This school is awful. The principal has no business dealing with students, parents or teachers. He is very selective in whom he likes. If you are not on his "approved list" you are treated with disdain. Parents know nothing and he knows everything. He belittles his teachers and parents. The school smells of mold and is often too hot or too cold and a substitute teacher was allowed to work in a class while she tested positive with the flu - infecting the kindergarten and second grade.
My child was distracted in class (over populated classrooms), so the school would not allow her to participate in recess so she could catch up. She went to recess less than 12 times in the year because of the lack of class room attention and direction she received. They also have a "rule" that you cant slide until you can count to 100.The principal was misinformed about an issue in my childs class and called me to have a serious discussion about it. I was very distraught about what I was told, and yet was not allowed to ask the teacher about the issue do to it being a sub. However after speaking to several others and visiting with the pricipal again I brought up the huge discrepancy and he said the discrepancies do not matter, and even though he had confused the issue he was not willing to apologize or reconcile the event. Also, we participated in several school sales, which my child was left out of the prize parties because they didn't write her name down or something to that degree.
The counselor at the school offered to help teach my child tricks to focus in class. The first time they met, my child came home and I asked "so how did it go" and was told that the counselor spent the time asking if we hit our child!!
If your Child has Any special needs Avoid this School, From the Principal, Vice Principal, Counselor, and even teacher who is not equipped but in over her head. They act like they want to help but when it comes down to it have done nothing to try and change, Every Question Asked is Deflected they will lie to your face and tell you they are working with your child when you have to Ask them Several times What is Happening with Request for Assistance The Entire time they were not doing anything Until you threaten legal action, Even when it was Requested by a Dr. They will enable negative behavior for weeks at a time then punish the student when they just dont have the means to accommodate them any longer . The Principal doesn't have a Back bone and refuses to be in charge of his Students and is too blind to see that he is causing more harm for these special needs children who are, Very bright Kids but who have found a way to Manipulate the People that are suppose to be in Charge. When parent Recommendations Were Given, I was informed by the Principal he had been doing this for over 20 years and Kids were his business. Well There you Go... and still no plan for next year , Deflected...
The more QUALITY time you spend at home with your child helping them with their homework will go a long way. Quality time means positive reinforcement and correcting disrespectful behavior. Quality time means teaching your child to stay positive and remind them they are in school to learn.
My son goes to Chavez. He is in the TU program there for his ADHD. He comes home everyday saying that he is bored in class the teachers are mean to him and so are the students. We have notice a lot of very alarming things since he has attended this school. Like the fact that he is not allowed to go out to recess because the teachers are afraid he is going to run. Or this past week was field day which in order for him to be able to attend he had to work hard to control himself. Which he accomplished everyday except for Friday. When he came home Friday he became very upset. He was told he couldn't go to field day because he didn't behave. To me that is singleing him out. Which they have a tendency to do that a lot. The principle is worthless there he isn't involved with the parents unless it involves bring money into the district. Which when I first met him he showed interest in my son because any school my child attends gets paid money from the state along with extra finances from social security to help with the needs of my son. I strongly urge you as a parent to look into this school before allowing your child to attend.
My daughter was diagnosed with Dyslexia. The teachers and staff at Chavez have gone above and beyond to help her. She now has the confidence that she can succeed. That is the greatest gift I believe we as parents and the schools can give our children.
This school does not encourage parent involvement at all. They are also very nonchalant about their safety measures even when a parent has brought it to their attention.
My son was a 3rd grader there last year and we absolutely loved his teacher! The office is very friendly as well, and it seems to be a very clean and updated school with new technology. He will be attending there this year as well.
I have a first grader and we LOVE this school. I just found out he has to move to Zellers next year. I am disappointed because I have been so impressed with Chavez so far. We have had two GREAT teachers and the principal is awesome. We'll be sad to leave.
I think this is a very good school. My son has attended though both kindergarten and first grade and is doing very well. The PTA is active, the parents are involved, the teachers are great. Areas that could be better are in coordinating volunteers and in the administrative area.
