We feel like we hit the jackpot with this sweet school only a short walk from our house! Our kindergartener has been a part of the duel language program and I am amazed at how much our student is learning, both in English and Spanish! Not only is the duel language program good, but other friends are just as happy with the amazing teachers and programs this school has to offer (drama club, cheerleading, Spanish club, garden club and more!) . The academics are rigorous and The staff genuinely cares about the students. This school has a strong community - talented teachers, committed administration, and engaged parents all on board to make this the best school in DISD. Go Reilly!
We love Reilly Elementary. The teachers are amazing and most of them have been there or years. They have great clubs for the kids (Spanish, Garden, Drama, Cheer, Sports, Orchestra... the list goes on). The school is tucked away in the neighborhood, so I love that it's surrounded by homes and not busy roads. We really enjoyed all the great families we've met too! Love seeing our school friends at the parks and walking to and from school!
We love living in Lochwood - BEST neighborhood in Dallas! - and a big reason for that is that we love our neighborhood school, Reilly Elementary! We have seen many exciting changes at the school under the leadership of Principal Marion Jackson over the past 5 years, including decreased class sizes for Kindergarten and the addition of new sports teams, extracurricular activities, and academic programs at the school. Just a few years ago, M.T. Reilly Elementary was one of only 15 DISD schools to receive the HIGHEST rating with the MAXIMUM number of distinctions from the 2014 TEA Accountability Ratings - and last year, we started our Dual Language Program for starting Kindergarteners! We have always had great teachers at Reilly, and we now have a strong and active PTA, a wonderful parents' group for future Reilly Rams from birth to pre-K ages, and all of Lochwood standing behind us helping Reilly continue to succeed! Check out our amazing community and everything going on in Lochwood at www.lochwood.com and on our Lochwood Facebook page, and feel free to contact current parents of Reilly Rams through our group, Ready to Be a Ram (www.ReadyToBeARam.com and on Facebook), to get feedback and input about the school and our experiences from us directly! GO RAMS!! :)
Our daughter started kindergarten this year in Reilly's new two-way dual language program. I've been amazed by the speed with which her reading skills have grown over the last few months. Between August and December, she's gone from recognizing letter sounds to reading entire books in both Spanish and English. Her teacher is fantastic, and we've really appreciated the effort the principal makes to engage with families. Our daughter participates in the Rams Club (after school care) and Drama Club and really enjoys both. There is a very active parent group (we struggled to find two seats together after arriving late to last night's PTA meeting) as well as a pre-elementary parents group in the neighborhood, ensuring the parental engagement will only continue to grow. We weren't sure about Reilly when we first moved to the neighborhood seven years ago, but we are so glad to be a part of our neighborhood school now.
Our daughter just started 1st grade after a very successful kindergarten year last year. Reilly is a little gem of a school and Mrs. Jackson (the principal), the teachers, and the staff are working hard to ensure that our little scholars shine. There's a new and exciting Spanish immersion program as well as extracurriculars such as Drama Club. Lots of opportunities for our little ones to grow not only as students, but as little citizens.
Parental involvement has been going up year after year, which is incredible -- and has led to better fundraising and neighborhood involvement. Those factors, in conjunction with the never-ending enthusiasm and commitment of the school staff and administration, have led Reilly to achieve some of the highest academic accountability ratings in the district. Our daughter's student/teacher ratio in kinder was significantly less than her friends in more coveted DISD schools -- so her teacher was able to give more individual attention to her students. Definitely a plus for us.
So, if you're on the fence about Reilly, be sure to come tour the school, get to know some current Reilly families, and give this "little school that could" a chance. We're glad we did.
Our 5 year old started as a kindergartner this year at this fantastic neighborhood school in the heart of the Lochwood neighborhood. We've been lucky to be residents in this neighborhood for 8+ years and recently the neighbors have really been pulling together engaging in community events and really "rallying around Reilly!" As a result we had no hesitations at all in sending our daughter to this school and we've been rewarded with a happy, engaged, loving learning, student. We feel lucky as a family to have this great school in our 'hood and can't wait to send our two youngest there in 2017.
Ms. Jackson is passionate about making this school better and better. We have had a wonderful experience, and our son is learning more advanced concepts than many of his friends at schools that everyone clamors to get into. We're seeing more neighborhood involvement, so I expect Reilly to keep improving.