We recently moved to Port Arthur.My oldest is in the fourth grade and struggling. After failed attempts at home to help her get caught up and focusing oon weak reading skills, we consulted the school for advice and guidance. After meeting wwith her teachers and then meeting in a group setting with the principal, teachers and other administrators and education professionals the only course of action offered was an "extended day" program that offered nothing in the way of improvement and only offered more work and a longer day. After consideration we decided to give it a shot. HUGE mistake. The program made the problems worse due to fatigue and lack of engagement by faculty. The program is inconsistent in the materials coverd and too many times the kids simply watched movies. The staff want to do well, but the lack of strong leadership from the principal, the extreme apathy from the parents and the "not my problem" mind set they harbor are giant obstacles to a successful education at this school. We will not be attending again next year and I strongly encourage you to seek better opportunities for your children. This is a horribly weak school in a very disenfranchised area.
- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2013
we moved from beaumont to port arthur. in beaumont my children went to regina-howell, great school (there bully polices are not good) the teachers and programs are the best. they found out my kids needs and put them in the right class asap. now they go to lucian adams in port arthur, and they dont have they same programs. my daughter is in the 1st grade and she was in gifted classes. in port arthur all they offered was extra work(my daughter said that she is board and they feels singled out when they give her more work then her friends) . my son is in the 2nd grade and in a dislexic class, port arthur didnt offer any class to help him i do my best but he is now failing 2nd grade.I wont b sending them there next year if i have to drive them to beaumon t daily. the response that they gave me is that they dont offer those classes to that age group. well bisd sems to think that they need to be helped at a younger age and the kids are doing very well. all im saying is catch up paisd.... by any means my children wont be left behind....