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Do you feel this school develops honesty, integrity, and fairness in its students?
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Currently, most people answered Strongly disagree (1 response)
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Do you feel this school develops compassion, caring, and empathy in its students?
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Do you feel this school develops respect in its students?
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Do you feel this school develops persistence, grit, and determination in its students?
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How do you feel about the amount of homework given at this school?
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Currently, most people answered Not enough (1 response)
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How effective do you feel the teachers are at this school?
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Is there someone at this school who you want to say "thanks" to?
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There are 25 reviews about all of the school topics.

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Keister Elementary School
Grateful to: Teacher

Posted May 07, 2016
- a parent
As the Advanced Learning and STEM Specialist at Keister, Mrs. Gulino wears many hats. For the past three years, you made school fun and exciting for my son. William looks forward to your teaching and group activities. Thank you for playing such a crucial role in his learning! We love you!

Keister Elementary School 2

Posted January 15, 2016
- a parent
It bothers me that the school is overcrowded and it's hard for all children to be taught equally. There are many things talked about with education and learning but getting it done appears not to be happening and maybe that's why they haven't been making their bench mark. Parents and problems are still being dismissed at Keister and at the leadership level it seems they don't have much interest in working hard to meet what is needed.


Keister Elementary School
Grateful to: Staff member

Posted January 15, 2016
- a parent
The janitor was very respectful and upheld schools integrity more than anyone else. He cares not only for the school but also for the students.

Keister Elementary School
Grateful to: School leader

Posted December 12, 2015
- a parent
Mrs. Lintner is a great example of how to lead a school successfully and sensitively. She nurtures Teachers and allows them to work in teams for the best results in the classroom and students benefit from the happy teachers who get to do what they love!

Keister Elementary School
Teacher effectiveness: Effective

Posted December 12, 2015
- a parent
There are many many excellent teachers at this school with a smattering of new teachers every year. (Not many, as teachers love this school and tend to stay when they are hired)


Keister Elementary School
Amount of homework: Not enough

Posted December 12, 2015
- a parent
In some ways i appreciate a de-emphasis on homework, but there could be a little more and it would be perfect. My son, a third grader, has 2 math problems, 10 mins of reading and 2 sentences to summarize what he read.

Keister Elementary School
Develops honesty: Strongly disagree

Posted December 12, 2015
- a parent
There is some emphasis to sensitivity towards economically-disadvantaged children. During a book fair, for example, funds were used to ensure that each child in the entire school could go home with one book, regardless of the ability to pay. The school has a large ESL population with 18 languages other than English spoken in the home. There is also a large population of speakers and a dual-immersion program in it's 3rd year. The Administration has shown great leadership in cultural sensitivity. For example, there have been informal evening gatherings with the largest cultural groups to listen to stories and gain cultural understanding. Finally, the 3rd grade team this year has decided to scrap a behavior chart and instead integrate a system of remediation between students. They have talked about empathy and making amends, which I feel has a better connection to real life than stars or colors on a chart.

Keister Elementary School 5

Posted December 11, 2015
- a parent
It's time for a Keister review update as the previous reviews do not reflect my family's experience, nor the experience of the many families we know. The administration of this school is excellent and is not just "warm and caring" but attracts many of the best teachers around. Teachers are nurtured, work in teams, and are encouraged to use best teaching practices rather than focusing on the ever-changing tide regarding high-stakes testing (while completing the necessary steps required legally). It appears, that the teachers thrive and are empowered in this school to teach with the focus on deeper learning. Teachers are happy and teaching, and as a consequence, kids are happy and learning. The dual-immersion program, in it's third year, is very strong, as a result of hiring teachers with experience in addition to being qualified to teach Spanish/English. Keister is also a school with a true "neighborhood" feel and not only focuses on academics, but the individual child as well as the Keister Community. There are 18 languages spoken at Keister, but the school manages to have one voice.


Keister Elementary School 5

Posted August 17, 2014
- a parent
Some of the other ratings are old. My family's experience with Keister allows me to say it is an outstanding elementary school! Other comments refer to over-crowding and a principal who is no longer at the school. Over-crowding is no longer a problem for two reasons; 5th graders now attend middle school (they used to be at Keister) and city-wide there is a slightly lower number of children in the lowest grades. The current principal and leadership at Keister is outstanding. The mission of the school is clearly backed by action and responsiveness to individual students, teachers, staff and the school community as a whole. The school has great scores in regard to testing. But what sets it apart are the many and diverse programs that are not dictated by standardized programs; Keister involves families in every aspect of the school experience; they are attentive to students' needs and are willing to empower teachers. Keister has "walking days" three times a week, when they encourage all children to walk (or bike) to school; bused students walk upon arrival. The school has a garden that students get to work in, and provide food for the cafeteria. A dual immersion language program.

Keister Elementary School 2

Posted November 02, 2013
- a parent
Keister is over crowded, and has really let instruction slip. There is a lot of talk about learning, but not a lot of anything except SOL prep worksheets. A huge disconnect between what gets said and what actually gets done makes it difficult for anyone to change anything.

Nearby schools

Keister Elementary School
100 Maryland Ave, Harrisonburg, VA  22801
(540) 434-6585
Last modified Keister Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-4. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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