I am very surprised about some of the comments people are writing. Satchel Ford has phenomenal teachers that work with each child to help them reach their potential. The school is a very clean and safe environment for the children to learn. The parents of Satchel Ford are very involved. There are many, many opportunities to volunteer in whatever capacity you are able. Our children have been challenged and encouraged every step of the way!
I know several people with children here, and they are all pleased. Mainly, I want to say (as a teacher), that parents like the ones below often make our jobs impossible. I can assure you, teachers are not in it for the money. Aside from having the summer off (which we do not get paid for, despite popular belief... Our pay is simply spread throughout the year), there are no "perks." So, teaching while "not liking children" would simply not be a viable choice. Teachers desperately try to help each student as much as we can. Mind you, this is often with a classroom of 30 students, many of them WITH special needs. Most of us do not have co-teachers to come in and help. This is the nature of public school... Free education for ALL. We must deal with parents who have unreasonable expectations of teachers, but little to no expectations for their children. It all starts at home. I can guarantee that the experience you have with your children's school has everything to do with your involvement in the education. A simple increase in parental support and involvement takes any school to a much higher level.
My child is special needs and goes to this school and it is horrible. The people who work there are very disrepectful to parents and won't listen to a thing they say. They really tie your hands as far as where your student goes, who the teacher is, and the students grade level. Also, the food their is terrible. They serve fruity cereal for breakfast and one day they had corn dogs. The quality is extremely poor with very little nutrition. My child's teacher rarely praises him and seems to focus on all his negative qualities. He is a pleasant child at home and usually obedient, but at school apparently he is a bad child. I feel like they make that out to be my fault instead of the authorities in the school. My child has been in special ed classes for the past 3.5 years at least and while he sometimes acted up. It was never on a daily basis. He has some problems behaving like every kid, but is generally a good boy, especially around his dad and I.
I have two children at Satchel Ford and am delighted they're both receiving such an excellent public school education. Both have tested into the Advanced Academic Placement program thanks to excellent teachers. I really appreciate the emphasis on writing and the arts and the encouragement to be lifelong lovers of reading. This is a safe, secure, welcoming and diverse environment conducive to learning and enjoying school. The related arts program is exceptional. The grade-level performances incorporate drama, music, dancing and visual arts in relating to the curriculum. My only complaint about this school is with the PTO, which does an excellent job raising funds for the school and staging events but falls short when it comes to communicating with parents. PTO meetings are actually those grade-level performances mentioned above, and almost no actual PTO business is discussed. Decisions seem to be made by a select few in daytime executive meetings that are impossible for most parents to attend. The parent leadership is clique-ish, probably common in such excellent public schools but quite off-putting to parents who want to be involved in more than just sending money to the school.
Some of the teachers are phenomenal. Some of the teachers are horrible and honestly don't seem to even like children. The principal is on a power trip and although she claims to want parental input regarding their child, she purposely gives parents exactly the opposite of what the parents feel the child needs (in terms of type of teacher). There is way too much homework/busy work given and parents are not allowed in the classrooms ever! The children are taught "to the test" instead of according to what they need.
It's one of the worst schools ever. The teachers give students unreasonable grades. That don't try to let the student be in their comfort zone and the school clean up is filthy but the school is actually big I give them that but that's it.
Both of my children have attended here since Kindergarten (oldest going into 4th). We have had a great experience and would highly recommend this school for anyone seeking a private education for a public school price!