I LOVE this school the teachers are nice and you feel like you're learning- a John Dewey gem... bravo for making kids come first
Sometimes the money issue is important, because although SES is a public school, they go on many extensive field trips about once a week and there is also a special trip to the beach for each grade at the end of the year. Sixth grade and Seventh graders go to the Oregon Coast and Eighth graders fly to LA and stay on the island Catalina at Howland's landing, where they spend eight days learning about the environment and marine life, hiking, sea kayaking and snorkling. There is also an all school camp out at either Mt. St. Helens or Eagle Fern Camp, depending on the theme of the school year (there is a three year rotation refarding the year of the mountain, forest and river). And to make sure your child gets to participate, there are several ways a student can earn 100 dollar scholarships through volunteering during all three years.
We pulled our child out of SES, after giving it a 3 year 'try'. We liked the community and the notion of a enviromental school, but there was little substance to back up the ideal.
The teachers and staff are great with the kids! The school is very beneficial for all students .I turned out great! I live on the east coast now and own a Nursing Business, and my goal oriented mind set started at Sunnyside!
The parents are so involved, the activities provide so much room for student creativity, and the teachers are wonderful! The curriculum is very creative, and never leaves kids bored. The school spirit at this school is spectacular, and everyone is treated respectfully.
Both our son and daughter were students at Sunnyside Elem. before it became SES. I was always pleased with the education they received then. I held out some hope that experience would continue. I was appalled to learn that there actually was not a K-5 curriculum in place as in the past. Lesson plans for any given day are at the whim of the principal. The lack of safety in and around the building was also a huge concern. During the numerous times I volunteered in my childrens classes, it was never clear to me who were actually parent volunteers and who were people wandering in off the street.
This school has some attributes. They have very educated and dedicated, caring teachers who put their heart and sole into teaching. They place high expectations for their students.There are many wonderful outings and field trips with one special one at the end of 6th grade. Unfortunately, the school on the whole we found to be very disorganized with teachers taking on too much and not able to clearly state what homework/classwork expectations were for any given class. The principal when my student attended was extremely biased and unprofessional when it came to administering alledged disciplinary actions. Actions were taken that did not follow lawful school protocol.This was surprising given their philosophy of acceptance of diversity.This school allows harrassment/bulllying to continue without proper inervention. Snap judgements are made to protect the guilty. I would not recommend this school to anyone who values good sound judgement and fair leadership.
I have three childern that have gone to SES, my first started there 12 years ago and is now gradguating early, my two younger ones have gone for the last couple years. I really enjoy being involved in the school, by doing so i am aware of what is happening in the school. Any parent that takes the time to learn about their childs education would be aware of the happenings in and around the school. This school offers more then the three R's because children need more then that to learn about life. The teachers are great, kind caring and very helpfull in many ways. The principal has a fresh outlook and is extreemly involved on all levels with all children on a daily basis. I'm glad complaning parents have taken their children out so that it has let some of the children on the huge waiting list in.
We have pulled both of our k-5 students out of the new SES after what we feel was a wasted academic year for our children. The concept of an environmental school is all well and good, but without proper planning, the overall educational benefits for the students are suspect at best. There were several instances where students and parents were not properly informed about school outings and therefore not properly prepared for things like inclement weather or nourishment. .
My sons attended EMS for three years. I would not recommend the school unless the student is in a two parent household and the family has no financial restrictions. EMS was expensive! I still find it difficult to believe the school district would allow such required fees and poorly planned field trips. In public it was said that no one would be turned away, but when I asked for financial help for an expensive 4 day trip I was told there was none if I did not make under the food stamp guidelines. Each year we had to bring hundreds of dollars in equipment and supplies. I donated paper cutters that my kids never saw in a classroom. Duct tape was used by students to make wallets! I thought students would learn about reusing, recycling, environmental issues, and preservation at EMS. I loved that students had to do community serv.
Sunnyside Environmental School failed our children in many ways. The classrooms were chaotic and loud. The outings were poorly planned with little or no learning taking place, environmental or otherwise. The grammar school operates without a curriculum. The middle school students use profanity around the younger students and can be seen pushing their way through the halls. Despite amazing amounts of parent support and highly qualified teachers the school suffers under the poor leadership of an inexperienced principal. The principal showed little interest in our concerns and directed our family to other schools in the area.
Sunnyside Environmental School is not what we thought it would be. The class sizes are very large, math and reading are secondary to learning about the environment. Lack of focus, identity and leadership have made us turn to other sources for our children's education.
Sunnyside School has a committed staff to doing what's best for kids. Many of the teachers are veteran teachers, and are really interested in having the students reach their best potential. Class sizes are currently small. However, to keep class size small we have lost our music prgram I guess you can't have it all.
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