Waaaaaay too much. Teachers, please incorporate teaching in your classroom. Children only have a few years to be children and enjoy themselves. It's not their problem that you can't get your job done 7-3. Work till 5 then, like the rest of us, and get the job done. Look at the EOGs. It's obvious that you're not able to get our children to pass. Do your job. Teach.
The child is constantly reprimanded and somehow it's parents' role to complete their lessons at home or to hire a private tutor. Since when do parents have an education degree? When the child cannot get his work completed, he's the dud. Really??? Well who didn't teach him in the first place? How does this teach integrity to the child if the teacher doesn't truly care. THAT'S a major problem at this school. The teachers generally don't care, except for a handful.
The school looks great on the surface because the children who attend are children of affluent families. Naturally, the kids are overall good--though MANY already conceited, so be prepared for that. Unfortunately, the principal and teachers take the credit and there is ABSOLUTELY no care for parental concern, remarks, input. They only want our money and for us to take what they dish out. They push the learning MOSTLY to the home and onto the parents. When you ask them nicely to give less homework because we are exhausted from our own workday, they reply with statements like, "I have a Master's degree, and I have been doing this for 30 years...sounds like the reality coming from your child is not true. Perhaps we can meet to get to the root of the problem." Somehow everything is our fault. They are "never" responsible for the issue at-hand. BIGGEST problem: the principal. After trying to talk to him repeatedly, I made a note to self: 'Dr. Raymer: not approachable, doesn't care either, parents a nuisance unless you give him A LOT of money, he will NEVER vouch for your child, so let it go.' In my opinion and note to Dr. Raymer: "1. If you cannot care about the wellness of the children in your elementary school AND you can justify yourself year after year--sleeping well at night, then you're in the wrong position, buddy! 2. Do your job and get those teachers IN SYNC with parents. Be considerate of the home. What in the world gives you such entitlement? We PAY YOUR SALARIES. Listen and react positively to your parents, i.e., your employers. We have great potential, and YOU'RE RUINING a very precious time in our lives."
I am very unhappy at this school. The teachers here are absolutely despicable. There are a few good teachers at this school, but I am getting real tired of a lot of teachers crap. I'll go ahead and tell you the pros and cons of this school. Pros: Clean in most areas. Little to no violence. In a good location. Great students. Cons: Horrible staff and administration. 1. Unfairness 2. Bad Attitude 3. Pick Favorites 2. Somewhat Judgmental Dirty bathrooms. Students feel as though they are being treated unfairly, hence hating the teachers. I am a student, here, and I am very disappointed.
Meadowlark provides excellent academic opportunities for your children, although it is becoming increasingly overcrowded each year. The current principal has changed the environment since his arrival 3 years ago. He is a hands off principal that does not interact with the children, and he is definitely not invested in the education/experience of the special needs child. Expect inflexibility and need for power. The assistant principal is wonderful, and many of the teachers are exceptional. The PTA is extremely involved, and due to the overall affluent population of the area, there are wonderful resources for the children. Overall, a great academic school with minimal diversity and a dud principal
Overall, a good school. Just like other schools, there are some bad teachers, some good teachers and a few amazing teachers. Two of my children attended this school from K - 5. Due to large classrooms and lack of principal leadership, my youngest will not be attending this school. All of the fifth grade students are in the "pods" because of overcrowding. Look into all your options before sending your child to Meadowlark Elementary.