The recommended amount of homework for a 5th grader is 50 minutes. My daughter could easily do two or three hours of homework every week day with what is sent home, but I try my best to limit it.It has ruined our evenings.
My daughter has faced many problems while attending this school. She is in the fifth grade and comes home with a mountain of homework, classwork, and projects to complete. It has interfered with both family and play time. At school, if unable to finish her work, she is given a silent lunch as well as work to complete instead of finishing her meal. She has been threatened with receiving a zero for assignments she does not complete at lunch. I have had much trouble ensuring that her IEP is followed and that she is not continually humiliated in class. There are other problems with the school as well. Access to the school is severely limited. Parents will find it difficult to observe a typical day or even walk a younger one to class. Safety is a concern also, as I have found gates to the water retention pond behind the school wide open on more than one occasion and in the past even observed children directing traffic on school property.
My son had a terrible situation with his teacher and we only got lip service from the administration. By the time I realized that nothing was going to change, it was too late in the year to change classes or schools. This school has some wonderful teachers. We were fortunate for have them for 4 years, but the last year was a nightmare. If you suspect a problem with a teacher, try to check it out immediately. Don't assume a school that has some excellent teachers can't/won't have an awful teacher(s). Don't assume the administration is going to help you. They have allowed this teacher to behave this way (to some degree) for years. If they make it inconvenient for you to spend time in the classroom or if they won't let you show up on short notice, assume something is wrong. It's a waiting game. If they can stall you long enough, you won't be able to pull your child out of the class without disrupting their academic experience. I am so disappointed that this last year tainted all the good memories we had at this school
Excellent school with challenging academic standards. We moved our son from a top private school in the area to Buena Vista and have not been disappointed. Wonderful parent participation and and a teaching staff that goes the extra step to make sure each childs full potential is realized.
We are very happy with the school, my daughter who seem to be a whiz is challenged enough to enjoy and learn. Teacher's have been willing to take the extra step to help kids who are already better to go one step further at the same time spending enough time with kids who need help to get them going....