Great school experience so far! We were a bit intimidated by less than stellar reviews from neighbors...however, their "knowledge" was based upon assumptions, not actual experience, as they do not send their children there. My son is in first grade now and has had two of the very best teachers I have ever had the pleasure of meetings, the principle is amazing...very dedicated and encouraging. The staff is overall very friendly and welcoming. Parent involvement and school activities are less than I would like, but most families are dual income and work full time. Curriculum is good so far. My son is very advanced, and each year the teacher has gone above and beyond to actually CREATE materials for him that are appropriate and challenging. Class sizes are small and the school is kept very clean and safe. Demographically, this school is not very diverse, and my one complaint would be that I have heard a few staff members speaking improper English, sort of slang, which only further promotes the stereotypes associated with this school. Reading, writing, math, science and social studies are all excellent from what I have observed through homework and projects. A happy parent here!!
I was a student at this school and I gained a very solid foundation from this establishment. The staffing was up to date and current on all teaching methods and used each one to accomadate the different cultures and backgrounds of the children.
my child is not challenged enough either it is almost 2011 and nothing has changed and my child needs more challenging work than 1-10 and alphabets she's on a first to second grade level at this school its ridiculous!
My kids has attended Southwestern Elementary School for 2 years. We moved from Va.Beach to Chesapeake in 2009.I have given credit where credit is due.. in my last posted review! However, my greatest concern with S.W.E. school is the gas ordor that it always seems to have whenever I enter the school. I have brought this to many staff members attention including the principal. The first day I walked in the school with my kids in September 2009, I have smelled an gas odor. The reply I received whenever I mentioned it to a staff member is unacceptable to me. I am taking this issue as far as I can...so that this matter can get the attention it deserves.I complained last school term about the gas odor...the problem was so called fixed...this year will be different. I am not giving up!!!!!!!!!!!
I also feel that the above average kid is not challenged. I can not understand why a child who can write his/her name is given a home assignment to say his/her name or if a child can count to 100 is given an assignment to count from 1-10.
No school is perfect, but I have never seen a more hard working and dedicated teacher than my son's. He has had the same teacher now for kindergarten and first grade. His reading skills are amazing and his math knowlege is incredible for a 6 year old. Whatever methods his teacher is using, she needs to keep it up! He comes home everyday saying how much he loves school and I was afraid that he wouldn't like it since I never did when I was younger. I am glad there are professionals such as Ms. Lee on the staff of SWE.
Southwestern Elementary is a wonderful school. I have been fortunate enough to have served as a parent volunteer in many schools within the same city as well as had children at different schools within the same city. None of the schools are perfect!!! Nonetheless, at this school everyone works very hard to ensure that nothing but the best is given to the students. I also spend alot of time at this school, and see alot of what goes on behind the scenes, and all the staff will jump in where it is needed at anytime to assist the students. The spirit of the school is very upbeat, and no one is ever left behind. As a parent of a student who attends this school, I would urge you to get involved to really see what this school is like before you pass judgement.
I think this 'whole' school could use some more training.....The front office personnel are very rude, the teachers make you feel like you are beneath them, when you ask them questions concerning your child you never seem to get a straight answer. To get an appointment with the principle is like the 'president' you have to go through major security to get an appointment to see her and then she is sooooo busy she is quick with you. I really think they should recognize that every parent is not ghetto and are adults and regardless they should at least treat them with some form of resprect starting with the front office.
My daughter transferred from another school in the district at the beginning of the 07-08 school year as a 3rd grader and it has been the worst move I have ever made and can't wait to get her out. If your child is an average pr needs help this school will help them, but if your child is above the curve and excels, they will be bored and not be pushed to reach even higher then they already do.
Love this school can't complain. Mrs Affeldt is the greatest. My daughters kindergarten class had only about 12.
I love this school, compared to other city's the student teacher ratio is low. My child is in kindergarten and it is only about 12 students to 2 teachers. This school is a great school.
I've had issues with this school as well. I agree that this school's primary focus is on being accredited and 'looking good' to the powers that be. For example, my son has known his alphabet since he was 17 months, & his first kindergarten report card gave him an 'S' on letter recognition. Subsequent cards gave him 'O's. I can only assume that this technique is used to 'prove' how well the teachers are teaching. However, his teacher & asst teacher have been really wonderful. I have never seen a kindergarten class with so many accelerated readers. Also note that the classroom sizes are small 11:1 and most of the teachers have advanced degrees. In short, we can sit & complain or we can jump in and do something about it. I intend to do the latter.
I have been trying to work with this school since my child was in kindergarten, he is now in third grade. He has been going to private tutoring so he would would be able to read. I finally gave up on receiving any help or support from the principal and most of the teachers. They only care about getting the school accredited, for example they offer 4 hours after school SOL help now for three months but have never offered any after school tutoring for his reading. My child does have an IEP and is suppose to be one of those children not left behind. It is impossible to work with this school. I have tried to voice my complaints and I do not seem to be heard, the school is the worst elementary school I have ever the misfortune of dealing with. Wanda Hatley
I have had a problem with this school. I have tried to get my daughter help with her reading and nobody seems to know how to help her. Teachers yeah right.The only thing they seem to be interseted in is bush's no child left behind. I think that was the worst thing to come because all that means is regardless of if your chaild is advancing or not he or she will pass.That leaves our children behind 4th graders with 2 grade reading levels.
This school is very disappointing. the first visit my daughter and I had a teacher was yelling at a student as if she was out on the block somewhere. The staff is very unprofessional and the school appearance needs some upgrading. The childrens enrichment is nill and they only teach to pass the state test. nothing else is really encouraged.
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