great school. Feels like a private school. Lots of parent involvement
I have two children at Butler. This is a very strong school academically, with excellent and dedicated teachers. socially, however, the school leaves something to be desired. It's a little on the cliquish side -- especially the parents -- but this is not surprising since there are families that have attended Butler for several generations. All in all, I'd give the school a B.
We have been at Butler for 5 years and have seen a change in that time. I have friends with children who went to Butler successfully and are now in college but I feel that the work has become more demanding, I currently have a second grader and its extremely different than it was 5 years ago with my other child. As wonderful as Butler may seem there are still some things that need work.
This school has changed somewhat in the last 2-3 years. I used to be a neighborhood school but it seems that this has changed. More people from outside the neighborhood boundaries are attending this school
My children started this school in Kindergarten. Kindergarten, First, third,and fifth were the most amazing experiences my children could have ever had. But, Second grade is much more difficult and the teachers are more demanding on rules and individual accountability than is necessary, although fourth grade was the most difficult of all. The pace is extremely fast and the amount of class and homework is overwhelming. My child began to hate school due to the pressure in this grade and I heard the same from many parents. My understanding from current fourth grade parents is that this has improved, but many parents agree fourth is the worst year of all. When I approached the administration and teachers about my childs need for assistance, I felt the response was not helpful but one of defensiveness and accusations. My child suffered a great deal emotionally and socially due to the lack of response.
Wonderful public school. Academically challenging and great parental support and participation. Located in a wonderful neighborhood that makes this public school seem like a private school.
Orchestra program is top notch. High academic standards. Parental involvement for volunteer activities is expected. School operates like private schools I attended as a child.
You couldn't ask for a better school, I have had 2 children go through Butler and since graduate from Lamar, I have another daughter starting 3rd grade this fall 04 and a son starting kindergarten in fall 05 and I would never change to another school in Arlington, the admin staff/teachers that my first 2 had were great and the staff/teachers my daughter has today are also wonderful. Butler will always be a top notch academic school
We are nothing but grateful to Butler Elementary. We have three boys that have been going to Butler since Kindergarten. One is going to be a freshmen at Lamar this year, and the other two boys will be in 5th and 2nd grade. We are in the PTA, they always have an open door policy at Bulter. Mrs. Coulter is a wonderful person and very hands on with not only the children but also the parents. When people ask me what school our children go to, and I say Butler Elementary. They always tell me that I am so Lucky! They are so right!
Our youngest son has attended Butler since the 1st grade. It is the best elementary school in Arlington and one of the reasons we moved to this area of N. Arlington. The Principal, Sara Coulter, is great as are virtually all of the teachers. They have a strong Dad s club and very active parents in general. With 13 years of Exemplary ratings, it is not surprising that parents wait in line each year at the district office to get one of the few transfer openings.
I am a former teacher (1993-1997) & I truly enjoyed teaching music to the students. They were wonderully talented!! I enjoyed teaching with Amy Viskozki & Nancy Walker!! My fondest memories are the Talent Shows.
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