This totally depends on your view of fairness. If you have a child who is struggling it appears he/she is improving or at least staying with the class because the better off students are held in place or their progress is stymied. I would argue it is not fair to not allow better students to grow at their pace.
Our daughter is now in 1st grade and we are getting to the end of the first semester and she is still reviewing kindergarten materials.
We work with her every night even before she started at Linden just to give her an advantage in school and in life , however starting in kindergarten we felt she was kept status quo and the focus was on the other less fortunate kids. Instead of allowing her to progress. Now in 1st grade their seems to be very little instruction going on. We know their is in art and Music because she has learned what a singing concerto is and she can pick out Andy Worhal paintings. When we ask about the core subjects ,nothing. Their even seems little concern if she completes what little work she gets in class or not. We have already had a discussion with the principal and have seen no difference . We are seriously considering moving her to a better school district .
i was a student from the first day it was open i was in 4th grade and all the teachers are nice and helpfull they always try to keep you on task my favorite teacher the whole three years i was at linden my favorite teacher was my homeroom 6th grade teacher MRS.BERGER we all love her shes funny and knows wacky ways of teaching the 2011-2012 school year we had ipads it was a piolot program for the top 2 classes in 4th 5th and 6th grade they were awesome ill miss my ipad #8 and mes smith my 2nd peroid class i will miss all my teachers and the kindergardners i helped with everyday mrs lacosto mrs guiliano mrs knight and mrs berger mrs h mrs k and mrs b were my homeroom vclasses and mrs l was the kindergarden class i helped GO LINDEN LEOPARDS