This is my second year at the school and the school with my children and this school has been in a slow decline and it is only picking up speed. A strong parent support structure makes up for what the administration is lacking, but at the end of the day the children's learning is being impacted. The educational product being developed at Dogwood is not keeping pace with the learning needs of the students. The Administration will smile and nod at problems and then move on. The test scores are declining across the board and this is a reflection on the teachers and the administration. In a panic they are now only teaching to the standards on TCAP test and nothing else is being integrated to develop analytical thinking. My 4th grader has no home work and so much free time during school that she regularly reads a 200-250 page book at school during the school day. If you want a challenging environment for your child this is not the place. This administration is not preparing its students for the next level. The parent involvement is phenomenal and there are great families at the school, but the education is lacking and this is due to a lack of direction and unmotivated teachers.
This school is in a transition phase since Germantown separated from Shelby County. With some redistricting new children were brought into the school and classes are crowded. The new children have been ignored by the teachers and administration and they only want to focus resources on the legacy students and not any new students. This school has not progressed over the years and is stuck with unmotivated teachers and an even more disengaged administration. This school did not prepare my children for Houston Middle School. The faculty have perfected the art of teaching to the middle of the pack. With the new independence this school had a great opportunity to build it there way and a better way -- they have started all of this transition without a plan. Staff and Administration are pretending this school is not failing and see the world through rose colored glasses - a true disservice to the children of Germantown and to Germantown itself. Thank God I only have 1 child left to get through this disappointing school. Test scores are going down - no way to hide from that.
Disappointing leadership and academics at this school. This is a school that has coasted on a past reputation and is falling behind. Research carefully the TCAP scores for this school - 2013 scores declined significantly for most grades. With 2 children here it is just one disappointment after another with this school. Administration is mediocre at best and they have no plan to keep up with the times. As an active parent in this school and school district alum, it is disheartening to see this school ignore the problems it has created. This is not a challenging and proactive educational environment like it used to be. Something needs to change. This school is all smoke and mirrors and only tells parents what they want to hear and give out as many A's as possible to keep parents happy, but the children are the only ones that lose because they are not academically prepared for middle school. You must be a proactive parent and develop supplemental learning at home for this school because it is deficient in so many areas. Unmotivated teachers with an outdated curriculum. Unless something changes soon this school is becoming nothing but hype and will be a second rate school.
i never felt very welcomed at Dogwood. cafeteria is very loud. I was there for 3 years, I wish they have a "new families" committee. We went to Farmington before and the principal, teacher, office staff were way friendlier there, they always greeted me by my name...I dont think Dogwood personnel cared enough to even get to know the new families.
We moved into the area for this school, and we haven't been disappointed! My child's teacher is so caring and wonderful. The school is very organized and has tons of parent involvement!
The previous poster must have had a bad day. The school actually has a good mix of young and "seasoned" teachers, most of them highly motivated. Of course there is the occasional bad apple and yes it sucks to have a kid in one of these classrooms. But mostly, the school has very friendly, supportive, motivated, knowledgeable and caring teachers. It is by no means perfect, but some of the things that annoy me are problems of the system, not the school. Parental involvement is very high, even though there seems to be an elite club of parents making the decisions that makes it hard for newcomers to get into the circle. But they have the schools best interest at heart, and if they want to shoulder it all by themselves, more power to them. If you are really dedicated to get involved they will let you. Overall most people here seem to be proud of their school and it shows in students readiness to learn and parents offering their help wherever it is asked for. I agree, the official 100% PTA participation is basically forced, but the real participation is probably close to 90%. And that is great. So far, overall, we love the school.
This school's teachers have taught over 25 years, have been tenured after two years, and simply are hanging on just to retire. They are not open to new ideas, teaching methods, or continuing education. The leadership at the school is non-existent, the bullying at the school is not addressed, and the only reason there is 100% parent participation is because you have to join to get a class booklet! There is no nurse at the school, just a volunteer parent, and parents are required to pay for everything, as well as volunteer for everything, and therefore high grades are given to SCS district and the superintendent applauds the fact that they spend the least amount of $ on each student for the district in the state! It is ridiculous.
Dogwood is an awesome school! We moved here two years ago and the reason we bought into this neighborhood was because of the reputation of Dogwood School. It has not disappointed us. The teachers are caring and dedicated, and the parent involvement is phenomenal!
