Greenfield is an excellent elementary and middle school in center city Philadelphia. It is truly a neighborhood school with a sense of community and diversity. The leadership of a new enthusiastic principal has allowed us parents to be even more involved in our children's education and has set new priorities for the school. Children feel connected to the school and the children and adults in the school, and can choose from many after-school and extra-curricular activities. New enthusiastic teachers have been a great addition to the school. Dedicated parents are involved in improving the school and the new principal's engagement with parents, children and teachers will help the school improve even more.
Greenfield used to be an outstanding school. However, 2 years ago, major staff changes (principal, etc...), closing of nearby schools caused havoc. Many new students with severe anger / behavorial issues. The children who have been there for years see lack of discipline and act accordingly. It is just not a safe environment for children to learn in...the kids have been allowed to basically do whatever they wanted for 2 years...now the principal and staff have adopted a 'get tough' approach, but basically too late. The kids have no respect for the staff. I have been searching for a new school for my kids...Greenfield is a hopeless cause. What a shame.
My son began attending Greenfield last year. He flourished there. His teacher was excellent. I do agree more activities/clubs after school are needed and desired. Where is the chess club? Pittsburgh School District's focus has become teaching material from a book that will raise test scores.
my son has been going to this school for 5 years (and counting) and he still loves it, he almost never gets back home with a frown.
I'm an 8th grader at greenfield school. Let's start with the food. It's horrible an unhealthy. Don't give us stuff you wouldnt eat. If you would eat it come to our school and let's see you eat it for 9 months. The teachers. Some are nice but some.. Greenfield school is a horrible place to send your children. Dont send your children there unless you like your child to be bullied, or treated unfairly by students or teachers, or half to gain weight due to the horrible food, or get blamed for things that others dont. Noone will ask your child what they think because noone actually cares, except Mrs. Peghar.
I have had kids there in grades K, 1, 4, and 5. There's a swimming pool, great art program, and some wonderful, caring teachers. The special ed program is especially good. Academically I found them quite satisfactory. The student body is very diverse for a Pittsburgh school. I would recommend this school to anyone.
I can only speak of 6th-8th grade. Greenfield has a very friendly environment. Like most places, there is good and bad. Some teacher's seem to care about the students, while others are there to collect a paycheck. I focus on academics. Having said this, I am disappointed by the work. Math concentrates mainly on graphs, Have we done away with long division? I work with my children at home to prepare them for high school. I have serious reservations as to how well these children are being prepared for high school. My child has yet to be assigned a book report. Very little homework is given in math, and science. All in all, I feel Greenfield may be the best of a bad group. On a personal level, I'll try to move into a better school district to help ensure a better education.
I think the atmosphere here is fantastic. There are wonderful music and art programs, and the teachers are extremely helpful and concerned with each child. I feel the structured discipline is great.
This school, while academically quite satisfactory, offers little else for students, especially younger ones. There are no after-school programs until after the 4th grade, and no playground. The upper grades do not have the opportunity of serving on a student council. The teachers of the lower grades seem to be very good in their individual classes: however, the focus of the school as a whole seems to be on maintaining strict order among older students, with little thought given to providing a top elementary school experience.
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