Coles Ferry leaves a lot to be desired. There seems to be an immature, unprofessional culture at this school, among some teachers and some in administration.
Some teachers are kind and friendly, others are not. Some stay on their phones during classtime distracting students who are trying to work on assignments to be graded. Some do not respond to emails. Some are unwilling to answer students' questions.
Administration seems to be unwilling to step up and lead, and make necessary changes that would be beneficial and improve areas.
Agree with fellow reviewer about the ridiculous manner in which they monitor lunchroom talking. Have never seen this at any other school, reeks of intolerance. Children should be allowed to talk and laugh and interact with their peers at some point during the day, instead of having their noise level monitored and having flags placed on their tables when they get "too loud." Wear earplugs or get another job.
Would like to see Coles Ferry strive for excellence in all areas; strive for a more positive and professional environment, and leave the mediocrity behind.
What a wonderful school! It is refreshing to find a school that cares so much about the growth of its students! My child's individual needs are catered to and focused on building his strengths and improving his weaknesses. From staff to principal and coach to teacher, it is apparent that their intention is to help my child grow and succeed! Thank you CFE for consistently going above and beyond!
High quality teachers, wish I could say the same for the administration. Who thinks its a good idea to install big screen tvs in the cafeteria for the kids to watch cartoon network while they eat? Their response is that it is only one day a week, but I think its a JOKE! Let these kids interact with each other! So excellent teachers, administration leaves a lot to be desired!
Coles Ferry used to be a great school. Now the students are wxpected to be mini adults. Many of their social rights have been taken especially at lunch time with a riduculous 'Talk light' meter. We are moving and will be glad to leave Coles Ferry.
My child is new to Coles Ferry this year. I like that the school is bright with walls full of student projects. I've encountered talented teachers and friendly staff, however I found the Principal to be less than friendly and a little rigid when interacting with students and parents. The idea behing the EXTEND Program is good, but it seems underfunded and understaffed to really be effective for those students with high scholastic abilities. The students only participate a few hours each week.
The no child left behind is for the birds my child can multiply and divide but if two or three children in the class cant add 2 plus three my child has to keep doing the simple addition until the other kids have it. My son is so bored in class that he gets in trouble.The school is very safe the new principal and vice principal do not have the personality that mr edwards and mrs owens had they were freindly and verry receptive to the parents the two replacments do not.They do have some great teachers but they try to teach the children just what is on the tcaps
Until third and fouth grades, Coles Ferry proved to be an outstanding school in providing a broad range of learning experiences. At third and fourth grades, the cirriculum becomes geared to scoring high on TCAPS. Text books, 'canned' tests, and poorly constucted study guides based upon these tests are used in order to cover what they hope will be on the TCAPs. Children are not given opportunities to learn to express ideas nor are they given as many hands on activities as are needed in order for them to understand what and why they are learning social studies or science. Grades on report cards may be excellent but they are based upon your child's 'regurgitation' of what they have been given to learn from the study guides. Some of the study guides have incorrect material.