Greenberg school is not that so great!! Wait until your children get into higher grades then you will see that all this school cares about is what is on paper. For starters the principal ostracizes the young, the secretaries are crude and the teachers are very unstructured. The kids don't come home with textbooks. The turn around time on one assignment such as multiplication is 24 hours and then off to division. I'm glad my child won't be at this school long. Make sure your child is not late because the pencil neck secretary may just start screaming and jumping down your Childs throat. These kids are a nervous wreck. Yea kudos to the area the school is in but what is your child really learning. They think every child is a special need child so they demand you to put your kid on medication so they can get more funding. What a disgrace .
I agree with the school being located in a good area and that is probably the most I will agree with. The teachers are very unstructured and the principal is very unprofessional in nature. Worst school my children has gone to and I am so thrilled to be taken them out. This school cares about funding and what is on paper. My child's education has hit rock bottom. They give just math homework every night. Where are the text books and learning one subject at a time? They give study sheets to have your child practice and then when the test is given they throw off the wall questions into the test that the kids have no clue how to answer. Do not send your child here unless you want a fast paced school that lacks in english, reading, language arts and so forth. If you do have a child that attends be aware of that secretary, she will scream her brains out if your child is one minute late. I had the opportunity to observe that while being ignored for five minutes in that office. These poor children are so nervous. This school definitely needs to be put under a review.
Greenberg is a great school, which is located in Pine Valley, a small, quaint middle-class neighborhood, saturated by mostly single family homes. It s a calm and somewhat secluded neighborhood with safe streets. To date, we are thrilled wit the overall progress that our children have made. Grade K and 1 parents
My daughter has been enrolled at Greenberg since kindergarten. I feel the quality of academic programs depend on the teachers individually. In first grade my daughter was encouraged to stretch her academic level. In second grade she is definitely not challenged enough. The music, sports and other extracurricular programs could be greatly improved for all grades. The parent participation is outstanding at Greenberg. Keep it up parents!
The principal does not know what she is doing. The policies of this school are only an attempt to mask the poor education quality that is provided. My child is in the 2nd grade and I guarantee that he is well behind kids that attend other schools in other districts. The school needs to focus on quality education and it starts from the top, the principal.
I have been a parent at Greenberg for 5 years and it is the 'grand dame' of all public elementary/middle schools in Philadelphia County . We moved to the area so our children could attend this school. The thing about Pine Valley is that it is in one of the wealthiest areas of Philadelphia County . Therefore, a lot of the students here have parents who have poured money into their education including private tutors. There are many school-sponsored extracurricular activities to get involved in as well as a ton of clubs. There is just a certain pride that comes with going to Greenberg that other schools don't have and I am definitely proud to say that My Child Shines at Greenberg!
This school is amazing and if you look at its test scores, it does as well as mostly wealthy schools in the suburbs. My daughter loved being here and had thrived. This school has helped her be accepted in a great private high school on scholarship. Although the homework load was definitely significantly heavy, she didn t seem to mind because she truly loved this school and her teachers made the subject matter fun and as hands on as possible. Many parents complain of the homework load because they find they need to assist their kids or are unable to stay afloat; however, they fail to understand the benefit that is reaped when kids consistently review their subjects.
The teachers at Greenberg are some of the best. Caring, involved and enthusiastic. Exceptional attention is given to the students to ensure they are placed correctly, whether that is advanced or needing special help. Curriculum is enriched with lots of projects that get kids excited about learning, and the HSA sponsors many family events throughout the year without asking for lot of donations or financial support from the students. I only wish there was more focus on physical education.
Greeenberg is a school where the faculty demands student proficiency in the state wide PSSA testing above else. The English program has very little focus on actually writing, and reading. In the 3 years my child attended, she wrote few papers of any substance, and read fewer then 20 middle school level books. In science, material is disorganized, focuses on rote method and no actual teaching of science. In math courses, the focus is on the PSSA testing results, speed of computation, and little time spent on learning real math. History is sparse and too diluted. Home work is excessive, poorly designed, and mostly useless. Scores and grades are paramount in this school. .
This is a small school with dedicated staff. The staff has difficult challenges with language and culture along with the transient nature of the neighborhood. Many students are non-english speaking. It seems like more than the 30% reported. But the administration seems to make every effort to accomodate and educate all children. Based on my child's excitement, the school is good.
Greenberg is all about stress and doing homework of no use. The school mainly focuses on Math and totally ignores other subjects, especially Language Arts. The middle school students are under so much stress and stay up for along time at night, studying for tests. Still, they get a bad grade because the teachers put more things in tests that they never teach. I highly recommend that you do not go to this school.
I have two children enrolled here at this school, it is nice however the academics lack enrichment and some of the teachers aren't passionate about their job. For the most it is a safe environment, the major downside is that the cirriculum lacks rigor, and too often it seems that the principal pretends to address issues but in reality she just protects her staff. She has a nice demeanour and is very present but is not very effective. If a little more accountability is placed on the teachers and some challenge added to academics, Greenberg has the potential to be a great school.
In my opionion the staff is not equipt with enough patience for the children. They are to quick to label the children. And the curriculum is in need of updating.
Both of my children have attended Greenberg, and the change that I had noticed is not for the better. The amazing teachers that made this school what it was, are leaving, and the ones taking their place, definitely do not measure up. Don't get me wrong, it is still a good school, but the teachers are what makes the biggest difference!
This school was not only where I began my education, but also where I learned English. I came to America in the middle of Kindergarten and since I did not know the language, I was put into a class with other immigrant children from India. Our teacher was extremely accomodating and understood the varying needs of all students. Our teacher helped us focus on learning and developing without making us feel intimidated or pressured. The teachers I had in the subsequent years, whether for general homeroom, ESL, or art, inspired us to be the best we can, and I, personally, was never discouraged. I loved school, which every elementary and middle school child should and I am extremely grateful to teachers I had while I was at Greenberg. Although many of the teachers have probably changed from eight years ago, I haven't heard any bad things about the school so my opinion remains the same.
This school was great and has the potential to be great. However, I am seeing significant dissatisfaction from teachers, parents and students alike. While some may be due to cuts. Much is due to leadership. I have 2 kids here and have started to look for alternate schooling for next year. Time to move on.
I have 3 children in the school and my oldest has been going to Greenberg for 7 years. I've been very happy with the school. All the teachers are very qualified and experienced. There's a mix of new and old teachers, but I've found them all to be insightful and supportive. And yes there isn't much time for art and music. But I think it's more important to make sure that the kids have a firm foundation on core subjects first. Each of my kids are particularly strong in certain subjects and I have found that their teachers are accordingly adjusting their lesson plans to challenge the students that want more.
My daughter attends the school, and she wants to do so much more, but there are no activites to attend to after school. It's a shame, it's all due to budget cuts, but the school needs the afterschool activites to keep the kids interested.
This is the best pK-8 public school available in the metropolitan Philadelphia area in terms of the sate-wide annual PSSA tests. It did on PSSA tests better than many expensive school districts around Philadelphia in 2011. This school is probably the very reason I still dwell in Philadelphia in order for my kids to attend Greenberg.
I love my school because we are so diverse. Our students are all competitive and we strive for the best. I believe that our school is overall very friendly and has a good environment. We also have a very good english as a second language program.
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