Note: all negative reviews of this school have been pulled. Interesting. The focus at WMES is SOLs and nothing but SOLs. As a result, I have to make certian my child knows how to read, write and do math. Even basics such as cursive have been abandoned. Previous principal has retired, unfortunately not after due process of law, and new principal has his work cut out for him. Amazing what the change has wrought - everyone at school is happy now. Now we can rebuild.
First of all I'm a divorced parent who had a great 3rd grade and 2nd grade teacher. In the same breath all schools have their issues and the best way you can make sure your child recieves the best education is to pair them with a teacher that can best deal with your child's personality! If you know your child and teacher are not getting along request a new teacher until you find the right one. Parents communicate with your teachers via email,phone or visiting the school. Parents and teachers have to agree when it comes to dealing with your child just like when parenting. YOU the ADULT have to let your educator know that you are supportive of them and keep a GOOD attitutude. ALL schools have good and bad teachers! Also sometimes you the parent will have to put the extra time in with your child to help them succeed. Thanks Mrs. H.
There has been a complete lack of communication between myself and my childs teacher. He is special needs. We need daily contact. She flat out refused to do thiis. So each day, I don't know if my non-verbal child is eating, what kind of day he had....wouldit hav been so hard to use the communication form from his old school? They're in the same school district, and should use the same methods. My son was also not kept very hygenic while at school. He came home with mulch in his diaper one day. He was on his way to being completely potty trainec with the help of his old school, but these folks refused to take him potty while at school. His old school did...right up the road. How is he to learn when half his day is spent in a place where they refuse to just go stand him before a commode? They were supposed to change him anyway...but now looking at the rash he can't seem to get rid of.... NOT HAPPY
This was an awesome school there's no where else I would have wanted to for elementary school!
I heard many complaints about how the needs of normal or above-average children are neglected at WMES in favor of the needs of more learning-challenged children. My experience was slightly different. My child's first-grade teacher at WMES made sure that the learning needs of the children at a slightly advanced level were addressed. For example, she provided advanced reading assignments to the children who could read better. She assigned research papers to children who could tacke that task and who could write at the appropriate level. I was astounded by the volume of writing my daughter's class has produced at first grade. Also, this same teacher set up a first-grade garden where the first graders learned about the science of plants.It was one of the the highlights of my daughter's year.I am keeping my child at WMES as both she and I am immensely pleased by her first grade experience. I am hoping that this first-grade teacher is the norm rather than the exception in this school.
My son has been going to WMES since 2008. He has been diagnosed as ADHD and has always had a few minor learning delays. These factors have in no way impeded his learning. There was rough patch in terms of the first year but every year since the second year has been an absolute blessing. He has had teachers from 2nd and 3rd grade that have allowed him to not only be who he is but have used those traits to help him achieve his fullest potential. I commend the parents that are always out front volunteering and providing support throughout the school year. Although the principle tends to micromanage a bit, her dedication and obvious love for her students shines through. My son loves the schools as well as his teachers. That in and of itself is one of the factors that aides in my decision for him to remain at WMES. I could not be more pleased and will continue to do my part in each school year that my son attends. Yeah to my son's upcoming 4th Grade Year! Go Washington Mill Elementary School!
Bravo to staff, parents and students for the dynamic success ths year. This school is looking at the strengths and weaknesses of all kids and as a parent it is comforting to know my child will get challenged at every level. teachers really care about kids here, before, during and after school!!
Very Happy in K-1 but safety concerns, poor achievement and poor leadership have forced us to change schools after Grade 3. There is little accountability within the administration. When I questioned the Principal on failing the SOL in 2007,2008, 2009 she said "I could care less about VDOE (Virginia Dept. of Education)". The final straw was my son coming home with poop in his pants a second time after being harassed in the bathroom. When I voiced safety concerns on this my sons teacher told me to put him in private school, directed me to the principal and told me "This will not end well for you or your son."
Good teachers with a nice way of teaching and focussed and devoted for children
Safety and well being of Children is first and they do a great job. However, at school functions, be prepared for a DJ, disco ball, and some song selections than are not necessarily age appropriate for elementary school children. Parent volunteers are cautiously accepted, but not in the classroom except on school party days. The kindergarten team is exceptional!!! The passion of the existing administration is for disadvantaged and ESOL children, which is fantastic. However, we would have liked a stronger challenge for children who aren't 'disadvantaged.'
Great school. The academics are excellent and the principal always goes the extra mile for the kids to ensure their safety and to motivate them.
I love this our 1st year was great. Dr Howard and her reach far beyonfd the call of duty.
This is our first year. I was very much concerned about sending out my son to public school but not any more. Staff is friendly. Teachers are nice. My son attended Ms Certo and Ms Swiny class.
This is our first year at WMES and so far we really like the teachers and administration. My only critique is that the school does a poor job of getting information out to the parents. My most recent example happened with the Back to School Night. As a new parent, I assumed it was a kid friendly event. Nowhere in its advertising did it say to find childcare (as other schools did, I later found out) I learned this in passing the day of the event and had to scramble to get a babysitter. Granted, I could have brought my child with me, but apparently it would have been frowned upon. Those types of things need to be made clear to parents in the newsletter or on the website. Also, there was a new parent meet 'n greet social on the first day of school. I didn't find out about it until the day after. I think they told the new Kindergarten parents, but neglected to realize that there are new parents to the school who have older children.
While I agree that sometimes getting special education help is tedious, the intervention programs at this school are dynamic and early. My child was identified for a new summer program that gave him a look at the year ahead of him as a way of helping him succeed. Plus their new bracelet program has brought a terrific sense of calmness and community to this school.
This is an excellent school, with an energetic and caring administration. The staff and a handful of parents volunteer to offer a myriad of after school activities, both academic and social. I was amazed at the other comments about the administration. The quality of you children s education is directly related to your willingness to support the programs the school offers. There is help available in all subjects and after school programs almost every day that are staffed teachers that volunteer their time. If a parent is not willing to participate with homework, reading, communicate with the school in a positive way, and support the efforts of the teachers, their child will not receive the education offered at any elementary school.
Instruction is so focused on bringing everyone along for the SOLs that it moves very slowly and those lessons are reviewed ad nauseum. But other schools may be doing the same thing. I give the school high marks for spirit and leadership quality.
The administration of this school is quite lacking. The school has a slogan 'Where Children Come First' but their actions don't add up to this slogan. You will be okay if you get a good teacher and don't have to deal w/ the front office. But if you get a bad teacher - don't expect to receive any support from the school administration.
I totally agree with one of the other parents for the most part Washington Mill is a good school. But like all schools it is so bogged down that your child practically has to fail before the county can help. What I do not get is that for the most part the child can be doing well in one area (non-verbal skills) but their other skills are not so great and the county does not want to help.
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