It's understandable that the students get bullied so much when a majority of the teaching staff appear to be adult bullies as well; the school is also not very accepting of others. Markham certainly was one of the best schools in the past, probably not anymore.
Don't send your children here if you can avoid it. My child was bullied, with the teachers and staff happily participating. The PTA parents put themselves way above the children, as do most of the adults working there. Most people who live in Mt. Lebanon are too scared to say anything negative about the town, schools, etc. -- it's very "Stepford" -- so don't be surprised that there are so many positive comments here. Markham is very good at teaching children that conformity is the only way to survive.
My child was targeted by a teacher who used to call and harass me about my childs attire, said it was not what she thought "nice enough" there was nothing wrong with it, at all, She also gossiped to all the other parents who started to avoid me and then no one would talk to my child anymore, we had to move away. Apparently if you are not excatly like everyone else here, your be targeted by this teacher...she called me when I was very sick with ammonia and harassed me almost every day. I will never forget it, sadly this teacher got away with gossiping and hurt our family and I found out she has done this to others too, still the damage is done...
IF You have a child with special needs, stay away from this school. My normal child is doing great; the staff is very nice and attentive. However, my other child's teacher is anything but a teacher. She probably doesn't have children of her own, otherwise I cannot qualify this hostile horrible behavior from her. Without getting into to many awful details, just remember if your child is normal, this can be a good school, VERY PRISSY but OK if you can overlook that; but if your child has any special needs of any sort especially Autism related, stay away, as schools in Arizona are far better than this one. I am EXTREMELY disappointed with how they've singled out my poor kid.
Having visited each of the elementary schools in Mt. Lebanon and having talked with parents and teachers from each, I can think of no better venue for children than Markham from the standpoints of education, culture, parental involvement and safety. It presents a caring environment - one where parents can take comfort and pride knowing that their children are being well-educated while being nutured. While not as diverse as more urban schools, it is a true "neighborhood school" that is reflective of the involved residents in its surrounding areas. (Contrary views from a few disgruntled parents may be explained by an understandable tendency to blame the school for problems closer to home.)
I was a student at Markham and have to say that this is truly an amazing school. I just so happened to have Mr. Mikesell as a teacher and he was amazing but so was all of my other teachers even though i dont support favoritism i agree with that comment. Overall, Markham has really great parents and staff which i think is great for an elementary school. Markham rocks!
Markham rocks! Markham is a great school. I loved it when I went there. The teachers are great and while the bully program seemed a bit over the top I enjoyed my time at Markham
My daughter has enjoyed this school very much. As a parent, I can attest that the level of parent involvement is extreamly high. So much so that there is a lottery for parents to be able to volunteer in the classes. The academics are wonderful, the teachers are superb, and the children are polite. The lunchtime clubs during the winter months are great (yoga, french club, chess club, etc). Markham is a model school.
Markham is a very average school. Fortunately retirements are starting to take hold and it is my hope that some fresh thinking will address the unfriendly culture of the school. My daughter watched boys in her fifth grade class being bullied all year. Unfortunately, the school, in spite of the Olweus program, turned a blind eye. My daughter tried to raise the issue numerous times but was only allowed to discuss specific incidents in a way that suited the school's needs. It has taught her a valuable though sad lesson about bureaucracy. The academic programs are good, especially when strong district guidelines are followed. Fortunately, she is off to middle school, which have a much better reputation in town.
Everything about Markham...the faculty, the progams, the parent involvement, etc... makes our kids love learning and helps them be happy, inquistive, resourceful, and creative individuals!
The best school with the best teachers. Mr. mikesell is the best teacher in the world.
The academic programs are very good. Children are excelling in math and reading. However, at the elementary level, social intelligence is as important and the rather rigid 'anti-bullying' program makes kids narc on each other all the time and teachers less likely to resolve classroom managment issues on their own.
This is as great school. It is safe, with a caring staff. Two kids went through Markham. One question--why would anyone even mention favoritism at an elementary school as another writer did? They are worried about all the wrong things.
I must agree with the last statement...Overall, I am not that 'impressed' with this school and some of the staff. I will point out that there are tons of parental support when it comes to volunteering-then there is 'favortism' but that is yet another story.
This is an excellent school if you have a average child. There are not many resources for gifted or special education needs.
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