Dickinson is a great school ! My oldest one (boy) just graduate from Dickinson on June 2013. He attends Reagan Middle School right now. My second child (girl) is in 3rd grade at Dickinson & she is in Gifted & Talented program right now. My youngest one (boy) is just entering Kindergarten at Dickinson this year & he is smart like his sister too. From my experience of having my 3 kids attending Dickinson Elementary, I would say it was a great experience for me & my kids. I disagree with the comment before me. Our family is Asian but we feel welcome over there. I made friends with anybody, doesn't matter if they are Spanish, Asian, White or Black. The teachers & the staff are so nice & they care about the students. My oldest one was always struggle at school because he has ADHD but the teacher & the school did whatever they can to help my son so he can do well at school. They provide a tutoring after school for those who needs extra attention like my son. All my kids are happy to attend Dickinson. They all learn well at Dickinson. Overall, The Principal, The Vice Principal, The Teachers, The Staff, The Parents, and all the students are awesome...We love Dickinson!!
This is the 2nd year my daughter has attended Dickinson. The kindergarten teachers are overwhelmed, with to many students. One of the teachers has 24 students this year! The students that speak Spanish have a dedicated teacher, leaving the rest of the students to be crammed into a room with one teacher. The majority of the students are from Mexico or are raised with parents that do not know English. Waiting for my child outside, is like being in Mexico. All the parents stand outside speaking Spanish, so it makes it hard for me to bond with them. When letters are emailed or sent home to parents, Spanish is always on top and English is on the bottom. I do not like this. We are ready to move because of this problem. My daughter comes home with bruises on her and crying because she is teased and hit by other students. Of course I did have a meeting with the school, with very little being done. If you are Hispanic or speak Spanish then this school may very well be for you! It's not for us.
I also love Dickinson. The teachers are awesome and the students seem to really love their teachers. My daughter went here for Kindergarten, 2nd, and 3rd grade. She has made straight A's in 2nd and is on the AB honor roll in 3rd. Parent involvement could be better. The communication from Teacher to Parent for me has been awesome.
I love dickinson elementary. my 9 year old daugter goes there and has been improving her grades ever since. everyone there is very friendly and caring. they help kids and improve thier grades. dickinson elementary is the BEST!
My daughter is Ms. Jackson's kindergarten class. I love this school. I was really nervous when she started her first year of school, but I have been so impressed by the support from the faculty and staff at this school. Everyone is always friendly and they are always smiling. My daughter loves Ms. Jackson and she loves going to school. The only improvement that could be made would be more parent involvement in the classrooms.
We have been so happy with Dickinson; I had heard things and was afraid for my 5 yr. old to attend there, but they have a new Principal, and I could not have had God pick me out a better teacher than Mrs. Moss for my son. Since I have been there I have noticed more parents getting involved because of the new principal. I like the Cowboy program that they started to help support the teachers and boost their morale. We are moving and I am going to hate pulling my son out of Mrs. Moss' class, because I am a very picky person and I do not know how I will find a better teacher or better office staff.
The staff at Dickinson has a family bond, unlike others I've seen. The students there are fortunate to feel like they belong at this great school.
I really thought that I would like this school. It is a average school. I think that if they would promote more parent involvment and keep the parents better informed it would help.
My son just started Kindergarten at Dickinson and has been a handful since the start of school! The principal, vice principal, staff, and his teacher have been more than helpful in taking care of this situation. They have made special provisions, set up meetings, helped me with ideas for home, have taken my advice to them, and have even given him special prizes for good behavior. In a school with hundreds of kids, they remember and truly care for my 5 year old son as if he was their own. They know so many of the kids and parents by name and are always greeting you with a smile. My son has learned so much since he has started and is truly enjoying school now. Parent participation has practically been begged for from Room Parents to lunchroom help to PTA- this school welcomes parents. I couldnt be happier with this school!
I am a former teacher (1998-2000) & the older grade levels (Gr. 4 & 5)were quite difficult for me. I had double & triple classes all to myself. This was a very difficult situation & I feel that GPISD should consider hiring Teacher Aide's when there are 50+ students in a class with only 1 teacher. The faculty & staff were wonderful to work with and very supportive of all of my efforts. I just had to move on.
We are new to this school and I must say that so far we are unhappy. I love my children's teachers, they have been great. We came from a school with lots of involvement from the parents, from decorating the halls to volunteering in the classrooms. It seems that this school wants no parent involvement.
I have a child in the GT classes and I believe that Mrs. Moore is a wonderful educator. Most of the teachers that I have been involved with are excellent teachers. The only problem I have with this school is there is not a lot of parent involvement because the principal at this school does not promote it. And there seems to be a 'click' when it comes to these teachers. Each child should be 'judged' individually instead of from gossip from the other teachers. The permanant substitute teacher positions should also be held by someone who actually likes children.
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