The principal does not know how to deal with conflict appropriately and is extremely close minded when dealing with people of different cultures than her own. She talks down to you and treats people with disrespect
This school has fallen severely under the leadership of the current prinicpal. Her terrible decisions, and refusal to listen to feedback/concerns of parents and staff have caused a nearly hostile environment. This principal's stubborness severely affected my child while at York. Thank God our application to year round school was accepted. I do believe that there are some very good teachers at York, but there is also significant turnover there - that speaks volumes! I've never seen a good school, a school of excellence, be driven into the ground so fast. Very sad.
York Elementary is in a downward spiral under the leadership, or lack therof, of the current principal. She was not there when my eldest child attended York. The school was somewhat better then, although the academics were (and are) questionable. Fourth grade classes are atrociously overcrowded (27 in my child's class). The staff, while dedicated, is overwhelmed. Parent involvement is not as high as it could be. I know of many parents who have asked for volunteer jobs in the classrooms and have not been utilized. We are seriously considering moving or homeschooling to get our children out of this environment.
I am a teacher and my child attended kindergarten at York. While they encourage parental participation and have wonderful literacy programs, the administration does not understand how to respond to concerns or criticism from parents. I have had negative experiences when raising concerns about my child's education. This ranged from defensive attitudes from the administration to inappropriate discipline by both administration and teacher. As a teacher and parent I could not understand how the administration at an elementary school could display such a lack in judgement. I am very happy that my child will not be back at York.
One of the best features of York Elementary is the way they encourage children to read. The media center has many books and they hold scholastic book says regularly for children to pick out and purchase their own books. The media specialist encourages children by recommended authors and books that are similar to the childs interest. They also have a variety of after school clubs, including the chess club. Here children get together in the library and play chess.
My daughter has attended York Elementary for the past two years, but we are trying to enroll her in one of our counties many magnet programs. The test scores are significantly lower than many other Wake County schools. I think that says it all.
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