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Austin, TX
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16200 Avery Ranch Boulevard
Austin, TX 78717

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April 29, 2015
I wish there was a lower rating. A horrible school to say the very least. My child is in PPCD (Special education for 3-5 years old). The principle is useless and will sit in IEPs to take notes and never ads any value. The teachers are not trained and they never push the children to get to where they can. Speech team is horrible. I have no idea how this program is still active. Someone from RRISD needs to take some action and make real changes. IEP coordinator at the school should be fired. If you are a parent who is assessing this school for a child with special needs, my advise to you is to run away from this school. We will not keep our son here next year for sure. Well that s what they do, they push you to home school your child. Horrible horrible horrible

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November 26, 2014
Patsy Sommer is an Awesome school. The parents are super engaged with the school and kids... The whole school seems like a very large but close knit family. Most teachers are good and have stayed with the school for a while, which is a great thing given the fact that several new schools have come-up and good teachers are in great demand... The 5th grade teachers do a great job of preparing kids for the Middle school... I was apprehensive how my kid would fare in the middle school, but with the prep work in elementary (thanks to the teachers), middle school has been a cakewalk for us so far. I would highly recommend this school...

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September 22, 2014
I have loved every teacher that my children have had at Patsy Sommer, and Mr. Pratz did a great job. Since he left and Ms Varljen took over it has gone down hill. We have lost several teachers each year because they are not fond of her either. She always has an excuse, and nothing is ever her "fault" . The ratings will go down soon, because all she cares about are the students who are way ahead. I have both kind of students, and she has been a nightmare for the one who struggles a bit. People are talking about petitioning to get rid of her, and I will be the first to sign.

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August 26, 2014
Have been very disappointed with this school and its principal. She says she has an open door, but does not listen to any of our concerns about our child. She doesn't care about any requests that are made and will do things her way regardless what is best for the child.

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August 04, 2014
I personally do not agree with any of these comments. Great staff quite caring and attentive from the moment you walk in to volunteering in class plenty. I had a kinder in Mrs. Kuhn's class and a fifth grader in Mrs. Ruiz class. This school has amazing teachers who have taught my kids a tough curriculum with patience and understanding. The principal addressed an issue with a temporary substitute teacher with great attention and urgency of the matter at hand. She showed exemplary leadership and open communication. As parents, we want someone who cares about the children as much as we do as parents and Sommer has reflected that academically in 2013-2014. Great work! We did not find that in schools in Fairfax County that had reputation for being great schools but lacked in curriculum, teachers being enthusiastic and staff who seemed not to care about kids who got sick or parents who took time from their jobs to volunteer when they could.

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July 21, 2014
The school is great, the principal however....... I hope some things change and they bring back the community ed after school programs, my sons really missed them. My daughter will be going in to kinder and there are not any after school activities for kinder without the community ed.

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May 27, 2014
This school is awesome. My daughter is in Ms. Shreiner's class and it has been such a blessing. I was worried about her slow eating habits, but she thrived in her class academically and eating too. Ms. Shreiner stretched herself and put in a lunch award scheme that worked out really well. There is a lot of positive reinforcement and I see it is a very strong academic and extra-activity oriented school. Extremely impressed.

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April 28, 2014
Coming from a Montessori we knew our kindergartner was ahead of her peers in academics but maybe slacking in her social skills. This school offered us a perfect balance of academics as well as social fun for our daughter. So much so that within one month of joining this school we got admission in another very renowned academically driven school but we stayed with Patsy Sommer. Ms Dyer is very caring, fun and methodical - she has different levels of teaching within the same class. We love her!! The other teachers and staff are also very helpful and both the principal and Vice principal are very approachable and helpful too

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February 18, 2014
There is nothing good to say about this school, except maybe that its pretty.. Mr. Pratz was a great principal, to bad he retired.

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November 18, 2013
The communication between school staff and parents is not so good. The principal is little to no help with any communication or understanding.

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October 02, 2013
I will have to agree with the postings from September 2013 especially about the principal and assistant principal. I do not need to elaborate on them much more. 2011-2012 was not a good year for them either. Mr. Mark Pratz "we miss your leadership"

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September 05, 2013
I love this school! However, I am Def not impressed with the principal. When I spoke with her about an issue last year, I thought she would possibly handle it. This year, I realize it did not happen and I feel she will do things her way and that is the only way. She does not give a feeling of comfort, I feel she just smiles says yes, but totally dismisses the parents concerns. The rest of the staff that I have dealt with are a pleasure. The counselor is wonderful and always smiles. The nurse is super sweet and wonderful. The librarian is new and seems super nice. Librarian assistant, Heather is a delight as well. The parents seem to be really involved and the teachers my son has had so far (along with many others I have met ) are also a delight . For this reason only, I give 4 stars

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August 21, 2013
Potentially over-rated. Lower grades staff is completely hit and miss, from entirely engaging and dedicated to the kids to superficial and downright mean. Curriculum and daily activities are overly intense without any clear benefits. Your child will do a lot but may not learn as much as a slower pace school that adds depth to subjects. Higher grades staff is more uniform with a few exceptions. Principal and Vice-Principal have no clear leadership capabilities and change course on a regular basis. Probalby deserves its "Exemplary" status, but I would recommend looking to England or Leander if the option is there.

