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Students enrolled: 99
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90-20 191st. Street
Hollis, NY 11423

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(718) 721-3523
(888) 776-6912
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October 05, 2015
seeing progress with the issues that parents are having with the school, the teachers are great but strongly feel that the CEO needs to step aside for the good of the school and let it be run by new management. Looking at how this year goes to determine whether my kids will stay or not. great atmosphere for kids, but admin needs to pay more attention to parent concerns

- submitted by a parent

September 02, 2015
Ideas sold to parents are different from what takes place. Parents are kept at an arms length. Extremely high teacher turnover. Teachers are changed without notice and parents not informed by the school. Some grades lost 3 teachers in 1 yr. Admin gets defensive when concerns are brought to them. Website displays credentials of teachers that are no longer at the school. School is marketed to make you feel they have the best teachers/best islamic environment, but with non Muslim teachers teaching your children it's hard to agree. No school nurse, high teacher turnover, teachers underpaid/ finances not explained. Each year more parents withdraw from the school. Children who left wellspring and gone to public schools have been behind academically. The wellspring model of creativity, islamic /Arabic concepts being integrated into the curriculum is misleading. I have not witnessed it in hw/classwork. On the positive its a small school, kids are familiar with each other. The Arabic and Quran teachers are great.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Very ineffective
September 02, 2015
Each year there are new teachers, some return for a year or two but the norm since inception is just 1 year or they leave mid year.

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Develops grit: Strongly disagree
September 02, 2015
This school has been on the decline since inception. Each year parents leave and the initial grades account for the larger class sizes, as you transition to the older grades the numbers dwindle to single digits.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
September 02, 2015
The integrity of this school is highly questionable. It's a business and run as such. I think the teachers (from my experience) have been fair for the most part but overall honesty depends on the teacher. Not all are the same.

- submitted by a parent

January 15, 2015
Love love love this school alhamdolilah! Great academics, great atmosphere, close knit community feeling with the teachers and staff, and really involved parents. Would love to see an expansion of the school and more resources such as a computer lab and library. Otherwise I am a very happy parent knowing my children are in good hands alhamdolilah

- submitted by a parent

December 09, 2014
Wellspring is a new school which opened in 2011 since then it is very clear that the staff is learning from mistakes and striving to better and correct the issues the school has. The school has always excelled in academics, Quran and arabic. This year it is evident the group of teachers are more experienced and the communication between parents and teachers/admin has greatly improved. There are more opportunities for parents to be involved in the school which is very refreshing compared to previous years. Looking forward to seeing the school continue to improve to the vision and standards set by admin.

- submitted by a parent

December 05, 2014
To tell the truth I was a little hesitate to send back my kids to this school. Last year was tough but Alhamdulillah I think this year they have a band of strong teachers. I got emails every Friday informing what the students learn that week and also what they will learn the next week. So communication between teachers and parents are built very good in Wellspring. I just received their report card and I can tell from the teachers' comments about my kids that they really understand my kids' characteristic and personalities, not just one copy-paste comment applied for all students. In shaa Allah, with Allah's help this school will continue to educate our children.

- submitted by a parent

November 22, 2014
Creativity and hands on is still sub par at this school. I am pleased with Arabic as my child is learning to read. I agree with the comment listed earlier regarding lack of positive reinforcement- there is none. My child who is in public school has awards, certificates, pizza parties for good behavior and class competitions vs this school where each child regardless of how good or disruptive they are gets to select from a treasure jar. Children at a young age like recognition and to be told they did well and congratulated. The parents at this school are all professionals and we want the best for our children. I cant say if I will return for another year because I am not happy academically. My child performs well according to school standards but having my child tested raised concerns. It is a small school and teachers are easily accessible which is a plus but to recap I am not happy with academics, lack of parental involvement, lack of creativity and lack of hands on projects/learning. As with any new school there will be hiccups but the reputation of this school has been on the decline which is also worrysome. Just wish things were a bit different at this school.

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November 19, 2014
I will agree that admin has phobia of letting parents involved in school. They think that they know best, which is why they have bad reviews. They charge money for everything and fundraisers are a way to get more money out of school's parents (who are already in a financial burden of tuition). Finally, creativity is still something I am looking for. On the other hand, Wellspring has good vision and educational standards. Their Quran Hifz is wonderful, Academic expectations are high (quality of a good school), teachers are dedicated to the students, competent & approachable (not all are Masters level), Arabic for higher grades is good, and we are able to get weekly updates. In addition, the school parents are highly educated professionals. They all value education (if they complain, admin please take notice!!) I really hope the school gets their act together soon (just get parents involved, they can do wonders with their ideas), otherwise their parents turnover will be similar to teachers turnover rate.

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November 17, 2014
This school is extremely overpriced for what you recieve. It is by far the most expensive islamic school in NY. Clocking in $7995k plus fees it brings you to almost $9k and that's not including trips and misc expenses. Expenses are never explained. There is no positive reinforcement in the school interms of student of the month, good behavior etc. Competitions are all prohibited and kids are told what to do for science fair projects as it will be a more impressive show to the parents. Creativity is little to none on a daily basis. Teachers can use a course in dealing with children. Academically I think it's behind compared to public school and what is being taught.

