This is a fantastic school with teachers that really care, and care deeply. The curriculum inclusion of STEM is done fabulously. My children that have attended this school (current and past) have grown with this school. The only drawback is the lack of leadership in the principal. Several parents have experienced this as well. This school could be even better with a change in leadership.
I love this school! My sons transferred from another school in Concord and this is their second year there. The teachers really do go the extra mile and the kids are EXCITED about being there. I love hearing from my boys when they come home--they have so much to tell me about what they did and what they're going to do next.
BETWEEN 2006 AND 2009 THERE SEEMS TO BE A DIFFERENCE IN THE "GRADING OF THE SCHOOLS" AT CWES AND 2012/13. WHAT MAKE'S IT DIFFERENT BETWEEN THOSE YRS AND 2012 AND 2013.... WHERE THE PARENTS APPEAR MORE HAPPIER WITH THIS SCHOOL SYSTEM? DID THE TEACHERS/ PRINCIPLE CHANGE? DID THE NATIONAL TESTING / SCHOOL WORK BECOME BETTER OVER ALL? JUST TRYING TO GET A FEEL FOR IT BECAUSE I MAY HAVE CHILDREN ATTENDING IN THE FUTURE. THANK YOU FOR ANY HELP!
This is the first year my daughter has attended CWES. It has been a wonderful experience. The administration, staff, and other parents are so welcoming. There is a buzz of excitement for learning that is evident whenever I go there. The teachers go the extral mile during class and while managing after school programs.
Unsatisfactory parent attitudes. What kind of parents involved in a school have the mindset of children being "haves" or "have nots"? Unacceptable attitude for any adults involved with a school to have. It might surprise you to realize that many "have nots" come from families abundantly wealthy with love, values, time, and attention. Some of the poorest people have nothing but a lot of money. Have nots......good one! I moved my kids to a school with better adults.
We are extremely pleased with CWES and the STEM program. The teachers are fantastic, the PTCO members are smart and active fundraisers for the school, and the students are excited about learning. Now we just need to improve our test scores - but that will come. I am impressed at how the haves and have-nots get along. It is beneficial for everyone to work together as a team, sharing ideas and finding solutions to real-world problems. This is an awesome school.
This year CWES has become a STEM Magnet School (Science Technology Engineering and Math). We moved our boys there from another school and appreciate the small neighborhood feel lacking in the big box schools. The STEM curriculum teaches students to work together, problem solve and be creative. It has challenged our children in a way they were not challenged at our last school. Students can be heard cheering during STEM projects. Teachers do a great job of differentiation. Parent involvement is encouraged and parents are welcome in the classroom as volunteers. There seems to be a good amount of involvement with the community and neighborhood. The PTCO has done a great job of raising money this first year. The building is old but new technology is readily available and it has two labs. After school clubs are also available include LEGO Robotics. We have been very pleased with our decision. CTWS is a safe, supportive and nurturing environment and a fun place to learn.
I also think that this is a great school. We moved, and I am sad that my children had to leave. Wonderful teachers!
This is a great school! Teachers are excited about education and abreast of current teaching trends. Technology is used and students are challenged and well prepared. Four of my children went here and were well prepared for not only Middle School, but High School and beyond.
The school is challengingly diverse -- most kids are from high poverty homes. Like most schools in this situation, testing scores fail to impress. In the good news are the teachers, some of whom have served there 20 years and are some of the best in the entire state. These teachers have sacrificed nclb bonuses to work with these kids and garner scores well above national averages for this economic category. Simultaneously, they have turned ordinary middle class students into leaders. The few neighborhood kids that attend this school have gone on to stellar academic careers. In the bad news, I'd have to fault the administration. The principal's focus is on the most needy. That appears to be such an overwhelming task that she comes across as indifferent to challenges middle class kids face.
This school has become dysfunctional over the 15 years I've been associated with it in my neighborhood and with 4 students attending. The Principal appears to be totally focused on 'being the boss'. The teachers have grown apathetic and defensive. The principal who insists on being at all parent teacher conferences but blankly stared when asked for suggestions to help a struggling student. No help. Past teachers were engaged and proactive. The administration seems to have everyone cowed. Even PTO is a target.
'The educational opportunities at Coltrane Webb are minimal at best. Most children are instructed below-grade level and teachers are not provided with necessary teaching tools. Although there are many good teachers here, their focus seems only to be the EOG. Children who leave to attend other schools find themselves well below level. Parent morale is low because of a controlling principal and administration. Priorities are not on all children, only those in the lower half to help boost the EOG scores. For the at-risk child that needs nurturing, they are given more of what they are already receiving in the classroom. For example, if a child has a problem with phonics, they inundate them with more phonics instead of trying another approach. Teachers cannot meet the real needs of the children because they are focused on the EOG. This is not a school for any child seeking to advance.
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