This school has been an absolute nightmare. My oldest child is gifted, and received very little trouble, however my younger two children have had some struggles due to abuse from their biological mother. Now at home, my husband and I have worked vigilantly (with therapists and psychiatrists) to help them overcome these issues, but the staff has worked against us every step of the way. Firstly, they refused to acknowledge me as a parent. Despite many, many written and verbal requests that I be the primary contact, they refused to contact me first, always contacting my husband instead. That is, when they bothered contacting at all. With children who are dealing with emotional traumas, I needed to know immediately any issues throughout the week, but the teachers often lied, saying there had been no issues, only to find out later there had been. This undermined their recovery. My attempts to reach out to the school were met with snide commentary, accusations, and condescending "suggestions" that I merely "have a talk" with my children about their behaviour, or attend a generic parenting class. Horrible place. Glad I'm moving soon!
This school is horrible!! My daughter attended this school for three months and it was the worst experience I ever had. The teachers have to deal with so many behavior issues, they can not teach. My daughter is speech delayed and I had to current a lot of words she learned to pronounce incorrectly. The administrators have no clue how to deal with knowledgable parents. The staff tries to run you over and tell you how your child's special education is going to be. The zoning to this school is mostly low income. Not that low income is bad but the stereotypical view applies here. Do not let your child attend this school.
There is a large population of African Americans and Hispanics at this particular school. I have had to work extra hard with my children because they are the minority being white. A lot of the African American students can be very aggressive and ready to fight for some reason. The hardest part is to redirect my own child s behavior and get intervention when needed. Our children need their parent s involvement as much as possible being at the youth they are. And helping them make the right decisions are very critical. This is what you get with a public school as diversified as it is. The teachers have a hard enough time as it is, teaching without interruptions during the day, much less intervening with each incident that happens. I work hard with my children along with the teachers, supporting the teachers as much as I can. If every parent could do their part, this school would be rated at least a 7. The academic work is challenging if you work with your child and teacher allowing them to prosper. It is a team effort raising these children to go to college and better themselves. We cannot put the blame on the teachers when we all have to do our part to help them become successful.
My son is in kindergarten going to first grade,looking at these reviews concerns me but at the same time parents talk about other kids behavior is it really the teachers fault that some kids don't behave NO! its the parents fault they failed their kids and leave it up to the teachers to control them?! when its the kids that learn that behavior from their parents very time i have a question or concern about my child's education i go to the school and address the situation it all comes down to the parents involvement with the school if you are so upset with this school why not go and talk to the principal instead of sitting here behind the computer typing away your problems im sure none of these 1 star reviewers have ever gone to PTC or even sat down with the principal about these problems and IF you have then good for you. You done your part and if you are not satisfied then its up to YOU the "parent" to make the decision for your child .I am proud to say My son is a Francone falcon leader and will be attending first grade next year
My child only attended to Francon for 3 months and those 3 month change his behavior and grades whent down.. his teacher was very nice but the students in the classroom where super bad.. he is back at his old school and grades went back to good grades and no more bad notes from the teacher..
If you have a child with a disability, this is not the school for you. IEP meetings are hard enough on a parent. This school does not look at Doctor reports or outside evaluations in making a decision about services for your child. They only lol at what the school itself decides and the people they choose to evaluate your child. We were told this in my Granddaughters IEP. They are the judge and the jury. Parents have rights... Fight for your child's education. Do not let them run over you.
I have concerns about this school. It seems like teachers have little support from administration. I know some good teachers at this school that want to teach but can't due to all the behavioral problems. It is not a welcoming environment for parents, I have observed conversations about certain parents and students. Leadership needs to be trained on working with the populations that they are currently serving. Students that want to learn need a chance to do so and good teachers need to be able to teach.
