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K-5
Public district
Salem, OR
Students enrolled: 415
 

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1500 Doaks Ferry Rd NW
Salem, OR 97304

(503) 399-3195
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December 16, 2014
My son enrolled in 1st grade in September and it's been a wonderful school year for him so far. From the start, everyone my husband & I have met at the school has gone out of their way to extend a warm welcome. The open house was handled efficiently and in a very organized way, and from the first day in Mrs. Rosendahl's class, I've been impressed by how she has gauged his level of learning, and has somehow adjusted his take-home materials (for reading) and his challenges in class to continually challenge him. In fact, I was shocked to learn that I wasn't challenging him enough at home! He has music every day - what a blessing - and most days has PE as well. I've been impressed by how science is built in to their learning so seamlessly. I couldn't be happier with the caliber of education he's receiving. GREAT SCHOOL!

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September 03, 2014
Chapman Hill-Just started there today. I was greeted warmly the principal who actually spoke to me, not just my daughter! The teacher seems calm and professional. The class room is clean and kid friendly. I am always on the look- out for a teacher who is only trying to impress the parents on the first few days.

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February 05, 2014
I've had children attending Chapman for years, and I love the school. In reference to the librarian/breakfast lady, she does truly care about the kids. I don't find fault in her holding the children accountable. When one of my kids (or their friends) dish up at our house, my response is the same "eat what you take". I've been to the school during lunch time, I see the waste - it's incredible. As parents, we need to work with our children on portion sizes and eating what is in front of us. Yes, waste is to be expected - but not half the tray should be going into the garbage. The school makes sure that kids have great meals to eat, whether they can afford it or not. We need to make sure the kids realize that waste isn't an option under most circumstances. Sure, kids may not be able to eat every bite - it's to be expected, but visit the school during breakfast or lunch, and see for yourself what goes into the trash after these meals - it's eye opening!

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February 05, 2014
I also had a problem with Mrs.B. my daughter rarely eats breakfast and when she did she was told that if she can't wat all of the food that she wasn't allowed to eat breakfast there again. My daughter is tiny and has eating problems. So when she told me this I was upset. First off it is not her place to tell kids that. That is the parents job. Now my daughter is scared to eat breakfast there without me. I can't imagine the other kids who doesn't have a choice but to eat breakfast there. She acts like shes paying for the kids food. And are forced to eat everything. she is also a horrible librarian. But that is another issue I need to take to the principal. The teachers are awesome and the receptionist is fun nice and very helpful. I'm disappointed because this school use to be a 9 and now its a 6. Parents please talk with your children and most importantly parents listen to your kids. I'm glad to say that I'm pulling my kids out of the school in March. I miss the old principal. Also with the fundraising I also wondering what or where the money goes. I've not yet seen new computers or awesome field trips .

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February 04, 2014
This school has gone from GREAT TO BAD.. Ever since they got a new principal it has went downhill... the test scores have gone down and they are asking for more money. Such as fundraising .... to go on little tiny field trips.... where does the money go? Because I know it doesn't cost much to take a trip to the State capital. Where are the new computers ...books...etc . ...and the lady who works as a librarian/ breakfast and lunch lady is so mean to the kids. She forces them to eat ALL of their breakfast..and if they don't finish she tells them not to get food anymore if they don't eat it all... that's so wrong and not in her place. I know kids who are afraid to get breakfast and lunch because of her. Parents pls make sure your kids are getting food and make sure they aren't afraid to not finish their food.

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July 20, 2013
My daughter attended Chapman Hill for 5 years. She received a great education from outstanding award winning(Crystal Apple) teachers. She now is in middle school and returns to volunteer. The teachers have had to be creative due to extreme budget cuts but the academics have not suffered. My 4 year old has the opportunity to attend Kalapuya but we will be sending him to Chapman Hill instead.

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June 06, 2012
I have two children that were new this school year to Chapman. It was the worst year my children have had to endure. The principal is the most cold heartless human I have ever encounter. Thank God she is leaving. I cant even explain how bad it is there. The teacher staff is belittling, rude and just down right mean to the students. I compare it to a concentration camp. The PE teacher is so grumpy and always yelling at the students. The school is uninviting cold and not friendly . The communication between teacher and parents does not exists. It makes me so sad to see what the students have to endure. Please find alternative avenues for your childrens education. I saw first hand what is going on at that school. i volunteered went on field trips and was very involved only to protect my children from this horrible public school. We pulled are children out and are going to attend private school.

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October 28, 2010
My children have attended several elementary schools over the years, and this one is one of the worst. The administration is completely unresponsive to problems, such as bullying, and the atmosphere is downright cold. If you are one of the few parents the principal likes, you can be involved. Otherwise, parental involvement is discouraged. Communication is just about non-existent, and if your child needs TAG services, you'll need to provide them yourself. Other neighborhood elementary schools, such as Brush College and Myers, are a much better choice.

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September 25, 2009
I have had my daughte attending chapman Hills for going on 3 years . The Principal has done a wonderful job with the teachers and students . If she has any concerns they don't hesitate to call and discuss and try to find a solution , to help my child . With all the buget crisis and being over worked the school is doing the best they can . Parents need to step up and look up what there children r learning and be able to help them r go to school and talk to the teacher and have them help them understand ! Rather then complain and write about it . It's our responsability to teach r kids the teacher are there to help us ! That's what parents need to remember !

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September 06, 2009
Chapman Hill Elementary is truly a wonderful school. We have 3 children attending and are pleased with the warm and welcoming atmosphere that is evident throughout the school. We have been impressed by the dedication of the teachers. They have gone above and beyond our expecatations in presenting an inspiring curriculum that challenges our children daily. Our children need to have teachers that are caring, innovative, and have high expectations for all the students. This school continues to impress us.

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May 27, 2006
I am very conconcerned about both the new math program which seems ponderous and confusing. I suspect the teachers do not adequately understand the program and are not spending enough time with students to ensure basic understanding. I think parental involvement is necessary and important. My wife regularly volunteers at the school and we both assist with our child's homework. But, I do feel that the quantity of homework is excessive. For example, the recent Salem history workbook assignment was unrealistic in the amount of effort required on parent & child. Again, my impression is that this is replacing in-class work. We are considering moving our child to a private school, which saddens me.

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May 24, 2006
Chapman Hill had a great community of teachers and parents, but has suffered greatly this academic year under an incompetent principal that has allowed divisiveness and less than professional behavior among the teachers.

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Chapman Hill Elementary School
1500 Doaks Ferry Rd NW, Salem, OR  97304
(503) 399-3195
Last modified Chapman Hill Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Chapman Hill Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 15 reviews. Top