Agree office staff disorganized and don't seem to enjoy kids especially if your kid is sick. If you are a secretary in a school you should want to be with kids all the time. Lots of bullying, too many kids in classes, and principal not very involved. Principal does not spend much time working with kids and doesn't do anything about class size or bullying. And very little mental health support for kids who need it which would probaly stop the bullying. Recess an unsupervised mess! I will say that some of the blame lays with the parents who don't care. If the parents taught their kids not to bully at home, it wouldn't be a problem.
This year the school seems out of focus. Too many issues and agree too much bullying! Kindergarten class way too big still and it is causes kids new to school to start their school years off on a negative. Mrs Byrum 1st grade though seems to be a great, focused, teacher. Someone needs to step in now and fix classroom size and get more help on the playground.
Very little supervision at recess. Lots of bullying on playground. Principal never seems to be on playground to see it. Very little involvement from parents.
this is a great school my daughter has and is still learning so much, the teachers are wonderful and great with the kids, when my daughter was in K she was reading at proficient level thanks to her teacher, im so proud of her.
My son suffers from depression and PTSD and the principal did not seem to care. It took days for the school counselor to get in touch with me after I told the principal that my son needed to speak to the counselor. The classroom teacher was very nice but seemed totally overwhelmed with a huge class. I understand that the teacher has to teach and has many children to take care of but the principal does not have to teach so I don't see why she was not helping my son. It seems as though all the children with behavior problems are lumped together so if your child gets stuck in that class its not going to be a good year. I was at the school a lot and it did not seem as though the principal was in the classrooms interacting with kids. I never saw her on the playground at recess or cafeteria at lunchtime either. I felt sorry for the poor teacher but the principal does not deserve to be making her huge salary. I was at the school several days a week and I couldn't figure out what the principal did. There were days I did not even see the principal! And no assemblies, outside speakers, or anything fun for the kids.
The teachers seemed to really care but the secretaries and office staff are disorganized and do not seem to be there for the kids. My child was sent back to class when sick at school and I was not contacted. The secretary told me it was "not her job" to help my sick child. Also, the secretaries were not relaying my messages to the principal. The principal does not seem to deal with behavior problems and many of these children are allowed to ruin learning for the rest of the class. The principal needs to hold parents accountable for their children's behavior. I was pleased with my child's teacher though. She seemed to do the best she could with the children she was given.
Olde Orchard is a great school. My daughter studied here from kindergarten to second grade and we are very happy with her performance. The teachers are great, focused and highly motivated. They are doing their best to provide excellent education. It is very sad that we need to move. Manabendra
Olde Orchard is getting a new building! This is great news because they're adding teachers beginning next fall @ Old Shady Lane. The teachers have been nice and very cooperative with my daughter over the past 2 years... sadly we're moving elsewhere in Columbus now that school's out, but plan to stay in touch with friends here!
we have been very pleased with the teachers at olde orchard ... they seem genuinely interested in how are children are learning ...
Olde Orchard is very big on parent involvement, they're open for communications of any sort. They teachers really seem to be focused on what the kids need. Sending my son there has made a big difference in our lifes, we went from nothing but issues at his old school to him having a great school experience and being able to learn what he needs despite his ADHD.
I was involved with a project at Olde Orchard. The staff is excellent and they try their best to educate students with what they are provided with to teach.
My son attended 1st through 4th grade here, and received wonderful instruction every year. The administration (Dr. Copeland) and teachers (Mrs. Byrum, Mrs. Nixon, the Croughtika team and Mrs. G) were very open and inviting with suggestions, personal time and involvement. Thank you.
1) Class size is way too big. 2) When a teacher calls off, their class room is split up into the other classes in the school, paying no attention to grade. So if a older student ends up in a lower grade classroom they are helpers, which in turn forfits their studies in their own grade level. To be a helper for a teacher with a way to over crowded class room already. There needs to be records kept and posted on how often this is done so that parents and the school board can see it and be aware of it. 3) School does not have parents fill out emergancy contact information upon enrolling a child.
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