i want to like this school... I really do. Academically, I think they do a fab job. But school should also be fun and a place to develop socially. The District needs to mandate more recess time! With expectations so high kids need a break and fresh air (only 15-20 min avg per day) so they can focus better when back in class. Also, I so wish principal Streitmatter would invite parents to be a partner in our kids education vs keeping us at arms length. Discipline is tough at Kerr. For kids that thrive in structure they get through it, the kids who are free spirits struggle.
I do not personally know as far as child bullying, but I do believe some of the tactics used... appear TO ME to be a form of bullying by the teachers. Let me reiterate, this is MY OPINION. I have not always felt this way, but I have a loooooong history with Kerr and in the past few years, things have changed greatly. On a side note, they do have a counselor and bullying is discussed in detail and is said to not be tolerated.
At one point I would say I agree. But with a recent experience my opinion vs the teacher and administration my input was trumped. What I had to say, knowing my child more than anyone, I was not given a choice.
It seems to be effective at focusing on testing and tutoring and testing when STARR testing is around the corner. I would assume teachers are following what they are being asked to do and focusing on the schools priorities. (trickle down effect)
The school develops a sense of fear and being bothered by students questions, or possibly getting into trouble.
They themselves are not showing the example to their students as far as respect and compassion and integrity.
Teaching by example is extremely powerful
The teachers at the current time do not seem happy and do not exhibit a sincere concern for helping children understand or exceed. But there is a lot of focus on reprimanding, yelling, blowing whistles and removing recess for the most minuscule of things.
I agree with several of the recent postings. Military force is used. Children may not talk in the halls, bathroom and children will have consequences if they TALK (not food fights, etc) too loudly during lunchtime. Lots of yelling and whistles being blown. Talking during gym. Recess has been reduced drastically. The tiny bit of recess they do have will be taken away from all of the class for the tiniest things, although they tout eating healthy and have a Healthy Eating Challenge. The administration does a poor job of communicating with parents. Parental involvement does not appear to be welcome. Many activities to make school a well rounded experiences have either been reduced or eliminated. Elementary education is a collaborative effort between parents, teachers and school administrators and the Principal, in particular, does not appear to support this type of collaboration. We have many years with several years at Kerr and it has declined greatly. There have been some amazing teachers. Many have left. Most do not seem happy to be there. This experience sets the stage for your child's educational experience and memory. At first I though maybe the tactics used at Kerr were Texas wide because we are not Native Texans. Come to find out, this is NOT the case. At the current time teachers seem unwilling or even bothered to communicate with parents, but will put on a different face in front of administration. The STARR testing seems to be PRIORITY one as is evident in the schools rating vs the community's rating. I'm sad to say that at the current time we are counting down the days until Kerr is not a part of our lives. My child is an "A" student and has never expressed negative feedback about many things in general. But Kerr has been the exception.
My daughters have been attending Kerr for three years now. The teachers are attentive. They encourage student self development and independent thinking as well. They care about each and every student making the appropriate amount of progress. Highly recommend this school.