Lets be clear about academic status first before we start bashing a school. RECOGNIZED campus is BETTER than EXEMPLARY status. My daughter has been at this school since it opened as well. She is an honor roll student. She has never missed honor roll since she has been at Masters Elementary. She passed the STAARS test as well with flying colors. When I had concerns about my daughter, I spoke to Dr. Arnell(Principal) and she addressed my concerns immediately. She is not a do whatever the teacher wants type of principal. She makes sure that the teachers teach and students do their BEST! She has high expectations for the staff and students! This is an EXCELLENT school. My daughter will be attending Metzger next year and I pray that the school has the SAME expectations. I highly recommend JAMES MASTERS ELEMENTARY. They have cheerleading, dribble team, and choir among other activities for their students.
I am a highly involved parent and I must say that this school was awesome when it first opened. Since then it seems like it has gone downhill. From what I understand the campus lost it exemplary status and is only recognized so the principal seems to be pushing the students and teachers to do well on the new STAAR test. The principal personally talked with individual student and had them promise to do their best. It put a lot of kids under more stress because they felt if they do badly then they would get in trouble. I think every school is going to have problems, how the problems are handled by the staff and principal is what counts. When a problem came up with my child and their teacher I felt like the principal really didn t care. She said that she fully believes in her teachers and wouldn't have them at her school if she didn t. I think that a lot of the lack of parent involvement is due to the fact that some of the staff and teachers make parents feel unwelcome. Obviously there is something wrong when the PTO board members from this year are not only stepping down but most all of them are moving their children to charter schools or homeschooling them.
First of all- this school is in Judson ISD, on Wooklake Parkway, in Converse NOT Live Oak- the address listed is incorrect. My kids have been at this school since it opened. I am so impressed with the building, and resources available to the teachers and students. The extra activities and after school programs are amazing. It has been hit-or-miss with some of the teachers, some don't seem to enjoy being there as much as others; however my impression has always been that the frustration comes more from the lack of parental involvement. I have been impressed with the principal, and her willingness to meet with us and discuss any concerns we have had. I am a parent volunteer and am in the school helping at least once a week- and I can honestly say that I am VERY happy with having my kids there, and believe this to be the best elementary school in Judson ISD.
Teachers are only there for a pay check. They only teach for the TAKS tests and the administrators could care less about the concerns of the parents. Already removed my kids.
The first year was a good year but now the teachers are getting sloppy and aren't really caring about the children well being. The principle, Mrs Arnell, just goes along with what ever the teachers say. I am going to remove my children.
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