All my kids' teachers were excellent. That's about all I can say about this school. Office staff and vice principal are unfriendly. Principal seems to let the vp do most of the work. School is too crowded. My son came home miserable every day and did not want to go to school.
My daughter has gone to this school for 2 years now. I dont' see anything wrong with the actual school or the curriculum. In fact, she is a part of the LEAP program which she absolutely loves! The only thing that I could say needs huge improvement is the communication between the school/teachers and the parents. There are so many times that I get paperwork home past the date when I needed it and this isn't because of my daughter, its the day they give her the folder to bring home. Also, the PTA and other activities such as the book fair could have better times for those parents who have to work for a living. I would love to be more involved, but again because the timing of information, I am not to plan ahead. The night before doesn't cut it for my job.
I have had Children at this school for the past 6 years and I have been nothing but Happy! The staff/Teachers have given my children a wonderful, loving, and academically have prepared my childern to suceed in middle school with a straight A avaerage.
We've had at least one child at Degan for the past 6 years. It used to be a good school, however in recent years the school has declined and this past year their rating has gone down from Recognized to only Academically Acceptable. Parents are not welcome and in fact this year we are even limited to how often we can eat lunch with our children. If you wait the requisite 6 weeks (though you've volunteered in the past and have had a background check), there's a slim to none chance you may get 'picked' to volunteer. So much for parent involvement equaling school success for children. This is difficult for the child I have there now. There is precious little student recognition, poor communication and all this leads to no feeling of cooperation or community.
I have had at least one child at Degan for the past 5 and 1/2 years. And I am just so sorry to report the steady decline of the school. Every year it is a guess as to how many of the teachers will return. Such a high turnover rate points directly to the leadership, the principal. To me her goal isn't to provide a loving enviroment for the kids to learn and grow but for everyone to learn the rules and remember that she is in control. To be a great leader you must become a servant to those you lead. You must encourage not humilate. Parents are not welcome. You can volunteer but only if you are chosen by the principal. Ridiculous. I just keep hoping someone higher up the ladder gets a clue and brings in a new principal
The teachers are excellent, unfortunately, we have lost many long term teachers in the past couple of years due to 'administration' within the school. If things continue to spiral downward, and no one in the LISD administration gets things under control, this school will be a school that will eventually lose the 'last of the remaining' good teachers. This has already affected parent attitudes and eventually the students will be the ones to pay the price.
Degan is full of well-trained teachers who are trying their best to make students successful but they don't seem to have the support of their principal. When administration doesn't put forth 100%, the entire school suffers - especially the students and that's just sad.
Parent involvement is encouraged, just differently. Plenty of opportunity to volunteer for things other than field trips. It is not safe to have parents in the halls before school starts. Both the principal and vice principal have been accessible and communicable when situations have arise in our family. Our daughters have thrived at Degan.
This school used to be great. It has declined immensley in the past 3-4 years. The problem is the Principal. Not only have many long term teachers left since her arrival, but the moral of parents and teachers has dropped. Most parents (except for the principals chosen)are not allowed to volunteer. Parents are discouraged from coming into the school and have even been told they are not allowed in the school. We have been told by the Principal that our children should be left to socialize in the mornings and are told not to walk into the school with our children in the mornings. The principal does not like one on one meetings with parents as she will have 2-3 other staff in the meeting, talk about making you feel inferior. This kind of tactic (if done by a student) would be considered bullying, which ia against school policy.
My children have been attending Degan since 2001. I have been happy with the teachers and the level of academics, but have been very unhappy with the principal. She does not encourage parents to volunteer, allows only two parents of her choosing to accompany each class on field trips, and has implemented countless rules which have no clear purpose that only serve to alienate parents.
All three of my children went to Degan. The teachers were very good for the most part. Administration & Principal were not very approachable which lead to some difficulty in the way health issues my children have were addressed. Parental involvement and participation was minimal at best. Unless of course you were the one or two hand selected Mom/Dad the front office chose to attend field trips and activities with your child's class. We moved to another home specifically to get our children into another school that exercised family involvement and a hands on Principal.
My child has attended degan for several years and we have had great success with his teachers. However, there have been many issues with the principal. This is such a shame because degan has the best teachers/staff.
My daughter started all day kindergarden and after the year was up, she was able to read, 1st level math and some spelling very happy with teachers and school
My daughter attends Degan. We moved here in 2002, we have been happy with the principle and teachers their. All seem very caring and family oriented. We love it there.. Parents seem to very involved with the teachers and students in helping in every way possible.
This school has an outstanding LEAP program. All of the teachers we have had have been great. Especially the Kindergarten teachers!
This school, like so many others in LISD, has excellent teachers. The PTA and parent volunteers work to make the school better each year. The office staff is pleasant and always helpful. The principal is not very approachable and doesn't communicate with parents well. She sets new policies without explanation leading to alienation of many parents. This could truly be a great school if communication were better.
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