August 05, 2013
Stapleton is very crowded, and unfortunately that affects every aspect of the education offered there (hence, the three star rating). The teachers were excellent, but under a lot of pressure. For example, my son's 3rd grade class had 27 kids in it, two of whom seemed emotionally disturbed (according to my son's almost daily descriptions of their behavior). In one over-crowded class, the school waited until the second semester to hire another teacher. The school does offer extra-curriculars like sports, cheer, science fair, and the spelling bee, but good luck finding out about them in time to join (space is limited). Communication has always been an issue. Recess is also crowded--not enough equipment for the number of kids playing on it. One great thing about Stapleton are the diverse music clubs--chorus, show choir, percussion, guitar, band, and orchestra. The school dances are fun and very popular with families, with many middle and high school siblings returning to visit their old teachers (who also go to the dances). The overcrowding isn't the school's fault, and I think they do the best they can, but it's still an issue that the school district needs to address.
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