We feel incredibly lucky to have landed in this school. My youngest began attending Earl in 2009 and now have 3 children there. We are not originally from this area and although we knew we were in a good school district, this school in particular is the best there is. The teachers are intelligent and dedicated. They have an incredible amount of teaching support staff for all sorts of additional educational assistance and individualized attention. The principal is caring and ever present in the school during and after hours. The PTO does an excellent job of providing fun and community building activities for the students to participate in and works hard at raising money to supplement the student's technology and other supplies the school cannot afford. My children are getting an excellent start to their academic career. If a situation were to arise where we needed to consider moving, this school would be one of the biggest reasons for wanting to stay where we are.
After having my children in this school for a year, I decided to pull them out and homeschool. We were unfortunate enough to land in this school district, and needed to correct that mistake. Problems in the school included bullying, lack of teacher-parent communication, and 'teach for the test' academics. In addition, the PTA was virtually absent from the school, and the majority of parents wouldn't give you the time of day if you were not 'from' there.
Earl has been wonderful for my children. The smaller class sizes (although the district is trying to make them larger) has allowed personalized attention for all students and truly a family atmosphere. The addition of a reading teacher in 1st grade has allowed for more individual attention and outstanding test scores and student achievement.