So far, I have very happy with the education my daughter is receiving at Chavez Elementary. The school does make an effort to encourage parent involvement and I for one, plan on getting more involved next year when all 3 of my children are attending the same school. I have no complaints.
This school is okay. If you are coming from a really good school to Little Elm ISD, you will be disappointed. Parent involvement is low, I should know I was on the PTA board. They totally teach for the TAKS which is the state standardized testing, that way they can get a great rating, with no regard to a quality, diverse education.
My son is in Kindergarten at this school and I have been very impressed thus far. His teacher goes out of her way to make the children comfortable and the communication is wonderful. My son was very apprehensive about starting school but he absolutely loves going now, and is learning a lot. We couldn't be happier!
I like this school and how they teach my daughter the classes are small and more easy to teach students
My child attended kindergarten at Chavez during its opening year. They were extremely unorganized and 'good teaching practices' were not utilized. (I am also a teacher elsewhere, so I know what types of curriculum and instruction are most effective.) My child could not get in the tutoring programs that she needed. Her teacher said it was because the low income and ESL kids got placed in the programs first. So basically the middle class kids where ignored. Thank goodness my daughter was able to attend first grade at the school I teach at in another district! We do not discriminate!
I think that Chavez is a very good public school. This school is brand new and I have 2 children enrolled at Chavez. They enjoy the teachers and the staff. I have not heard any sort of negative comment from them. My husband and I have had a few meetings with the principal to discuss some issues surrounding one teacher but it was resolved after our conversation. We keep in contact with the teachers via e-mail and enjoy the close communication. I highly suggest enrollment at Chavez Elementary.
I love this school. My son, a first year student, comes home everyday happy and full of excitement about the day. I was so afraid of encountering a bad environment, but was glad to find exactly the opposite. Starting with the Principal and ending with the newest teacher I have seen nothing but dedication to my child's education and well being. Chavez still has little things to work out with the schedules and such, but nothing any sensible parent couldn't make due with or find a reasonable solution for. This school has an awesome PTA that allows for all kinds of activities for parents and students. It also allows the parents to have a voice in some of the school happenings while keeping them updated through a newsletter. We are already looking forward to the new year as a first grader!
This school takes on the military attitude. My child is not a bad kid but he therefore is treated as if he might be. The rules are too ridged. These are little children who need to learn; not be crusified. The principal is worthless. The teachers are so new they really do not know which way is up to teach it. There is nothing about this school that makes you feel you have your child in the right place. Everything is staged. They are not getting a whole education. They are taught for the state test. Which in turn makes the principle look good and let me tell you she is far from that. She doesn't return calls. Doesn't procede with writen requests either. Parents are not welcome. They have stupid assemblies every week. My child has fallen behind since he has been here. What a shame! We're gonde!
Since the 2002-2003 school year was the first ever for Chavez it can be understandable that there will be some 'kinks' to work out. One issue I had was with the Cafeteria pre-pay program. It did not work how I expected it to based on information I read about it. There were supposed to be notices sent home with the kids when their account balance reached $5. I never received these notices. Instead I would receive notices that my child had to charge a meal or two and to send money or he would get the alternate meal, a cheese sandwich. This was usually not a problem until the last few weeks of school when he forgot to tell me about his negative balance and had to eat cheese and bread for two days. I don't see why this program can't be put on a website with access to parents of children who participate in the prepay program. If enough parents who do participate would make the suggestion then perhaps it would become reality. Also, it would be nice if the school hours 8-3 or 8:30 to 3:30 instead of 7:50 to 2:50. It makes it hard for older siblings of younger grade-schoolers to help out in the afternoons with supervision since the jr high and high school grades have later hours. This change was made this last school year due to a study conducted somewhere that concluded younger children can handle earlier hours while older students need to sleep longer in the morning in order to function better. The difference in schedules is detrimental to parents who work for a living that need their older kids home with their younger siblings in the afternoon.
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