We lucked into PSE after several years floundering in AISD in a sub-par school (it's a 5 out of 10 on here, so I won't name names.) There, they wanted to test my highly intelligent daughter for ADHD because "smart kids don't get bored." There, she was bullied by students and staff alike.
At Pond Springs, my daughter was challenged academically by the gifted and engaged faculty and encouraged to be empathetic, kind and respectful to all those around her. She recently matriculated out of 5th grade, and we've since moved to another school district. I think the most telling thing was, at the 5th Grade graduation, we had several of the teachers seek us out to tell us how great she'd been, how kind and compassionate, how smart and curious. I don't believe this would have happened at our old school. I hope my daughter carries her Pioneer Pride with her always.
This is a fantastic school! The teachers work hard and are very caring. I wish more parents would be involved in the PTA. It seems to be the same ladies every year. They do a great job! I just wish more parents would step up and help out.
Hi What a wonderful event I attended on October 26 at your school! I come from CANADA and visiting my 2 year old grandson Lucas who lives across the street from the school. Hopefully he will attend your school in a couple of years. I am a teacher myself of special needs kids and I never attended such a spectacular event that everyone could easily participate....not one thing was missing!! YOU SHOULD BE PROUD.I know it took a team to organize this. Suzanne Fortin Ontario Canada
I give PSE 5 stars without reservation. I have 3 children there currently, and I find the majority of teachers there to be extremely caring and dedicated. I am glad there have been some recent administrative changes, but I never had a personal issue in the past. I just cannot say enough wonderful things about the staff, and their dedication to students' success (including the specials teachers). In particular, Ms. Jones (1st) and Ms. Kerley (kinder) are absolutely fantastic instructors. We have a really active, involved, and supportive PTA as well. I am very happy to have my children at Pond Springs.
We relocated from out of state to this neighborhood and this school and it has been wonderful. Both of my children have special needs and other than giving me a hard time and not fully believing me when we first transferred in (i.e. not taking the old schools word for it and having to wait a semester to prove to them he needed services), our experience here has been fabulous. The teachers they've had have been very encouraging and patient and the resource teachers truly want your child to succeed and will try many strategies to help get them there. I feel like they are also very academically challenged and the Friday enrichment program has been a great addition. We may have to move again and this is the biggest thing I will miss from our area. Helpful, caring, accommodating and academically strong.
The academics here are good. Some of the teachers go through great measures to in sure that your child is progressing. On the other hand the teachers that are less sufficient have very bad attitudes. The assistant principal is very ill mannered and talks down to parents. The principal does nothing to correct the bad attitudes of the staff and is not concerned with students on a one to one basis. Her only concern is how the school looks as a whole. The school does not offer much in the realm of cultural diversity and discrimination intolerance. The principal has told me that she herself is uncomfortable dealing with those issues. Its a nice school but stuck in a 1950's mindset and needs to catch up to the 21st century. Oh and it wouldn't hurt if some of the staff stopped frowning and smiled from time to time.
Disappointed. This is a very challenging school where calm and complacent children can learn very well. They are doing very well with Texas standardized testing, which is what the exemplary rating is based upon. However, nurturing it is not. If you have a young child who is more expressive and creative, it's been our experience that these children are considered disruptive. Even in Kindergarten, these children's parents are pressured to medicate their "hyper" child. It took me a few months of birthday parties to learn that almost every boy in our Kinder class was medicated already. In addition, I've felt that because I haven't allowed them to pressure me into doping my 5 yr old, they want to basically get rid of us. I've formally requested counseling, since if in fact my child is having issues, that would seem logical first step. But my request was ignored. I can also back up what the 6/30/11 reviewer says about the rude way the staff treats those parents that aren't their buddies. So, just average.