We were pleasantly surprised at both the quality of the teaching and the overall administration of Crestview Elementary. You could tell the teachers really cared about all of the students here, and made a real effort every day. Excellent public school.
The faculty and staff are top notch! They really care about each individual student. I'm a foster mom, and had several kids attend Crestview. Every teacher I experienced working with were excellent educators who took special interest in what was best for each of my children.
We moved from another state & bought a house that was zoned for this district because we thought since it was so highly rated, it would be wonderful. Boy, were we wrong. Our child started halfway through the year. She was expected to be at the same level as the children who had been there all year. We were told the first week "Your child needs to learn self control." My answer? "She's 4! Plus this is her first time ever in a school...give her some time." Morning drop is terrible. Numerous times there would be 4 and 5 year old children waiting by the office alone with no teacher in sight. It is very clear that if your child is primarily Spanish speaking, you will do well at this school. The teachers greet and speak to the children and their parents in Spanish at morning drop off...if you don't speak Spanish, you aren't greeted. From what I can tell, the school teaches just what the kids need to know to test well in order to get their "10" rating. I would give the school a 5 personally. Our child will NOT be returning!
If I could afford to move, I would. As my grandson prepares for kindergarten next year, we have attempted to learn about this school's kinder round up. All the other schools/districts in the area have already sent home information. We get no reply from district or campus level personel. There is no information on the school sign. There is no information anywhere. Trying to early vote in the district this past week was a scavenger hunt of where and when and the bond information does not fully disclose plans. The same issues plagued this district when my children attended. I would move if I could. Unfortunately, I am not in a situation for that kind of change. I am a parent, a teacher (another district) and a grandparent.
Horrible principal, don't bother trying to fix a problem with her, she will call you and make sure you know it is all your fault, regardless of the problem. Then she will blame anyone that could be blamed but never just simply say... sorry that happened, we will try to make sure it doesn't happen again. The overall school seems to have a bully issue, they are trying to get rid of the bully problem, but when my kindergartner went to the teacher because another child licked her in the face the teacher told her not to tattle. She has also gone to the teacher for other things like pushing and teasing by other students and gets told also not to tattle. So bullying is not accepted at the school, but if it happens to you, don't try telling anyone because it will become your problem. Appearance, the school always has broken playground equipment and they have overgrown grass and thorns in the front yards. This is also a uniform school district, something I don't agree with in a public school, but they are doing it because of gang issues.
This school is the top school in the district. It has been that way now for three years in a row. The teachers have the support of their principals and the principal can count on the support by her teachers at the highest levels. The community is very supportive and understands the growing pains of an expanding school district. Many of the community members are financially strapped but have always dug deep into their pocket books to come up with the aid the school and district needs. The special programs are the best the district can offer. There are some disgruntled parents that may want to utilize the special programs but may not be eligible due to requirements or governmental restrictions to qualify for services. Unfortunately they choose to exercise their freedom of speech to demonstrate their disappointment and condemn all that is associated with the cause of their frustration.