They only care about standardize test. If your child is smart, but has test anixety, they will recommend you hold them back.
Also, the do not offer additional help to kids who struggle with test anixety. You'll be better off home schooling your child, versus waiting on any help from them. Also they are quick to take your child out of IEP programs because they don't have the staff ot funds to help those kids as well.
I'm not sure how long this school will remain open, but please pay attention to what they tell you about your child. They don't care and only want a check. They aren't compassionate about teaching kids only care about test results. In my case, they knew my child was smart, but needed him to show his "smarts" on the test...
We have a little guy that just started kindergarten. We could not be happier with both the teachers and the staff. They not only recognized that he needed additional attention, but performed all of the State tests needed to enter him into the "gifted" program. In addition, they have a well-balanced curriculum to include art, music, PE, computer and library. The staff is amazing!!!!
We moved to Atoka this past February. The staff made the transition for us an easy one. Now that we have started a new school year my children love it even more. My daughter is in choir and art club. My first grader is reading so well thanks to her teacher Mrs. Davis. Everyone there is very approachable and I love how secure the building is. You must have your photo ID, and all the doors are locked. We could not be happier with this school and we are so thankful for all they do for our children.
The only thing these teachers seem concerned with is memorization of the material that will be on the year end standardized test...ALL because it has a direct effect on the TEACHER's performance/evaluation. My daughter's 3rd grade teacher is bribing the students with candy and prizes for perfect attendance during test review. It's very disappointing and just obnoxious. Anyone can teach memorization to children...where are the true "TEACHERS?!"
This is the first year for my kids at Atoka. While some of my kids are doing excellent and achieving, one of my children is having a big problem at Atoka. He has issues focusing and the school seems unable to accommodate his issue. Instead, the school tries to treat him as if focus wasn't an issue and this is not working out. I highly recommend Atoka Elementary if your kid is able to perform without much assistance from their teacher. However, if your kid has a focus issue and needs more one on one attention, stay clear of Atoka. I'm going to try out K12 next year for my kid with the focus issue since he excels at computers and online school will be right up his alley.
My child is a nice, smart, well-adjusted child who has always had lots of friends. We moved here from out of State, and we fully expected he would adjust well to Atoka Elementary. But the teacher did NOT go out of her way to be welcoming, and he was bullied continually at lunch & recess. He was so unhappy, I pulled him out. Other parents told me bullying was a "typical" problem for their boys. The school does not stop it. I have also heard that this area has a "you ain't from around here" unwelcoming mentality, and both of our children have sadly experienced this at their schools. So much for Southern Hospitality!
I am a parent who has always been involved in my child's school and teachers.But the amount of bullying that he has had to endure at this place is truely unreal. From the teachers on down and no child should have been treated the way mine was.And when you try to use the chain of command that dose not work because who is going to take the word of a child over an adult.But you have to do something when your child comes home every single day wanting things to end. So something has to be done about the our children are treated and talked .
I was very impressed with this school this year. Last year, I wasn't as impressed. If I'd rated this school last year, I would have given it 1 star, but this year 5 stars! All because of Mrs. Holliday! She made me realize how wonderful Atoka can really be! Mrs. Holliday gave so much to the kids not just present and gift, but love and time. She really renewed my faith in how teachers should be. She not only creates a relationship with the kids, but she creates relationships with the parents. She texts parents weekly just to keep us updated on all that is going on. She always lets us know when she is posting something new to the classroom blog. She takes tons of pictures of our children! I feel so blessed to have gotten her for my daughter this year as a teacher. I'm so sad we will be moving to Japan so my son won't have a chance to have her.
Excellent school! The whole school is great, teachers, office staff and principals. Mr. Dawson has always helped with issues and takes his time to know the kids. My son learned so many things, even things I didnt expect him to learn in Kindergarten. Ive been extremely pleased and very sad we are moving away from this great school.