Skipcha is an education machine. I mean it exactly like it sounds--they churn out kids with the basic level of education required to move on. Special considerations, TAG or Special ED, are not well tolerated. Parents are openly encouraged to stay away. We referred to it as "the prison." Kids are frequently kept inside during recess-and watch tv--are never allowed to talk, even at lunch, and the PE program is a joke. Are you surprised to know they have discipline issues? My 2 kids sadly attended 1-5th grade here. The only reason I didn't pull them is because the individual teachers they had were good (Lugo, Foss). Unfortunately, the on-post schools here are worse, so unless you home school, there is no better option:(
We rented a home specifically to attended this school over being on post. My son attended first and second grade at Skipcha (2011-2013)and the teachers that he has had (Shams & Brown) have been excellent in both communication with me as a parent, and information sent home. Offered open conference times daily. They have seen potential in my son and have encouraged him daily in the classroom to do better and perform at his highest level. He is a honor roll student but needs to take more time on work and they encouraged him to do so. Pros: teacher quality, the fresh new viewpoint of the younger teachers that are so vibrant and fun for the kids. Friday enrichment days, awards ceremonies and silver star child for recognition of good work/behavior. Immediate resolution of bullying. Cons: Closing the door at bell time on children walking up, yes we experienced this too and it upset me, and the atten"dance" for childen with perfect attendance (when your sick you need to stay home), School policy regarding younger siblings not welcome (some of us parents atcually watch our children and demand good behavior) but can't help w/this rule, and no art program in curriculum.
Parents beware! As the parent of a kindergartner who had attended preschool in a different location I had high hopes of my child continuing her young education in a caring atmosphere. This couldn't have been further from reality. The teacher was always exasperated at the end of the day and practically shoved the children to their parents, there is no organization or communication at all! Children wait in hallways in the morning , parents are not allowed to walk their children into class. These are 5 and 6 year olds!!!!! The teacher was always frustrated and unapproachable; again this is KINDERGARTEN! Staff are extremely rude and over the course of the year I was called three times at work questioning why my child wasn't at school when my kindergartner had been dropped off. Needless to say I had a heart attack on each instance and then they discovered that my child was actually in class. The drop off and pick up system is pure chaos, many children get locked out alone if they are tardy. ( I mean even one minute!) Policies constantly change without any notification. Children are simply herded like cattle from point A to B. Great private schools in the area, this is your best option.
My child has been attending this school since kinder. I have had some issues but have got to say that as far as teachers go, Ms Papke that teaches 3rd grade is absolutely amazing! Daily, my child expresses to me the things was learned, which is something i would always have to ask about in order for it to be discussed. Ms Papke has really brought out the best in my child. I hope Skipcha appreciates how wonderful she really is. They have a truly gifted teacher on their staff. Mrs Parker is also a wonderful principle. My rating is based on the assitant principles. The approach from the assitance principles in resolving issues has been very poor. I have not been satisfied with my issues being handled unless Mrs Parker was involved. The rest of the staff is good as well. Mandy that does attendance is always a ray of sunshine and very pleasant.
I loved this school. I am a student that went here since kindergarten and I went to fifth grade last year. My teachers were great and they helped me to get ready to middle school all year long. I just moved recently and I miss the place
I love this school. I had moved to this area in the middle of the school year with my son who was in the first grade, and they made the transition simple. His teachers were wonderful as well.
I whole heartedly agree with the review on Feb 2, 2012. This school has an elaborate Science Lab, but it is hardly ever put to use, what a waste.
My son attends Kindergarten at Skipcha Elementary. I am a former Kindergarten teacher, so my standards are pretty high. He is currently in Ms. Maughan's class, and I could not be happier. It is only the beginning of the semester and he has mastered at least 30 sight words and is reading well beyond grade level. The school is fantastic about parent communication, the office staff is friendly, and whenever I contact his teacher I receive almost immediate feedback. He loves the Friday enrichment programs, and comes home daily talking about what he has learned.
At this time, I am VERY disappointed in this school. The staff, especially the assistant principle, has atrocious grammar. Today - the Vice Principle calls to schedule an appointment to review home-school to public school testing. It made a horrible impression of the school when she pronounces my daughter s name incorrectly by improperly using Phonetics. N's are not M's O's are not U's. Then pronounces ask, "axe". She also said "the counselor knows what the results is". The conversation was riddled with incorrect grammar. The front staff is impolite to say the least. Only the school nurse and one member of the front staff smiles or say thank you, hello, etc. The drop-off and pick-up is the most unsafe system! The school is set up for correct flow of traffic - but the school doesn't use it. Instead, they have cars pulling in, out, people and children walking between the cars, no safe walk and designated procedures. Someone is going to get hit, it is inevitable. If the front staff and Vice Principle are any reflection of what the teachers are - then we will quickly be moving to homeschooling or paying for private school. Safety, education, and "presence" are unsatisfactory.
