The principal Ilene Bichler is not understanding of children's needs. Traphagen School use to be have a strong PTA and great principal leadership. The principal retired after many years at this school and Ilene Bichler became the new principal. I have children who went to this school before she became principal and one there now. She does not understand the students with special needs. When someone needed additional assistance her answer was maybe this school is not the correct placement for them. Maybe they should go to another school. This school offers resource room, why do they need to go to another school! She is very distant from parents and students, but will yes them in hopes nothing else is said. In effect, I have seen the difference in this school. The morale has gone down. It is not the same Traphagen School, Mount Vernon is use to.
This at! the teachers are in constant communication with parents, whether there is an issue or a compliment. i fel like these teachers REALLY car about our kid and it shhows through their work. The academic programs are great, and they even offer extra help on saturdays! My son has been on the honor roll every quarter! This is definitely one of the best schools in the county.
This is an outstanding school! People need to pay much attention to schools like Traphagen because the teachers do the best they can to help the students acheive! If the economy is only going to keep a certain number of schools running in the state, this should be one of them. The students are well behaved and disciplined and the teachers here are very helpful and kind.
The school is wonderful.. must attention paid to critical thinking not memorization,.
The teachers were very responsive to parental involvement. The course quality seemed stimulating. My son is now in the high school so this review is based on an experience from 5+ years ago.
Traphagen school is the shining star among a city school district led by incompetence, stupidity, and corruption. It is only through the grace of God that the the principal, Mr. Jordano and his staff have been placed together to form such a wonderful team. Their emphasis is truly on educating and preparing their children for the future. Hats off to all the fine teachers who work hard everyday to provide a structured and disciplined learning environment. My special thanks to all the teachers who give great effort in preparing the children for their state exams. The excellent scores are the proof and the reward. Perhaps the Board of Education should look to this school for guidance.
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