This school has such a positive vibe to it, and in our 2 years there, much has changed. If you're evaluating the school based on community reviews, I'd urge you to use the dates as a factor!
We are participants i the Chinese Immersion program and LOVE our Chinese teachers. My daughter loves what she's learning as well. The new principal, Mr. Cox, is amazing. Kids love him and he even ends the week with a rap for the students on the PA system, and a voice memo to the parents in english and Spanish. The specials are also amazing, Art and Music especially. This school has a lot to offer and is getting better every day.
My son goes to the Autism class, and Ms Dixon is absolutely an amazing teacher. She truly cares about her students and she calls us on summer to check on him. He made a huge progress, since he moved to this school. He went to many other schools before. We love Stough.
Principal is mainly interested in fundraising and EOG testing. Front office staff are nice but teachers are apathetic at best. Communications with teachers and principal are good as long as you don't complain - about anything; or offer any suggestions. Very good school for absentee parents and those wanting a sub-par education for their kids
My children have had great teachers so far at Stough. I have been so impressed with the music performances as well as the art projects that I have seen at school activities. At the talent show last year the kids were extremely supportive of one another and enthusiastic. The staff at the front office is friendly, helpful, and they quickly learned the names of my children. I can tell that they truly care about the students. I wish there was more parental involvement and parental volunteers in the classroom. There are a few families who are very involved but the majority of parents rarely volunteer, if ever.
We have been a part of the Stough family for 5 years. My two children love the school and we are proud to say they are Stough Stallions. Over the last three years, Principal Stidham has made significant changes in the school. I have seen it grow from a basic traditional school to a true global learning environment (and the Chinese immersion program starts in 2014!). The administration and teachers have high expectations of themselves and the students, and they know how to make learning fun and interactive. The administrative staff has an open door policy and is available to answer questions, to welcome families to the campus, and to discuss concerns and new ideas. The PTA is active, strong and committed to supporting the students and staff. Volunteers always are welcome, and there are more family events at the school now, more than ever. Simply put, we feel like a true part of the school and active participants in our children s learning experience at Stough.
My spouse and I have been very pleased with our children's experiences at Stough (7 schools years so far for 3 kids). They are challenged with high expectations, encouraged to excel, and taught well. The front office is as committed as the teachers; it is clear to us that teachers and staff love the students and want them to be successful. The PTA is engaged and well-led, and it adds another dimension to the school of community-building and fundraising. All things considered, we would recommend Stough to any parent seeking an excellent learning environment for their kids.
We have just completed our first year at Stough and my husband and I are amazed at what a great public school it is. The staff - from front office to teachers - are completely immersed in the school and are dedicated to making it a great learning environment. Stough is a global studies school which means that the students learn about our world including culture, people and environments. This is important as our world is truly a global environment and our children must learn to work among diversities. Additionally, the principal has empowered her staff to keep pushing students to exceed their expectations and continue learning as opposed to teaching to the lowest level performer. This not only helps more academically-mind students stay interested but fosters their growth and development. Additionally, all of te students, regardless of age or level, demostrate reapect and courtesy betobd their years. All in all, Stough is an excellent learning environment and we are so fortunate to be part of the Stough family!
My child transferred into Stough late in the year and has found happiness in the school and the teachers. The teachers are nice and help the students to be proud to learn. My child loves to go to school again!
My child has attended Stough since kindergarten; and she is now in 3rd grade. Something horrible happened between last year and this year. The office staff is great, and the K-2 teachers were, too. But the new principal -- forget it. She came on board this school year. At least, I think she did. I've never seen her -- not that I haven't tried. My entire family is active at school functions, and I haven't seen her at any that we have attended. When I have asked to make an appointment to meet with her, the office staff insists on helping, instead. She never responded to the email messages I have sent her, either. This is such a disappointment after Principal Keech -- who knew each and every student and was very "present" in the school community. My kid's 3rd grade teacher's lackluster attitude and lack of effort are laughable. She does nothing to encourage the kids' self esteem. In fact, she seems pretty good at deflating it. She teaches 100% from worksheets (some of which don't even get evaluated) and puts no effort into "learning experiences" -- which were quite impressive in previous years. NOTE: The teacher rating is only for this 3rd grade teacher. K-2 were all five-stars.
This school unfortunately lacks strong leadership, high standards for teachers, and quality instruction in the lower grades. Many students do not receive differentiated instruction, especially those who need to be challenged. Teachers rely heavily on worksheets and standardized instruction instead of actually teaching kids to think and giving them a chance to practice skills they have learned in hands-on ways. I would not send my child to this school.