My daughter was rezoned to Booker from Phillips this past school year. It has sadly not been a positive experience...she has encountered some bullying from her classmates, and the general atmosphere at the school is disorganized as are the teachers. Her primary classroom teacher also left mid year with no notice or explanation given, which was another difficulty in an already trying school year. Phillips Elementary is just down the road but is miles beyond in quality.
This is a great school three of my children have attended Booker and I couldn't be happier with the qualitiy of the teachers and staff. I have also had experience with the special education department and they were highly motivated and helped my son get ahead and graduate from the special ed class and mainstream into the regular classes.
It had one of the best scores on SOL, and I love his Teacher Mrs. Sorrell. The support staff are wonderful Too, Mr. Doswell & Ms. Cindy. It is a Primary Autism Class yet Mrs. Sorrell is still very Academic with All Her Students. There is also a Great Bunch from the bus driver to his Asst. To the Principal & Vice. I have had a Wonderful Experience, and am Glad to be There!
Every day that you enter Booker Elementary you are greeted by everyone with a smile. The teachers are professional and love all of the children. When any students have behavior or learning problems the parents are notified and they work very hard to help parents find ways to get their children 'back on track'. I have loved every teacher that my son has had and look forward to seeing them in the halls when I go to visit. I am sorry to see Mrs. Selden go but know that Booker would only hire another wonderful principal to continue working with our teachers and children.
My daughter just passed the 5th grade from Booker. She has been there for all 6 years at Booker. When we moved out of the district, I got permission for her to keep attending at Booker because the quality of instruction here is excellent. There are classes for art, music and book clubs. The teachers also have classes after school for those who need help. The teachers are the best I have seen. I have older children who attended other schools and Booker tops them all.
I enrolled my children in this school because of the recent attention given. 6 years ago, Booker was below the state average and now is competitive with the rest of the state. An emphasis is place on academics and parent involvement. Extracurricular activities and sports are minimal but are foreseen to improve. The school is also set in an area of Hampton, VA known as Fox Hill. Which in itself is very involved in youth sports and extracurriclar activities. My wife and I did our homework before moving here and without a doubt know we made an excellent choice.
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