McAlpine is a wonderful school. The new staff has brought great things to the school and it is stronger than it has ever been. We love it here.
I love McAlpine Elementary School. There has been a great turn around at the school and it has been for the BETTER. We wouldn't want to go anywhere else.
Obliviously some of the negative comments made previously are from parents who do not know sound educational practices when they see them. ALL children are challenged and given the opportunity to grow and learn in a fun environment at McAlpine - not just the 'smart' kids. My neighbors complain about the way their children spend their recess and lunch time - IT IS SCHOOL! They can play and talk to their friends all afternoon at home. I am glad that my child's teacher in the field with her class playing games as a class. And lunch time- if we really want our children to compete globally, we should be discussing how can we get more READING, MATH and SCIENCE time, not when can the kids talk to each other. I am proud of the direction my daughter's school is moving in! Keep up the good work, McAlpine!
I have a third and second grader at McAlpine. Although we did loose a lot of teachers last year, it has been for the better. The staff is fresh and open to creative teaching. For example, the librarian had a pumpkin decorating contest where each class dressed a pumpkin as a book character and the children had to write clues to help the other children figure out who the book character. There has been lots of emphasis on science this year while maintaining a strong focus on math and literacy. The children are grouped by ability which has helped meet the needs of my children. The principals door is always open and the office staff makes you feel welcomed. Parents are very involved and their assistance is welcomed by the teachers. I have been extremely pleased with McAlpine.
I love this school. We are slated to rezone next year and I have the option to stay because of a rising 5th grader. We are definately leaning to staying at such a great place. We truly feel at home here and love the families and the teachers and the staff. I am impressed with my children's teachers and the level of education they are receiving. the teachers are zoned in on my child's needs and abilities and place them where they get the most for thier level. I have 3 children currently at this school and cannot say enough great things about it.
I couldn't agree more that McAlpine is moving in a 'downward direction'. After experiencing non-responsive administrators, outrageous student conduct and substandard science and math curricula, we had little choice but to move our children to private school. We had very good teachers and can understand the mass-exodus that has occurred. McAlpine has become a day-care for troublemakers who disrupt class at the expense of its higher-performing students.
Very poor communication with parents and staff, principal makes promises he does not keep. Mean lunch staff.
A school that was once great, consistently moving in a downward direction as poor administrators run it into the ground. Poor discipline, non-existent communication with parents and staff, and cronyism have crippled this school. 21 teachers left at the end of this school year - does that tell you something?
I've had a child at McAlpine every year since 1999. It has been a great school for my family, with a focus on what's important... the kid's education. My older children have been well prepared for middle school and high school.
We couldn't be happier with McAlpine! Both teachers - K and 1 - have been well matched to our educational philoposhy. Rather than being drilled on worksheets and overloaded with homework, our daughter is just learning to love learning. It's almost a Montessori philosophy, although not executed with a Montessori methodology. I particularly love the approach to early literacy, where all the 1st graders are divided into groups according to their ability and they spend part of every day with that group. What a great approach and a good use of time and teaching effort. And my daughter loves having more than one regular teacher. I have nothing but wonderful things to say - McAlpine is highly recommended.
Mrs. Hector is an awesome teacher! My son learned so much from this creative and caring teacher. We love her!
Excellent! Kids had a wonderful year. Kindergarten teacher Ms. Pyner and assistant Mrs. West exceeded all our hopes, they did a great job! Kids enjoyed going to school and learned a lot. There was also lots of participation from parents. Went to school every day but never met the principal.
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