This is the worse school in cyfair district and it seems no one cares enough to bring this school to a better learning environment. This seems to be the reject school . This is my daughters second year and it will definately be her last. The only reason it has a star is because the site requires it before I post but this school does not deserve any stars
I am very disappointed with Francone Elementary, it seems like most of the teachers can not control the kids, I have seen a lot of behavior problems with kids and teachers I guess sometimes give up and dont tell them anything if they see a kid spitting at other kid, also the receptionist is rude, my daughter has gotten to the pount she doesn't want to attend school because she says the kids don't behave in class and call her names, She is an honor roll student and I have never had problems with her behavior, I have tried to ask for help but doesn't seem is working.
We have only been in the Cy-Fair district since March 2012. I had no problems at the end of last school year, however, my oldest is having a problem this year. He says he asks for help and gets none, yet his teacher cannot control her class as needed. I am very disappointed with this year as it has progressed to this point.
My son was placed in the New Arrival Center through his school which was Emmott. I have only good things to say, his teachers were wonderful, caring and suportive. He knew very little english when we arrived in November but he finished school with an impressive E. I can't thank enough the teaching stuff for doing such a great job. It has been a major change for him but they made it smooth and easy for him.
I have mixed reviews about this school. Ihave a 3rd grader whose been going since pre-K and now I have another pre-K that goes this year. I have worked in another Cyfair elementary school so I am always comparing. My oldest never really had a problem woth any of his teachers but the policy in the cafeteria and restroom breaks really bothers me. Lunch is one of the two times that they get to talk to each other and they limit their communication at that time. I don't like that and as a review I seen last year, the restroom breaks are not reasonable. They should allow at least the lower grade levels more breaks. I am very pleased with the pre-k teacher who has been around for a long time she is great . Overall I would give Francone a B-. I really wish PTO was a lot more involved but that's all on the parents.
I can't say a single bad thing about the the school and the staff! I have 3 children who have gone to this school since PreK(and we are WHITE). All my children are A,B students, and when necessary they have done the right decision with disciplined! Ms. Garcia is an outstanding Principal that cares so much for the students, and concerns of the parents. I'm so happy that my kids are at Francone. I don't have to worry nearly as much as I thought I would have!
I have three children attending this school. My oldest has attended since kindergarten (no pre-K since we are white, speak english and according to the state make too much money) and is now in fourth grade. He has had good teachers but it is hit and miss. My other son has not been so lucky. He had a teacher who gave him a 'Needs Improvement' in hand writing when his arm was broken and in a cast. When I asked her about it her excuse was she didn't know he was left handed. My youngest really enjoys her kindergarten teacher and she seems to be learning all the appropriate things for her age. When we first started at this school there was a somewhat diverse population. That is not the case anymore. It is overwhelmingly Hispanic. Not a bad thing altogether but would like a more balanced population.
So far my son has attended Francone for PK and K and I must say that I loved his PK teacher but I am very disappionted in their Kinder program. I work at another elementary Cyfair school and I hate to conpare but Fracone does not offer much for the kindergarten. There is no graduation very few activities and as a mom you wonder what you have to look forward to. My son has had several issues with being allowed to go to the restroom. I understand their concern about destractions coming and going but at the kinder age their should be exceptions. The are not allowed to go to the restsrooms during large group. He has learned thanks to his teacher but I wish they offered more. We are zoned at this school but I might transfer him with me. I'm not really looking foward to 1st.
The principal shows great leadership skills, the teachers are some of the caring teachers I have ever meant
My son has been at this school since PK. I had nothing but great service from the teachers and staff. I strongly believe that Francone was the best choice for my son. I will give it a 10
Our child has been struggling in class,she ask for help and her teacher tells her to do it herself. Her teacher has also deducted points from her in class work for providing help. What kind of school is this? No I do not think this school is about the children or the education, what I see is teachers who compare outfits, and who has thier room decorated the best. Teacher have forgotten what being a teacher means, today it means working 9 out of 12 months 7 out of 10 hours a day with 2-3 weeks paid vacation plus all benifits and sick days. I dont know about you but my work schedule does not allow me time to do 3 hours of home work a night- I work in the real world.
There is plenty of availability for music, art and sports and other extracurricular activities to keep the children entertained. The quality of academic programs is excellent. The level or parent involvement is fair.
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