There really is nothing special about this school. It's average at best. Like all teachers, the staff here are always fearful of litigious parents and keep communication to a minimum, well documented exchange. It's sad, but I can understand their position. I think everyone that I've ever come into contact with have been very nice, helpful, and pleasant to talk to. I actually raised an issue with the Principal, Pope, and he responded immediately. I'll admit, that I've had my issues regarding a few things, but when addressed in a calm, appropriate manner and forum with the responsible parties, every issue I had was resolved, and by resolved I mean we came to an understanding, not I stomped my feet and screamed imposing my will on them. All in all, this is a decent school. It's not great, but there are a lot of worse schools out there. But seriously, what do you expect, the school is built literally 200 yards from an active railway. It is however, hidden by a thin treeline. I guess that would serve as a great analogy for Pilot Elementary School. Interpret as you will.
Pilot is a very clickish school. Many of the kids form their own groups and exclude other students. The teachers choose favorites and treat all other students poorly. If you are not involved in sports and an active member of the Adams Farm Community, your child will be shunned by the other students, their parents and teachers. Teachers will not like you or your child unless you volunteer and donate a lot of money, time and requested items. I have had three children attend Pilot Elementary over the past eight years and all of them have had negative experiences. Children are not allowed to have individual expression and it is run like a military school. Many of the teachers have snobby attitudes and yell at the children on a regular basis, neglecting the needs of the children.
I have a child with special needs. Been there 2 years. There is NO support from the PRINCIPLE and VP for the EC classes of kids with Autism. They are rude to the parents, staff & bully the teachers. Mr. POPE will tell you to your face he don't care if you don't agree with him or like something. The teachers do not want to involve them in any complications out of fear of what may happen. They are understaffed and large class sizes. The EC is miss managed, if at all, main staff in department rarely shows up, missing at least 1 day each week, is always disorganized & scattered, unprofessional & pulled away from AU kids constantly by principle to do other jobs, does not manage the facilitators. New younger teachers do not dress to work around kids with stilettos, mini skirts, low cut tops, super skinny pants, and flip flops this sets a bad example & sends the wrong message to the kids. The teachers are too busy texting on the playground to even see what is going on with the kids so they are unable to tell you what happened if there is a problem. Be prepared to worry & battle almost everyday if you have a EC kid and if anyone is wondering yes I am a very involved parent in the school.
The school is FULL of loving, caring teachers yet run by a Principal whose values are not in line with the teachers and parents. My child was transferred out of Pilot and I can see a huge difference in the way her current school is run versus Pilot. My child's current school challenges her more (over Pilot) and she is excelling under a better structure and implementation from a Principle that shows genuine respect to teachers and parents.
this is my first year with pilot so i cant say anything yet about the school
Pilot is a good school but very clickish. If your hair is not the right color don't bother trying to fit in. It won't happen. The same goes for skin color etc. The parents are the worst. One thing my child did learn at Pilot is students can be mean and the parents even meaner.
Great school, Like the higher level curiculum then other school. Great staff & teachers.
Large public school with private school feel. Have had children attending Pilot for 6 years (including one special needs) and have never been anything but very pleased with it. Children are expected to behave and rules are enforced, more schools should be that way. Excellent staff/great community involvement and support. You can only get out of any experience as much as you are willing to put into it, education included. As a parent you must be willing to take responsibility for your child and their actions.
Pilot is a large school with over 900 children! It has some of the most experienced and qualified staff with MANY National Board Certified teachers. The PTA is incredible with programs supporting all aspects of a child's educational experience. The PTA just won the 'Service for Students' award for Guilford County for 2005-2006. I have 3 children attending Pilot and 1 more beginning in the fall, and have not experienced anything that wasn't valuable! I have nothing but great things to say about the leadership, the staff, and the PTA at Pilot! Go Dolphins!
Great parent involvement at this school. Have been very pleased with our teachers. Great basketball/cheerleading intermurals in January/February. Wish the Advanced Learner program was expanded to earlier grades.
I agree with the negative feedback. This school's principal does very little for any student or parent and if you have a special needs child - forget it. Slow assessment, nearly no modifications, and on. Teachers disrespect students routinely, class size is high, and never enough assistants. I'd pay money for a private school before sending my child here.
Don't believe the two previous reviews! They all have blinders on here! Everything is just fine....if there are no issues...but if there are issues that need to be addressed you can consider it ignored! Children who walk are released without proper identification for pick up which could lead to a tragic event. Children here are to be seen and not heard. Run like a military school/ colony. All fluff and no substance.
The Pilot staff really care about the children, there is a lot of parental involvement and great opportunities for all children.
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