Mrs. Mcardle is an OK principal but only a few teachers are excellent. Some teachers don't even care about their " Kids" like Mrs. Braunstein.
This is an excellent school!! My children need more challenging assignments because of their advanced levels, and every teacher has accomodated them. No matter what your child's level is, they will thrive at this school! Superior Super Intendant, great teachers, you can't go wrong!
Save your children alot of grief and do not send your children here....we are moving the end of this year and it will not be soon enough. If you want your children in an environment where profanity and teasing are a normal everyday occurance than that is what they will get at New Garden Elementary. One of my son's teachers is horrible even after I have counseled with the principal regarding the behavior of the teacher. My children have been to 5 different elementaries and we have never had a more stressful, unhappy year.
Excellent programs and teachers - my child is thriving in this learning atmosphere - thank you New Garden Elementary
My oldest has moved onto middle school and my middle child is currently in third grade. I have experienced very committed and warm/friendly teachers that my daughters have absolutely loved. There was one that was fine not spectacular and that is going to occur anywhere. But most importantly I want to point out that my girls (one of which is in the gifted program the other is not yet tested) were challenged in their studies. Despite the lower abilities of the hispanic population, my higher achieving students were not slowed down at all. They were able to push more and more forward. That was my worry when we began and it turned out to not be the case. It's a shame that the minority test scores pull down the school's results. But I can attest that my daughters have received amazing test scores and had a wonderful education.
Although i don't necessarily agree w/the mixed ability grouping...The excellent teachers make it work. Excellent leadership from the principal, excellcent support staff and great parent involvment makes the school an excellent choice.
The students are highly diverse and the school is moving toward mixed ability grouping. The extremes of the ability distribution do not do well. There is little support for gifted students.
NG has dynamic, involved principal who believes strongly in the value of education - and not just in the classroom. The school promotes and allows use of facilities for a wide range of extracurricular activities before and after school hours (music lessons, sports, scouting). Also has a strong PTO that funds teacher supplies and playground equipment. Most of the teachers are very good; always a few not so good. I especially like their 'Golden Ticket' program to positively reward good behavior, attitudes, deeds; tickets are entered in a weekly drawing for a prize.
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