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Ardenwald Elementary School5
Posted March 16, 2013
- a parent
This is one of the finest schools in Clackamas County (which includes Lake Oswego by the way). Environmentally friendly building (newly built) with earthquake proofing all those PPS schools lack), beautiful layout and design with impeccable playground. Learning enviro is equally awesome. Teachers rock, nice mix of kids and cultures. The principle is a bit of a sassyfras but otherwise this is an AWESOME school thanks to the kids, teachers and education quality. My child went to Duniway in PPS before moving here and this has been a much better school with more enrichment programs than Duniway.
Ardenwald is a nice school. The staff is friendly and they really care about the school and the students. It's a small school, so everybody knows everybody. The PTO is very involved and always looking for ways to raise money. They have an occasional art class after school but other than that, I would like to see more extracurricular activities. I'm not too thrilled about their new math program. The one they had before was much better. I'm a bit disappointed in the scores this school received in math and reading. The main thing that keeps us here is the atmosphere. It's a tight-knit school and my children are very happy here.
Ardenwald is a great school, with a dedicated team of teachers and staff and an active and effective parent/teacher organization. My kids LOVE this school and have developed a strong love of learning, too. Like any school in Oregon right now, Ardenwald struggles with ongoing funding issues - but to their credit, they always find a way to keep the cirriculum relevant, engaging and diverse. Members of the PTO have stepped up to form and staff afterschool art programs throughout the year, and volunteer a ton of time to help raise funds for the school. The teachers are among the most dedicated and friendly that I've ever seen. They work hard - because they care about the students. And the students I know, really care about their school, too. Very, very good karma. You should see this school for yourself - you'll see exactly what I mean in about five minutes.
This school has lost the skills to teach, there use to be a provide a postive environment to learn for children, now there is negative school climate my son has learned nothing but discipline this year,he has recieved targted and deliberate exclusion , no recesses and fun days taken away conflict with teacher,teacher bulling,staff models bulling behavior.They are not meeting my childs academic,social-emotional needs.They are involing our children in the school and state polictics.