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Posted January 03, 2015
- a parent
This school has been little more than a series of huge disappointments. While they are not lacking in available facilities, their extracurricular activities and electives are almost nonexistent outside of the few sports they actually have. Too much emphasis is put on athletic ability while education suffers. The Spanish program here is abhorrent and poorly taught. The English classes are even worse and it surprises me that students are even literate with the teaching methods that are used. As far as math/science courses go, you're better off teaching your children at home. Outside of the poor quality of education itself, staff response to certain situations is inappropriate. Bullying is a huge issue here, and instead of being dealt with, it is swept under the rug, as to not damage anyone's "reputation" within the school or community. Rather than reward children for their achievements, there is an attempt to keep all students at the same level as to not "hurt anyone else's feelings". The facilities and staff to student ratio is consistent with that of a private school; there is potential for excellence here that will never be reached with the rigid system currently in place.
i hate this school. the teachers try to give help,yeah but still its not enough. theres not enough sports, which not all the students like, baseball, soccer, basketball and cheerleading. some people like swimming, and football. its not enough for a small school.
I'm very happy with this school. The teachers I have met so far have been wonderful. It is a small school, which I personally love. When one of my children needed special eduction, the staff was right on top it and helped my son to pass his grade by working with him everyday, during school and after. They even come to our home and work with him, studying and test prep. I personally do not care about what languages they teach or do not teach except for English! It's a small town, funds are limited. I feel they do the best they can. And now that the Principal has Left the school, things should be 100% better..
This school caters to the child who is struggling or doesn't care, and does nothing for the child who is above average. The most important thing to most parents is sports, even though the teams have a 'no cut' policy so everyone who wants to play, plays. The music program is mediocre, as is the art program. Parental involvement is practically non-existent. Things continue to be done the same way even when they're not working, because 'that's the way it's always been done.' The school is small and has a great teacher to student ratio, so there is real potential for excellence, but no one seems to want that. Everyone does what they need to do to get by, and that seems to be all that's expected. This school is a real disappointment.
I'm very disappointed with this school. There aren't very many extracurricular activities or after school programs for the children to get into at all. For students with mental illness it's especially hard, not only on the kids, but on the parents as well. Wells Central School offers only one language, which narrows many opportunities for children who want to learn languages other than Spanish. The art programs are good though, but could use an increased budget to be able to buy new supplies for the kids. The food in Wells Central School is limited and I feel that the students deserve more to eat. Overall, when it comes to grading the students who need the help rarely get any at all.