I can see there have not been many reviews lately, but wanted to add to the previous comments about Eliot. The new principal is great and I believe she is trying to slowly implement some changes. Sometimes it is difficult to make changes when people are used to the same thing and do not want to change. The office staff is generally rude, but they have gotten better within about a year's time. Our daughter is in 1st grade at Eliot and has been lucky to love her teachers in both kindergarten and first grade. We haven't quite run into the clique thing yet since she is so young, but we made a point to join the PTA - not only to support the school, but also to make sure we are aware of everything that is going on at Eliot. Our daughter actually attended private pre-school and pre-K, so switching to public education has been a huge adjustment. Although nothing compares to private education, Eliot has been pretty good overall.
Some Great Teachers! Terrible administration and clicks are worse than a high school among the parents and even some kids. My child was told he had ADD, he does not after being tested; big stigma against active boys here. Any complaints and you are labeled along with your child for all six years. Glad to be leaving this school.
I am writing this shortly before the end of my son's first grade year - his last year at Eliot. I am sorely disappointed in this school, and the only good thing I can say is that we loved his kinder teacher. However, when speaking to the administration for support, we were dismissed, the secretary and registrar in the office are most often rude and equally dismissive, even the counselor was of little help His first grade teacher a true nightmare. I would like to be kind and say she taught him what he needed to know, but she did not feel the need even to make that effort. He learned to read, write and do math at home. I may as well have home-schooled. My son has turned from sunny and carefree to angry and defiant. We are bitterly disappointed and now I am angry, as well. No parent likes to see their child treated unfairly. We attempted to work with his teacher - she self-diagnosed him with ADHD, so we finally agreed to take him to a specialist to be medicated (we knew he was) at her request. We have switched him from one medication to another and she has never been happy. I am done with her complaints and treatment of my child - good riddance, Eliot.
My daughter is now in 1st grade at Eliot, and she loves the school and we are very happy with her progress. She had Mrs. Sicking for Kindergarten and has Mrs. Bean for 1st grade and loves them both. Mrs. Sicking has now moved into the Art teacher position, which made my daughter happy that she gets to see her this year also. There are many parents who are very involved in the PTA and in the classroom. Each classroom volunteer must submit a back-ground check before volunteering. I am a full-time working Mom, and I volunteer when I can. The last project I helped out with was the Eliot Auction and I was made to feel welcome by the other parents. I do see a little of the cliques, if you want to call it that. The same parents tend to volunteer and they seem to become friends. Who wouldn t want a great friendly working relationship at work? I do agree with after care. I would like to get my child into after care so she could go to Lego club, and take the art and Spanish classes after school, but their space is limited and we have been on a waiting list all year. My daughter is picked up by a local daycare after school at 3:00, so she misses out on the extras.
Eliot Elementary is an oasis in TPS. Excellent principal, teachers and parents. The PTA is excellent. The last three years of leadership were excellent and this year is proving the same. Some parents seem to volunteer over and over ---- they do it because there are parents who are unable to because of work commitment. There are volunteer opportunities at all levels. Just taking the day off to go on a field trip is so rewarding. Principal slowly embraces change with forethought... that is good, the boat doesn't rock but, there is well thought change as it makes sense. Students that graduate from Eliot are well prepared to go into Edison Magnet, Holland Hall, Monte Cassino and Cascia etc. Eliot is an excellent school.
I am not sure what the rave is about. It is a marginal school at best. The teachers are just collecting a paycheck, the principle is out to lunch, the after school borders on dangerous. I have seen children pushed by teachers, called terrible names and learn nothing. The parental involvement borders on disruptive and everytime you turn around the PTA has their hand out asking for more money or supplies..It is a joke of a school.
I have to agree. I have a child with ADHD and the services offered by the school are sub-par at best. Eliot's hand-off approach to dealing with parent's issues does not help the school grow and improve. The only reason this school is as good as it is is b/c of the parental involvement. If the parents were not involved this would be an ordinary school in the district. The teachers are not pushed to do better and the principal is complacent. I do not think the classes are filled to capacity - has anyone looked at the class size at Jenks lately? 20 kids to a class is quite small, but even at that a child with special needs gets lost in the shuffle. the school has no interest in helping them at all.
well it's been 6 yrs since I wrote the 1st post and now I'm back. I agree for the most part the school is great...lots of cliques....principal has no clue but I do believe my son has had the best a public school can offer and thats all I can ask for as a parent.
