I have lived next to this school since it was built (nearly 60 years ago), and I went to school there. It has served me and several of my children very well. It has had its ups and downs, usually dependent on administration or funding, but most of the people that I know who have been associated with it have a special love for it, especially the students who are a very diverse group. My boys, currently enrolled there, are devastated if they can't go to school. The current (2017) staff and principal are truly exceptional and caring.
Everyone says this is one of the better schools in Santa Fe, but I strongly disagree. My child needed help with reading. I was told he had to be in the "red" (failing) before he qualified for help.... I had to go have a meeting with the principal, who rushed me along and out the door, in order to get him help. She acted like it was a real inconvenience to add him to a reading group. Lunch, I go eat with him sometimes and I feel like we are in prison. They have 2-4 adults walking around the tables yelling at the kids if they get too loud. I understand that kids get out of control quick, but there is no need to be as harsh as they are.
The word that comes to mind when I think about E.J. Martinez is, dull. I see pictures and posts from my friends about all the fun stuff their kids do at the schools across town. I can't help but feel that my kid is missing out on a happier, funner elementry school experience. And forget any of the school functions. They are totally disorganized. We only go because my kid begs me to take him. It seems like a lot of the kids are really rude too. It might just be the age group, or the fact that, well, they are kids. My kid is only going there because we live less than a mile away and work on that side of town. Maybe this 2015-2016 school year will be better. And if your kid goes there I pray you have a better experience than ours.
By far one of the better public schools in Santa Fe. The communication between the parents and teacher are absolutely outstanding. Not only do we communicate through the daily planner but the teacher also sends out a weekly postcard with attendance and students progress. Thank you for going that extra mile. It is appreciated!
This school is a good example of why New Mexico public schools are failing. Very uneven teacher quality with especially poor math instruction by all teachers. Principal is unaware of what goes on in each class.
Excellent teachers and a good leader in the principal which = good teacher morale. The parent community is involved (arranging movie nights, raising money for things the school district doesn't fund). I feel lucky that my children can go to EJ Martinez!