Stonewall Jackson has many great qualities. However, the previous review regarding parent cliques and the exclusion of moderate income families is true. I have met with more than a dozen families that have experienced social exclusion, isolation and high school "bad girl" behavior from many of the core SJ moms. A group of previous and current families has started to share experiences and plan to take collective concerns to the prinicpal and the DISD offices in a healthy and positive format. Elementary school should have one focus: Children, their academic and social development. Shame on the parents that make Stonewall Jackson like an exclusive country club. Exposure to social, ethnic and income diversity at school is not the same as warmly incorporating that diversity into your life. There are lots of great children and parents that aren't white, wealthy, or have high profile careers.
We have been at this school for a few years and with each passing year the quality of parent/teacher communication and teacher/child involvement has declined. By the time your child reaches 2nd grade the teachers are cold to both parents and students. It has never changed--The parents gather in cliques. The activities are almost designed to exclude the more moderate income families. The only really great things about the school are the outdoor garden program and the arts programs. The outstanding music teacher and librarian have left. There isn't a computer program and the outdoor science program is hanging on. It does have an outstanding kindergarten program and a pretty good 1st grade program. 2nd grade was disappointing and 3rd was terrible. We are headed to private school. We want a challenging academic program with higher quality teachers who are generally warm/communicative and where parents get along.
SWJE has been a good school for us. Lots of the normal complaints of lots of homework and the like, but the teachers really care and try. It is an amazingly diverse atmosphere, where kids are exposed to and learn a lot (mixed races and cultures, kids with disabilities, sign language, bilingual program, pre and post school activities, cultural and arts programs, etc.) and a strong PTA and parental involvement. They struggle against the budget and system of DISD at times, but I think they do quite well considering.
Stonewall has programs that are unique in public education, teachers that are happy and experienced, and wonderful parents who realize that helping out as a volunteer or monetarily also helps sustain this excellence in education that the school provides.
Stonewall has been a disappointment. All we heard were good things, but now being there we have been underwhelmed. We think the garden program is unique and important. There is a lot of parent involvement but it has been very frustrating to not feel accepted. There are a lot of cliques and it has been mind boggling how you meet them one day and they act like they don't know you the next. We have been shocked with the amount of Disney Movies that have been shown. They should find other things to do regardless of the weather and not send home the work they should be doing in school. We found our little one out by the curb one day when they were let out with no supervision. This is due to lack of supervision and chaos at release. Hopefully this will improve before it is too late.
Over all this is an ok school. Once you have been around several years the 'ghosts start to come out of the closets'. Our child is looking forward to moving to another school! How sad that how our child feels is close to what we as parents feel like also. Teachers are pretty good. Office staff is so-so. They could be more approachable and welcoming, they look so stressed and too busy to ask them a question. We are hoping to move this summer and enroll our kiddo to another school. Oh, the parent group issue is very true. You can see them huddled in their 'cliques' it's truely silly.
Awesome school....only school around with fantastic garden that the children help maintain.
Our grandson is in 3rd grade at Stonewall Jackson. It has been a wonderful nurturing family environment. This school also has a program for deaf students in the Dallas Independent School District and they are mainstreamed into every activity and program. A truly inspiring way for our young people to learn to look beyond surface problems to the people inside.
Great school, great parents, great kids, great teachers! Great environment for kids.
It's the best school ever! Great kids, great parents, great community! Love the garden!
Everything about Stonwall is wonderful. I'm honored and proud that my Son is a Stonewall Star.
Because of the Great teachers, fantastic bilingual program, the garden/science lab and how the community work so hard for our neighborhood school.
Stonewall fosters an environment in which students take pride in their work. The unique learning opportunity Stonewall provides makes it the crown jewel of Dallas Independent School District!
Stonewall Jackson is a great academic school as shown through our consistently high rating. Also, there is much participation from parents- everyone pitches in to ensure our kids have what they need to blossom!
Stonewall is a diverse school that prepares my kids for the real world.
our parent involvement and our awesome garden. we all pulled together last year to save it even though it was cut budget-wise.
The parents and teachers work very well together and are so enthusiatic about making school a fun place to learn!
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