We have been very happy with our son's academic progress this year. He has flourished in all the expected areas (reading, writing & math), but also in all sorts of extra areas like music, piano, yoga, American history, and just general being-a-good-person/character education. He has picked up all sorts of tidbits of information that I never would have thought to cover at home. There are a few quirky things about his individual teacher (she is sometimes inconsistant with enforcing rules) and the school (I'm not a fan of having the kids sit in the hallway until the final morning bell) that took getting used to, but no dealbreakers. I will say that the PTO extra activities like festivals for the entire family after school, "entertainment" like having the zoo bring animals into the building & the Army provide trucks for the kids to touch... are outstanding. Skipcha feels like a family with a few wacky relatives here and there.
Wow, a lot of conflicting reviews here. I have 2 children at this school and have been more than happy. Between them, I have worked with 7 of these teachers and have not once felt like my child has been neglected or not being nurtured. I have also never seen teachers yelling at kids or children running wild in the halls. The school allows the children to walk to the library or office with a buddy. This in turn gives them a sense of responsibility and maturity. I would certainly hate to see how our children would be in middle school or high school if the teachers held their hands everywhere they went. Admittedly, teachers can sometimes make mistakes or maybe be distracted by other students. I just can't imagine them purposely neglecting a child. In public schools, the teachers have to teach classes with an average of about 20 kids. I'm not a very opinionated person, normally, nor am I "friends" with anyone at this school, I'm just personally open-minded enough to understand that it's not all about MY kids. There are close to 1000 other children to consider. Teachers have the most selfless and unappreciated jobs. I challenge anyone to do better. I certainly couldn't.
Mrs. Parker is an excellent Principal as she stands in the halls and greet every parent and student that crosses her path. I am very unhappy with my child's teacher. She is very unorganized, not eager to be teaching although she has been doing it for quite some time. When she assigns homework it is often unclear as to how to complete an assignment & when an assignment is due. She does not respond to emails that are sent even after they have been sent numerous times with different questions. The phrase"you must learn to crawl before you walk" is so true but she does not adhere to it. I love that my child is learning...she has all A's and B's until the last week of "9 weeks" when the teacher tries to post all of the grades that she failed to enter early enough to be addressed. Many parents have addressed her and sent emails but she just dismisses what ever it is that is said. Many of the parents in her class talk and wonder how some students are sent home with half of their study material and how others are not. Speaking with parents from other 2nd grade classes, I have found that they feel the same way. I was warned about the 2nd grade staff, but did not listen. I wish I would have
We have had three children at this school and in every grade level. They love their school and their teachers. I like the positive atmosphere and feel there is a good balance of high expectations and creativity. I'm not so keen on all of the Texas education mandates, but this school has done well to meet the letter of the law and still make learning fun.
Just feel like I should warn people coming here, we are not happy with this school. Spent an hour or so in the school recently,heard lots of orders being given, commands given, not one please or thank-you (from adults) the whole time I was there, small thing to some people, but indicitave of the overall atmosphere and attitudes. Not a nurturing place.
I have two children at this school who on a daily basis beg me to move, so they can go to another school. The teachers and the administration will allow six year olds to be in the hall unsupervised. When you try to do the correct parental procedure and place your child in the class room the teacher will tell you it is not time to come in the class room so they must stand in the hall. This would be a satifactory solution if the teacher/administration would supervise the hall but they do not. I have a second child in the school and this child at best is educationally neglected by the teacher. The school administration and teachers are the poorest quality that I have ever seen in an educational system ever. My child has been abandoned by a teacher that has very little experience and an administration that only cares about filling the open teacher slots. Even after my wife has made and will continue to make attempts to establish a quality relationship with my childs teacher and the administration, they have decided that the childs education is not important and refuse to maintain communication with the home.
My son is currently a student at this school, and he is still there because I have no choice. The teachers at this school and not patient and do not have time to deal with the students. They refer kids to the principal office for breathing the wron way and the school takes advantage of the State of Texas alternative program to manipulate the stystem so they dont have to deal with your child. I have seen so many military kids sent to the alternative program because they are not happy go lucky enough for the school.
My daughter transitioned to this school from a tiny school in rural Maine. Ms Pirkle (kindergarten) is incredible. She was constantly in touch and available via email for questions. They keep the smaller kids separate from the older kids, so worries about mixing 5th graders with kindergarteners were unfounded. My daughter loves her teacher and Ms Pirkle really made the transition much easier with her open, honest assessments and willingness to work with us toward success. This school is large and growing but so far, my worries about its size have proven unfounded. I highly recommend this school for parental involvement, teacher responsiveness and challenging curriculum.
My kids have attended Skipcha Elementary School for the past four years now. The kids love it and so do we. The teachers are great.
This is my daughter first year at Skipcha Elementary. I have heard a lot of great things about Skipcha. Looking forward to a great relationship.
We moved to this area for the schools and Skipcha lives up to it's reputation. The teachers genuinely love and care for our children. The Principal works hard to provide the students with resources to support a strong education as well as strengthen families and build strong community support. Serving as a volunteer with the PTO has allowed me to see the work that goes in to creating many extra activities for the education and joy of our children. I have 3 in the school currently and one to join the others next year. He is in the 'little stars' program for the children still at home and it has provided a way for him to love the school, meet other children his age and be eager to start school next year. Being military, the staff helped us extra with some separation and deployment issues when facing our first deployment.
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