February 06, 2009
I've had one child graduate from here, and I have one child currently enrolled. I agree with much of what has been said here about Linden. I would add that Linden's test scores are above all other Pgh Public Elementary schools in all subjects. One of the reasons, I think, is the high value all the enrolling families appear to place on education. While families here are different in income and backgrounds, they are the same in this one value. Thus, kids' home environments are already very enriched, and families are achievement-oriented. A large percent of kids test at the Gifted And Talented levels. What is really weird about this school is how the curriculum and environment are so out-of-whack with the clientele. The environment is rigid, 'old-school' regressive, impersonal, and punitive. It has all the resources to be in every corner of the school creative, warm, flexible, and highly encouraging.
- submitted by a parent