanche is one of the safest schools in our district. Some parents just want their way. Mrs. Highland is a new Principal at Comanche and some parents think they can push her around. She is doing a fabulous job. I am an active member in the Comanche PTA and work closely with Mrs. Highland. I would reccommend Comanche to everyone. Some people just have to be mean to others....the prior postings are a perfect example of that. We love Comanche....we are going on our 7th year there and would not have changed it for anything.
I am a parent at Comanche and my daughter has been a student there for 4 years. the last two years have been a complete nightmare because of Ms. Highland. The staff is great however the that's no longer good enough. Highland does not care about the kids safety or their feelings. She does not have any respect for the parents or the children. So from a parent to a parent, do not enroll your kid in Comanche. The school is going down hill fast and I am so happy this will be my daughters last year.
I have to agree with the prior post. This school has gone down hill since Ms. Highland's arrival. If it were not for the excellent teaching staff, my children would have been removed.
The leadership of this school has certainly declined since Rena Hiighland took it over.
My child is in his third year at Comanche, and loves it! This is a wonderful school with caring staff and faculty. When it comes to parent involvement, Comanche has anywhere from 95-100% participation. The key to a great education is caring educational instructors and Comanche has just that; from the Principal to the Teachers!
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