We have two children at this school, and have generally had a positive experience. Every time I have been in my children's classrooms when school is in session, I have seen engaged children, dedicated teachers, and well managed classrooms. We do hear of occasional discipline problems, but they are a small part of our children's experience. My only complaint would be that, when our kids were in kindergarten, they had a lot of seat time and not quite enough structured play time.
I have two children at JFK and I have been very happy. Our kids' skills are above grade level and I feel that they are adequately challenged. The teachers are very accommodating and we have had nothing but good experiences. Most importantly, our kids are happy with the school. When I have met with the administration on various parent committees, I find that they are responsive to my suggestions and appreciate my input. When I talk to my friends with kids in other school districts, I find that our experience at Winooski is similar to neighboring schools.
JFK Elementary school is a wonderfully diverse school with a very caring and supportive superintendent, principal and teachers. My son has been there for three years and we've had a very positive experience so far. The lack of parent involvement is not because of the school. They have done an incredible job of reaching out to the parents and community encouraging parent involvement and providing childcare s so parents can attend school-parent meetings/events. I think the problem is more to do with the transient population that resides in Winooski. There are some amazing, caring, well-educated & involved parents but there are also many very low income families. The racial, cultural & socio-economic differences that are present in Winooski are some of the reasons I chose to buy a home and have my child educated here. There are many intelligent & motivated students who attend JFK but parents in the community need to be more involved with their child's progress.
We have two very bright children in this school and are very happy with the quality of education they are receiving. The diversity is a plus, but it also makes it a challenging environment for the teachers. Nearly all the teachers we've dealt with directly are engaged, dedicated and hardworking. The class sizes are small, allowing a great deal of personal attention. The teachers have done a good job of providing extra challenges and enrichment opportunities when our children are ahead of the rest of the class. Our kids are flourishing here and we have very few complaints.
Well the school does have its problems, I think that most of the teachers at this school are great. They care for the well-being of my child and do the best with what they have. Based on some other reviews, I venture to guess that many parents now-a-days do not discipline at home. When I go in to pick my child up, I have heard kids some very mouthy kids (to adults!). My child has told me some horror stories and I wonder what has happened to these kids that misbehave. I do not know if there is any consequences for their actions. I like to hope that there is. Even though most of the teachers care, sometimes that is not enough. I do think the academics are not as rigorous as they should be.
The teachers in this school are great! I cannot, however, speak to the administration. My child has never had problems at this school, thus I have not had to go to the principal to have to solve any issues.
My daughter often comes home from school in tears. When I ask her what happened today, she always has variations of the same problems. Basically, she tells me that she is one of only a couple "good" kids in a classroom of "bad" kids. All day she listens to the teacher have to yell at these students. Her learning is interrupted and she doesn't receive much attention. All of the teacher's attention is focused on the kids behaving "badly." She tells stories of kids swearing at kids and teachers, of fights, of police officers being brought in to the room, and a couple times of her teacher crying. Mind you, this is elementary school!! My husband and I have tried so hard to sell our house so we can move out of Winooski, solely because of the school system. I hope that we can soon get out of here.
This school has many problems and challenges to deal with. First off would be the principal who tends to let bad behavior slide and is not supportive of the staff. Another problem would be that some of the teachers are not professional towards each other ( I witnessed this when I was in the first grade classrooms. Many of the staff members often take "time off" due to being stressed out. The behavior of many of children is difficult due to their upbringing/ lack their of. There is little parent involvement, and if there is any it seems to be to fight with the teachers instead of supporting them. Overall, I have to say my experience with this school was horrible and I would not recommend it to anyone. AVOID! This work environment is stressful, unsupportive, and challenging to say the least. I dealt more with behavior problems than getting through lessons due to 80% of the students having "issues."
Avoid this school if at all possible. Our daughter is enrolled in kindergarten there and the majority of her classmates do not speak English or have behavioral problems. This results in a classroom where the teacher spends all her time trying to keep order instead of teaching. Unfortunately, I can not post some of the despicable experiences we have encountered but please take some advise AVOID THIS SCHOOL.
This is one of the most culturally diverse schools in VT, which is a huge plus. The teachers are first rate and the communication between the school and parents is excellent.
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