My two children have attended Starrett for the last five years. I would have given it 5 stars several years ago, but with the demographic change, the school has more discipline problems in the classroom. I know this from speaking with my children and seeing many of the more educated and stable families move away. Like any other public school it has its issues with overcrowded classrooms. The teachers have been great. The Strings program is wonderful. The principal is not easily available but friendly. This school is a good public school to send your child.
4 out of 10 or even lower is probably right. I had bad experience with people at the office of the school. I wouldn't trust to have them guide my kids. I went to different school.
My child attended preK 3&4 and she absolutely loved this school. She learned to read difficult books like Dr. Seuss ' ABC's', 'I can read read with my eyes shut', & many more. The school is convenient and walking distance from our home. As for the office staff very helpful and always busy, parent involvement could be better, but overall a great school!
Complete lack of professionalism. I am absolutely appalled by the carelesness of some teachers. Maybe it's time for some of them to retire. I could never get a full explanation of my childs grades. It is a tragedy how these so called teachers can stand in a classroom and not "teach". My son saids there are students that are too afraid to ask questions for fear of a teachers reaction.
This school is one to watch. Excellent leadership and great teamwork. The counselor is one of the best.
I believe that the academic programs are challenging in a good way at Starrett. The students need challenges that will help them grow academically. However, the teach quality and principle leadership are both very poor. What ever happened to mentorship and leadership? Myself and my husband both make it a point to speak with my daughter's teacher throughout the week and everytime we attempt to speak with the principle, he's unavailable. Additionally, the principle has no interest in the feelings of the parents.
I have been a Starrett parent for 3 years and I have absolutely loved my child's experience there so far. Every teacher has been qualified and caring in every way. I am a certified high school teacher and have been very involved in my childs education. I have volunteered and been on the inside and even subbed and seen behind the scenes. I have Never seen or heard of any incident where the teachers were not caring towards their kids. I feel they have worked hard to meet any need my child has had. I am thankful for the hard work these teachers put in every day! This year my childs teacher sends a newsletter home every Monday and at the end thanks us for untrusting our child into her care. My advice...if your having a bad experience there maybe you should be there more helping and advocating for your child!
Starrett is a great school. The leadership and teachers have been involved in extensive training to meet the needs of children. Starrett is part of the National Network for Educational Renewal. That is quite an honor that indicates a belief in the success of all children. As well as orchestra and band, students may be involved in Bell Choir, Science Club, Mad Scientist, Chess Club, or Drama Club. Starrett Starbucks emphasizes good behavior and honors children weekly. The environment emphasizes a safe orderly environment. Peer mediation emphasizes settling differences in a positive manner. This school constantly looks for ways to improve children's learning experience.
I am the parent of a Starrett student for the last 3 years and the only feedback I receive is poor. Thankfully she is a smart girl and I can only hope that her future teachers will be more helpful. The staff is somewhat unprofessional, the lunch lady fed my child green beans and bread when her money was out, and the Principal never has time to 'talk' to me about anything. The one thing that gets me the most is how much time they spend writing all the negative reports and not enforcing the positives. I'm always concerned that her self-esteem will be low due to all the discipline she receives. Yes we do need a change in the way the staff runs.
The level of parental involvement is not that great. The PTA doesn't seem to do that much at the school level. Not fond of the principal. She isn't very accessible. Haven't had any problems or complaints about my children's teachers. They have been great. Does have the districts only bell choir.
Classrooms are too big. No individualized attention. Too much time spend on discipline rather than teaching. Level of parent involvenment is poor. Need more positive leadership. Extracurricular activities are so slight, few and far between.
Starrett is a great school. The teachers and principals are wonderful. My children love it here and so do I. I would like to see more parental involvement though.
Starrett is a wonderful school with great teachers, parents and students. It has a very active PTA. Students can take orchestra and band in the fifth and sixth grades which is rarely offered in a public school.
Great School, my daughter is in Kindergarten. She has learned so much in the short time she had been there. Her teacher keeps the parents well informed.
Parent involvement is adequate Academic Programs are adequate Too much focus on discipline
Big Disappointment in 'gifted and talented program'. Gym or PE is hardly Physical Education. Academic programs not challenging. Cater to the eco disadvantage.
I have been involved in starrett for several years. It isnt a place that I would recommend anyone to attend. The staff in certain grade levels are good, not great. The staff refuses to do anything to help build up our school unless they are forced. The majority of the time each grade level or teacher does what they CHOSE. It greatly affects my children when they arent allowed to talk, EVER. Your children will be treated like they are in boot camp here. Myself and several other families have left the area, or transfered out. The teachers and staff are lazy!
I believe this school's staff works as a team to make the best for the children. As far as the parent involvement their is very little and it is the same people always doing everything. Come on parent's care enough about your child get involved in some way!
My child has been at starrett since kindergarten. Some individual teachers have been wonderful, but for the most part most have been just average. We asked 2 years ago about a 'pyramid' class and the assistant principal, counselor, and office staff told us they knew nothing about it. We asked about gifted and talented and were told that it did not start until 6th grade. We now know that it starts in kindergarten. The counselor and teachers do not seem to know the requirements for getting into the program. We were told that once the kids were in, they didn't have to maintain grades, discipline, or anything else. They were in for good. How many kids have been overlooked because the teachers are overloaded with kids, don't know about the program, and really don't care? Society and our kids are the losers.
I have had my child in Starrett for 4 years. I would not recommend it to anyone who wants a quality and caring environment for their child. I have had several encounters with several teachers and staff members over the past 4 years, none have left me with a feeling of even one of these people really caring about the student or parents. These people are there to collect a paycheck and nothing more. I feel that to be a teacher you must at least like children, I don't get this feeling from most of the staff or teachers at Starrett. You are just a face in the crowd. I am looking at private schools or moving into another district just to avoid another painful year at Starrett, not only for my child but myself as well.
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