I love Dogwood School, because of all of the dedicated teachers and parents.
The Kids enjoy the school and learn. They have enough extra events to keep them motivated
Dogwood is a great school. It starts with two great and caring administrators and includes, teachers, parents, students and the community in everything that makes it top notch. The principals and teachers know all the students and call them by name. I could not be happier! My child rides a bike to school along with several hundred others. The healthy child initiative is strong at Dogwood.
Dogwood is a great school. There are hundreds of kids walking, riding bikes to school and they are respectful and orderly. The education is top notch and there are good extracurricular activities. My child loves it and we are thrilled for our child to be able to attend a caring great school in walking distance fromour school.
Way to go Mrs. Simpson for implementing the carpool line! The school administration has known my child's name from the beginning and that is impressive to me! We've had a tough year due to a special needs child but we are working through it. Unfortunately, this is something that all public schools must work through. I'm writing in response to a couple of other reviews left in 2007. The reason Dogwood doesn't go on many fieldtrips is because this is such an affluent area. Most of the children in this school get to go on many educational and cultural trips. It is an indulgent school that can't justify the risk of a fieldtrip. Instead, the parents are able to pay a few dollars and bring the events inside the school - so way to go! I'm not sure I want my kids on a bus anyway.
I have been a Dogwood parent for many years now and have seen some changes both positive and negative. But throughout these changes one things is for certain, the children are happy and are receiving the best education that a public school can provide (the test scores prove that). With the added support of a strong PTA group, the school has been able to do things that some other schools can not. Dogwood has a large range of activites for all grade levels and adminstrators along with the help of parents continue to come up with ideas to continue to keep the children engaged. You could not ask for a better school for your child to get their early education in. Our teachers and administrators truly put our childrens needs first.
We have been very pleased with the education our children have received at Dogwood. The teachers clearly don't do this for the paycheck, but rather for the chance to make a difference in a child's life, and they do. In every area of staffing at this school, from the Administration, Teachers, Specialists, and support staff there is the highest level of commitment to providing our children a quality education. In addition to a strong curriculum there are marvelous programs provided to enhance the students' experience, including Fine Arts, Science Action, and Reading Enrichment. There are a number of activities where children can get involved such as Safety Patrol, Student Advisory Board, Trash Can Band, Chess Club, and Drama Club. There are a multitude of ways parents can engage, both in the classroom and through activities such as Book Fair, Winterfest and Field Day.
Dogwood is a great school. It has undergone many new changes, from administration, to new offices. Parents are welcome to talk to the principal and she listens to our needs. For example, in the 30 years Dogwood has been open, there has never been a carpool line. The parents expressed their concerns and now there will be one. My only concern is that we though 4pm is late for dismissal, I would hate to be in a carpool line at 4:30pm! It is a great neighborhood school where everyone knows everyone and they really pay attention to each child's and parents needs. The high test scores are a result of the teachers, students, parents and community. Way to go Dogwood.
Dogwood School is one of the best elementary schools in our community. We moved to this area because of the reputation of the school and we have not been disappointed. As the parent of two older children who attended Dogwood and one still at the school, I continue to be impressed with the academics. The school provides enrichment for the gifted students and resource opportunities for those who need a little extra help. With parental support, the school also offers a Science Action lab, reading enrichment and Fine Arts program to enhance the classroom academics. In addition, the school offers several before-school activities such as the Drama Club, the Chorus and the Dogwood Trash Can Band. The teachers and the administration work diligently to continue to provide the education we have come to expect despite budget cuts that put a strain on the school system as a whole. They should be applauded for their efforts and for their devotion to our children s education.
I think the principal does well with what she has, there are just too many restraints on what she can do. This whole school system is crazy especialy the hours. No one is happy and private has become the way to go which is a real shame.
The safety issues of not having an afternoon carpool line is terrible. The hours are awful, it's difficult to fit in any after school activities. There is no team sports from the school. There are no field trips, which is very bad. There used to be a field trip to the Orpheum but sadly no longer. PE is only twice a week for 30 minutes, the playground is not very good. The PTA is held in the morning when working parents can't go and they same people go and decide everything for everyone. I think the teachers are the only asset this school has because they are awesome, but this school could be great with better leadership, more parent involvement (instead of the clique-ish PTA), and a welcoming committee. The school could be cleaner, too. The hours and the lack of afternoon carpool cap the stack.
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