The person who wrote the second review is probably a teacher or a parent of one of the favored students. There are many other parents that are unhappy with the status quo particularly with the seventh and eighth grade teachers. Waterford's "stellar" reputation has been damaged because for the first time the school 's students did not meet NECAP standards. This was probably due to the social atmosphere under the former regime. We had positive experiences in the lower grades but transferred our children for middle school to insure that they would be better prepared for high school. There have been students who reported being poorly prepared in math for high school algebra despite being placed in "accelerated" classes by the Waterford math teacher. I would not recommend this school for middle school unless teachers are held accountable to teach all the students, give extra help when needed, and avoid favoritism. It would also be more appropriate to have socialization between staff be done after school hours as there seems to be difficulty maintaining that separation at school
- submitted by a
August 08, 2013
We have enjoyed many great experiences with Waterford school. Having had two children move through all grades, our experience has always been positive. We found the staff and administration to be very responsive to any of our concerns. The teachers, particularly those in the 6th through 8th grade always conducted themselves professionally and often went out of there way to help students that needed a little extra. Waterford school is recognized throughout the area as one of the strongest K-8 programs available, a recognition very well deserved. Our children were very well prepared to move on to a local private high school, and have excelled there.
- submitted by a
June 23, 2013
The past school year has been a horrible one for our family. The principal (who has since left the position due to a "promotion") was unable to separate personal friendships from professional duties. A teacher who was a personal friend of his was not held accountable for her failure to perform her job adequately and was shielded from accountability. The special educator was afraid of the principal who was also a personal friend of his and often failed to advocate appropriately for his students. The seventh and eighth grade teachers were often, insincere, and lacking in professionalism. The dress code is only enforced with students disliked by the teachers or principal.. Boundaries are poor with para educators often overstepping their boundaries and asking the students inappropriate questions about personal family matters. The school has been conducted more like a lonely hearts club for the unhappily married or attached rather than a place of learning. resulting in an incestuous atmosphere. A new principal, reportedly a true professional arrives this fall. Hopefully, boundaries will be clearly defined and kept intact and teachers will be held accountable.