This is a great school for students. My kid has attended this school in the last 4 years and loved it. I have seen her develop academically and also socially. The principal and teachers put in long hours and take a lot of pride in making it a great learning experience as also making it a safe place. We have been in different states for our older kids and were a little apprehensive when we moved to Coppell 6 years ago. However we have been pleasantly surprised and our kid was able do excellently in this school both academically and socially. Kudos to the Principal, Staff and Volunteers.
As a 4 year parent I have to say that the school administration is great about telling parents and students they are getting a great education, but they would be better off to actually apply themselves. We had 1 great teacher and classroom experience, but the bulk of our experience was horrible. 2 of our teachers were arguably incompetent. We felt the need to reinforce most of our student's learning with work at home. They place a ridiculous emphasis on testing (despite their statements to the contrary) In fact, our child spent the month after standardized tests watching movies and doing worksheets. They didn't even attempt to introduce new units or continue the curriculum. They get good scores because they start with advantaged kids in good families. Despite being involved as volunteers we were chastised by the administration when we asked questions about our experience. The nutrition plan is horrible - we had to pack lunches to avoid fried foods and pizza that are standard in the cafeteria. All in all, it is sad. They have money and the support of the community, but too much ego to create a quality education. If you really care, I would look elsewhere.
As a grandparent of two students at Mockingbird and a retired teacher, I rate the school as above average in teacher/administrative competency. The availability and interation of administration, teacher and paents is very timely. The teachers' competencies are closely monitored and nurtured to enhance their positive effect s on the chilren in their classrooms.
Mixed feelings about this school. Have two children there and the school experience appears to only be as good as the teacher they are placed with during that year. Some are excellent, some are not. School absorbed many students from a closed school this year and while I've been told it is equipped to handle more, it is definitely more crowded than years past. Principal responsive to concerns raised, but did not follow up like I would have anticipated for this level of school. TAKS pass rate has been at 100% for 3rd grade and the pressure is ON for those current third graders to keep it that way. No 8/9 year old should feel that kind of pressure.......
The Mockingbird principal uses teaching techniques that were better left in the 70's. She opposes any curriculum that differentiates between in-need, average or gifted children even though this is a school district manadate. Teacher turnover is very high. New hires are generally recent college graduates who do not have the experience and knowledge to instruct such a diverse student poplulation. There are no extra curricular activites. The school is part of the Texas 'Robin Hood' plan, so 40% of property taxes that are earmarked for the school are sent to other districts. The school is aggressive in its fund raising. There are never ending contests and competitions for classes who 'sell' the most magazines, cook books or 'donate' the most money or food.
My daughter has done very well in her two years at Mockingbird. The principal changed this year and that has made a difference in the tone of the school. I find it much more accepting of parents with other siblings now. The lower grades don't offer many extracurricular activities but the classes do take field trips. My daughter's teachers both in Kinder and 1st grade have been wonderful and she brings home lots of great art projects. There's a high level of parent involvement in the classrooms and with the PTO.
Growing up this was my favorite school. Mr. Mac the principal was part of the family. He was always standing in the hall holding up 'I Love You' in sign language. He also had the most caring teachers that I have ever known. The food was absolutely delicious. Also there was alot of parental involvement at school. Its very friendly and a great place for a child to be at.