This school is located off of Courthouse Road in Chesterfield, Virginia. Students Kindergarten through fifth grade.
Our family has been at Gates for five years. We have been really pleased with the overall quality of education. For the most part, we loved all of our teachers. Even the ones that weren't exceptional were still good teachers. We have seen amazing improvements at the school in recent years and are especially impressed by the new Scholastic Book Room. Thank you to the PTA and everyone who made the Book Room possible! I've found that by treating the staff in the front office reasonably and respectfully, they warmed up to me rather quickly. Consequently, they are always helpful and pleasant when I go into the office.
OB Gates has been an awesome experience for both my kids. The staff is very helpful and always has a smile on their face when I walk into the office. I cannot say enough about the teachers and how much my children have learned the past few years. Whenever I need information or when I need to speak with the teachers they are very accommodating for my busy schedule. Both my kids come home with all the information needed for me to know what is going on. I feel very confident that my children are in a very safe environment and that they are getting a high quality education.
Wow, my child came home last week and said my teacher told me to SHUT UP. What ever happened to be quite , please. There was another teacher in the room who reminded the teacher that she should not tell a student to shut up and she got very offensive with the other teacher. I asked my child what he/she was doing and the reply was I was humming while I was reading to myself . Apparently, none of the other kids complained nor the other teacher. Couldn't have been but so loud. If it was wrong, she could have said be quite. But no, it was a loud SHUT UP. What has happened to Gates. This is only one of a bunch of changes I have seen at O B Gates. I hate even visiting for a party or any programs that hey kids are involved at PTA meetings. I heard one parent complained and because they gave their name, that this parent is being treated very rudely whenever in the school. Maybe the staff, the principal and some of the teachers need to go back to the way it was when everyone loved Gates. A large amount of parents are fed up. I hope to either move or ask for a transfer for next year.
O B Gates School has definitely changed. I agree that there is one office worker who sits out front in the office is very rude. I think the new principal is rude and is not effective at all. Going from assistant principal to principal has changed her completely. The teachers don't communicate with the parents as they should. It was once a truly exceptional school. Now I would not recommend to anyone. Whether you call to ask a question or go by the office, it appears that you are really bothering them and so the looks and rudeness begins. I agree that alot of people are lableled according to their address. Guess what the children are all children no matter were the parents live or work.
I agree with the other parent not sure who is posting reviews but its not true parents. Awful school. Rude and disrespectful principal and office staff. They behave as though they are better than the rest. Horrible experiences with new principal. She abuses her power and she is not an advocate for students or parents.
My grandson goes to Gates and it seems to be a good school with good teachers.
low morale - poor leasdership-lack of comminication between staff and parents not a happy place- have witnessed teachers and aides verbally belittling students - what a disappointment
I don't know who is posting these reviews. It must be staff due to the whole time my child has been there, the office staff has been rude and if you are not from the wealthier beach road areas, they look down on you. One office secretart never speaks to yo unless you are rich or friends with her. You go to the principal if you have problem, and she says she will address it but then make you feel like you are bothering her. I have spoken to several parents who have said the same things. My child's teachers have been great but two of the office staff need to be replaced and the principal needs to be reminded about what her job is. I am very disgusted by this school.
After attending parent conference for both of my children, I know that the teachers are paying individual attention to my children. This is hard to do with so many students in each class!
Ms. Kirk, Ms. Beyer, Ms. Blackburn, Ms. Glynn, Mr. Runak, Ms. Foster, Ms. Woodcock - all are wonderful educators making a difference in our children's lives. Likewise, the office, janitorial and cafeteria staff members do a wonderful job and are integral to opening the doors each and every day. Thank You!
Excellent School. Maintains a healthy environment for learning. The teachers are top notch. Very well organized and clean. My son loves his teacher and is very happy at O.B. Gates.
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