My son attended PK here in the year 2013-14. We found this school to be quite good, the teachers and staff are friendly and involved. The school had regular field trips which helped keep the students interested. The parents were encouraged to be highly involved. I do not know why the school fell in the ratings but our experience has been good so far.
This review is for 6 years ago (06'/07')- not sure if the same principal is there. My son loved this school. He only attended in 5th grade, but as a senior now he looks back and says 'I really liked Pillow. I learned so much there.' The principal was really the key I believe. She was terrific. She hand picked a group of teachers that truly wanted the best for the kids. They taught in a way that made the kids think, not just memorize facts. Thank you!
We love the school, my son is happy there, since PK he has great grades, we're taking an active part in his education by reinforcing what he learns at school at home, I wish more parents take the plunge an volunteer more at school , the opportunities are there.
The staff and faculty at our school goes above and beyond for it's students. We are a family here.
Pillow Elementary is a good neighborhood school. We love that parent involvement is encouraged by the staff.
It is ok but do not why it dropped from exemplary to acceptable in 1 single year.
Pillow is overcrowded and has a high percentage of low income students. Because this does not reflect the neighborhood it has taken some adjustment. The teachers range from extraordinary to tired and probably need to retire. My child's experience was very good in kindergarten with an environment that was nurturing and safe. Crowd control is a major part of the principle's challenge and, as well as, teaching children to speak English. I have not agreed with a policy that no one has playground time or be involved in activities that might disturb when the older children are taking state tests. I also wonder why the 1st and 2nd graders are in portable buildings. There are good people who care about the school but the declining scores must be addressed. The past reputation is no longer valid. Probably symptomatic of the entire district.
Things to love about Pillow: Great "family feeling" morning assembly, with "College Monday", "Fitness Thursday", and "Spirit Friday". (Parents are welcome to attend, and all students get experience public speaking over the course of the year.) Super diverse -- students whose parents come from all over the world and are very motivated to improve their children's lives. Cultural education -- There's the dual language program, and next year (2013-2014) they are starting a grant funded program with the other Anderson-highschool feeder schools to introduce each grade level to a different language. My daughter is super excited to get a chance to learn some German. Academic focus -- Every student learns and is pushed, regardless of background or level. A strong focus on academics. Fun, low key extracurriculars -- running club, math club, chess club... this year a parent did an "Korean culture" class. Spirit nights out roller skating and a school dance party. Most classes participate in Marathon Kids and Science Fair. What I don't like is how overcrowded the school is (as many classrooms in portables as inside; lunch times that start super early to get all the kids through).
My son is a PK graduate from Pillow Elementary School. He likes his teacher very much. He wanted to be 4 years old always so that he can stay back in PK class.
I attended this school from k-5 grade and I really liked it; my teachers were awesome!! And really nice, they taught me really well, and luckily I got commended on all the TAKS tests from third grade to fifth grade.
We really miss you, Pillow!! Our child attended from 1st grade almost up to the end of 4th grade. We had to leave due to military relocation. Her new school doesn't EVEN compare. Thanks to you, she is more prepared than most of her classmates.
I hate this school because, when i went there i got sick so i went to the office crying in pain and they waited three hours to call my parents.They make you sit there and wait.I was crying in pain and they just watch you. This is the worst school in history.
TERRIBLE SCHOOL! Kids are made to eat breakfast in the hallway and without any trays. My child was repeatedly spit on, cussed at and harassed by the other children on his bus. The school LOST him 2 times where he had no idea where to go and I had no idea where to find him. The office never returned any phone calls! His safety was in jeopardy and after not receiving any help from the district, I finally had to withdraw him and move in order to get him to a different school. I tried to join the PTA and they denied me that right as well. I was greeted with dirty looks every morning, pushed by other children in the halls, and listened to them cuss at each other in the breakfast lines. My son became depressed and afraid to attend school due to the daily harassment.
I love Pillow Elementary because it has a good staff and faculty. Students are eagered to learn and motivated. Our parents are always willing to help and go out of their way to make sure their children are safe and being educated.
Teachers are, for the most part, incredibly involved with the children's learning. One for example, Mrs. Drozd, helped my daughter overcome her problems with math.
My daughter will be graduating out of Pillow this year and we are both starting to feel sad at the thought of leaving this wonderful school. Her acceptance by the Ann Richard's School is a direct reflection to the wonderful work that the teachers have done all these years, coupled by a well disciplined home environment. I am sure glad that I have Pillow on my side on this one!
The teachers are just so great and really care about the children they are teaching. I attended Lindale Elementary School in Lindale, Texas and they gave me a great elementary education.
I like Pillow because the teachers care about the students getting an education.My grandchildren are excited about going to school now.
The Principal, teachers and staff at Pillow Elementary are obviously serious about providing a quality education to our children. They encourage me, as a parent, to get just as involved and I do. My son is blossoming at this school and it looks like the sky is the limit.
The kids seem to be happy and enjoy being there. It's fun to watch all their musical programs and see the joy of children learning in a multi-cultural environment.
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