I'm very happy with the teachers. Miss Tirone uses research based practices that are known to be highly effective. My daughter still goes on and on about how much she learned in her class. All of the teachers we've worked with are caring and friendly and work hard.
My daughters don't get a lot of homework and, as a teacher, I think reading and life experiences are more important than hours of worksheets every night. I'm very happy with the amount of homework. I have friends with little ones who get an hour a night. That's insane. Young children need time for play and exploration. An excess of homework just makes kids learn to hate school.
My eldest daughter's teacher is encouraging kindness with a random acts of kindness jar to write down any nice things they see their classmates doing. Each teacher my girls have had has addressed any issues with compassion and my girls feel safe there.
I think it's great that the school continues to put teaching before the test. Every informed parent knows the test scores are not the only way to measure a school. The commitment of the teachers, the welcoming culture, strong management- these things matter so much more than the test scores. The lessons are more than Common Core workbooks and I'm so grateful. Parents seem pretty involved. My daughter feels safe there and cared for. I think it's a really good school!
The new principal here is great, and the teachers are really stepping it up to meet his higher standards. Most parents are involved with the school and the teachers have an altruistic interest in fostering growth in their students.