This school is horrible. The teachers only care about the SOLs. They over utilize SST meetings as a way to weed out children that they don't feel will enhance their SOL scores. Instead of working with the parents , the administration is first to make snap decision for their perceptions of the family unit and look for low hanging fruit options such as medication for the child instead of truly teaching. Family values are disregarded for the sake of a buck# SOL scores= teacher's salaries and bonuses.
As a military family coming from out out town I was very nervous about choosing a home and school in Stafford. We have been nothing but pleased so far with Garrisonville. They really seem to care about their kids!
The principal of the schoool is horrible. She needs a lot of coaching and training before even being considered an ok principal. I moved my child out of this school because of her lack of professionalism, they should have left her in Spotsylvania county.
This is an excellent school. Student learning styles are utilized to help every child succeed. The teachers are always trying to 'figure' out their kids to best teach them. Music and art are especially wonderful.
The education in this school is top notch, my oldest scores at reading and math are beyond anything I could have expected. That being said it comes at a price. The children get a minimum amount of playtime outside. While that its good for the test scores children need to play some also. This school needs to balance its efforts between education and interaction. School should be fun as well as educational. Simple fix 20 min in the morning, at lunch and in the afternoon. Adults expect breaks, even have it written into labor agreements, I think children should have some of the same.
This is the most excellent school my children have attended. We moved out of district and after seeing the differnce in schools we made a point to move back to Garrisonville. No other school could compare. The teacher's and principal are excellent with interacting with the children and parents. It is a family type atmoshere.
Being a military family and having moved around quite a bit, this has been the worst school we've encountered. My children were extremely bored and not challegned. Class sizes are HUGE which causes most teachers to not want to go the extra mile. Too many kids = too much stress! In all fairness, this review probably covers most of the schools here in VA! They say Stafford County has the best, I'd hate to see VA's worst!
The Gators are the best when it comes to young minds! They have done wonders for both of my children. The leadership and engagement of the Principle and teachers are second to none. Probably the best wholesome enviroment I've ever seen for a school or any institution for that matter.
Nothing but good things to say about this school. Children are encouraged to think, to be hands on, and to work as a team, not just in class but in life.Staff have created a safe atmosphere where being at school and learning is fun and exciting. My daughter's teacher, Mrs. Castelli is wonderful.She totally 'gets' our daughter and knows how to motivate her. She works tirelessly to ensure that all of her students are working to their full potential.Communication with the staff is always open and easy.The principle is always visible and available. She knew our daughter's name on the first week of school! Parents are encouraged to be as involved as possible and by the looks of it, many of them volunteer often. We feel fortunate to be a part of Garrisonville Elementary. As I have told many people, our whole family is loving kindergarten!
We relocated to the area last month. In a very short time, the teachers and staff have correctly assessed our children's abilities and needs. They developed a comprehensive plan to address the specific developmental needs of our child who requires additional support. During our assessment meeting with the staff, their genuine care and outstanding abilities shone through!
As a military family we will be a part of quite a few schools over the years. We were so happy with Garrisonville E.S. from the teachers and staff all the way to the PTO and the other Gator families. The commraderie, support, and education has been fantastic. Such wonderful and caring teachers! We look forward to hopefully moving to this area again and will miss this school and these people very much.
I absolutely think the world of Garrisonville Elementary to include the staff and parents and other students. I could not ask for a better school.
The parental involvement is great and the amount of volunteering. The office staff is great also. I think the academic program is a good one. The grading level was higher than other places that we've been, but the teachers we dealt with were really good teachers. They are caring and the school is a secured environment.
Wonderfully dedicated staff members promoting a high level of communication between parents and teachers. Extracurricular activities seem somewhat limited especially in lower grades but this does seem to improve as the grade level rises. Academic programs presented and taught in many very dynamic ways with lots of imagination and creative thinking on the part of the teachers in an attempt to reach all students and keep everyone focused and learning and having fun at the same time. Thinking especially of Mrs. Dodge a fantastic second grade teacher when I say this. School focuses on teaching students how to be part of a team while maintaining a strong respect for each individual child. Only concern...school seems to be very SOL orientated. Not a really bad thing but hope children who don't do well with these kind of evaluations don't get left behind, wrongly labeled with learning disabilities and possibly excluded from the mainstream.
This school is great.It has programs for all learning strenghts.I wish my kids could stay there until they graduate.The staff is wonderfull,teacher are great with the kids and the office staff can always remember you name.
Because of the overall quality of this school, I feel that my child is getting the best education possible from a public school. The only condition I would like to see changed is that of smaller class size. Otherwise, this is a great school!
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