Dogwood is good school with a solid toolset of educators, administrators and facilities. I found my daughter to be challenged with standard curriculum and enrichment activities while simultaneously having fun with her peers. If there was one problem with this school it is the over-involvement of a small sub-set of parents. Frankly, there are some parents who question (without merit) the decisions of the educators and administrators. I believe this under-mining of school authority makes up a majority of the otherwise small set of problems the school deals with daily. Overall, Dogwood is an excellent school. You will not go wrong placing your children there.
Dogwood seems to be living mainly on reputation the last few years. The two years my daughter attended I was unimpressed with the academics; I saw her struggling in math and reading, yet she always brought home A's and B's---it made no sense to me. When I had concerns, I had to be the one to bring it to the teacher. The office staff is very cold and unfriendly; I never felt welcome to just visit---would always get the 'third degree' if I didn't have an appt. The learning enviornment has little to no flexibility in teaching or meeting some student's needs. My children are now in private school enjoying the smaller, more welcoming environment.
We moved to Germantown having a full experience of elementary schools from around the country, including public, private, and parochial. Relatively speaking, it's OK. The kids have made friends easily, which is a real plus. The academics and resources are questionable, certainly not at the level we're used to, but not hideous. The office staff and some teachers are unfriendly. The parents don't have an organized way to greet and incorporate new families- it's a shame, because it seems that over time we have met nice families. The resources are pathetic, no field trips, no computer class, limited days of PE. We plan to leave our kids there, for the 'real world' experience, and know that they thankfully have high IQ's so it doesn't really matter.
We have had a wonderful time at Dogwood with the exception of 5th grade where there is less than a week of homework the entire year! How can 5th be such a weak year for such a wonderful school? 5th grade needs to be stronger.
The bottom line is that the test scores are great and the area is lovely but many of the teachers are just collecting a paycheck until retirement. Hopefully the school will hire some enthusiastic teachers to liven things up because the teacher's attitude does reflect on the students.
With two children currently attending Dogwood, I would put any parent new to the school at ease. Your experience will be great! The attention to academics is unparalleled. With a new focused and caring principal, this school will continue to excel. Parental involvement is key to this school s success and I encourage all parents to find a spot. As a working mom, my hours are limited, but all the teachers and PTA have been flexible, letting me volunteer at convenient times or giving me projects on the side.
Most of the faculty are within 10 years of retirement. They rely heavily on audio discs and workbooks to accomplish teaching. I believe the TCAP scores are a reflection of the population served and not the teachers. It is conveniently located to many subdivisions.
This school and district has disappointed us from the beginning. The administration and faculty do not seem to understand my children's needs, nor how to meet them in a caring, professional way. Although parent involvement is measured by PTA enrollment, it is a forced thing, to get a directory, and the same parents are called upon to volunteer to provide the extras in MusicSmart nd Artsmart. Since they are not meeting my children's needs, we need to put our financial resources elsewhere to meet those needs, yet the school continues to ansk for money, while the entire district mismanages educational funding. Memphis city schools have better services for special needs children; the county schools, as Dogwood is, need to do better. They can, if their educational leaders open their eyes and take contuing educational classes and exhibit leadership skills in the classroom and respect for parents.
Our oldest children attended Dogwood before we moved away. We always loved the caring attitude of the teachers and the high level of parental involvement. While very high, the test scores do not reveal the amount of information the students actually learn. Science lab, reading lab,ArtSmart,and PE offer experiences beyond the normal curriculum. Living in a different state, my children are about 2 years ahead of their peers particularly in math and reading. It is amazing what these teachers are doing with limited resources. Even though our oldest is now in private school, I would choose Dogwood again over any private elementary school in the Memphis area.
As the single mother of a graduate of Dogwood Elementary I cannot say enough about this school. The support from the staff and administration was outstanding. We recently moved to Ohio to what we thought was an outstanding school district based on 'test scores'. Count your blessings if you are currently in the Germantown school district or planning on moving there. They may not be perfect, but they're pretty close to it. As parents we may not appreciate fully the support system our schools need to provide for our children. This school did and will always receive an A+ in my book.
This school has been a huge disappointment. When we moved to Germantown, we were not allowed to tour the school. On our childrens first day, we were rushed and the administration department seemed un-prepared and uncaring. The principal, still has not met with us. The teachers seem to care for the students. The staff in Ms. Pittman's office could take a class in how to deal with the new parents. Good luck, if you are new.
This school has been such a blessing to us. We have a child who has special needs. We have received nothing but the best in our childs education. We love the teachers. The parent participation is the best. We have older children who did not attend Dogwood and to compare their elementary experience to this, well lets say that there is no comparision. Dogwood is simply the best.
We bought the house in this district as we had heard Dogwood is a great school. Once the kids actually started we realized how excellent it is. Academically , discilpine wise, parent involvement, just everything is upscale here. Go Dogwood.
This school deserves an A+! I have had 4 of my 5 children attend Dogwood and all have benefited from the caring and gifted staff at Dogwood. It definitely prepared them for their experiences in middle and high school! I highly recommend Dogwood Elementary for anyone who is looking for a great elementary school for thier child.
Dogwood is an awesome school. I just dropped off my youngest (of three) kids at his first day of kindergarten. The teachers are all caring, kind people who give 110%, there is very high parent involvement from helping in the class to working on the school grounds.
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