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Francis Scott Key Elementary School5
Posted September 10, 2013
- a parent
Key school is a bi-lingual immersion school with a diverse community . Half the day is spent in Spanish and the other half in English. Children leave the school ready to converse in two languages. They also learn about different cultures. There are over 15 countries represented and I know that is a very scaled down number. The kids enjoy so much at the school that it could not possibly fit on a page. Some one could bring in an Italian dish, Spanish dish, Ethiopian dish, the Netherlands, or one for Nigeria to name a few I have tried. The teachers have high expectations for the children and it shows, wish there were 5 more just like it.
This school is great! My child has excelled there so far and is learning a second language. The Immersion of the Spanish language has been very positive for my child, and they have maintained a fun, interesting environment.
I moved to Arlington for this school and it was so much better than I expected. And I had high expectations! Wonderful principals and staff, great teachers and the after school staff if just phenomenal.
Excellent School! Key School has knowledgeable and teachers dedicated to academic excellence, who are committed to help English and Spanish-speaking children learn the curriculum in both languages. The school is well managed and run by a superb Principal, who has advanced studies and understanding of child pedagogy, as well as innate leadership skills. The school provides additional support to children whose performance is above or below the academic norm. Overall, I have seen positive academic and linguistic results: Many happy, thriving and academically accomplished children who speak, read and write in both English and Spanish by 4th grade. Children who love the library and speak highly of their teachers. Parents who in general appreciate the responsiveness of teachers. Teachers who are prepared to give all the needed support to children. An academic and social community that works well together. As a parent, I highly recommend this school.
The academics are not up to par. I'm contemplating taking my daughter out of the school as I don't think the academics are as rigorous as they ought to be. The teachers are okay. It seems to be a hit or miss, which is dissapointing. Not as great as I thought.
Even if the students were not learning to be bilingual, Key would be an excellent school. The academics are top notch and the school is wonderful for working parents. There are numerous activities (chess club, homework club, sports, and more) and the school offers an extended day program (after school care) that is well organized and fun. My son enjoys the after school program so much that he does not want me to pick him up early. In addition to all of this, all students learn to be bilingual -- English speakers learn Spanish and vice-a-versa. The fact that the entire school is bilingual is helpful in comparison to schools with smaller immersion programs. The immersion aspect can be more challenging for non-bilingual parents (try helping with science reports in Spanish), but it is well worth it.