Ward received 1 star because that's the lowest possible. Their solution to a child that needs extra help is to put them out. No teacher or principal support. Their Test scores are low and they only have about 18 students. If you are not called to teach please do something else because these children are our future and they should get the help they need regardless of what is going on.
This is our last year at Ward, and we are so sad! We transferred our kids after multiple bad experiences at another very close Clemmons elementary school. Ward was able to wash away the negatives and make the change well worth providing our own transportation. The school is fantastic in evert way, but especially the parent volunteers and multiple socials and school events. We are moving to this zone this summer to make sure we get to go tp Clemmons Middle right next door! We have friends and family who say it is the best!
This is a great school, especially for K-3. Lots of fun activities happening on a regular basis both academic and socially. Involved, hands-on Principal. Great playgrounds, fitness activities, awesome after-school program on site.. By far one of the best elementary schools in all of Forsyth County in a highly desirable, safe area.
This is an Outstanding School. I encourage you to go and take a tour! The students are well behaved and the teachers work so hard for your child. I have 3 children enrolled there and think it is the best! You will Love it too!
My child attended Marvin Ward for two years (K and 1st) and it was a total horrible experience. Bullying is a big issue at this school. It does not seem teacher have control of the problem kids here. Riding the bus is even worse, especially for small children because the big bullies will hit and curse at the small children. My child was totallly terrified to the point that I had to go to talk to the bullies parents myself because the school was not doing anything to solve the problem. They do not listen to the kids. It is a shame because this could be an otherwise pretty school to attend. All I can say is THANK GOD my child no longer attends this school!
I have a kindergartener at Ward Elementary and an incredibly impressed with the teachers here. She has a wonderful teacher that keeps parents involved. I had a problem with bullying and the teacher addressed my concerns and did what she could to prevent it from happening again. The principal is very friendly to parents and students, however the vice principal is easily irritated with parents and does not like to be "bothered" by parents with concerns. As a parent, this is incredibly frustrating, as we trust this school with our children DAILY. She does not make you feel like she cares one way or another for your concerns or your child. Terribly frustrating as a parent. I have had a transportation problem that hasn't been resolved and has been going on for nearly 4 months. My child's teacher is remarkable and I couldn't ask for a better teacher. She always spends time on activities and I have really seen my child branch out and grow over the last few months. The directors/overhead leadership is poor.
This is a wonderful school. Especially the 5th grade "wing," it totally ROCKS! Great communication and collaboration between teachers. Lots of student support from Administrators and the Guidance Counselor (who is especially wonderful), an onsite before and after school program managed by the YMCA, plus the school itself is relatively new and is very clean and appealing. The school is always in "ship shape" and is very organized. They have a great art program, computer lab, and physical education program. They also have multiple playgrounds, tracks, fields, and the location of the school is private yet very safe. Caring, responsive teachers.
So glad this is my child's last year. There s a severe lack of communication with teachers and administrators and has been for years. You never know what s going on, they send menus home in the middle of the month or not at all, they deny your child the right to eat if they don't have money in their account but they don't let you know it is low or out, teachers yell at kids a lot, when you go in the school office it is like you are invisible because no one looks up and when they finally do--more like when you go stand directly in front of them and clear your throat to give them a hint--you are made to feel like you are bothering them in the office. The principal doesn t answer calls and you definitely can't reach teachers because they can't take calls (parents are told to email them), and they in general have no control over the kids. There is a lot of bullying at this school and all you are told is how they suspended the bullies. When you ask about communication like what is going on--pictures, events, etc.--you are told these things are "supposed" to be sent home every Tuesday but usually you get nothing.
This is a great school! I have read some of the other posts and I am very disappointed that people would post such negative statements about the educators that work so hard to educate your kids. I volunteer in the school several times a week and this is a great school! I have to wonder if the parents that posted such negative reviews come in and assist the teachers in helping their own kids or do they just sit back and constantly complain? Education is a hard job and it has been very eye opening to me to see what happens each day in the lives of our children. My kids have made tremendous progress. I have been kept well informed of the all the activities taking place within the school. This is a wonderful place and I hope you will visit to see the great things taking place.
This is a wonderful school with excellent teachers and adminstrators. I have 3 children there and all 3 have grown so much in there academics. I am thrilled to have them in such a safe and caring environment.
I have 1 child who has been at Ward for 2 years. I am growing more and more disappointed every day in the school. There have been multiple times that the teacher forgets to send home or email important information i.e. homework sheets. My child failed an important health screening at the beginning of the year and I was not notified at all by the nursing staff. The staff there isn't friendly either, i visit the school and am never greeted in the office when I come in, if I want someones attention I just have to stand directly in front of their desk until they decide to acknowledge me.
I have three children at Ward and the name of the school fits. The day my husband and I walked into the school, at least a dozen staff and or faculty walked by and did not speak to us. If I had to do it over, I would have turned around and walked out the door. One of the assistant principals acknowledged there was a problem with the friendliness of the staff. If the administration of the school acknowledges there is an issue, how do you think they are treating the kids? My children have been miserable since they have been attending this school. I have been thoroughly disappointed by the staff at this school and would not recommend it to anyone. If you want to feel comfortable with leaving your children, Ward is not the school for you. The unfriendliness has saturated the school.
My children have been at Ward Elementary school for two years and they have been miserable the entire time. The staff is not friendly or welcoming. The primary focus is not on the child's learning, rather it is knit-picking a chid and brow-beating him/her into submission. There is no tolerance at this school for children's unique individuality. There is absolutely no talking at anytime, even during recess. The saddest part is the assistant principals side with teachers and do not believe students or parents when confronted about particular needs not being met. The principal even agreed that this school has issues with the staff being kind. Do not send your kids to this school. Our children will be home-schooled to undue the damage Ward has inflicted on them.
My child has been attending this school ,And I do not regret it one bit. This school is wonderful and to all concern your children will get just what they need here.
I picked Ward Elementary for my child (now a first grader). The teachers at Ward are fantastic! The parental involvement is astounding as well. I really feel like I made the best move for my child by enrolling him at Ward. I look forward to many more wonderful years at Ward Elementary!
We have had 4 children at Ward and have been very pleased. The principal and guidance counselors have gone out of their way to meet our family's needs. From what we've seen, if your child has special needs, they will do every thing in their power to accomodate. With just a few minor exceptions, the teachers have been excellent. The physical education program is wonderful as are the art and music programs. My kids have participated in the unicycle club before school, and chess club after school. The teachers seem a little overconcerned about end of grade testing, but I think this is the same everywhere these days.
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