I have to disagree with the above comments. I was very excited to get my child in to Elizabeth Traditional because of all of the awesome things I had heard about it from past students and parents. One of the first things I realized is that some of the teachers are capable of handling conflict with students, such as bullying (which occurs with children) most are not. Their overall approach is to ignore the situation with the hopes that it will go away. If a parent is too proactive or assertive for your child, they will begin to blackball you to the staff and pass every issue (small or large) your child has off to you. Every issue, even ones par for the course in childhood is made to be a major issue until you either take your child from the school or your child begins to suffer. Parents who do not participate at all (which are numerous) seem to be valued more and worked with on more consistent basis. Issues that may have a racist undertone are NOT even discussed and are blatant. The curriculum is good and for the most parts you have "some" great educators who care for the students but there is no diversity in the teaching staff. Mainly all of the teachers are Caucasian and service staff are African American which I feel gives a large demographic of the children a subliminal message of inferiority and if your child is a minority student none of these staff members can relate to their issues or even knows how to deal with them. Their needs to be some sort of cultural awareness classes given to the staff so that they could at least develop a "respect" for their students various cultures, after all, they are children and had no choice in the skin they were born in. ETES prides itself on being diverse but is becoming more "urban" with the same issues as most CMS schools, even though it is a magnet school. Lastly, the educators have no proper dress code and are usually dressed unprofessionally, with short dresses on women and slovenly men which does not give our students, which already have no role models proper examples of leadership. The leadership tours are "mock ups" of a dream that once was Elizabeth Traditional. Be very careful about enrolling your child, you will thank me later.
I absolutely LOVE ETES! I feel like my child is getting a private school education here. The administration is very strong, and both Ms. Spencer-Smith and Mr. Brann show very great leadership skills. I feel very fortunate for my daughter to attend here. This is our 3rd year with ETES, and my youngest child begins next Fall!
This is a great school. Principle, teachers and staff have been friendly since day one. My daughter is currently in the fourth grade and a high achiever. She loves the school, and I believe you and your child will love it as well!
This is an amazing school that offers a quality education to the children and a staff that embodies the ethics needed to produce higher learning. The school offers a diverse ethnic environment, which encompasses the 'real world' to prepare students for higher learning, becoming an ambassador for their communities and personal achievements. Certainly, one of the best learning institutions offered in Charlotte-Mecklenburg County schools.
My kids have been there since they were in Kindgergarten. My son is in 5th grade and my daughter is now in 4th grade. I love the school. Mrs. Sprencer-Smith (principle) and Mr. Slattery(VP) are always there in greet the kids in the morning. The teacher are all outstanding. Absolutely no complaint. The parent are highly involved in school activities. Especially the main fund raiser for the year "Fun Run". Wow.. parents are all over the field. Great school.
We have only seen positive things so far. There is a diverse group of students (I have seen students of Black, White, Arab and Asian decent). Teachers and staff are always friendly and the school communicates well with parents with weekly emails and through backpack folders. School/PTA events seem to happen monthly and they always encourage parents to come and get involved with the school thru volunteering (tutoring) or donations m negatives (small but noteworthy). Parents must pay for certain supplies mandatory for each grade. In 2009 Kindergarten parents had to pay $30 for 'letterbooks'. Each grade has different requirements. Its a small price to pay for a terrific school though. Their busing is later than many CMS schools and those who pick up students in the car line have to be very weary of congested downtown traffic! Without a doubt 5 stars!
This is our 3rd year at ETES - we have two children enrolled now - and we love it! The teachers are wonderful, dedicated, loving, nurturing, and have high expectations of the children. The parents are involved and friendly. The staff is wonderful and the principal/asst principal are both very involved. Highly recommend this school!