There are some good and well-meaning teachers at this school but the Principal is a clueless mess. She doesn't know her students, she cannot seem to get organized, and she adopts experimental curricula that have been disastrous. She also seems to place more emphasis on making sure "everyone gets a reward" but ignores the truly good, hardworking kids. I cannot wait to be done with this school. It has been a complete drain on my children's self esteem.
My second grader and fourth graders both have two hours of work sometimes! Recent studies from Stanford and Harvard have shown that NO amount of homework is beneficial to elementary aged students. Maybe they need homework because they can't get anything done during the 8 hour day?!
They have a tendency to reward the kids who misbehave and don't do well in class, in an attempt to "bring them up" but they ignore those students who are already behaving and doing well in class! That's wrong. It sends a negative message to those who work hard.
My two daughters attended Specht for three years and loved it!!! All the staff, starting with the principal, and teachers were great! We are military family so we move around often. We will truly miss this school!
We have had a child in this school since 2003, just after the school opened. We have always had a good experience here, but none as wonderful as the last school year. Our administrative staff is the best in the district, and helped to guide our students and teachers through another transitional year with many new teachers. It is my opininon that we now have some of the best teachers in the district as well. Our PTA is the finest in the district with parent volunteers giving their time to help teachers as well as plan programs and experiences for every student. We are truly blessed to shine like stars at Specht Elementary.
We have had nothing but great experiences with this school. This year, overall student population has dropped from 800 to just over 500, with some realignment to other schools. The facilities for 'specials' are great (music, art, computer lab) and the gym for PE has every type of sporting equipment imaginable. Our daughter is in 2nd grade and really likes her class and teacher! Our early meetings with the teacher and school administration have all been positive.
The teachers are very compasionate and very 'on the ball' about situations. My child's K teacher is the best - she really cares about each individual child and corresponds quickly on any matter. The school really emphasizes parent participation - which is the most important and fundamental part of our children's education. It takes the parent and the teacher to get our kids to where they need to be and the teachers are doing their part!