I had two children to attend East Chester last year & was very pleased with their experience there! One of my kids attended the preschool for special needs children & I definitely feel that her needs (educational, social, PT/OT/Speech) were met. Though a new teacher took over half-way though the year, my child adapted easily & greatly benefited from this change. The aides in that class were very patient & flexible, as well! My other child was in first grade & had an awesome year. I have only great things to say about his teacher! She was very knowledgeable, talented & caring. Though we've only recently moved to Henderson, we've never been made to feel 'excluded' (for not being part of an 'elite' group) nor have we felt pushed to volunteer to secure our status there. I know that the efforts we made to help out were appreciated, not expected!
Overall, I feel that East Chester is a very good school. I feel like the majority of the teachers are well educated & work hard to provide a good education for students. I do agree there is a certain amount of pressure put on parents to volunteer. I work fulltime and it was impossible for me to help. However, I've never noticed some kids getting more attention than others. My youngest son has special needs. The speech therapist is amazing!! I was really happy with his PT, too. However, he never met any of his OT goals...even after a year and a half of weekly therapy. The school never informed me of how to help him or told me that we could request more frequent therapy. If your child has special needs, you will have to be very diligent in asserting your rights.
I'm not sure I agree with the last review. My child was a straight A student all year. The last 2 grade periods of the school year I attended a couple events and did get a chance to get to talk with his teacher. But his grades did not get any better. Neither was he given any more attention than he already was. I think it depends on the teachers attitude and what he or she is trying to achieve. If they are there for just a paycheck or if they really enjoy teaching.
I totally agree with the last review. Unless you volunteer (all of the time) and everyone knows you, then no one knows your child, therefore children in classrooms whom 'are known' get more attention than those that don't. Some parents have to work a full time job elsewhere for a living and cannot put as much time into volunteering as other 'stay at home' mothers. This in return puts the child at the bottom of the class (as far as teacher recognition) and does affect their grades.
Its a great school but you have to be a very, very, involved parent if you want the child to receive recognition. (Politics)
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