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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