We have had kids at EP for a total of 6 years. Pros- most diverse school in the area, handful of superlative teachers (plan to network to know who to ask for), beautiful facility and campus, low adult to child ratios in instructional settings, opportunities for enrichment.
Cons- intermittently helpful office staff; feckless principal (shifted from middle level to reduce number of administrators in district?); nursing quality seems much better this year but is still inconsistently staffed; some inexperienced and/or judgemental experienced teachers.
We've been at this school for over a year and have had generally good but occasionally mixed experience. The principal is pretty new and the front office staff is infamously unfriendly. Most of the teachers are great but some are more experienced than others. The school does have great facilities--the library, and the playground for example. Overall all a good school but be prepared to have to push for what you need especially if your child has special needs/interests.
No school is perfect, but this is a great elementary school! We have had some amazing teachers, who really get to know each child's abilities and challenge them. The teachers who weren't amazing were still good teachers. We never had a bad teacher in 7 years, with 2 kids. The library is a great space with a nice collection. There are many international students at this school, so children are naturally exposed to other cultures. Sometimes that is a con, when friends move back to their home country. There is not a stand alone gym, it's an all-purpose lunch room/cafeteria, so that isn't ideal, but it works. The playground is spacious and they keep a small garden, with the help of volunteers. The school has been renovated, so it feels modern and maintained. Overall, my kids have been lucky to be here.
Wow, I stumbled across this site somewhat by accident and was taken aback by that commenter in 2005. Perhaps everything is different now, I don't know. My wife volunteers a lot in the school and she thinks highly of the whole operation. Our youngest is presently in Kindergarten and her sister is in third grade. The teachers and staff have been wonderful. My third-grader keeps a journal where she shares letters with her mom, her sister, and me - I mention this because after writing this review I need to get back to my task of answering her latest letter regarding poems...
Lots of fun activities for families, and the teachers are exceptional and caring. The playground is to DIE for and boasts new garden beds for the children to learn about farming. Tons of parent volunteers, friendly office staff/principal - zero complaints and we have been in this school for three years.
My son has been in the school for the past three years and has had tremendous support from the principal Dr. Scanlon as well as from the new principal Mr. Peters. The teachers as well as the help amongst student teachers are excellent! I give them an A in terms of their ability to teach effectively and help the students become life-long learners.
It is a shame that such a beautiful facility is such a poor school. Many of the teachers are either bored or boring; the few really wonderful ones are truly outnumbered. There is a total lack of discipline, with no consistent enforcement of rules for disruptive behavior or failure to respect others' property and feelings. They are blessed with a state-of-the-art kitchen, but the children in the cafeteria act like it's feeding time at the zoo. The principal is clueless, and the office staff are terse and officious. There are the same great PE, art, and music teachers as other schools in the district, and a library with staff and resources to die for. They are blessed with a terrific playground with a variety of equipment for all ages. The school looks great, but if a quality education -- both academic AND interpersonal -- is important to your family, look elsewhere.