I love this school and wished they offered education until 8th grade as oppose to 5th. The principal is a wonderful woman, she is very outgoing, friendly, and definitely has a way of making parents feel at ease when speaking with her. The teachers and staff are very professional, polite and go out of their way to ensure the children are in a safe and positive learning enviornment at all times. My daughter has 2 years left with them, and I will definitely be a little sad to see her move on to the middle school.
I went to John D Spicer when I was in 4th grade. I am now 21 years old living in the Philippines, doing missionary work. I can say ,being a former student with reading difficulty, that Spicer Elementary provided me with a lot of help. I wish I could specify more but I don't remember the program I was in. I do remember however, that I was finally started to get it. I was only able to attend this school for a year and a half, due to moving a lot. Nevertheless, this school left a positive impression.
Wow, I've had the exact same experience as the parent who has to reteach her child. I've actually hired a tutor, Mr. Dukes is very kind, but it really seems he has no clue on how rude and uncaring his female staff is. I wish there were more I could do.
First year here and I wish we had one of the teachers that the other parents have talked about. I have to work with my child for him to understand. I found out which way is easier for him to understand and I work with him, otherwise he would be continuing with the bad grades he was getting. I asked to visit his classroom and was told I had to give 24 hours notice. After I asked them why I could not visit without notice, they asked the teacher and let me.
This used to be a great school! It was a Texas Blue Ribbon school but the quality of education has declined in the last 5 years. The teachers won't help the gifted children excel but rather dumbs them down. I ended up pulling my child out and now she's excelling in her new school. She was also very behind in math and had to catch up.
we have been going to spicer for 5 years now and we have loved each teacher we have had. the tier 1 school does bother me and some of the kids in our class are questionable but the only answer is to be invovled! they do offer alot of extra currircular activies and the staff works really hard to make sure the children are learning
Great teachers are found here. They all seem to do whatever it takes to help my kids get it.
A good school full of devoted and dedicated staff seeking to enrich lifelong learners.
What a great school. I have 2 children at Spicer that have attended since Pre-K. All of their teachers have been outstanding. They go the extra mile to make sure the kids do well. The principal, Mr. Dukes, is so kind and cares so much about all the students. Students attend P.E. each day, have music lessons, book clubs for girls and boy's read. There are many opportunities for parents to be involved and it is always encouraged.
Kids play area needs alot of work. Also, the school has been turned into a tier 1 school. School is over crowded now. 22 Per class.
I would like to comment on what I have read from other parents. Spicer is a tough school. Students are expected to behave in class so that everyone can learn. I have volunteered at the school and see that many of the children that are behavior problems are ones that keep others from learning in the classroom which then they should be removed. I have always been welcome to come to my child's room to observe; however, I do not make a habit of it because it is true that parents are a distraction to their child and others. Why would I want to do that. Spicer is an excellent school and I would recommend it to anyone because the teachers expect a lot from their students. They want the students to succeed....not become idiots.
I hope that I will be moving so that my son will not have to go to this school ever again. This school does not like to deal with your child unless they are perfect. If your child is not perfect the solution at this school is to put your child on medicine or send them home for the day so they don't have to deal with them. I would not bring your child to Spcier unless they are PERFECT.
As a parent of a 3rd grader at Spicer, I just wanted to comment on the dedication of my daughters teacher. She is the most wonderful and caring teacher I have met, always there to help when my daughter has trouble with understanding certain assignments. I have yet to see a principal who is so involved with the children's well being. Mr. Dukes should be the role model for becoming a principal at an elementary school. I feel very confident that my daughter will achieve all that she is capable of in her adult years with the education that was offered, while attending John D Spicer Elementary.
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