Special needs students have all been relegated to one classroom, violating federal standards on Least Restrictive Environment. Any school can do much better when/ir students who prove disruptive to other students are shuttled off into one classroom.
As stated numerous times here, the school went through a major switch in teaching and administration. My son LOVES his school and is being challenged (FINALLY), he has been at PES from 1st grade and didn't learn anything from 1st to 2nd grade but has excelled greatly with the new teaching staff! I am so impressed that the Bernalillo School District was willing to do a major change and put in a new staff! Way to go - it was good to see our school system listen. Sorry to say that this type of positive influence doesn't extend to the middle school or high school in Bernalillo. The administration should think about an overhaul on those schools and then maybe kids that went to PES would go to the middle schools and high school and the school district would not lose them!
My son is just starting school here and the administration, support staff and teachers at this school are amazing. Everyone I've encountered has been kind, helpful, organized, and courteous. The school is neat and in a beautiful setting, the halls very well kept with art work and it seems everyone has a smile on their face. They strongly encourage parent involvement and it's clear that the students are their top priority.
Placitas Elementary has done amazing strides since 2011. the teachers have been knowledgable, supportive caring and extremely involved with all school activities. I highly recommend you to think about sending your child to PES. Having been in the private school system a few years back, I can say that PES is more up to date with academic innovation and child development issues.
My child will be entering 2nd grade in August and we are all very excited about it (especially the student)! As another reviewer mentioned, this school went through a "major renovation" before the last school year and we were more than impressed with all of the changes. The new principal has innovative ideas and is very proactive. All of the teachers are enthusiastic, motivated and truly enjoy teaching. A great selection of after-school programs was offered (including Cooking Class, Tang Soo Do Martial Arts, Robotics, Scouts, Lego Club, and Basketball/Volleyball). They also had fun, engaging field trips and extra-curricular learning programs like "Poetry Week" and "Cross-pulse Body Percussion" during the school day. We love this school!
Placitas Elementary School (PES) has a great principal, enthusiastic staff, and wonderful learning environment with fabulous kiddos and good parent involvement. I recommend PES highly. As a result of epidemic past problems, I applied to charter schools for my first grade daughter. However, last year the school underwent a total and impressive positive transformation. I declined both charter school spots offered and am very pleased to have my daughter educated in my community, where friends are nearby and every teacher now at the school is excellent. My daughter LOVES first grade and has had a phenomenal learning trajectory. PES has demonstrated to me how, sometimes, our expectations can be greatly exceeded. As a parent who cares about education, I am so very grateful.
My son is now in 2nd grade and has been here since Kindergarten. Last year they went thru a major renovation in teachers, principle, and programs offered. I am so impressed with their work! This is an awesome school, and I'm so happy to have my son (and soon daughter) attend. My son is an accelerated learner, and his teacher is wonderful at keeping him challenged at his level. He participates in several after-school programs, including karate. The annual school Opera is one of my favorite events! As parents, we are well-informed, and we have a voice. You CANNOT GO WRONG with this school!
The school didn't make AYP this year or last year and it may shut down. After kindergarten, your child can look forward to burned out teachers and lack of leadership make homeschooling or private school the best options. From PES, the kids go on to Bernalillo Public Schools for 6th grade which is even worse.
I am very impressed with this school. They have small class sizes and continue to challenge both of my children.
I am somewhat disappointed in this school as I have 3 small kids attending. My kids do not have homework and I do not see a vast improvement in studies.
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