I have two children that attend this school and couldn't be more pleased with it. They kids are challenged, but not overwhelmed by their work. The principal is very much involved and easily approachable/reachable for conversation. The teachers are excellent and you can tell they truly enjoy the kids and their jobs. I would like to see more involvement from the other parents. It seems like the same two dozen parents are always the ones that get involved with activities/fundraisers/etc. Overall, however, I'm really happy with things!
The new principal this year has been a real blessing to this school! When you walk in the doors the hallways are decorated like a safari - They call it a Comprehension Safari because they are Wild about learning! Kids are motivated and most of the teachers are outstanding. This is a real gem in the city schools!
I agree with the others that the level of parental involvement and the quality of the teaching staff are two of the school's greatest strengths. In general, the student population is friendly. The children have art, music, and gym on a regular basis.
Banksville Elementary school is an excellent neighborhood school. The teachers are excellent and committed to their jobs and the new principal (Dr Washington) is a wonderful, caring individual who treats the students with respect and motherly compassion! The parent school community meetings involves the combined input of staff, community and teachers as well as the principal and is a great open forum to voice concern and accolades! Test scores reflect the level of parent involvement (though there is room for improvement) which is what the PSCC meetings are aware of and currently addressing. I would highly recommend this school to anyone if you like to be involved as a parent and want to see your child enjoy success!
I think that the school works hard to make every child feel welcomed. They have some great teachers. However, sometimes the principal seems to not care abou the concerns of he parents. She asks for opinions and then does what she wants anyway.