Students enrolled 669
School leader SHAVANNIA DASH
Transportation options Yes
District Dallas Independent School District

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3939 Spring Valley Road
Addison, TX 75001

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3 stars
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September 27, 2014
This is my third year at Bush and my kids are happy. The teachers are great and Mrs. Dash(Principal) and Mr. Brown (Asst. Principal) really care about the kids and want to see them become successful. We need more parents to get involved though.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2014
Wow!! What a terrible, rude and controlling principal. i can't even call her a principal because she has no business being one. i witnessed yesterday a preschooler screaming and clinging to his mother for dear life in front of the school. i wanted to help and come to find out, the mom was not allowed in the building. WHAT??? yup, they would not let his mom take him to the classroom. this is a 4 year old preschooler, helloooo!!!! let the mother take him to the classroom and in a few days he will be ok. well, Dash did not let that happen. she just didnt care. i tried taking my 1st grader to her class, same thing. i was told i was not allowed in and there was nothing to be done about it. just terrible , terrible principal who is a total control freak and makes up her own rules as she goes. we will be gone from this school in a month, and i can't wait. its sad because my daughter really likes her teachers and i do too. don't send your kids to this school and i would be so happy if Dash goes away because the school has so much potential without her.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2014
I TOLD YOU ALL SO! I was the first parent to post a comment about GHWB elementary school which was back in January of 2013! It is comforting to know that so many have seen and experience the negativity at this school and I wasn't the only one.Principal Dash along with some of the teachers and staff need to be removed IMMEDIATELY!! I went in one COLD morning last year to speak with the Asst. Principal and his teacher (come to find out it wasn't my child). Anyway, I got there at 7:45 in the morning and was told that I couldn't wait in the office that I had to wait outside in the cold until all the students were in class. WHAT? She said that was one of Principal Dash's rules and not hers.Principal Dash came out from behind somewhere and asked the receptionist why was I there and told me I had to wait outside if I didn't have an appointment. After pleading to Principal Dash she hesitantly allowed me remain but said to me next time I need to have an appointment and I would have to wait outside. I could go on with many other examples but I don't have enough characters remaining to type. This is my son's last year here. Thank GOD!

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2014
I was really skeptical about the reviews left by some of you when we moved to this area. A year later and can only agree. This was one of the worst experiences in our kids lives! If I could summarize it in one sentence, I would say: "A top of the art building with a very unfriendly and rude principal along with a scared of her staff! " I have never met a principal with such a lack of people skills. I feel bad for some of the staff working there because it is clear as water how her influence affects most of them. It is as if everyone is living in a thriller movie(scared and anxious that something bad is about to happen). Unfortunately we will have to break our lease and look somewhere else. However, I prefer having my kids getting a positive outcome from their school experience and keep a sane mind than enduring a full of hostility, result only concerned and unfriendly environment. I commend the wonderful teachers and some staff members who work really hard to give these kids the best outcome they possibly can but we are just tired of the negative influence that the main administration is bringing on them, families and in special the most important people - the kids!

