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Delalio Elementary School2
Posted December 10, 2014
- a parent
We were initially excited to send our child to this school. Giving the small population, we believed that only great things could come from this type of environment; an environment that would give a parent a sense of comfort knowing that their child/children were in a family-like atmosphere while receiving a solid education. It did not take long to discover that this school is a misconception for poor leadership. The Principal of this school refuses to acknowledge issues brought forward to her in an attempt to conceal that there are a few unprofessional teachers/specialists at this school. I can not stress enough that "the child/children" do not come first...in this I mean, appropriate measures are not being taking towards adults who show very little interest in educating children fairly and equally despite disabilities. There are some truly great teachers/specialists at this school, unfortunately, there are some really awful ones. And with an Administration that turns a blind eye to such behavior, this school is not as great as it could be.
In the 2 years that our children attended Delalio our kids had the good fortune to have some really fantastic teachers. Our experience, however, was not all positive. Some teachers and staff are very pro-medication. We had the misfortune of getting one such teacher, who pressured us to medicate our child. This teacher and the SST tried to scare us into medicating, telling us that without medication, our child would fail miserably in the coming academic year. We have since moved to an area with fantastic schools. Our child is currently at the top of his class (straight A's) and was one of 3 kids in his class selected for gifted testing, all without an IAP or IEP and without medication. His teacher, the school nurse and the school psychologist could not have been more wrong. They caused unbelievable stress for our family and if it had not been for the other amazing teachers at this school, we would have left this school. Don't write this school off for a few bad apples, but watch out for those bad apples.
My son and daughter went to this school for PreK , K, and 1st grade. The teachers and staff are amazing, they knew my kids by first name, they were always helpful. We LOVE Ms. Light for Kindergarten, she is one of the best teachers we have ever met. And Miss Regina in the office always had a smile for us:) We unfortunately had to move, and we miss the school and staff so much. schools in AZ cannot compare!
My child has been in this school for only 6 weeks and has always done outstandingly well in school up to this point. Since being here it has been one thing after another. Some of the faculty is extremely rude and dismissive to parents; there is a serious lack of respect for parents at this school. There also seems to be a desire to keep funding for certain programs and children that clearly don't need these programs are being placed in them with little info or even time to respond give to the parents!! What a shame I've always loved the DOD schools until now!
As a military wife and mother of a brilliant 5 year old, I was extremely hesitant to put my daughter in a DODEA school. But DeLalio and its staff have proven me wrong - it has a fabulous educational environment. We have attended this school for Pre-K and now Kindergarten - both of her teachers have been wonderful. Her K5 teacher, in particular. Mrs. St. Clair has made it a point to keep my daughter ahead with her reading (she's now on a 4th grade level) and has even introduced 1st grade math and science skills to the entire class. The office staff, school nurse and librarian are all wonderful as well.