I have a 4th grader and a Kindergartner at this school, and we love it. Placitas is a small community which lends to small class sizes, which lends nicely to attentive teachers. There's a wealth of activities for them to participate in, and I feel the principal and all the staff are very responsive and approachable. There's a great school spirit here, and I wouldn't have my kids go anywhere else. P.S. I'm not rich.
The recent negative comments are very suspicious. As a parent of two kids at this school, I have to say these comments do not sound like the comments of any parents of children at this school. No school is perfect, but this is a good school. If a parent has a legitimate issue, they ought to raise it with the school's Governance Board (which includes parents, faculty and staff). Griping and making nasty (and apparently vindictive) comments in online reviews is simply not constructive.
After a disappointing first few weeks I have to retract my earlier comments. The white wash that the school received is all just for show. This school was about to be closed 2 years ago because its segregationist and practically useless in our community as a whole. It was failing in all testing areas amongst other things. The building's facelift and rearranging of staff may have helped with some specific complaints by parents but the underlying message is that a few squeaky rich wheels get the grease. This is a doomed social project at tax payers expense.
The veracity of the comment regarding special needs students is questionable. The school's special education is managed by the district and they work hard to conform to the law. If there is a problem, that's where the blame belongs. All the special needs kids that I am aware of at Placitas Elementary are integrated into the normal classes. Some have specially assigned aides. This is a really good elementary school. My two kids love it and are making great progress.
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.