- submitted by a community member

August 21, 2013
The school tends to hire the most in-experienced and the most horrible teachers in Texas. The established teachers are good but every year a bunch of teachers quit and the replacements seem like they were interviewed by the principal in a drive- through setting. Have seen the same thing happening year after year even after the student count went down when a nearby school was built. The new principal is hardly impressive. The so called highly rated RR school district cannot even apply a uniform policy across all its schools and leaves a lot to the discretion of the principal. So far the principal's discretion has been un-impressive. Cant believe greatschools ranks this school as a 10!

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2012
I love this school. My son is in KG in Mrs. Stroh's class this year. I am very happy on what he has learned academically in just one year. I agree with one of the comment listed on Mrs. Stroh's capabilities. She is a very good teacher indeed. She does take personal interest in students and keep parents informed. When progress is made to exceed her expectations, she rewards children. This adds positive influence. Like her, there are many great teachers at this school. we love the principal Mrs. Pratz. He is very funny and welcoming. We loved him on the first day at orientation. This school does know how to each kids.

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March 22, 2012
I absolutely love this school. My child is in Ms. Warner's class this year and it has been such a blessing. My child did not attend an academic preschool and I was worried about her being behind. She has thrived in her class/school academically and socially. I also have to agree with a previous review...it is a very nurturing school. The kids are reminded that their actions can encourage or discourage another and being kind is the "Stallion" way. The principal is great! The kids love him. There is a lot of positive reinforcement. I feel it is a very strong academic school (my experience is they DO teach...I am shocked by what my child brings home/learns) and the kids seem very happy there. There are many fun activities the families can participate in as well. Extremely pleaed.

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August 17, 2011
The school consistently hires in-experienced teachers at the lower class levels where good teachers are extremely important. The school district and principal seem to be well aware that the surrounding area is fairly well educated and the students will get good standardized test scores even if the school does not teach anything (same old story - aiming for high test scores instead of teaching) Teachers have no idea what the child is doing during recess time to get an idea of the child's social skills. The teacher turnover rate seems to be very high too. End of the year teacher requests because of learning shortcomings are ignored too. I know this review will probably ding my house price but my Childs education is more important to me than my house price. Also, there is hardly any emphasis given to math at K level. The report cards seem to be bogus and try to show bad grades in the beginning of the school year and then improving over time to show "the school improved your child". One good thing about the school is that they take parental concerns seriously and does not ignore them. But it seems they only do this to make the parents feel good.

- submitted by a parent

August 07, 2011
This is a awesome school. My son attended this school last year and was in Kindergarten. His class teacher Mrs Stroh was extraordinary. She went out of her way to help my son achieve what he was capable of whether it was reading groups or extra math problems etc. We got great support from all the teachers who were involved in teaching various things like art/craft, music, pe etc. The school has a great library. It also participates in various extra curricular activities that helps give your kid a rounded personality. I cannot wait to see what my son does this year in 1st grade. Love this School.

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September 21, 2010
The parents participation, The library so complete, The use of technology on education, The entusiasm that teachers give to kids on doing different extra curricular activities. The principal so involve of kids, teachers, parents, hepers!

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August 18, 2010
My child was in Ms. Kathryn Warner's Kindergarten class. She is wonderful teacher. I could not have asked for anything more about teacher and school for my child's first year in school and such a pleasant learning experience.

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August 06, 2010
What an outstanding year. My child was in Ms. Erickson's Kindergarten class. She is very well versed in child development and offered my child (and I'm sure every child) an education that met their needs. She is a positive teacher and loved her sense of humor with the children. Patsy Sommer is a great school. It is a great school because of teachers like Ms. Erickson. Thank you Ms. Erickson for making my child's kindergarten year such a positive one! You are just the best!

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June 21, 2009
My daughter attended first grade at Sommer and loved it! Her teacher, Mrs. Robertson, is the most caring and loving teacher. She is truly an exceptional instructor, very charismatic, definitely goes above and beyond to make sure every student is encouraged, supported, and challenged to achieve the highest levels of knowledge, skills, and character. Excellent parent-teacher communication! I am so blessed that my daughter had the opportunity to be at such a great school! The principal is outstanding as well!!!

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March 19, 2009
Patsy sommer opened august 2008 and is already doing great things. A great sense of community, fantastic principal and committed staff make this a nurturing place for children. There are lots of afterschool activities and always a positive attitude. This school will go from strength to strength in the coming years.

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October 24, 2008
The staff is diverse in knowledge, experience and teaching style. They are supportive of adapted school values, beliefs, and expectations. They work cooperatively to provide the best balanced, research supported, literacy rich instruction available to the students. Students are their main concern though they reach out to the parents, families, and community.

- submitted by a teacher

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Patsy Sommer Elementary School
16200 Avery Ranch Boulevard, Austin, TX  78717
(512) 704-0611
Last modified Patsy Sommer Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Patsy Sommer Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top