Its just not the same anymore. I had family attending this school since around 1996 and over the years, everything has changed. I also attended myself and have family there now. I loved it. I hated it. I wanted to leave. I didnt want to go. I was all over the place with everything...and thats just how it is. Both elementary and the middle school is good, but they both have flaws. The elementary school portion is very diverse, educational, and for the most part good. Yet towards my final years, I noticed towards end of my years there, teachers changed due to budget cuts and it seemed as if the whole atmosphere of Greenfield was changed. Middle school is overwhelming at first! If you are not use to somewhat strict teachers and different types of work, get ready! The flaw to the middle school is that it is all over the place. Its not as diverse. Some teachers give you work that is on the level that it should be, others have work that seems on College level, and others seem as if you are in 2nd grade again. What I'll say is the the heavy and enhanced work level has prepared me for highschool. Im currently doing the same amount of work if not less P.S. Detention is major in this school
Greenfield is a great school in the heart of the city. Principal has demonstrated that he understands children & the importance of being accessible to parents. He works hard to ensure a safe, fun, educational, inviting environment for families. He does a good job of incorporating district initiatives, while maintaining a sense of responsibility of parents/ staff to do our part to ensure students fare well. He will roll his sleeves up...literally & use a hands on approach. Because our principal understands the value/ necessity of parent/ comm. engagement, he does a great job of allowing for a strong home/ school assoc. with recognized roles/input. Programs serving children, such as after school/ extra curricular activities know this is a school where parents/ students & staff want what's best for children. Children enjoy a welcoming/ respectful as students, while understanding the expectation for appropriate behavior & valiant academic efforts for themselves. My son has had teachers who helped to improve his overall academic skills for the past 4 years. Here, I know $5,000.00 would be put to good use for the benefit of the students going forth. Vote for Greenfield!
My son and I were very excited about first grade, but that excitement was quickly shattered. As soon as I picked him up from school he,tearfully, began telling me how the teacher yells at all the boys. This little kid has never had disciplinary issues and has come a long way socially. My fear is that he will shut down and not communicate effectively with his teacher out of fear. I'm hoping that she will take the time to get to know her students and learn how to communicate without making them afraid to come to school. I'm all for being firm with children and I do understand that some children respond to yelling, however my son does not. I have never had this issue with his pre-school or kindergarten teachers of the past. We raise our children to be respectful and obedient, this does not mean that an occasional re-direction is never needed, but it never takes yealling to get a point across to this kid. Hopefully the principal takes a look at these reviews and address some of the concerns. I would like to add that the Principal is amazing.
the kids are disrespectful. but im trying my best to get them ready for life.
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Excellent school. Lower school is exceptional, and middle school is very good and getting better each and every year. Unlike Penn Alexander, which has let parents camp out in January nights in years past to secure spots for their kids before switching to lottery, Greenfield's principal has opened FIVE new classrooms in lower school (so now there are 3 classrooms each in K-4) since the fall of 2009 to accommodate increasing numbers of students. All the new teachers he hired are truly excellent. Dedicated teachers (yes, there is quite a bit of homework and projects), extraordinary parental commitment, and students who work very hard are all factors that make Greenfield a terrific school. May not be a school for everyone - enroll your kids here if you want them to learn and be challenged to give their very best. However, if you as a parent expect that you need to drop off and pick up and the school will do the rest, you might be better off at a private school.
Greenfield is an absolutely amazing school. We have two children there, a kindergartener and a 4th-grader, and ever since we started there we have experienced wonderful, caring teachers/staff/principal, tremendous parental involvement and, of course, great and diverse student body. Our 4th-grader will be leaving for a magnet school next year, but we as a family will always support Greenfield long after our kids are no longer students there. I can't imagine what drove the previous poster to conclude the things listed in this negative review below, except to tell you that our experience - and it is out 5th year there - has been nothing short of exceptional.
Don't send your child here! Some teachers have no interest in the children they teach. They lack basic courtesy and border on bullying the child. They resort to punishment, excessive homework with very little teaching. Open playground is completely unsafe and mostly unsupervised. Teaching is about love and caring. We haven't found that in this school!
To get into this school was a thrill since the system is so broken there is not one good school in my area. Teachers, staff, volunteers...everyone is so helpful, supportive and they actually care about your child's education and mentor when needed. My son has been here since kindergarten and we will stay until high school. Great road to science leadership academy.
I went to Greenfiled for 4th - 8 th grade, graudated Masterman, and is in my 3rd year at Bloomsburg University. I have two children and when be getting married when I graudate college. My oldest child goes to greenfield. And he LOVES it.
ok so i went here from k-4 and then i transfered to Masterman. I did not transfer because of greenfield i transfered because greenfield applied me for a greater school so i could grow. They really car what happens to you in life. The staff is great. I am now in 7th grade and i do not currently know the status but from what i am hearing it is doing fine!!
Great school hands down! My daughter goes here and she fits right in. SHe has been reading since she was three and she is good.
My child is in her second year at Greenfield and I feel that the parent involvement is excellent. I am a teacher in another school district and I wish the parents were as involved in what was going on at my school as they are at Greenfield. The principal is caring and personable. Some of the teachers are new and need more training but overall my daughter has made many friends and is learning how to be part of a community.
I just took my child out of Greenfield. Yes it is considered one of Philadelphia's best school but if you compare the scores to the rest of the State it falls in the bottom 15%. It does not matter how hard or how good th school's leadership is if you do not have the funds or you are forced to keep teachers on who do not care then it drags the entire school down. When children in Greenfield reach the 5th grade many of them leave to go to private school or are lucky enough to be accepted to Masterman (a very good school) this creates a 'brain drain' to Greenfield and places students who do not do so well in grades 5-8 that hurt the school a lot.
I love Greenfield School because it has a new, progressive-thinking principal who seems open to new ideas and implementing strategies to improve the school. His approachable, respectful manner towards parents and students sets the tone for the same from his staff and visitors to the school. It's green and it's great! Go Greenfield!!!
This year is my daughter's third year at Greenfield. We have been very happy so far. The teachers are excellent. The parents are very involved. I think Greenfield is a really good school. The only critic is the administration that lacks of profesionalism
While attending Greenfield, I enjoyed myself and am very proud to say that I am a Greenfield graduate. Throughout my years of attending, my teachers were caring,understanding and interested in our well being. Going to Greenfield gives any attendee a standard to live up to. I loved going into a diverse classroom everyday, and being able to participate in a great learning environment. I felt like Greenfield was a family to me, a second home.Greenfield gave me the tools that I needed for high school, as far as academic, social, and individual.
My daughter is in second grade now. She is really happy with her school. The teachers are great. The principal is great. The Home and School Association is very active and communicative. I agree that the office staff should be more friendly. And the location is very accessible
I was not satisfied as a Greenfield parent, so much so that we were going to send our child to private school if we hadn't decided to move this year. Teaching was variable - a few great teachers, but many who were near retirement and disengaged, cynical and unenthusiastic. Our child bore the brunt of that. Perhaps the new principal this year will helpl
The location is great. The diversity is awesome, the Home and School association is very active and productive. Office staff could be more friendly, more extra curricular activities would be great. The school should take a stronger approach in dealing with students with disciplinary problems. Overall my son is happy there, and I am happy as a parent.
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