As of 2016 school year there was a massive administration change. The new leadership has been making huge headway in addressing some of the problem areas. These issues, I believe, have been in communicating with the diversity of parents whose children attend.
They recently changed the philosophy around homework for the younger grades. This has directly benefited my daughter. The only down side for parents is not seeing what your kid is working on in school until quarterly grades or conferences.
Kelly is a school with many voices and diversity. At first this is overwhelming but for our family it has been a refreshing chance to expose our children to a global environment. The teachers, councilors, and administrative staff are fully aware of the diversity and do a great job a supporting and helping kids to explore the richness this provides the school.
I would agree that Kelly does handle bullying well. I believe this because I've seen it first hand. One of the challenges about reviews like this is that parents who are on either end of the bullying issue and didn't feel the outcome met their demands, often are the ones who feel this issue isn't addressed adequately.
My child has been on both ends of this issue and frankly, it's nothing unusual for kids in grade school to experiment with power with peers. I would argue that parents want punishment and severe consequences for bullies when the punishment doesn't fit the crime.
The nature of the management of these types of issues requires privacy is kept, leaving parents feeling they had no outcome. I would argue this is the reason for parents feeling disenfranchised in these cases. I've seen first hand though, how these issues are handled and they are handled in a way that allows kids to keep their dignity. This is a shame free school.
Yes, our principal is a strong leader. She returns calls to parents, has an open door policy, is compassionate with children and champions for her students and staff.
She's committed to improving communication home to families and since her arrival, we've made a marked improvement. The community building and collaboration is great with our leadership.
We use the CARE philosophy and teach stewardship of our spaces inside and out. Our principal is an engaged administrator and cares deeply for the kids and developing what we have to offer our children.
Teachers are compassionate at Kelly. Bullying is dealt with directly and with a focus on teaching empathy. Teachers spend their breaks playing on recess with their kids as often as possible. They come to movie nights and events to share time with kids outside of instruction time.