Great school atmosphere with hard working teachers and involved parents. There are many activities and events to keep the students excited about learning.
Janie Stark is an excellent neighborhood school that draws students from all over the district for its Dual Language Program where students are taught in a 50/50 immersion program. The leading dual language experts in the nation visit our school to review its methods and results. We have two children at this school and love the teachers. I don't agree with the negative comments (that are full of grammatical errors) on this site.
The teachers are very hands off and allow the children to fail by not pushing or following up with the children individually if assignments are not turned in. I miss the days when the teachers actually cared about the childs success and not being happy playing the role.
Also, When I called Janie Stark to let the Principal know what they discovered, she just said, "I did not know they could test for that." And this is the Principle of an early educational institution. Would you trust your child's educations with them?
I am very disappointed with this school. My son started his first year of school this year and went in with a very positive attitude ready to learn and make friends. First week of school went great but after that he didn't want to go anymore, he would cry every morning begging me not to take him. I then found out, by him, that his teacher told him," If you don't want to come to school then don't come anymore!" It is completely inappropriate to talk to any pre-k student or any student that way. I feel like if she told him this, it makes me wonder what else has she told him or the rest of the kids. If she doesn't want to teach or have the patience for 4-5 year olds then she should not be a teacher. Another time after I dropped him off, I noticed a couple of students were late to school and the teacher at the front door grabbed them and roughly walked then to the office. They don't respect the kids but demand they respect them. This is behavior that I have noticed since day 1 and I can't wait until the school year is over to transfer my kid somewhere else where my son gets the respect he deserves and is treated the right way.
I really cannot say enough good things about this school. My son started kindergarten last year in the Dual Language Program and I have been consistently impressed. He was a transfer to Stark, his home school is excellent but does not have the program, so it was a big decision to have him attend here. The teachers have very high standards and the school works to create a partnership with parents. There are lots of fun activities throughout the year and I have enjoyed a pleasant relationship with the teachers and staff. I can be a bit critical but I have to say this school runs like a well-oiled machine.
Stark has been a wonderful school to start our education journey with. Our kindergartener has blossomed in way we didn't see coming. He is in the dual language program at Stark and has learned a lot in English and Spanish. He has made great friends, and loves all of his teachers. As a parent, I have been able to be very involved. There has been great communication from the school and the office is always helpful in answering the "rookie" questions a kinder parent has. The PTA and the school work well together to offer a good variety of programs for the parents and children to attend together - family nights, sock hop, science nights, etc. We are excited to be Stark Stallions!
Great school the teachers really give the best gotta say the dual program they have is great ....there is one person thats been so rude and it bothers me because shes the one person that should make us feel welcome there , talking about the principal...she is just so careless about the kids they are the secund parents of our bbs they spend big time of day there so she should be more compassioned and more human instead of just been there for the job...one day i noticed bruces on my kid he told me he was being bulied in the bus. i went and talked to the "principal" and her said "":well u should talk to the bus driver there is nothing i can do...then i said but ms there is a diferent bus driver every day for the past 3weeks , so she said well make sure u let know to all of them ..Another insident was when it was very cold so i put on a vest to my child to keep him warm but it had red stripes not solid color so i though it was okay shouldnt be a problem ...well as soon as we walked into the office she said"" ms. Pls take the vest off that is not part of the uniform ;well i did but the next day my son was sick ..she cared more about the policy than my kids health..living next year...
Although the dual language program helped my child become quite versed in Spanish, the grammar and reading deficit became VERY apparent once she entered 6th grade
We drive 6 miles past the brand new elementary school in our neighborhood to take our children to Janie Stark because we believe in the power of the dual language program. Our children are becoming fluent in Spanish as well as their native English, but most importantly, are learning language skills at a time when this really affects their cognitive development. The teachers, administrators and district seem very committed to this program. We also were so pleased to find a community of involved, committed parents also wanting the best education for their children. Take a look at Janie Stark... and look beyond the front curb or socioeconomic stats... they are really doing some amazing work! Come to a community event and learn more about this great public school. Its truly a shining star in CFBISD.
My child is in the Dual Language Program at Stark. The administration, CFB District, teachers, and PTA families are committed to its record of excellency. My kindergartener can read in Spanish and English and will be prepared for an elite university and global job market.
Janie Stark provides a dual language program that gives students the opportunity to leave elementary school as bilingual learners that possess a confidence for languages and love of learning. The parent involvement is comparable to none and parent's passion for a school rivals even the top private schools in the area. The administration and staff have a love and dedication for the students they teach that is evident daily as you walk the hallways. This campus is special, a school you do not find every day. I am thankful for Janie Stark Elementary!
As a parent I like the Extracurricular Program ,the improvement of my daughter since she came from Puerto Rico is huge
Stark used to be a much friendlier, welcoming place. It has a cold, impersonal feel, seems very unenthusied about parental involvement. PTA possibly may be involved, but is not visable. The staff, as a whole, does not appear to be very happy or upbeat this year. In years past, they all projected cheerfulness, enthusiam, and joy to be there and be part of your childs' life. The office staff is basically downright rude most times! Not sure what change occured over the summer, but I am almost dreading another year here. Stark seems to be run more like an institution now, with little to no 'extras' for children to enjoy thier younger school years, communications with parents needs much improvement. I would love to volunteer all my extra time if I felt even a bit welcomed, instead of tolerated. Very sad decline to what was a terrific place to be!
Teachers devoted to quality education for all the students and an administration that backs them up are what make this a great school. The PTA is top notch and remind parents that they are the best teachers and need to stay involved in their child's education.
The school, is in my opinion, the best elementary school in Farmers Branch. It is surrounded by the city's best neighborhood. It is undergoing a major renovation and is looking really nice. The students have centers every week that includes music, art, and PE. The PTA is actively involved in many facets of the school. I would recommend sending your children to this school.
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