My son is in third grade at Eakin, having attended since kindergarten, and I cannot speak highly enough of the teachers, the PTO and the community at Eakin. When I learned that this year our school has families representing over **30** different countries, speaking over 11 different languages, I felt so grateful. I love that my child gets to learn not only from top-notch teachers, many with advanced degrees and specializations, but also from kids of so many different backgrounds. Every teacher we've had (four now) has been 100% open to communicating about our son's needs, and open to working with us on helping provide the best environment for him not only to succeed, but to thrive. I am thankful to be at Eakin and we are thrilled with our new principal. We're looking forward to another great year. Go Eagles!
My experience as an Eakin father over the past few years has been tremendous. From my son's kindergarten class with 8 languages to the well attended school functions, I appreciate the international and engaged nature of the school. I have always felt heard as a parent and despite any gripes I may have about district level mandated testing, I believe my son's teachers have done the very best within the structure. A true neighborhood school!
Right on to the poster who posted on August 19th. You coulldn't have said it or broken it down any better. So True the way narrow-minded individuals constantly labeled children/people according to their race. It's interesting how the same behavior is identified differently according to a person race or social status.
My son is in first grade now, so we've only been here a bit over a year. But based on the experience so far, I would be hard pressed to design a much better school for our goals for our kids. The school is unbelievably diverse, both racially and economically -- highly unusual for any school, let alone a school in Nashville. The demographic mix is both healthy in theory and successful and harmonious in practice. The teachers have been responsive and supportive. The parents are VERY involved in the school. We had a very good principal last year and were concerned when a new one came on board this year, but so far he seems first rate - very positive, supportive, responsive, and super-energetic. The kids take Chinese and music courses as part of the curriculum, and my son takes after-school tennis lessons, after-school soccer, cub scouts, onsite Encore program, you-name-it. Very happy parents.
Enough of the ranting. Eakin is a great public school. We've been there for 6 years now. It is the true definition of diversity and education for all. Eakin represents 25 countries and a wide range of socio-economic levels. What I love about Eakin is how there is no "right" way to be, no "right" clothes to wear, and no "right" person to be friends with. At many schools the cliques are starting younger and younger, not at Eakin. I'll admit that we have had some behavior issues in the past few years, but the administration heard the voices of concerned parents and started out this year with new staff, a school-wide behavior system, and renewed effort to make a safe, learning environment for all students. I like Eakin and so do my kids. Check it out!
To the August 11th poster...so all kids who qualify for free meals, have behavioral issues?...appears as if you're equating socioeconomic status with the the way a child will behave...what an ignorant, biased way to judge children. As a matter of fact, some of the worst behavior that I have witnessed comes from the upper middle class kid whose passive, coddling, enabling parents, allow them to run the gamut with unacceptable behavior, then want to excuse it as "being active", or "just being a kid"...but when a child of a lesser socioeconomic status, or of a different race displays identical behavior, they are labeled as children with "behavioral problems" or "undisciplined" and are often unfairly targeted for disciplinary action by teachers with equally ignorant views..."free lunch" and "behavioral problems", are code phrases for children of color...some insecure, narrow-minded parents of predominantly white schools, don't like the idea of "their" schools becoming balanced racially/socioeconomically...if they are not the majority, they perceive the school to be "declining" or begin name-calling and labeling the children of color/different socioeconomic status.
Eakin use to be a neighborhood school but now half the children are on the free lunch program and dominate the teachers' time with behavioral problems.
We have two children in Eakin and we have been very impressed with the caring teachers and staff at Eakin. The walkable neighborhood in which the school resides, nearby Dragon Park, is as welcoming as the school is to parental involvement. My only complaint is that too much time is being spent teaching toward the bottom. While my kids have both learned a lot, "average" kids in private schools like USN are already doing the same types of work I have to give my kid separately at home (e.g. multiplication in 2nd grade, etc.) On balance, Eakin--along with Glendale, Julia Green, and Sylvan Park--is one of the few public schools in Nashville where you will be happy to send your kids. The rich and diverse experience we've had there has been positively wonderful.
