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Teacher effectiveness: Strongly agree


- a parent
My kids have all had outstanding teachers! I'm amazed at the level of dedication they exhibit.



- a parent
We are very, very happy with PFE! My kids have had excellent, dedicated teachers and the principal knows every student's name. There is a strong anti-bullying program in the school. Lots of communication between the school and parents from teachers and the principal. Great PTO that does a lot of great things for the school. Parents are always welcomed in the school and diversity is respected. Lots of kids from varying socioeconomic backgrounds and a very caring community. My kids love going to school!


Teacher effectiveness: Strongly disagree


- a parent
Teachers were cold and played favorites with female students. Teachers were arrogant and dismissive to parents. Talking down to parents is the norm and administration support s this behavior.

Develops character: Strongly disagree


- a parent
Leadership reflects attitude. From the surface things look great. If you have the right profession and are of the "right" race you are respected.



- a parent
I wouldnt even give it 1 star, but it was the only option. It is the worst school in the District! The teachers and principal are condescending know-it-alls! They say they promote at Bully free school; however what they actually do is entirely different. Teacher's children are given special treatment. Racism is allowed. There are only a few good teachers and staff there, but all in all it is a snobby school from the moment you walk in the door. My son referred to it as DARK FOREST! I COULD GO ON AND ON, but you get the idea. The only people who like that school are white and/or have lots of money/status.




- a parent
My child was called the N-word on multiple occasions. He was assaulted by a student who's mother taught in the school. The principal's response was to ask my son what he did to make the other student act out towards him. Beware if you are a minority. I ignored the warning and we paid the price. Good luck!



- a parent
VERY DISAPPOINTING. This school puts out an image that is very different from everyday life there.



- a parent
A simply wonderful school that we feel incredibly lucky to be a part of. The teachers and principal are caring, competent individuals that have taught both of my children a great deal both about how to be good citizens in addition to how to succeed academically.




- a parent
This school has a great staff of teachers and administrators! Each teacher has really seemed to care for the kids as growing citizens. There are lots of evolving technologies the students get to be a part of, including many green initiatives that the whole school shares ownership of. They have "All School Gatherings" and "Small School Gatherings" very regularly, also giving my child a real sense of citizenship in his school community, with opportunities to present in front of the entire school. The main thing I would improve would be the PA selections for "texts", particularly in math. My child has struggled with the mandated changes in teaching materials in the last 3 years, with a subject which used to be both a big strength and his named favorite. (I think the teachers struggle with the changes as well. As I understand it, the math teaching materials have changed 5 times over the past 7 years, creating a gap in learning for the students which is difficult to bridge at times.) The teachers have ALL been very responsive via email, telephone, and willing to set up personal meetings whenever we have felt the need.



- a parent
Park Forest Elementary school is truly a gem! The principal knows almost every students name, can be found helping and working with the students. Her passion and leadership really creates a positive atmosphere for learning. Walking through the halls you see kids artwork, smiling faces and happy teachers interacting with the kids. There are student teachers in almost every class and student to teacher ratio is low! My kids love and are proud of their school! We can not say enough good things about Park Forest Elementary school!

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Last modified Park Forest El School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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