This is our first year in a public school, as we transferred in from a private Christian school. It is too early to give appropriate feedback on academics. I can say the Moose book that you pay $5.00 is helpful for keeping track of what is going on, and for communication between parent and teacher. Since it is just past the 6 week period, I've not had Meet the Teacher to get detailed information about the classroom curriculum times, and general questions a 'new' parent may have. My daughter is a 2nd grader, and has music alternating Friday's; P.E. is twice a week, and 1-2 Friday's a month. I'm not certain about Art class. As I learn more about Keeley, and develop opinions, I'll be certain to update.
Keeley is a great school. I believe it provides above average academic programs for all children. I believe for the most part the teachers promote positive education feedback to the children. Especially with the tutororials and extra assistance they provide. I feel that the children enjoy the school and receive great benefit from attending Keeley. The level of parent involvement is good and that is great to know. I will continue to allow my child and most likely my next child to attend Keeley.
This is one of the best elementary schools in the district. The school encourages parent participation and the teachers are well respected in the school.
OK if your child has no special needs. Too many students. It is crowded. Many teachers are on the alternative teaching plan. They have never taught, and often are inexperienced. Horrible communication. I have had 4 children, in ten years attend this school, and feel that all they care about is how they are rated in TAKS tests. They will do anything to be rated Exemplary. Very mean spirited staff.
All they care about is being rated Exemplary at any cost. Special Education is terrible. There have been 4 teachers in 4 years for Special Ed. No thought is given to the children and what is good for them. High level of parental participation, almost like clicks. Very dissapointing.
I am shocked and disappointed at these reviews. People are fighting to get their children into this school because of the exceptional quality education it provides yet the only reviews given to this point have been negative. Keeley is wonderful with excellent teachers who do everything a parent would want for their child. I am a parent of two Keeley students as well as an educator with 12 years of teaching experience at other schools and feel extremely lucky to have my children in this school. The principal is well respected and deservedly so. Her teachers respect her and work hard to maintain a subperb educational environment. We have been fortunate enough to have 4 exceptional teachers here and I know that quality teachers are hard to find. My recommendation to those who are unhappy is move elsewhere and make room for others who want their kids in an excellent school.
While I agree with some of the other reviewers, I have some positive feedback as well. Chaotic afternoon pickup, major safety issues. We have reported to city as well as school without much feedback. Principal and administrative comments in other reviews accurate. Trying to get help for kids with problems is impossible and a nightmare. However, I have had 2 wonderful, impressive teachers so far that have really made a difference in my childs education and have taken extra efforts to stimulate him. However, discipline seems to be too rough for the small things and not enough for things that matter.
I feel that this school's leaders have let the 'exemplary' rating get to their heads- it's as if since they're recognized as being superior, they don't have to put forth effort to educate these children... that the reputation will set the standard, then the school will ride the coat tails of the title. With the exception of a very select few staff members, we've been extremely disappointed in what we thought would be a superior education for our children. The teachers we've had seemed more concerned with their own appearance and social status amongst themselves than with the well-being of the children that are left in their hands for 35 hours per week. The principal is a non-presence in the school, which is suprizing since she holds a Doctorate degree. Personally, I say, if you live in the area, consider another school for your children. You'll be glad you did.
Having a child at Keeley Elementary was a disappointing experience for my family. Most staff members were very closed minded and lacked formal training in dealing with students from diverse backgrounds. The PTA was a clique of parents who spent more time gossiping than taking care of the needs of the school. The school's atmosphere was cold and uninviting. It's sad to say that most of the students thought that the assistant principal is the instructional leader at the school instead of the principal.
This viewpoint is from a stepmom and noncustodial father. My stepdaughter has attended Keeley for two years. This school does not recognize, nor do they respect step-parents and the role they play in their step-childs life. My husband and I, for the past 2 years has continued to try and be involved in all aspects of his daughters education. The teachers my step-daughter has had have failed to contact him when the childs mother has been contacted about different issues. These two ladies only see mom as a parent I would guess. They have a 'if I didn't see it, it didn't happen' rule when dealing with bullies, therefore allowing the bullies to continue picking on fellow classmates. Neither teacher has responded to my notes, or e-mails when I have a concern. The teachers have yet to properly assist my step-daughter in areas she is having difficulites in. The teachers attitudes are lacking and negative. The school is overcrowded, the afternoon pickup is chaotic with many disrespectful parents & a lack of direction from school staff. We are currently looking for a private school.
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