- submitted by a community member

October 22, 2014
It is with a heavy heart I write this review because I feel that my concerns are not adhered to. Last year was incredibly rough and we wanted to give the school a second chance. While I do appreciate the memos being sent home the sanitary conditions of the school is of major importance especially with the cold season approaching. Drop off and dismissal parents are waiting for their children in cold weather and some parents have younger children standing outside. If dismissal is slated for 2:45, efforts should be made to have all classes down by that time and not waiting and extra 10 minutes outside for your child. The hygienic conditions of the floors being slippery I assume due to washing hands, wudu and bathroom conditions are also incredibly unpleasant and dirty. I would suggest if you are a new parent interested in this school to visit the school possibly during school hours and take stock for yourself.

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October 21, 2014
Very bad combination of very expensive and value not delivered. High turnover of staff and teachers. Islamic look but unislamic interactions with others (how can they teach kids to smile when the staff and teachers walk around with frowned faces). Whatever staff they have is very unprofessional and disrespectful to others. They're always in meetings and busy and don't have time for you even if you need something important. They treat you like you are subhuman. Avoid this school until it's rectified. Don't waste your time/money and your kids' irreplaceable time.

- submitted by a community member

August 29, 2014
The schools admin markets the school well! However, the school had had high teacher turnover over since inception. It's common for some grades to have 3-4 different teachers in a year! In this scenario, the child doesn't learn anything. School charges a lot of money and doesn't deliver even 50 % of what they marketed the school as. Below average academics when you get past KG at this school. No creativity at all. Little to no opportunities for parental involvement.

- submitted by a parent

July 12, 2014
The few positive reviews are done my the administration of this school. If you like throwing your money away and ensure your kids are behind in education, this is the place to be.

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June 25, 2014
I really wanted a place I wouldn't have to compromise a good education for an Islamic one . I am sorry to say this did not happen. Things like calling previous employer were not done! Teachers were hired in a rush and with the lowest salaries! You cannot run a good school without good teachers no matter how good your model is. It is very disturbing to see your kids changing teachers three times in a year! The psychological impact on the kids is never taken into perspective! Parents are never informed of why teachers leave,, why teachers are fired or why nonmuslim a or assistants are hired. The whole school year has been one marketing show after another rather than for educating the kids. The art auction, the science fair or the graduation. The focus is never on the kids actually enjoying the activity . Rather it's all about impressing the parents. I expected more from the school. And it pains me to write this but I really feel prospective parents should have the full picture before signing up. This is just like any other Islamic school. You get the mess the politics the drama but you pay way more for it!

- submitted by a parent

June 21, 2014
Wow! The graduation//show was amazing! I can't believe my kids can get up on stage like that, memorize their lines so well! most kids were able to speak so clearly and project their voices like experienced performers! The kids who recited Quran did so well, my husband told me he heard the Qari from Egypt said their recitations were outstanding. Just in this event I see so much benefit. The self confidence and cooperation that is developed through preparing is invaluable. The staff and children did an amazing job. My only complaint is that some of the parents still behave very immaturely and got up in the middle, chatting, eating, drowning out the poor children on stage. What childish behavior from adults! If you are considering wellspring, please be sure you are mature and serious about education. Otherwise you will miss all the good and only detract from it. I know wellspring is right for my family. The classrooms and administration are so creative and it's clear the care, concern and knowledge that goes into building it. We are very pleased and will not take it for granted because we know it is a diamond in the rough and will only continue to get better, with Allah's help.

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June 21, 2014
The school is excellent in their performance and the environment . I wish them the best they are working very hard god bless

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June 03, 2014
Subhana ALLAH my heart aches to have to write this about an islamic project where people are trying to make it work. The thing is that the two reviews i read here were one of the reasons i registered my kids so i believe that new parents should know the whole picture. From what i see Academic 7/10 quran 9/10 Arabic 10/10 Hands On 6/10 i guess it all depends on your priorities... The thing that bothered me the most is that every single thing costs $$... so although you pay a small fortune...it only covers basics...any sort of trips (well one trip) you have to pay, school event with kids (you have to pay...graduation), fundraising you are practically bullied to sell tickets ... i just felt the whole year was pay, pay, pay over and above the tuition... it unfortunately takes away from the feeling of belonging to this school. If you have lots of money and dont mind paying for everything i would say go for it...

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March 22, 2014
School is not as good as they make it seem. A bit unorganized, and parents are not allowed to be involved. Tuition is very high for the education they are providing. It seems that they are more concerned on marketing the school

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February 05, 2013
Allahu Akbar! Alhamdulillah, Wellspring has done everything they claimed and much more. I have personally NEVER seen a school developed and as efficient as Wellspring. Br. Shakiel and his staff have done a phenomenal job . . .

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Wellspring Elementary follows the Wellspring Model of education which focuses on creativity and higher order thinking. It employs various forms of assessment and does not rely on standardized forms of testing as the main vehicle for assessment.

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Wellspring Elementary
90-20 191st. Street, Hollis, NY  11423
(718) 721-3523
Last modified Wellspring Elementary is a Private school that serves grades PK-5
Wellspring Elementary Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top