I don't have a problem with this school. The teachers are dedicated and work long hours. The students are rough, with the majority being Hispanic and black, White is definitely the minority so if that bugs you, steer clear. Otherwise, it's a fairly good school for a public education. The principle is hard to get in touch with however, and phone calls are hardly ever returned. Office staff seems a liitle uncaring at times and clueless as to professionalism.
I agree this school is one of the worst in Carrollton. We withdrew our children from this school and moved out of the DISD. Principal and Assistant Principal do not return phone calls if you have a complaint, but they'll kiss your rear as long as you agree with them. I wouldn't even give this school a 1 star rating, but it won't let me do 1/2 stars. There is maybe 1 or 2 people in that school that seem to care about parents and kids, but of course they aren't in charge so nothing changes. Traffic is terrible, classes are way too crowded and there's too much time being spent on how things look than how to educate yur children. They need to spend more time on educating and less time on decorating.
I have to disagree with most of the comments posted here. Last year was this school's first year open. I think they did great considering they were almost recognized. According to TEA they missed recognized by ONE POINT. Only a small group of schools were recgnized in the WHOLE DISD. It is a diverse group of students; welcome to public school. You all should be proud your children will be open minded! I had questions about instruction because we transferred our child from private school. I called the principal's secretary who set me an appointment with the principal the very next morning. She was warm and kind and gave me a tour of the school. I even observed the classes. The building is well kept and creatively decorated. It IS overcrowed. The PTA president is also very nice and helpful. Parents are involved here! Love everything about this school!
Junkins has some of the best scores around; including Carrollton! This is great for a new school. Maybe the people posting comments are not literate enough to read good scores. Not only is it decorated nice in a child centered way, the instruction is excellent. Parents and students alike love the train mascot. The 4th and 5th grade teachers are some of the best our daughters have had! The after school activities are awesome and the leadership is some of the friendliest and inviting I have encountered. I personally have witnessed the verbal abuse these teachers take from parents in the back parking lot and I feel sorry for them and embarrased by the parents who use foul language, make u-turns, and speed. I was out of this lot on Friday at 3:04. I appreciate the hard work and dedication I see from the teachers and administration. Go Junkins!
I disagee with all the negative comments. Public Education can be a challenge for everyone involved (i.e. administrative staff, teachers). Parents that sit around an complain about Junkins Elementary are probably the ones that never visit the classrooms. Yes, the school is nicely decorated. And as far as instruction goes you probably will not find anything better. All school have their challenges (public school can not turn away children regardless of their race) Junkins is a public school with a private school climate. Stop all this negativity, think about how this makes the staff feels when they report to work everyday to teach our children. If you think the school is poorly managed then volunteer your time to assist. If you think instruction is poor volunteer your services to help tutor. Putting negative comments on a sounding board is never productive for anyone involved.
This is the best public school I have seen. There are many cultures here and I think that is a good thing. The school is overcrowed and many parents are anxious to see the lines changed for next year. Parents need to be involved in a nice way. We should all be here for our babys.
We love it here. We moved to the area after a visit last year. The teachers are nice and my child does not get bored. He loves the computers and the big computer screen his teacher uses in class. He had a Maverick read to him at school and we has not stopped talking about the pirate day. There are so many parents that help here. It is a nice family and we find it very easy to talk to Mrs. Walker if we need anything. We love the website and the new gradebook system.
As a parent and a Junkins PTA member I must agree and disagree with some of the comments. Yes the school is over crowded, some questions go unanswered, hard to contact the principal. However I know for a fact that ALL the children are receiving a terrific education. You all must remember that this is about the kids. You cannot be upset that the administration wants the school to look nice. If you feel uninformed - GET INVOLVED! Don't complain and not be involved. The way to help your child;s school is to be a part of it. Volunteering even just a few hours during the year can make a difference. There is so much you as a parent could do, but to write and complain will not solve anything. If you want to talk to the principal - go to the PTA meetings - she is at EVERY Single One.
I think the problem with this school is leadership. Teachers are unapproachable same with the principal! Right now they are overcrowded, the traffic is terrible.
Terrible school, teachers yell and are mean to the kids. I took my child out of the school. Childern bully other kids and get away with it.
There is too much harsh disciplinary reaction from the staff instead of preventive measures by the teachers to control the students.
The teachers are very dedicated to their students. With offering students different enrichment oppurtunities from after school programs to different family night. The school hosted a great Science Fair, Technology night, Stories on the Sleepcar and a Multicultural Fair.
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