Good news for Ballantyne Elementary - Principal Dr. Dougherty is retiring. Hopefully, a new principal will create a more nurturing environment. Right now, it is not a school but a correction institution.She has established a compete authoritarianism. Parents are not welcomed at school at any time. Some teachers, feeling Principal's support, exercise the same approach - complete dictatorship. Students are afraid to breathe and blink.
Math homework is a joke; not challenging enough for a student who knows more that he is required in a particular grade. If a child does his/her homework ahead of time because it is very easy, the teacher gives a warning to mark his/her behavior chart for not following directions. Ridiculous and frustrating!
Some teachers do work very hard to make students improve; also, they keep challenging those who are above the grade level. Some of them, however, do not bother giving more advanced students a more challenging work neither in class, nor as their homework. As a result, such students feel being pulled back, wasting their time. The TD program is very weak, if it exists at all.
Students are praised and awarded for being quiet, but not for being caring. Some teachers mark students' behavior charts for picking up an eraser from the floor and handing it to the student who dropped it by accident.
Since my son started Kindergarten at this school and now a couple years later I can officially say that the problem starts with the leader. The principle is cold and has the personality of a rock. The front office staff has about 3/4 of rude, ignorant and miserable old ladies that are bullies to parents and children alike. I guess there are some decent people that work at this school but they are short and far between. I do not recommend this school at all.
P.S. Parents are not wanted at this school at any time of day. (Unless you have a checkbook handy)