We love Welby. I am so pleased with the principal, assistant principal, teacher's and office staff. The parents are very involved and I am happy my kids go to school there. We also love the dual immersion Spanish program they offer. I am not a big fan of year round school, but you get used to it.... Especially when it's such a great school. Welby is a well oiled machine and when you have been at other schools that don't operate as well you really appreciate it! Count your blessings if you are lucky enough to go to such a great school!
If this school allows the enrollment of one more student, it will surely burst at the seams! At the time of this writing, there are 1,018 student in grades K-6. That is the size of a normal junior high school. Because of this, they run a 4 track system to pack the kids in like sardines. Due to the large boundary size and parental choice in track, children will be on different tracks than their neighbors unless they consult with one another before applying for specific tracks. Aside from that, I must agree with an older post which stated, "It depends on the teacher you get." My children have regressed in reading and mathematics since attending here based upon previous levels of progress experienced at another local school. My only involvement with the principal has been through Principal Pride awards, but outside of that she can always be found in her office, rarely in the halls or outside. The PTA does not appear to be very active. The spending per student is $500 less per student than the state average, which places burden upon the parents to further supplement their child's education. If there is an option for another school, take it.
I have been impressed with Welby and how they handle the large number of children enrolled here. It is a track school which helps keep each class size lower than a lot of other schools that cram it all into one traditional school. My two children have both had great teachers that are always challenging them & making sure they are where they should be academically. My older child is advanced & they split the classes up & kids go with other kids from different classes so that the advanced kids do not get bored nor forgotten. I love how the teachers have small groups for teaching different subjects based on the children's levels. The principal is always walking around the school, the playground, the drop off area and is very friendly & approachable. The teachers, secretaries & principal all respond to emails in a very timely manner. I know this school struggles with the amount of students and I think they handle this situation very well. I feel my children are receiving a good education & are being challenged in appropriate ways. The parents involvement for the PTA seems to lack but a lot of parents do help in the classrooms I have noticed.
My children attended this school for five years. Some of the teachers were wonderful and some just seemed to go through the motions. I rarely had a teacher share a portfolio of my child's school work at a parent teacher conference. Usually, as the child progressed to the upper grades, less school work and grading standards were shared at conferences or in the work sent home. It was difficult to assess what concepts were being taught and what concepts were being mastered sucessfully. More communication on what is happening in the specific classroom was needed. The school's newsletters were always well done. The office staff is friendly and helpful. However, the principal seems to take on individual behavior problems that could be solved with an unified school-wide discipline program. The principal seems to almost be defensive about things when approached by parents, students and even faculty.
As far as the education,it depends on the teacher you get.Some teachers are better than others & some push & expect more than others so that their students can get the most from their education.It's too bad all of their teachers can't,don't or won't push their students to their full potential.All of our children deserve the best education they can get & lack of funds shouldn't be an excuse with all of the resources available these days.I'm just sorry it's the children who have to pay the price.