The teachers seem very nice and knowledgeable for children outside the autism spectrum. If your child has any form of autism, please do not send your child to this school. Read the forums, The teachers are very inexperienced. Our IEP was basically the school protecting the teacher & neglect him education isolation. I received a call regarding my son having a huge knot on his head. Shelby county schools are full of crooks and don't look for them to have any interest for your kids. Please research and stay away from this school.
If your kid have any form of autism, run like Usain Bolt from this school!!! They are very very very very very ineffective. They misdiagnosed my kid condition and his behavior started to digress. Their example for attention seeking is when he ask for juice or sweets he gets mad. That's any kid at that age. Please find another school if your child have any learning disabilities. Do yourself a major favor and stay out of the Shelby county school system.
Shelby county has destroyed the education system in Memphis. Teachers are no longer in school for the love of their skill set, merely there for money. This is impacting the quality of education. Avoid Shelby county school system.
my daughter has been in this school for 2 years now and I'm not at all happy with anything. The biggest problem is that they're never welcoming of a parent who needs to speak to a teacher or principle about any matter. My daughter isn't happy with the overload of homework and tests that are almost given everyday. Currently I'm looking for a new home to move to and not be zoned for Macon Hall. This school is just too much pressure on the kids.
I've been really happy with our homeroom teachers, they have been really above and beyond great. I thought the extracurricular teachers are okay but undersupplied. All the activities at the school are during the school day. Meaning, you will have to take off work to see plays, concerts, ect. Administration is really... not the friendliest or most responsive to problems. I did a lot of research before we chose this school, and having been a student at Cordova Middle myself, honestly I thought it would be better. It looks nice from the street but, on the inside, the school has no windows! Before Macon Hall, we came from a rural school that didn't crowd the children as much, and had a way nicer music and art room. They have a program running right now that mixes older kids with younger in each hallway, the thinking is that like a montessori school, the older children will "tutor" the younger children. I don't like it. There's a big difference between what's acceptable for fourth graders and what is acceptable for first graders. That said, I think we came at a bad time, when a lot of resources and good students may have left this area for the municipal schools after the merger. It may be that things will get better again after people realize municipal schools have their issues too.
My child has attended Macon Hall for two years now, both kindergarten and first grade. We have had an amazing, wonderful school experience there! The faculty is top notch and the academic standards and teachers are superior. Macon Hall provides both an emphasis on behavior and morals with its virtuequest program, as well as superior academic instruction in the classroom.
I always liked this school and had wonderful teachers until last school year 2013- 2014. Last year my son was in 4th grade with a new teacher who was quite unorganized. My son has been in the spelling bee every year and won the spelling bee last year. This year 3 days before the last day of school, he was stabbed in the back with a pencil by a student name Garyk and the kid denied it so didn't get in trouble at all. The teacher didn't even call me to tell me about what happened. I got a call from the nurse at 3:30, but it happened at 9:30am. The parents of the Garyk weren't even notified until I complained with the principal about it. I am so glad my son is going to a different school next school year. My son had perfect attendance, but I didn't send him back after that. The kid was mad because my son stepped on his pencil box by accident and broke it the day before. When the incident happened, Garyk raised his had to use the restroom and while on his way, he stopped behind my son and my son said "why are you stopping behind me" and the kid said to do this, and stabbed him with a pencil. I pray for the safety of theses kids, because it is getting pretty bad nowadays.
My Granddaughter has attended Macon Hall Elementary School for 3 years. The principal, vice-principal, counselor, 4th grade teacher and APEX teacher have been excellent. They are very caring and dedicated educators that have the students best interests at heart.