Jackie Carden is a wonderful Elementary School. They have some of the best teachers that really care a lot about their students. Some of the kids there can be a bit challenging but the staff seems to put forth great effort to weed out trouble makers to ensure that your child has a positive and uninterrupted learning experience. The Principal and VP leadership is adequate however you may have to put a fire under them now and then. At the end of the day they all seem to work hard to create an environment where students are excited to learn. I feel more homework so that parents are aware and can help emphasize the lessons would help, a more challenging curriculum for kids that are well above average but below gifted would be helpful as my daughter fits into that category and mostly just sits around bored all day in Kindergarten. I do get the vibe that the behavior color the kids bring home is emphasized as more important than their actual grade because my kids come home saying "I got a green today!" instead of "I got an A+ today!".I have put 3 of my 4 kids through Jackie Carden, individual results may vary but for me I see it as a good school and look forward to my newborn going also.
My son attends this school and I can't believe how AWFUL it is. I do not have one good thing to say about this school. The teachers that he has had all say that he is very smart but, they do nothing to challenge him. They are just dragging him down. I feel that this school is a dreadful place. I feel dissapointed every day that I have to send my son to this school. They don't have good leadership and the children that are fast learners get treated as if they are an annoyance. There is nothing that can be done about it because talking with the teachers doesn't work. I would not recomend this school to anyone. We are doing everything that we can to get our son out of this school!!!!
Please dont let your child go to this school. You will be disappointed in the leadership, lack of discipline, overall school moral, and will hurt your child academically. It wont do any good trying to talk to the principle either, she has a closed door policy (just ask the teachers off the record and they will tell you). Dont read the reviews that are years old, read the new ones and you'll see that everyone is disappointed.
A few years ago we moved to Fort Worth and Jackie Carden was the school they were required to attend. My daughter attended only her 4th grade year and her TAKS scores dropped from the previous year. She received commended performance in both the reading and math portions just a year before, but after attending Jackie Carden she failed the reading portion and had an average score in math. Students are not encouraged to seek out additional help or tutoring outside of school hours. The school also does not encourage parental involvement nor do they give you many opportunities to be involved other than when they need assistance with supervision for school trips/functions. The best part of this school are the teachers. We have since relocated back to the school district she was previously at and she once again received commended performance in reading and math. Obviously Jackie Carden lacks academically.
The teaching staff at this school is wonderful. That is about the only good thing about it. My son is not challenged at all, rarely if at all has homework. He is bored, and most of the day is spent dealing with behavioral issues instead of education. Although the school and counselor state they have a great policy about bullying, it does not stop. I have never seen or heard anything out of the principal, and parental involvement at this school is discouraged. I am not impressed, and will be moving to another district ASAP.
The teachers my child has been blessed with at Jackie Carden are truly the backbone of this school. They care about the kids and are involved with getting them to learn. That said, the leadership at this school is below average at best. They discourage any parent involvement as bothersome. I will be moving out of this schools district as soon as I can!
The school is very average. There is so much emphasis on the TAKS test that not much else is stressed. The average or below average student does well, but the more advanced children are bored and brought down to 'average' level. I will be moving before my youger child begins kindergarden.
Everyone at this school is committed to children and their achievement!
I too agree with the review about school cleanliness..the halls are dirty and the smell is not an inviting one..the gym is in need of repair as well..
Jackie Careden has many good qualities. I feel that the teaching staff is awesome! This school does miss the mark for those children that are bright but do not meet Gifted and Talented guidelines. They let these children flounder with no sense of challenge or accomplishment.Parent involvment is extremely low and I believe this mainly due to the administration.They do not encourage parents to become involved with our school and more importantly, they do not hold parents accountable. Many times the administration has made the comments that parents will not listen or do not care. I believe this is completely untrue and that parents are not really given an opportunity. As far as extracurricular activities, there are none. We do have music class.
My son has attended jackie carden for 5+ years. In that time, i have seen the overall quality decline. The principal used to be overly friendly; no authority. The new principal puts you off with an aire of superiority and distaste. She may not intend to do so but that's the way she comes across. Prior to 2003-2004 school year, a parent was welcomed to the school and made to feel a part of their child's education. Now, the hall doors are closed and you are discouraged from entering the classroom area except on special occasions i.E. Curriculum night, etc. It is no wonder parent involvement is at an all time low. Our involvement, even with our own children, is made very difficult by this school's policies. Even though the teachers are great, i would sooner home school my child than let him stay at jackie carden.
I have a child that attends Jackie Carden and I happen to think that the teachers and the leadership are outstanding. The Principal has brought organization, a sense of direction and consistent values to the school. The school seems a lot less chaotic and the school policies are more consistent with district policies. The new leadership has established a behavior standard and a academic standard that is truly a breath of fresh air.
I am in agreement with many of the parents of this school who have express concerns about the school leadership. Parent involvement and concerns are not very supported or encouraged. Efforts to communicate with the leadership are met with disregard. This principal's illusive and evasive nature is frustrating and detrimental to the school climate. Teacher quality at this school is excellent, but unfortunately the leadership ability dampens the level of effectiveness. Gifted children in the lower grades are not being identified or serviced. This school has great potential, that I hope it will soon rise up to.
I have 2 daughters who attend jc. Their teachers are great. The school however has fallen into a disgraceful state of disrepair. It smells pretty bad and my kids' allergies get worse every time they step into the building because it doesn't seem to be properly cleaned. All that said, the teachers are the best i have ever seen. They are dedicated, creative and very well educated. Way to go crowley for attracting such talent. come on parents, let's work with the school to make it great.
This is one of the few schools in the Crowley ISD where the principal doesn't seem to like kids or working at an elementary school. I think the principal would be happier at a middle or high school. She doesn't want parent involvement, seemed baffled at the concept of school spirit, and doesn't like dealing with kids or people. Luckily, she is blessed with a great staff, even though many of the good ones transferred to new schools in the district.
My daughter enjoys school. That's all that matters to me. She's an A/B student and her assignments seem advanced to me. That may be due to my age though. My only concern is the policy of rewarding behavior over grades. My daughter seems to put more emphasis on her behavior to attend a '3 E' party at report card time than to concentrate on making better grades. Which are not recognized. Behavior is important, but educational achievement is far more important.
All of the teachers my 2 children have had during their 4 year term at this school have been excellent. They have expressed concern and are willing to get involved with my children's learning experience. There could be better communication efforts between parents and the principal's office; one newsletter every 6 week period does not address questions efficiently. Parent involvement could be better. If we want a better school, we must be willing to get involved.
I have been extremely disappointed in the changes that have occurred in the past two years at this school. The administration is lacking in leadership, discipline and more importantly I feel that they should not be working with young children. At this age children need guidance, support and encouragement- I don't see that happening here. There have been many families moving out of the area of this school and I can understand why- our children are the ones suffering. I can only hope with a new superintendent who truly cares about our children this school will change.
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