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2014
I am looking into a Pre-k school for my son next year and was thinking about GHWB. After reading these reviews, I will STAY AWAY! Parents should start a change.org petition to have this principal removed!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2013
what a horrendous principal! I've directly seen and heard Principal Dash belittling children and disrespecting her staff. This school needs new leadership. This school is only 3 years old and have not gotten its act together. The first week of school was a mess! Unsafe pick up procedures-kids were crying, confused parents, no communication in regards to the start time of school. Last yr. the start time was after 8 am and pick up was about 3:15 pm. I had no idea when to pick up my child I had to call the school to find out! it takes several calls for administration to answer, no one knows anything about procedures. if you ask a question expect to hear "I dont know, check back next week." Ms. Dash has NO people skills. she is inpatient yelling at kids (why work in an elem. school when you have absolutely no patience?), her eyes are constantly rolling, she stands with her hands on her hip mad at the world. just looking at her reads ATTITUDE! she needs to be a prison guard or work at a juvenile detention center. I wish something could be done but it seems like no one cares. Just meet her for yourself. writing this review is nothing compared to the face-to-face experience of Ms Dash.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
This was the worse experience we never had starting in a new school before! When we recorded our kids there; they asked us to bring them on first day of school. We asked them about meeting the teachers before, and the lady roughly said to us to come on monday! Anyway, we came back on thursday (day of meeting the teacher), cuz my neighbor told me about it. After explaining my kids are news students, a lady from office asked me to look for my kids' name on the list, what I did it with no finding anything. Then I tried to ask help for a work team, who asked me to go to office again. I did it, and again a rude lady asked me to come back just on monday. Ok monday, OMG, It's was a nightmare. My kids' name weren't still on the list. They couldn't explain me nothing about it. We had to stay in the auditorium for 2,5 h with 50 others lost parents, until somebody call me, because they received our application, but left in somewhere in the office without record them. Finally 10:30am with my kids tired, hungry and confuse; They give to my kids a teacher, who I just was able to say hi and bye. Well, during all this mess, principal never showed her face.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2013
I have three students that attend this school. This is there first year here and transferred from another DISD school. I was greatly disappointing with the school by the end of the year. The principle is very rude and hard to voice concerns too. When she spoke to me I felt belittled, so left the school wondering how she spoke to the children. As the year progressed, I found out through my children the irrational expectations the principle had for the students. To expect students to sit quietly and focus on school lessons with no daily recess; or, even the ability to talk at lunch. My oldest child has been on honor role and in the TAG program since kindergarten, but had the hardest year of her life. Her homeroom teacher has openly told the class she has a favorite student. That she hates the school, and that she will take any of her family out of her will if they become teachers. All other teachers at the school I have experienced are GREAT!! The greatest problem is the leadership(principle, AP, & support staff). Their is a BIG bullying problem in this school and feel it is due to the lack of leadership and consequences for the bullies.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2013
The teacher my child has is great and would be rated 5 stars. Unfortunately, the administration at the school is substandard. At the first evening function we attended Principal Dash spoke to the parents as if we were ill behaved children. She is very condescending to say the least. Throughout the year there have been various complaints of how rude the Principal, Asst. Principal and office staff have been. There is no warm and fuzzy feeling in the office. SOMEONE IN DISD should take a look at the administration of this school and do something about it. The teachers and facility are great but the administration is going to ruin this school and it reputation.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2013
I have teachers in my family. I know how hard they work! I wonder how hard any of the office staff works? I picked up my fourth grader a while back. It took a while for them to find her. While I was waiting, I heard the annoying conversations over the principal's walkie talkies. I couldn't believe it, but I actually heard them asking who was going to get lunch. Perhaps, yesterday's lockdown wouldn't have happened if they were less concerned about the lunch menu.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2013
I have two children in this school and I have been so disappointed in so many ways. I will only really present the situations I feel are the most vital. I came to pick up my child one day from the nurse's office and she was not there. They let me in without checking my ID. Their were two children left unattended, one taking a breathing treatment. The child set it down and the child next to him could have easily picked it up and used it. That was unreal to me. I could have easily left the school with either of those children and no one would have known. There was no supervision. The fact that they just let me in and did not know me, it was a new office lady, scared me to death. What if my child was in the nurses office and someone came and took her. This should never have happened. As a parent this has made me feel unsafe to have my kids in this school. Also there were times when I was told by administration they would send home homework or items that were never sent home. The VP told me she would show me my son's homework and send it home during a time when he missed school for surgery and nothing was sent home. They tested him hi first day back to school too. :(

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2013
I am 100% disappointed in the administration at this school. They are too cheap to even print paper to send the children's homework home. This has been a horrible experience. I come from a family of teachers and went to great schools my whole life. I have never seen a school so horrible. I love the teachers, but everything else is horrible. I could write a book about it.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2013
The administration under Principal Dash will be the demise of Bush Elementary unless something is done immediately! There have been countless incidents of administrative ineptitudes that one could write a book on. All of which have been repeatedly conveyed to the appropriate personnel. Principal Dash is OVER HER HEAD!

