School staff is very inattentive to individual student's needs. Our son is 'special needs' with some behavioral and sensory processing issues. The administration was accommodating at first, but we were just asked not to return him to the preschool class he was enrolled in. This was the voluntary preschool, as he was not eligible to be enrolled in the preschool for special needs children, even though he has an established IEP (individualized education plan) for his delayed speech. Their request that we not return is in violation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004. Even if they were not equipped to deal with him, it should have been their responsibility to find an alternative accommodation for him to continue his learning at his pace.
We went into this entire exercise being very up-front about his behavior and interaction issues and the school administration agreed to 'work with him'. After seeing how big of an 'problem' he'd be to them, they simply asked us to leave. Absolute disaster of a school with no one willing to actually commit to 'excellence for every child' as the Knox County Schools claim as their ultimate mission. This school just wants to deal with the easy kids...
As a PTO member I can share that Dogwood has a highly professional and caring staff that goes above and beyond to ensure high quality educational experiences and great successes are possible for all students. This is a TAP a school which means that teaching staff is constantly being enriched by and exposed to team of experts that help guide and tailor instruction so that students and teachers get the most out of each lesson. Dogwood Elementary is also partnered with the community in effort to improve the way school meets the needs of staff, students, their families, and the community as a whole. This particular school has many unique features which make it so spectacular and this is why I enjoy collaborating with a team that is always looking to lead the way in Knox County.
Yes, this school strives to create models and rewards for citizenship. The opportunities and consequences are fairly enforced in accordance with the liberties taken by each student. The have had a year round kindness revolution, and SOARabrations to reward well behaved students. They offer continuous models for behavior and support for those who needed additional support to meet expectations and according to the latest PTO office refferals are down too!
I attended this school for 3 years, and in all of my years I had one absolutely horrid year... Which occurred awhile back I had a total of 4 teachers, which was absolutely ridiculous. However one year I had the best teacher ever!!! I really think it depends on which teacher you get.
The Dogwood staff at this school is the most LAZY, IRRESPONSIBLE, AND INCOMPETENT group ever. They tell you one thing, but then say another. When you go to pick your child up early, they find all kind of excuses from they can't hear through the intercom, they don't know where your child is, blah, blah, blah. It took over a week to receive a letter from the office from an incident that occurred with my child with no previous notice or point of contact made in between that time. They even want to see your pick up tag when you are in front of their face with your freaking ID! What really gets on my nerves is the fact that some of the teachers can be degrading and talk so negatively about your child while your child is right there listening to what they're saying. I'm not keeping my child at this school. There's a reason why this is a LEVEL 1 school. Do your research and talk to other parents that have issues and you'll see what the school really is.