Ms. Winter and Ms. Hafner were wonderful with my daughter Rachel. They brought out the best in her and made her look forward to school. She adored her teachers and it was mutual. My son's teachers were very interested and on top of his progress, Ms. Smith was one of his all time favorites because he said she was interesting and kept class fun, but expected results. He admired that.
They have a good set of rules for being good and kind students and helping others, they watch and reward this behavior. Every Month there is an assembly where kids going the extra mile for others are recognized and rewarded for their good stewardship.
We moved from Virginia to Plano because of the good school rating. I have to say Anderson did not disappoint. They have a very positive approach that is easily seen and felt. When it is time to go to class a bell does not signal them, positive upbeat music plays letting them know it is time to get to class. The first year we were there "Its going to be the best day of your life" was the song. It really sets the spirit of the day. The school is firm but fair, their assemblies are full of team spirit, say the pledge of Allegiance to the USA and then to the state of Texas they even sing America the Beautiful, it is so patriotic and wonderful. They teach manners that are used now and through their adult years. When my children needed tutoring in math it was provided both before and after school at no additional charge. This is a school that cares. My daughter had the best two years of school with her teachers, Ms. Hafner and Ms. Winter, both standouts. My son's team were equally talented and caring. The staff, students and parents are nice and friendly. I am living in North Carolina now, but still keep in touch with the lovely friends I made at Anderson. This is a school with heart. Both of my children adored their teachers, I feel blessed to have been a part of the Anderson team.
We have only been attending Anderson for 2 years now kinder and 1st grade and I must say that I am very very pleased with my child's education. My child loves to learn now and can't wait to do the homework and continue learning at home. At the beginning I thought I would have a real problem getting her to focus in school but both her kinder and 1st grade teachers have woken something up in her that I couldn't do and she is thriving in all areas. That tells me that the teachers at Anderson are doing something right, which means that they must have pretty good leadership.
When my daughter transferred to this school the first year she really began to excel. The second year I was less than impressed with her instructor and she is not fairing as well. Overall it seems like a decent school but the communication COULD NOT BE WORSE!!!! When they need money or are doing a fundraiser you will be notified 50x's and nice and early. If there is a school play, or your child is having trouble learning in class you won't hear a dang word.....My biggest gripe would be very poor communication from the school and teachers. It really depends on which teacher you get here, some of them are very good at what they do and some......not so much.
Anderson has always had good principals, however I have to agree with the parent who was upset because a group of students was being punished for the actions of a few. This is a reflection of the young and inexperienced teaching staff. Many of the people say it is a great school, but failed to list what really makes it great. Yes the teachers can be nice and smile every morning, but that doesn't make them great teachers. I have to say in my 5 years being an Anderson parent I have yet to see an experienced, concerned teacher with an interest in learning ability and environment. The teachers at Anderson only come to work. They are neither leaders nor teachers. Most of the them are very young, inexperienced, insensitive and care for nothing other than a paycheck. For example, children who are bullied are being ignored and bullied (spoken to in a mean tone) by the teachers, not all children receive the amount of attention needed to succeed, they speak to children in a demeaning manner, they allow children to behave badly and disturb the learning of others, if a teacher doesn't like the parent then she treats the child unfairly in class and the teachers have poor follow-up to parents.
The staff at Anderson Elementary are ALWAYS extremely helpful and in good spirits. I have had children attending this school for 8 years and have never had nor heard of a single complaint. One of my children has been diagnosed with dyslexia and the 504 meeting and program have been a true blessing to her and the growing knowledge level. I always observe several parents attending PTA events, open houses, and extracurricular activities sponsored at the school. The principal and assistance principal are visible throughout the school day and special events in addition to out supporting the other schools within the FriscoISD.
I LOVE this school. My family has been at this school going on 5 years now and it just keeps getting better. It is so refreshing to have faculty and staff that are as interested and devoted to your children as you are. The teachers are there to make certain your children succeed.
The faculty and staff are always very interactive and upbeat with the students. The lesson plans are well-organized and all the classes within the grade are covering the same topics. The teachers communicate often with the parents through weekly newsletters, e-mails, and phone calls. My children enjoy going to school each day and come home excited about the new things they have learned.
This school is simply phenomenal. I have a kindergartener here, and we are very pleased with her classroom teacher. She is very easy to communicate with - I send her an email and she responds within a few hours or less! The administration proactively opened up a sixth kinder classroom so that the student-teacher ratios would remain small. My daughter is being challenged academically and assessed regularly - she is given guided reading homework that is really challenging and makes her think critically about the assigned book. There is also a tremendous sense of school spirit, due to the good Morning Anderson assembly / pep rally that gets kids excited to tackle the day. The classroom teachers proactively use technology - they update their website regularly and publish a weekly newsletter online. Curriculum and activities are well coordinated among the 6 kinder teachers.