The school, the staff and teachers are fabulous. The only issue is with the principal ( Mrs. Endy-Okane). She plays favorites with certain teachers and does not allow teachers to be themselves in the school. I have never seen a school have so many teachers shifted and moved around. I looked forward to my child having a certain teacher when graduating to the next grade, but this teacher was moved to a totally different grade level. This was done with many teachers over the last two years. I am very displeased with the way she keeps disrupting a system that was working very well. I am sure that many parents look forward to the opportunity of thier children getting certain teachers as the child progresses through the school. This principal, so far, has not shown any concern to the parents, students or teachers needs. It appears all she cares about is making sure that the numbers are good. I can't wait to see PSSA scores since she has taken over the school. The previous principal (Mr. Connors) kept everyone informed about the scores, so far not a peep from this one. Hopefully this school year will show that a new principal is in order.
My grandson switched in second grade from the parochial school to Stephen Decatur Public School, and that was six years ago. After his first day there, he came out of the building at dismissal with the biggest smile on his face, so I knew he would be happy there. I have volunteered at this school, on and off, for 2 or 3 years, and from the teachers, to the office staff, the maintenance crew, the Home and School, Stephen Decatur is just the total package. If there are any concerns or issues, you can be sure that the Principal or the teachers will address those problems, and every teacher that my grandson has had was dedicated to providing the best education of their students, even giving of their own time to help a student. I am so proud and so glad that my grandson is attending Stephen Decatur, I would recommend it to any family looking for schools in this area, and I hope that they continue to do the excellent job that they have been doing.
When issues or concerns are brought up to the school main office there appears to be "no efforts" to have them resolved. The appoach taken is attempting to cover up the matter or completely ignore the concern of the parent. I have even heard and my child has experienced issues of discrimination and bullying by teachers/students. The school board needs to have an investigation on how issues of discimination, and bullying are TRUELY being handled. Parents should be advised to take suspected concerns you may have or your child reports to you to the next level "the school board" when experienced. This school needs some serious training on diversity and respecting all cultures. Sincerely, Disappointed Parent
I went there from 3rd-8th grade; in the 2nd 8th grade class to graduate.Academics weren't as good as they could have been.The kids were out of control.Pencils & erasers were thrown in classrooms; food&OPEN milk cartons were thrown in the lunchroom.The students didn't care about learning; the teachers didn't care about motivating them.There were 2-3 fights a year.The bullies did what they wanted.If victims got tired of teachers not stopping bullies&tried to get bullies to stop themselves, the victims got in trouble, not bullies.One teacher even helped the bullies avoid punishment.Detention&suspension motivated the bad kids to cause more trouble.This is a bad school.If you're a parent&want to stay in the school district I suggest Joe Greenburg K-8.The academics are far better; they were number 1 in the city.They teach motivation.They have more control over the bad kids.If public schools aren't for you, do homeschooling.Join Scout troops/karate if you're worried about your kids not being socialized.If you can afford it, a private school with small classes.Small classes don't form cliques or bully each other.I hated going to school as a kid; don't put your child through the same thing.
my children love this school very much. It`s a great school.The teachers are very nice.
My daughter, among my 5 children that have attended Decatur, is in Mrs. Coyle's 6th grade class and it is the first time I have ever seen her motivated and so excited to go to school. Many of the parents in this particular class agree that there is a big difference in our children's work habits and that this teacher and staff this year is a refreshment to Decatur. Excellent school.
My three c hildren attended Stephen Decatur School, I find it to be one of the best elementary schools in Northeast, Philadelphia. I can testify that my children are products of great early childhood education. Mr. Conners is a great principal. I was a very involved parent and my relaionship with the teachers was magnificent. I now can boast a 22yr old college graduate, a 17 year soon to be high school graduate and a 13 year old A student. Thank you Stephen Decatur.
I have found that if you have any issues with this school or if issues arise surrounding your child, they are not willing to help you...they want to do what is best for the teachers and the school, and not the child as what was stated in an earlier post. I will say that a lot of the staff are very friendly, but they are probably in the wrong positions.
My family has had a wonderful experience at this school. I have three children. They have all attended this school. The staff is outstanding and Mr. Conner is tough but an excelent principal. He expects as much from his teacher as he does from his students. I am extreamly happy with my children's education.
My son is in 1st grade and did Kindergarten at Decatur. So far I like it a lot. The teachers he's had have been great and he's been learning.
There staff is A-1! My children love going to school everyday. There are many opportunities for my children there.
i think this school is wonderfull but you should have more activities for the boys and girls such as baseball and basketball
i think this school is good for my daughter and son but they need more activities such as basketball and baseball but other then that its wondefull
I love this school! My two boys are very lucky to go to a school with such wonderful teachers and so many programs.They handle problems very quickly and fairly.The learning support staff is great and are always there to help if you need them.I am proud to say my children go to Decatur!A++++
So far all looks well. I attended this school some 35 years ago, and it's sad to see that the school yard looks the same( I don't think the black-top has ever been repaved). The school looks run down, which I guess is par for this city. I was very hesitant to send my kids to (any) Phila. Public school, but it was pointed out to me that Decatur is now K thru 8 (since they closed Rush), therefore there is less bussing in of troublemakers, in other words it is more of a neighborhood school again, like it was 40 years ago. I like what I see so far.
My son went to school here for 1st grade and the teacher was wonderful. However, this year he was in 2nd grade and problems are constantly ignored and and any issues get told to you after the fact. The bathrooms and school are filthy. A previous post said 'This school is not about doing what's best for the kids, but doing what best to make the principal look good regardless of the consequences' And I totally agree with that!!! We need a better school for our children to be brought up in!!!!
The academic programs are excellent. The school truly cares about the students and provides various programs to cater to the children. They encourage parent involvement and parents' often attend various activities held by the school. Anyone would be proud to have their child/children attend Decatur Stephen.
I think that this school is an excellent school, and my children have been given some wonderful opportunities. I have a daughter that is in golden attitude, which is a program that acknowledges your attitude toward school, yourself and others. It has nothing to do with grades, it is all about acknowledging respectful, responsible, and kind children. She is also in the mentally gifted program. I know it is because she is very bright, but loving the school you go to has a lot to do with the effort that children put into learning. My son, although too young yet for these programs, is also doing amazingly well at school. I am proud to call Stephen Decatur my childrens school.
Stephen Decatur was a fine school for my children from kindergarten through 1st grade. However, as my children got older I found out a lot about this school that I didn't like. They tend to ignore problems with their school, such as bullies, fighting, theft and bad teachers because they are too concerned with their reputation. Problems are constantly ignored and a lot of situations get 'swept under the carpet' to avoid any bad publicity. This school is not about doing what's best for the kids, but doing what best to make the principal look good regardless of the consequences.
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