I was shocked to read some of the comments that have been posted. I have to disagree with the parents who made negative comments about Milam. It is a great school located in one of the safest cities. The school is small, kept clean and very inviting. The teacher to student ratio is excellent. I personally got to see what teachers do and they do a great job. I am disappointed at the fact that I can't say the same for the parents. There were very few who volunteered to help monitor or make copies, etc. I was one of the parents who joined PTA so I was able to see how much parents truly involved themselves with their children's education. Not many parents help but are quick to gossip, judge and blame the school. This was the reason I stopped volunteering frequently.
I am proud to be a teacher at Milam and proud of the work I do. I teach what the state of Texas requires me to teach and yes, part of that is the skills and strategies every child needs to pass the TAKS test, a test mandated by President Bush. The teachers at Milam work very hard and go above and beyond the duties of our 8 hour work day. With parental support we can accomplish so much more. Parents, realize that even though you are in El Paso for a short time, the invaluable volunteer time given to your child's school is a gift we would all appreciate and treasure. After all, the true treasures are your children, and what benefits them, benefits us all.
My children have been at Milam for 2 years and we are heading in to our 3rd year there. They started in Kinder , 2nd and 3rd grades. I was pleased with the level of education my children received and loved the cultural knowledge of the area that my children acquired. Each year my children left Milam as well rounded students and I enjoyed all of the special events held at the school. The level of parent involvement needs to be stepped up quite a bit. Only very few of us would show up for events and or meetings. It is a small community and if we all do our part as volunteers we can accomplish so much.
I have not been impressed with the quality of teachers or Principal in this school. They are more concerned about State testing then preparing the kids to move to other school. Tutoring is only offered for graded doing State testing.
My son currently attends 1st grade at Milam and we love it. His teacher is very nurturing and sweet. The school is small, inviting and very clean. Parents are encouraged to volunteer in any way they can and are welcome in the school and classroom which is not always the case. The pricipal is very hands on and does her best to satisfy everyone, which is impossible. This is a wonderful little school and we could not be more satisfied.
My child attended this school for the third grade. The school seemed to be more focused on the children passing the TAKS test than in the over all acedemics of the students. Pressure is put on the students to pass or not get promoted to the next grade. Sure enough 100% of the third grade students passed the reading TAKS, because that is what they teach. But look at the math scores. They are low because the students aren't required to pass math in order to move on to the fourth grade. The focus should be on overall acedemics and not the TAKS.
My children have attended this school the past two years. I agree, the math program they had a couple years ago wasn't the greatest. However, this new math program (Everyday Mathematics) that the district has implemented is wonderful. As far as teachers are concerned...they are some of the nicest people I have met.
My daughters attended during the 2004-2005 school year in grades K, 2nd, and 5th. I can honestly say that I was terribly unimpressed with the quality of the academic programs. Especially, math, the primary program used was intended to be used supplementally. The fifth grade received math textbooks mid year only after many complaints from parents and confused students. Their band consists of only stringed instruments which doesn't provide a lot of variety for the students to choose from. Another drawback is the absence of sports programs. The parent population is predominantly active duty military and they're generally pretty involved which was indeed the case here. The parents in the community are very hands on. Volunteering for special projects, beautification of school grounds, teacher's assistants, crossing guard duty, etc.....Alot of events the children thoroughly enjoyed would not have been possible if it weren't for the parents.
I have read the reviews of this school and they sadden me. I currently have 3 children attending this school. Being a military brat and currently a spouse, I have learned that there is no perfect school. Every state has their own standardized tests and if parents took the time to look over released tests online, they would see how complicated the TAKS test really is. Parents complain that the school teaches to the test but this comes from the state not the school. The teachers teach the children alot to have the skills to pass this test and they treat them with respect. The school has a wonderful open door policy to allow parents to come in and volunteer, to have a voice and most don't. When they have had activities to address needs of parents, there is very little turn out. This school doesn't deserve criticism, it needs volunteers.
I have had two children attend Milam Elementary School in the past 3 years. The education has been adequate when compared to other schools attended by my children. If you are new to the Texas Education system (especially if you are coming from overseas DODDs schools) you will find that the education has a greater emphasis on the child passing the TAKS testing requirements and that learning at the Elementary school level is not as fun as overseas. My children have had a positive experience at this school and have enjoyed both administration and teachers.
Servicing children who will relocate to another state or country within a year or so, the school needs to provide educational skills on a national curriculum to befenit the child's academic level, so that when transfering to another school the academic level for that child's grade would not be a disappointing issue.
I wish that I had read this review before my child attended this school. If you are a parent please reconsider this school. The teachers are new and still learning themselves. When my husband and I attened meetings to understand the schools system; We felt like parents are talking but NO ONE was listening to the parents needs or concerns. My husband and I thought that the parents were asking were great questions. All I recieved at the meeting is its our way or No Way. What a shame....
We have been a part of this school for three years and I am so dissatisfied by this school and its teachers. I have seen the new Principal for the past two years not enforce any disciplinary actions towards students when it is truly needed. She is far from a leader. The majority of children at this school are military and there is no help when the children are going through changes due to the way the world is. The PTA is in no way helpful. This is not the best school for any child.
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