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714 South Pea Ridge Road
Temple, TX 76502

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(254) 215-3400
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Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
July 10, 2015
They do not set the example of including and treating disabled children with respect. They tolerate bullying and brush it off as normal child behavior. My child was continuously called looser and not included in recess left to walk around the fence alone.

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July 10, 2015
This school is the definition of white privilege. As long as your kid is white or does not have special needs your kids might have opportunity. Staff are undereducated when it comes to Autism Spectrum Disorders. They don't give any support for autistic kids to be in the regular classroom. Their special needs children are very segregated in this school. The special needs class does not participate in the grade level Easter egg hunt because they have a separate one for that class only. In the ARD meetings the principal is rude , talks at you, and parent input is not welcome. Terrible school that does not support diversity or acceptance of children who are different. My child cried everyday before and after school because the environment was so terrible. I even picked my child up from the car rider line in tears and the teacher with him didn't care. this school is terrible. Don't send your Autistc kids here.

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Teacher effectiveness: Very ineffective
July 10, 2015
Teachers are not knowledgeable, trained, or prepared to teach Autistc students. My child was at or above grade level when we moved here and after 2 years at this school he fell very behind. The staff did everything they could to force my child into the academic functioning class. The teachers did not advocate for adequate support to keep my child in the regular classroom. They even tried to label him as Mentally Retarded or ID because he fell behind. My child was never given Resource classes or given proper support. They also do not welcome parent envolvement from special needs parents. Not a welcoming, loving, or good learning environment for children with IEP. Aides are given too many kids to work with at one time. My child went without lunch many times because no adult was helping him open it. Very sad how behind the times this staff is. They are more worried about standardized test scores than teaching ALL students. Punishment style here is public shaming by removing student from classroom and forcing them to sit in another classroom with no regard for disability. Don't expect any help from the district either.

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January 20, 2014
This school is amazing. The leadership is simply the best around. If you go to them for anything, they are there for you 100%. The principal makes an effort to greet every child she sees each morning by name! The teachers teach in ways that make learning fun and hands on.

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February 24, 2013
Very dissapointed in my child's experience at this school. Most of the teachers are great and seem to enjoy what they do but there are a few that are really bad and treat the children badly. There is no reliable way to report concerns without retaliation and there is no accountability from leadership..

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February 19, 2013
If you put your complete trust in the school, ignore your children when they cry, and never ask any questions..... your experience at this school will be just fine. Parents are not treated as partners at this school.

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October 28, 2012
I have my two kids going to this school right from Kindergarten ... loved all the teachers. They are very encouraging. Gives an extra effort for one struggling. That is commendable. First weeks parents are allowed to walk kids to the classroom and then from third week they walk by themselves and if they need help ..there are office staff who help them to the classroom. Even parents can, they just need to sign the visitor register. Which I think is good as Parents in the hallway make it very chaotic ...and otherwise kids are amazing at the hallways. Would give all credits to the staff. Great school...

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August 30, 2011
We really enjoyed our child's teacher but feel there could be improvements in so many ways. We came from another district and are pretty disappointed. We are used to schools that are heavy in the parent involvement which leads to really amazing events. We miss our old school. - Lack of extra curricular activities -Only has PE and music no art or language classes -Parent involvement is not very welcome -lunchtime kids get treated like military -heavy on worksheets -watch a lot of videos not pertaining to curriculum -

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September 18, 2009
To rate this school is not to hard, it has a great outlook, but needs to put the parent back into there place, this school also needs checks and balances, which it doesn't have and to be the best there must be checks and balances.

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August 15, 2009
my daughter goes to Pirtle and I honestly couldnt ask for a better principle and staff! We love it!

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February 21, 2009
We have been at Pirtle for 4 years now; I have two children who attend. Pirtle has a new principal, Mrs. Neves, this year who has brought a feeling of unity to the teachers and parents; a big improvement. The majority of the teachers seem to truly care about their job and have a love for the students. Belton schools acheive great test scores each year. I would say that is due the community of families who care for their children and their education as well as the school system. Pirtle offers PE and music everyday which my kids love. One negative might be that the teachers don't seem to need or want parental help in the classrooms other than party day planning. I will be sad to leave the Belton area this summer because of the safe, supportive, family-oriented community.

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January 11, 2006
My child is enrolled in the Dual Language Program at Pirtle Elementary. This program provides a select number of students the opportunity to learn what is normally taught in both English and Spanish. The children are divided between two teachers, an English teacher and a Spanish teacher. This is a three year program that is offered for K-2.

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March 18, 2004
This is a great school and both of my children are happy here. The school teaches values and good character. The teachers and staff are very nice and qualified. I am amazed at the amount of resources,plenty of computers. I know my children are receive a quality education at this school.

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Joe M Pirtle Elementary School
714 South Pea Ridge Road, Temple, TX  76502
(254) 215-3400
Last modified Joe M Pirtle Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Joe M Pirtle Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 19 reviews. Top