my great nephew attends this school. I have nothing negative to say about this school, I only have concerns for the safety of students. My great nephew is 6 years old, he was a victim of bullying. Happens at all schools but the difference here was the adult in charge (teacher). The student was told to "suck it up and rub it out" when the teacher was presented the facts of bullying. Student has a broken collar bone. No actions were taken for these events. Learning is the goal, can it be achieved if fears exist for the safety of a child? This happen yesterday and was not the only time it happened. Days earlier he was attacked. No actions were taken. Children cannot learn when in fear.
My views of Forest Park Elementary strongly differs from that parent who seems to be an "Angry Bird" themself, lashing out. My daughter attended Forest Park Elementary from Kindergarten to 5th grade and she was an outstanding student throughout. I found the teachers there to be warm and friendly and cared about the students success. My son also attended Forest Park Elementary Kindergaten but did not do as well as my daughter. Should I blame this on the teacher and Staff? I think not. Student learn differently and what I have found in life is that you get as much as you are willing to put in. I do find that it is an environment where kids who are self motivated and driven do better in, and are more likely to succeed and kids who are not may be prone to fail. Therefore my only recommendation would be that the staff and heads of this school work on implementing programs that will help failing kids to do better. I had to remove my son after kindergarten because he did so poorly. But I would say Forest Elementary is a great school, in terms of providing a safe environment for it's students and overall effort to succeed as a school.
I love Forest Park and the children in the building. We have a strong staff. We try to work hard for what is best for each student. I am proud to teach at Forest Park. I am proud of the children at Forest Park and families that want the best for their children.
This is a horrible school. The administration is a joke. There are only a handful of teachers who actually care and want to help students learn. The rest are tired, angry birds, with a "collect my paycheck" and go home mentality. There is little to no academic rigor or creativity among the teaching staff. There is no air conditioning in the school, yet they have air in the admin office. Who can learn when it is 90+ degrees in the building? There seems to be no accountability for excellence from the staff or the students. If you expect little, then that is what you are going to get! Forest Park is a working class community and it is a shame that kids in this neighborhood get the short-end of the education stick. Granted, parents must be involved and care about their child's education just as much anyone else, but when you have teachers that seem to hate children and everything about their job, kids can pick-up on that negative vibe and become less likely to participate. Where in the heck is the school board? Why is a school like this allowed to exist in 2013?
We moved our family to Forest Park 3 years ago and was excitied for son to attend FPE. At first everything was great, he had a great k teacher, after that has seemed to get a good teacher every other year. The school seems to favor its female students and write off the male students. The communication is aweful and no one seems to care about your child. I am the first to admit that my son could be a better student even with our involvement, he can be marginal at best at times. Yet I have never seem a 8 year who does not have any motivation to go to school. This is not only for FPE but for all of CPS, where is the fun and excitement of school. I will be moving my son soon to find a school who Cares and can provide for his individual needs.
The teachers at this school work extrememly hard, and they want the best for the students. I just wish that they had a better school facility- this school is just too small, and there is no room for growth until a new school is built! Too many teachers are on a cart- art, music, etc. However- I am thrilled my kids attend Forest Park- it is a gem for Columbus Public Schools. Again, the teachers are great.
Unfortunately, I agree that this school is going downhill. When I asked for specific help for my child for a possible learning disability I was told it is too much paperwork to fill out and they didn't agree with me that there was a problem. I have transferred my son to another school outside the school district and am proud to say he, along with his two brothers, is doing great! They now begin their homework without being asked and their grades have gone up. They also are getting the opportunity to learn a foreign language which will greatly help them when they enter into college. I too felt there was no parental involvement or discipline. I do believe it is due to overcrowding and teachers are expected to perform miracles but don't have the tools to accomplish their tasks.
This school has gone downhill fast. Before there was a principle, Dr. Taylor, and she knew how to effectively run the school. The students, teachers, and parents respected and listened to her. Now the children completely lack discipline, teachers cannot get their attention or participation. There are way to many children per class, and the teachers cannot seem to get control. This is partially due to the administration, but also do to the lack of parental involvement. I had one teacher tell me she doesn't give out homework because most of the kids wouldn't do it and their parents wouldn't make them or help them. So my son got left behind because other parents didn't care. This is the norm at this school, they are giving up on the kids that are there to learn, because they have already given up on the ones that aren't.