We moved from Atlanta and have been involved with the Chinese Mandarin Immersion program. The education for our children has been very good, the support staff are amazing and the school administration really values the arts, science and foreign language (in addition to other core studies, of course). The thing that is beyond amazing is the amount of cultural diversity. It permeates throughout the culture of the school and has a very unique energy that sets it apart. Really fantastic...
we love this school! It has been a wonderful experience for our child. He is a very active 1st grader, and while the limited amount of recess was a concern, they seem to have enough activity and outdoor time during the day, with PE, science and their specials for him to not go crazy.
This may be a school that is rated a "10" but all that everyone is concerned with here is test scores. The teachers are stressed out and over-reactive and defensive if a parent asks a question. They do not communicate with parents unless they have to and then it is usually with a post-it. The principal does not answer emails or respond to parents. She believes that "they" know what they are doing "Just let us do the teaching. If you are interested in your child doing well on a test , then this is the place for you. If you are interested in you child's well being, find some place else because good test scores are all you will receive. If you child is diverse but doesn't speak English as a second language, take a look at the disparity in the test scores for minorities. No recess is required at this school. In kindergarten they get 20min of recess in an 8 hour day and 20min eat lunch. When you speak to other parents about your concerns, all you get is one of their battle stories. Not once have a heard a parent say, This is a good school. It's always, "Yeah, we're frustrated too!"
Principal Goins recognizes each and every parent by face - a remarkable achievement, in my book. I have 2 grandchildren attending Glenwood. They have learned to read, to do math, and appreciate science - plus they have a lot of fun in school! Glenwood has an international population, and each culture is celebrated. Each student is recognized for their individual skills. The teachers are very accessible and communicate frequently with parents.
Our daughter just finished her first year at Glenwood and we could not be more pleased. It has been a wonderful school! I am a teacher and have taught in several districts and have never seen such organization in a school. One reviewer mentioned class size but failed to add that each teacher has a teacher's helper so it's really two trained adults per class. They have so many opportunities - French 3 times a week, science, art, music - and the student body is very diverse.