My child is in the 2nd grade at Eliot. Our teacher's every year have been exceptional. They are very dedicated and loving toward all the students. I do wish that we could see some improvement in the Aftercare Program and would also like to see more art and music (and perhaps language) classes offered after school. I think the children in Aftercare as well as those lucky kids who have stay-to-home parents who pick them up after school could benefit considerably by a more diverse offering even if it has to be after school. I have heard that the Principal is resistant to these ideas and certainly hope that is not the case.
I totally agree with this parent. we have had the exact same experience with the 2nd grade teachers as far as our ADHD student and behavioral issues and punishments. It's very damaging to the self esteem of our child.
Eliot is a great school and the principal is wonderful. We are very happy. Parental involvement is very high. Love this school.
This is my child's first year at Eliot and I am extremely happy with the teachers, staff and principal. Mrs. Redyke is one of the kindest people I know and if I have a problem she is there with a solution. The teachers are very caring towards the children and are there to help in anyway possible. It is true that parent involment is very high but that is what makes a great school. I could not imagine my child at any other school.
This school is wonderful. It includes parents in every step that your child takes. I thouhgt about going to a private school but had heard great things about Eliot and I can confirm after having my child in Ms. G. Moore's class that it is the place for us. My child was treated like one of the teachers children...kept safe and loved. Peace of mind for us. Only change I would make is after-care.
Wow! What horrible reviews. My child has attended Eliot more than one year and overall our experience has been okay (too bad it hasn't been great!). We have been lucky to have some loving teachers thus far in which have helped in making our experience okay. I do have to agree with the other reviews concerning the principal's involvement (lack of) and how the PTA helps in creating cliques with parents and children. The PTA was also not welcoming when we started the 1st grade. Classrooms are too full and the absence of music and art is disappointing. I do feel my daughter is safe at school and appreciate the cleanliness of the grounds. Oh yeah, not a fan of the uniforms.
This school is full of cliques! Parents and kids alike! I am way involved! There is no room here for kids who don't fit the mold. Their are some amazing teachers. The bartholomews,simpson,rucker,burnet. They are exceptional and loving! A big pat on the back for them. They are the ones I know have made a wonderful impression on my child.
I just finished 5th Grade at Eliot and I am so glad I went there. All of my teachers were great! I would deffinetly suggest this school to anyone.
I am a former parent of 2 Eliot students. My daughter has since moved on to middle school and is doing very well. I contribute some of her academic success to the high standard/expectations she recieved while attending Eliot. We were fortunate to have some excellant teachers that spent time working with her. My son, on the other hand, had a less fortunate experience at Eliot. With a diagnosis of ADHD in 2nd grade, we experienced damaged self esteem, one failure after another, labeling and a team of school professionals that did not have the skill or training to work with ADHD children. Having an ADHD child repeatedly miss recess for talking in class... or asking an ADHD child to put his head down on the desk and 'Be Quiet'.... What's wrong with this picture? We are in our 2nd year at our new school and feel love, support and acceptance.
I can see some validity to each of these comments, however no school is perfect and the negative comments below tend to be the exception. What saddened me most was the parent who signed up to volunteer at the beginning of the year but never received a call. I am the PTA President for the 2006-2007 school year and I can vouch for the fact that if this ever happens it is an unfortunate and regrettable occurance. Yes, Eliot has phenomenal parental involvement, but ideally EVERY parent would contribute. The first year my kids were at Eliot I found myself chairing the Carnival...and I barely knew anyone there. I just kept telling people in leadership positions that I was willing and available to help.
Eliot all around may be a great school. Although the PTA does not welcome newcomers...signed up on several committees at beginning of school--not one phone call. Class size is out of control. Disparity between classes of same grade in curriculum and what the students are learning. No music class, no full time PE teacher, no art teacher. Other schools in Tulsa can provide more--not to mention better pick up/drop off set ups. Unless you are the homeroom parent, or active (I mean active) in the PTA, no one really takes interest in your child or the parent. Great disappointment.
Because of Eliot's reputation as a 'great school' many parents request transfers for their children to this school and from what I can see, there is no limit to the numbers allowed in. Class size is ridiculous and this affects everyone; students, teachers, parents. If you never have an 'issue' and your child thrives in a large classroom environment, this is the place to be. As previous reviewers stated, don't rock the boat....it'll do you no good anyway.
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