ITC is a decent school. I like that the school offers a variety of art classes. If you are considering this school, I would suggest to stay on top of the all of the faculty. The teachers are very responsive. I have had great success by communicating with them via email.. Now, you may have problems getting a response from the principal. The office plays this "triage" game, which makes it a bit complicated to get a hold of him. And I would suggest for every parent to familiarize themselves with the District's Policy, because sometimes they seem to forget it. Putting all that aside, my child loves this school. I think there are issues with all schools, and if they are not addressed or properly escalated, it will just make matters worse.
IT Creswell is a school that is thriving towards excellence. I have been impressed with majority of the teachers and I really like the principal- Dr.Murcray. My only concern has been the treatment of the students by some of the staff. I have witnessed the staff belittling the students. This is a school not a prison!! I have agreed to let my daughter return this upcoming school year in hopes to see some improvements if not I will not let her return the following year. .
My daughter has thrived during her years at I.T. Creswell. To respond to an earlier comment: the audition and juries process has evolved significantly over the time that we've been with the school, and I have been very impressed not only with the reorganization process, but also with the teachers staff's ability to adapt. ITC seems to just get better every year - articstically AND academically - and the Nasvhille community is definitely taking notice! Now is the perfect time to be a Comet!
I.T. Creswell is an amazing school! It has top notch teachers and administration. It is the perfect school for artistic or creative children, as they are nurtured, valued, and appreciated. Learning is very hands on, project based, and fun for students, making them want to succeed! I have a 6th grader there now, and I am so thanksful we get to be a part of the Creswell family for two more years!
I have had the worst experience sending my child to I.T.Crestwell because he has an IEP. I call the school, visited the school a couple time. I would call and ask for her assistance with my child grades, she would refer me to other teachers instead or taking care of the matter herself. She is in the same location as the teacher that I needed her to talk with about my son grades but she would not help me at all. My child grades being modified by the teachers. It is very heart breaking to meet with the staff and teachers face to face and still receive this kind of treatment about your child. I just wanted all the things that was outline in his IEP to be upheld by the school and the staff. I have left message after message for the Special Education teacher to aide me and my child with the modification of his grades. Here it is two days before school lets out and his grades have not been modified yet. If I'm having such a hard time with getting assistance from the staff. I can just imagine what kind of school year he experience with the staff at I.T. Crestwell.
This is a great school compared to the school my chilldren use to attend. Teachers are very nice.
This is my son's first year at Creswell. He is a 5th grader coming from a terrible elementary school. Ms. Greco in 5th grade has made a world of difference for my son and the communication is 100% better than his elementary school. I email her and she responds within 2 hours or less. I am very pleased so far with Creswell.
My impression of the professionalism of the staff is very positive. However, the biggest problem that I see is the fact that auditions are not required for admission. An arts magnet school should provide unique opportunities for students who are able to demonstrate some aptitude, or at least interest, in art. In my opinion, there are too many students who are there because they live close by and not because they are serious about art.
I am excited about Creswell! Over the years, I have seen tremendous growth of the principal, teachers and staff. Everyone is involved in the instructional day of the students. I have come to recognize that the Arts schools seem to bring many different voices from various communities and there is a great effort made to accommodate everyone. While the school is predominately African-American, there is a community feeling there among the teachers and students, with extra effort given to helping impact the cultures of everyone. The 8th grade teachers assert particular efforts to help students prepare for high school. The teachers come with a vast knowledge of not only their subject matter, but they are equipped to handle additional needs of the schools. I love this school, the teachers and administrative staff. They are making a true mark on the community.
This was the worst school any of my children ever attended. Kids are out of control, wander the halls at will, and the principal is terribly controlling and excessively authoritarian. Very little learning is going on here, except in some of the arts classes. Eighth graders at this school think that 'Arts' magnet means that they will learn to be cosmetologists! I have worked in many schools and had my children in quite a few, and this school is truly unacceptable and has a terrible atmosphere as well.
i go to this school and its okay but art wise it could be better we could be in to more of the metro competitive activitys
I selected 3 Metropolitan Nashville Public Magnet Middle Schools to enter my daughter's name on the school lottery. After careful consideration, I chose I.T. Creswell. So far, I am very pleased with the school and feel that no other Middle school would be a better option for her. Although I am only familiar with the 5th grade teachers, there is a great sense of warmth that I get from the other staff....regardless if I know them or not. Yes some of the students there do have attitudes, however, there are very few issues related to behavior.
This school is academically sound. It's the kids attitude that is the problem. Although the teachers and principles can be a little stubborn sometimes and some need to lighten up sometimes.
It is a terrible school to enroll your child in if they are very serious about their future art career. Since a lot of students that attend that school did not go through the lottery, there is a lot of students that don't care about the arts and distract and make fun of children that actually make good grades.
I think the principal Dr. Gunn can be more friendly . Not only with the children but with the parents also. She also need to be more positive all children are not bad give them a chance, smile at them sometime show you care. Thank You
Creswell is an excellent school for children who really want to learn and exceed in life. The teachers are there to do the jobs that they love doing and are intrested in assisting the students in their interest of study.....
The leadership at Creswell is excellent. After having a problem with a teacher's style Dr. Gunn handled it very professional and quickly efficiently. I believe that there would more parent involvement if the PTO meetings were held in the the evenings at least a 3 times a year. Overall I believe Creswell is great choice for my daughter.
Perhaps I am a bit prejudiced since I work at Creswell however, I do believe in my school, my principal,. my parents, and the wonderful staff that I work with. I am encouraged everyday when I go to school. This is not a 'job' for me, it is my 'calling', my anointing to be here. I have the benefit of a wonderful group of students from 5th to 8th grade that I love to see everyday. I have a classroom that is large and airy and filled with things I need to successfully perform my teaching duties. As a teacher, I am informed on all levels regarding what I need to know. I have at my disposal talented and caring people who support me in all areas. I am allowed to grow, and incooperate my talents and life experiences in the classroom. I look forward to each year with excitement!
Wharton (Creswell) Arts Magnet Middle School is an excellent academic and arts school, and starting with the 2006-07 school year it will be even better with a new school. The current principal is very fair and there are far less problems at Wharton than my childrens zoned school. All the teachers and staff are great and are very dedicated. The students think so, just ask any student at Wharton! They also have a large number of parent volunteers.
its not a bad school its just in a bad area. Fights are also a problem at this school, and they arent always taken care of properly. maybe that will change when west end moves into wharton and wharton moves to the new rebuilt I.T. cresswell.
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