Having been an Eakin parent for the last few years,our overall experience has been a positive one. But there are some negatives. A school can't stand and thrive alone on its reputation. Sadly,l believe this is what is happening. A definite plus is the diversity. I don't think its matched in many public or private school. The numerous offerings rival those of the the private world. But the quality of classroom instruction is shifting and not in a positive way. An IB denotation for a school is tremendous and IB preparation exceeds AP at the higher levels, but ask your kid what they are truly learning that reflects IB standards and I think you'd be hard pressed to walk away with understanding. While there are "some" teachers at each grade level who are OUTSTANDING educators, that number is only 2 or 3 (if you are lucky) per grade level which means if you land in one of the less than outstanding classrooms, GOOD LUCK to you. A walk around the hallways will provide you with more than enough insight as to whom displays quality instruction. We are making a move to private school. Not simply b/c the downward slope of Eakin but the MNPS district as a whole is on a significant decline.
What do you base this on? Do you still feel this way? I have been impressed so far and would like to know if you are still at Eakin.
My son just "graduated" from Eakin after having attended it since kindergarten. We were very impressed with his progress and have to give Eakin a lot of the credit. The Encore program was wonderful and he will be going to Head Academic Magnet School as a result of his education there.
It was an amazing school until the new principal took over. I don't think she is comfortable with Eakin's parents level of involvement . She is not very objective when dealing with issues at school, either. Despite all of that, most of the teachers are amazing and well prepared, with a couple of exceptions.
It is amazing how much this school has to offer for being a public school. I feel very thankful that my child attends Eakin. The highly qualified staff are kind and caring.
Eakin is a very good school. Although I don't think that the new principal is the best match for a school like Eakin where the level of involvement of the parents is very high (she tried to implement a new policy at the beginning of the year to stop parents from walking their children to their classes every morning).
Eakin is located in a vibrant, downtown Nashville neighborhood. The parents are involved. The community is involved. The $10 mill. state-of-the-art facility was completed in 2006. Our first grader is doing quite well, learning reading and addition. The diversity at Eakin is a rarity in Nashville and a wonderful asset. We chose Eakin in order for our son to learn much more than academics in elementary school. He is experiencing a broader vision of the world, culturally, socio-economically, racially. He is learning how to be a good citizen in the world.
Our daughter just began kindergarten and we are very impressed by the high level of parent involvement here. The diverse population is important to us. The new principal listens to parent concerns. We are extremely pleased with our daughter's teacher. The key for us is to be involved, volunteer in the classroom, and voice our concerns when we have them. We realize that no public school can be perfect, but we are off to a good start. The level of our involvement and participation will impact our child's experience significantly. If we do see rudeness or behavior we disapprove of, we'll address it in a way, hopefully, that might benefit the school as a whole. Eakin appears to be a culture in which change and improvement is always possible.
No public school can be perfect, but Eakin is very, very good. The PTO is very involved; the teachers and staff are highly invested. The Positive Behavior Support program they implement was developed in part at Peabody College and it seems to be quite successful. I agree with the earlier comment regarding the food in the cafeteria (it's a shame that Eakin must serve what is provided throughout MNPS and cannot go their own way here), but we have had no issue with cafeteria staff either. They know our children by name and the children enjoy them.
I have my first and only daughter at Eakin in Kindergarten. I had heard wonderful things about the school and was very excited about her first year there. I have to say that I am very disappointed in some of the staff, how they treat the parents and how they speak to the children at pick up, in the hallway, at lunch, etc. Academically, my daughter is doing just fine, but as important to our family, is common courtesy and kindness. I do not feel that some of the staff at Eakin show this to these little growing minds. How do you teach the lesson of being kind when the very staff teaching these children cannot show it themselves.
Overall, our family's experience at Eakin has been good. Our daughter is finishing Kindergarten this year and we have been very active. I was very impressed with parent involvement and the student body diversity. The quality of staff does vary but for the most part we have had a very good experience. She enjoys Chinese class, the Technology Lab and a great library. The worst for us was the horrible food and very rude staff in the cafeteria.
Some of the teachers are great at the school, others should not be in teaching. It just depends on who you get. The principal favors the lower socioeconomic class at the expense of average to higher achieving children. The office staff who are under the tutelage of the principal are the most disrespectul I have ever experienced. Way too political. The after care program is very good.
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