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2013
I am a parent of a third grader. This is our second year at Bush. The first year was rough, but I thought it was just first year growing pains. I was wrong. This year has been worse! I have e-mailed both principals about my concerns and have yet to receive an adequate response. According to my child, he witnessed his teacher's stuff being put outside of her classroom during lunch just because admin thought it wasn't neat! What principal does that?? I doubt this teacher would ever dump out a child's backpack just because she thought it was not neat?! I am beyond disappointed with his year at Bush...we are considering moving this summer just to be at a different school. I know the teachers aren't safe to speak up, but maybe if we as parents do...something will change!!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2013
I volunteer regularly at this school and I am appalled by several things. The first being long, drawn out, self absorbed, and threatening morning announcements by the principal. I would be scared if I were a young child listening to the principal. The administrative staff is unwelcoming when I sign in as well as rude to all the individuals in the office during my time at the school. During dismissal announcements, the principal has actually threatened the children "Don't make me come out there." The hallways are bound to be somewhat noisy with 768 students leaving a school, and children should NEVER feel threatened. I believe the school would improve treamendously with new leadership improving on communication, people skills, and the ability to keep a consistent staff.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2013
I guess I'm not the only parent concerned with leadership on campus. I have two students in the building and am frustrated with the time lapse for pick up. My daughter has to wait in the car with me 10 minutes before her older brother finally comes out. Having more than 30 kids in a class seems way to many, and I'm very upset we never hired a computer teacher. I was assured by administration that they would be hiring more staff and that has not happened. Unlike other comments below I do have a problem with communication from the school. Today I received an RSVP to my daughters awards ceremony that was dated today and stated it was due yesterday. Small things like this are frustrating for working parents and has happened throughout the year. I didn't appreciate the conduct from the principal at the African American History Program - parents had to wait in a single file line to get our kids. Kids were crying, yelling and sleeping because it was so late. See utube video!! The teachers are fantastic and the campus is pretty but the lack of responsibility in hiring needed staff is unacceptable!! Parent tip - make sure you cell is charged at pick up....not much else to do.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2013
My child is new to Bush Elementary this year. His teacher has been extremely kind, has had great communication and has helped my son blossom in his education. I do have concerns with the school overall - my son states that he is not allowed to talk at lunch at all, recess is rare and only 10 minutes and there is no computer teacher. Our past school was very different in these aspects and I believe they are important for kids growth. End of day pick up is a nightmare. I attempted to become a school volunteer but after spending time in the office listening to the Principal be rude to her staff over a walkie talkie, I left discouraged. Instead I ask the teacher specifically what I can do to help. I would recommend this school to others because the building and staff seem so great and my son is so happy there. I've met other parents who agree that the teachers are amazing and we are less than impressed with office staff. I would caution parents - events are last minute, the Principal and Assistant Principal are not cordial in any way and school procedures seem to be a mess. Be early and check the online site for important dates.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2013
I am a parent of a second grader. I had heard of this site, but never thought that I needed to visit it...that was until I encountered the administration this past Friday. I have never heard an assistant principal shout at students like I heard Friday over the intercom. I honestly was so dumbfounded that I had a difficult time enjoying my time with my daughter. I love the teachers, but I honestly don't know how they survive the daily intake of negative feedback from the principal and assistant principal. My fear is that what my daughter's second grade teacher said will come true...that all of the staff aside from a select few will leave. What a tragedy! These teachers work like trojans to make our children successful...and they may leave never to return again. I am told some are leaving the profession all together!!! I am at my wits after Friday and don't know what to say...there are no words.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2013
This is a wonderful school full of committed, hard working teachers. I have been very pleased with both of my child's teachers the last two years, and have no complaints or concerns in that area. I do, however, agree with the posts below about the less than impressive principal. She is impossible to speak to, rude, and completely unapproachable. I am so disappointed that this beautiful school full of tremendous potential is being run by a principal that does not put families, children, or even her staff as a priority. Going to the school for my child's birthday, lunch, or to volunteer is an absolute nightmare because the administrative staff is impossible to deal with and very cold. I would give the school five stars if the administrative staff weren't lacking so much because the teachers and all the campus has to offer is out of this world. I would recommend this school because the teachers are committed to a challenging and positive educational experience for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
To quickly summize my thoughts... we LOVE this school! The teachers we have experienced have been GREAT. This is a nice NEW school. We are happy to be here. Have not had a personal conflict with the principel (as others I know have had), but I can say COMMUNICATION to the parents is terrible. Lucikly for me, we have a great homeroom teacher that keeps us informed on what is scheduled each month. Feel there is room for improvement for the leadership team on that topic for sure.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2013
I agree with nearly every one of these comments for Bush Elementary... especially when talking about the leadership. Instead of breaking our lease and moving to an unknown area of Dallas . It benefited me and my child to find ways to work around the impossible-to-deal-with-and-speak-to-Principal (and in my opinion, the Vice Principal is no better just does what the Principal says to do or NOT do). Now, in order to bring focus to the 100% POSITIVES of this school the teachers and support staff are fantastic! I have found there are several staff members and teachers who are more than willing to help when needed or at a minimum counsel with you, when you have a concern about your kids education. They will go out of their way to make sure you understand any and all challenges your kid may have and will offer additional support afterschool or give you tools to be able to do at home to provide extra support. Due to the extra help from this schools teachers and staff my son is now excelling. I feel these people do care and have compassion for their students I am glad my child is at this school. I would recommend this school to other families.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2013
This school is great and the teachers are terrific! The principal is lacking for sure - but where the prinicpal falls extremely short - the teachers and parents rise to the occasion. To summarize one persons earlier statement - if you participate in the school, the parent activities, volunteer when you can, offer assistance to the staff and teachers - generally support the school, then you will have a positive reaction and feel great about the environment where your children are being educated. Key item here is you must participate! If you are seeking a school which offers so much in a NEW campus, great facility, environmentally clean, offering a variety of classes - then you MUST check this out! We do not regret one minute sending our children here.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2013
We are very fortunate to have this school in the Town of Addison. From our personal viewpoint... we find the teachers to be amongst the best we have experienced - as our youngest child is attending this school (and previously attended a local private school). Agreeing with the other comments on the Principal (as this person is not committed to the students, parents or the school) and is difficult to speak with. I would give her a 1-star rating at a minimum - as there was not a '0' rating. Luckily for the school - the school is full of supportive / nurturing staff / teachers around the campus to assist parents/families when the leadership falls short. The school offers - art, music, gym, computer classes, TAG, two-way dual language, library services, educational garden, YMCA afterschool program., etc... This is a unique school in that is new and has a bright future ahead of itself. We do not regret transferring our child to this public school!!

