We recently moved to Denton (2004) and have a child in 5th grade at Sam Houston. We are pleased to find that the teachers and staff are very serious about discipline, and as a result the students are very well-behaved. We are also pleased with the Accelerated Reading program. We think the 5th grade teaching team is excellent and they are doing a good job of preparing our child for middle school. The teachers, as well as the principal, have been very responsive whenever we have had questions or concerns. The PTA is very strong. We are having a positive experience and highly recommend this school!
I was very disappointed as to how my second grader was treated last year (2003 - 2004) Her teacher didn't have time for the children and when I ask as to why her repley was that she had 22 other so how can I. I also had someone who was not the paperwork to pick her and they did, no one ever ask who they were or anything. That person went 20 minutes early so they could ask for the child, this person had never been inside the school, the office people never even ask who they was only who they was looking for. That scared me tells me anyone could take my child and they wouldn't even know who it was. So between the doesn't have time and the office workers. I have very high concerns and would not ever advise anyone to send there child there.
The children at Sam Houston are well-disciplined, have lots of Accelerated Reader Points, and do great on the TAKS test. But do they have a zest for learning and is the joy of discovery alive and well? Does the school nurture and find the best in every child. I would have to say no. After 2 years at Sam Houston, my child is convinced that it's more important to get all the blanks filled in on the worksheets than to understand what the worksheet was supposed to help her learn. The principal has an iron hand and a mind to match-she is locked up in her own vision of 'the good school' and there is no room for change or diversion from the status quo. This will be my child's last year at this school that values public opinion more than the spirit and mind of the child.
this is for my child who was in the 1st grade last year[2002-2003]. I was very disappointed in the teacher she had last year--very grumpy-not loving,very distant, always yelling--not able to keep control of the class room. One or two parents were there almost everyday to assure that their child and others were able to have some sort of praise and positive reinforcement. I also had a another child there approx. 12yrs ago and had nothing but positive things to say about Sam Houston[especially Mrs. Neblett].
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