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Excelsior Elementary School3
Posted February 26, 2012
- a parent
Excelsior Elementary School is the type of school that is bittersweet(reallly bitter). First to begin with, the principal substitutes for teachers and does a poor job. My daughter who was in the class of 2011 was telling me about it. She taught the class something that has nothing to do with the curriculum. Also the trips are poorly planned but suprisingly well supervised. The teachers there do not know how to communicate with the parents well and only know how to critize there children. The "secretary" is a guidance counselor and a intro to business teacher. The high schoolers are rowdy and they get away from their classes to go play basketball in the gym. This has caused many injuries and i know this because I am a doctor and I have treated many students from that school. This school deserves 3 out of 5 rating but I am sure they are capable of improving.
Excelsior school has certainly improved. They now have a basketball team, drama team, stepping, violin, voice classes, drum and other music related activities. Not to mention their choir who have received McDonald's Gospel Fest prizes three years in a row. I love the school because the teachers are compassionate and they have an open door policy. The principal is always willing to help. I am very pleased with what my children received while attending the school. I highly recommend.
This is true the only extracurricular activity at this school is the choir and the student only go to choir practice if they aregoing to perform at a show. this school does care about the kids education, it is over crowded in the class rooms because there is only one class for each grade from pre- k to 11 grade.
The academic curriculum is severely wanting. Teachers have a sullen, authoritarian demeanor. Phys Ed is a joke, consisting of no more than a loosely supervised playground type affair. Teaching materials routinely disparage other religious traditions and students are discouraged from asking the deeper questions about religion and faith. There are no extracurricular activities to speak of, save those that generate money, such as trips that are poorly planned and often cancelled due to non-participation. School phones are routinely not answered and left messages rarely responded to. And, there is an attitude that, since this is a religious 'school', GOD sanctions whatever they do or don't do. I am very disappointed and dismayed.