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2013
We moved our son out of this school as fast as we could. He was being buliied by another student and it seemed to take a lot of prompting with the vice principal before enough was done to prevent it and the child in question was dealt with appropriately. We found communication with our son's teachers difficult, often not receiving a reply to an email. We also feel that there was not enough communication with parents from the teachers about the curriculum and how they wanted homework assignments approached. I read some of the instructions myself and as an educated woman couldn't figure out what the blast it was that they wanted. We are now in a better school district and our son is much more settled and happier. I wouldn't recommend this school. Even at PTA events where our kids performed, we felt like outsiders. Left an overall bad taste in our mouths for Bush and DISD.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2013
Addison is an area where most families send their kids to one of its many private schools; while, we can afford to do the same Why should we? The debate on the pros/cons; priorities/goals of public vs private are often inaccurate and irrelevant. After weighing our options, we dove in without hesitation and after 1-year, I am proud to say we do not regret our decision - as you do "create your own environment . If you want a poor experience sit back and do nothing. Being involved/supportive in our children s education to make sure the environment is what we expect is key. The school is excelling beyond our expectations, especially given it is DISD. The school is not perfect and those issues we personally have would be found in any school whether it be public or private. The school provides a beautiful/safe/clean learning environment, with all of the modern conveniences expected in a new school with ample opportunities to achieve academic excellence for those who want it. Teacher involvement (for us) has been phenomenal with constant communication and support. Frustration will be high for those who feel the school should deliver excellence without working for it.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2013
We've had 4 teachers that have been exceptional. From an academic standpoint - all teachers have delivered. They have taught our student how to read in Kindergarten. They have brought forth exciting, hands on material for science, social studies, reading, writing and math. The teachers have demonstrated a real passion for what they do and have nurtured and loved our student. Parents must be involved and engaged. I'd recommend this school

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2013
Great school! The teachers are hard working, dedicated, and passionate about what they do. We've only had experience with Kinder and 2nd Grade teachers, but they were awesome. My children love going to school and I love knowing that they are really learning. My child was struggling and the teacher reached out to me before it became a problem. Next, she was getting after school tutoring and a packet of practice sheets and other resources to help out at home. My only complaints are that the kids only get recess twice a week, even in the lower grades. I feel like kids NEED that recess time and three days of gym is NOT a substitute! Also, there are only specific days I can eat lunch with my kids. I thought that was weird. At our old school, a parent could eat whenever they wanted with their child! Overall, I'd recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2013
I have found the current principal there to be uninviting, rude and fake. I have been to the school several time and when Principal Dash entered into the front office she never acknowledged me as parent. Everytime I was in the office she never greeted parents by saying good morning. To me the principal is more concerned with making announcements over the intercom then interacting with the students. She does not allow the students above second grade to have recess. The good get punished for the bad. This includes the Honor Roll students. Now they will not allow the kids to talk at lunch time. Really?? When can the kids have their time to take a break and have a little fun. I'm all about education because both my kids are honor roll students, however, I do believe school should be fun and not a prison. I always hear from my children that the assistant prinicipal engages with students and parents more so than the prinicipal. As far as the teachers, I only know of two good ones there because my kids had them but the rest of them are unhappy and their for a paycheck. I know more about the teachers personal life then whats on the school cirriculum.

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George Herbert Walker Bush Elementary School
3939 Spring Valley Road, Addison, TX  75001
(972) 925-1700
Last modified George Herbert Walker Bush Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
George Herbert Walker Bush Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top