My daughter has been there since kindergarten and the school began going down hill in the third grade. The third grade team is horrible! They are rude and they do not care about the students education! One teacher says one thing and to cover her tail, she will lie and the principal backs them on everything they do right or wrong! The fourth grade math teacher doesn't communicate. I am a very active and open parent. I will reprimand my daughter for her actions, behavior or attitude if it's brought to my attention. The only way a demerit should be given to student is after meeting with the parent isn't helping but if you are not communicating with the parent to ensure that we can fix the problem then it will continue. Keep the parents engaged, how can you fix a problem when you don't know that their is one? Communication in this school sucks!
The principal has poor leadership skills. I do agree with the previous review that said teachers and the principal do not really care about the students, because I have experienced it with my child. The staff is never supportive of the students. The school's tactics to improving behavior is giving out tickets to good students. I think that sends the wrong message, it's saying that the child will get something for being good. My child asks me for something every time homework is completed. The academic programs are not challenging and set students back compared to other schools. Most of the teachers are poor communicators and disregard students' strengths. The ESL program is great if it had teachers that cared.
The academic programs are outstanding, yet it does not seem that teachers really care about the children. It is sad but some teachers take care of kids and get A's B's in their classes but yet other teachers who really just come there to teach without carrying makes students bring home C's and so forth. Music in this school i think has very good opportunities, sports on the other hand not. I believe parents should be involved all the time, but school doesnt care if parents show up at the meetings or not, which in turn makes one believe do they really want your opinion there? Overall it is a great school, but parents have to do much more work by themselves or on their own to track whats going on with their child.