My child feels like his opinion doesn't matter. I think this is because there is too much emphasis on group work at too young an age, and his group are all friends who ignore him. It has been frustrating for him and heart breaking for me.
My child was asked about involvement in an incident and he denied it. He finally "admitted" what they wanted, and they gave him the Honesty award, but he didn't do it. So basically they bullied him into lying then rewarded him for it.
-No homework or any way for parent to understand progress
-No feedback from teachers, principal, or counselor unless I ask repeatedly
-Unresponsive faculty and staff (see above)
-Appalled at lack of professionalism in teachers
-"Looping" teachers with students means my child should have a sub-par teacher for two years (we are withdrawing our child from this school)
-Huge emphasis on group work in 2nd grade (!) - my personal opinion is that this is too young for these students to know how to work together effectively, and in our experience it has led to some in-class (sanctioned, almost) bullying behavior. In my child's classroom, it seems like a way for the teacher to do less work, frankly.
-I was the room parent and was as involved as I could be, while working part time. But I still didn't know what was going on or have any kind of good relationship with any of the faculty or staff; not for lack of trying. They were very distant. At first I was impressed that the principal seems to know each child's name. But that seems to be a way to fake engagement. Just really disappointed in our experience here the last 3 years.
Not at all satisfied with our experience at Town Center. There is little or no homework for our 2nd and 4th grade students. No spelling lists. No classwork sent home. I have to rely on generic weekly newsletters and Open House to see what is being done at school. The teachers seem to feel that the kids should be seen and not heard. Silence and rigidity strictly enforced here even if it means the entire class has to sit on concrete during 20 minutes of recess to learn that they should behave. Not our cup of tea.
We met the Principal Mrs. Tramel trying to understand the programs that TownCenter offers for our Twins who are attending the First Grade. We just moved from a private school in Chicago and I can clearly say that the standards of TCE are much much higher than the private school we sent our kids to. Some of the things that TCE offers are: 1. The STEM program - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program. Inculcating 2 engineering modules into every grade. 2. Focusing more on leadership, conflict resolution and thinking out of the box. 3. The teachers are extremely caring towards their students. Above all- Mrs. Tramel has made a big difference in TCE and during her 7-year tenure, TCE has been exemplary every year.
I don't get the May 19th review. I have 2 kids in TCE and they both love the school and have had nothing but affectionate, caring teachers. In fact, I've never seen more caring teachers. The school does have high standards, but that is good. I hope that doesn't change, we need to prepare our kids for a tough world and babying them with easy work and un-earned praise will not do that.