I've had three kids go through Skipwith. Overall it's alright if your kids are already well balanced socially and academically. You really have to get involved with teachers/administrators to ensure your child does not get passed over for academic and other social opportunities that arise, and to let them know that you're watching! They often blame it on the kids not bringing the papers home. Some teachers are very nice and genuinely focused in administering course content. But recently there has been churn which makes you wonder why they're leaving. The PTA is clique-ish and not open to new people or ideas. Perhaps it will turn around with a new president and reshuffling of the henchwomen. Father figures, please get involved! The principal will return your email when she ever gets around to it - not the courtesy deserving of tax paying parents. Collaboration, Dr. Thomas! Check out the SOL ratings on this site for yourself to make an objective opinion. Unfortunately, unless you can afford to go private your designated school is based on your address. I'm giving Skipwith 3 stars because there's definitely room for improvement all round.
This school scares me, I have a student named Trevor Miller who eats all the pencils (wood, eraser, and graphite).
So far so Good! Great teachers(some) and AMAZINGLY Diverse! Personally, I like the school,my son is 4 (in Pre-k) and my daughter is 8 (3rd grade) and this is her 2nd year here, below is MY EXPERIENCE: My Son's Teacher: She's nice but seems inexperienced with how to be Personable and Welcoming toward parents. I would think she would be more friendly because she does work with preschoolers. But on the flip side his secondary teacher is AWESOME, my son loves her, I think because she's older (grandmotherish) but overall he's doing very well, he was very shy and is now coming out of his shell a bit. He's advancing educationally & socially so overall I'm happy! My Daughter(8):Teacher: OMG!LOVE,LOVE,LOVED her teacher last year,Lovely,Personable,Welcoming,Friendly,Kind..seriously like a grandma to both my kids( she even checks in on my son this year) most of those stars above belong to her...Love u Mrs.B! And her current teacher(3rd graden Mrs.S) is WONDERFUL as well, I haven't spent as much time with her but the time I have spent has been LOVELY! Parent pick up teachers are AWESOME! Lunchroom monitors are MEAN, Father club unorganized, Principal is O.K.,I guess I'm SATISFIED. ..:-)
This school aint got nuttin good bout it. Every time i holla actchu boy they be disrespectin n stuff. so i dun aprreciate it
This school is o.k. I have a lot problems with identifying my childs needs for advancement. They are very quick to test your child or get a case study if your child is high energy. I don't know if it a funding issue, where they need to identify as many children as the can for services. My child is not hyperactive nor does he display it home but they seemed to think he did at school. He is very smart, as is my daughter, but they seem to only focus on their weakness.
Not happy with school Cannot idetufy a students potantail until the parents get after the teachers in making them understand. A lot of politics.
Had to switch teachers in the middle of the year. First kindergarten teacher was terrible with my special needs child. Skipwith iha a rep w/ the parents of special needs children. Most of those kids are removed from classroom and placed in higher or lower grade class as punishment or sent home as undocumented suspension. HOWEVER, OUR NEW TEACHER IS TERRIFIC. No problems at all (same child different teacher....proves the teacher makes the difference!!). I hope that Skipwith learns that this lesson!!
This is our first year here and I am not pleased with what I have seen. My child is not being challenged for his level of learning. I also believe that our kids deserve the occasional school party it breaks up the norm, our old school had one for every 'break' we trying to get a variance to attend a new school now.n One good thing is the running club in the morning my child does enjoy that.
My children and I have been very happy with the quality, character and commitment shown by the faculty at Skipwith! Most of the teachers try to work with parents/ students when concerns arise. There is gifted and talented program for each grade. The library faculty is the best I have seen! Using a rewards-reading program has helped my children want to read more. The faculty is very welcoming- knowing most children by name... even the teachers who my children have not had. The principal is great- she too knowing each child by name... she has instilled a sense of 'family' here. I do however wish there was more done with the arts programs. I feel that music and art have been left as an afterthought. Perhaps is budgeting. My children love both and surprisingly don't find it fun or interesting in school. I would love to see more done.
My daughter goes to skipwith elementary and She loves it. The teachers she's had are great!! They have a lot of fun activities going on at all times. I love the fact that there are children from all over the world.
First off, I think Bill meant to give it more than 1 star! :-) I love Skipwith. It has great diversity, dedicated faculty and a great group of kids. Parental involvement ebbs and tides.... the parents who Are involved work Hard to give the kids a great experience.
My daughter has been very happy here, and loves her teacher.My daughter has done great academically here. However, I have to say that I am shocked by the low level of parent involvement, at least in my daughter's classroom!
Skipwith is fantastic. Highlights include a very skilled, dedicated faculty. Strong reading program and a very diverse student body. We have 15+ languages represented. The variety of coursework is very good. There is a gifted&talented curriculum for each grade and students in that program stay at Skipwith. We also have a very avid Destination Imagination program indicating a solid base of parents. Parents are urged to be involved. The PTA is very active and the events are always well-attended.
We have a special needs child. This school has been very difficult to communicate, provide timely responses, and after three months has not returned calls or emails. I would not recommend this school to any parent with special needs children.
great school all of my children have enjoyed going there and have had some of the best teacher.
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