I've had experience with SES for 5 years now. There has been a change of administration and our experience with both administrators has been un-gratifying. When our son was bullied, the first principle asked for us to remain 'positive' about the incidents. When there was a change in the administrators, the new principle needed a little arm twisting to act on an incident with a report to the superintendent of a child who became physical and aggressive towards our son . If you have a child with special needs you will receive very little support and understanding from the administrators and some teachers. There are very caring teachers who went above and beyond for our children. Our hopes for our community is that SES brings more resources to their special education and teaches a overall tolerance by educating staff and children at the school. We live in a diverse world and it would be beneficial to teach the children this early on . I have been an active member of the school and have donated my time and money to help this school become better, so I believe we are all responsible for the success of the school.
We are gearing up for a great year at Sterling Elementary and are looking forward to welcoming back our wonderful students and families. One star left for what we will work to achieve this school year! As a teacher I feel fortunate to have the professional experience and dedication of our administration and teacher community to help our students succeed.
The teachers get 5 stars, as they have to deal with an inept principal and admin.........can the principal get a negative star ?....very rude person
We have been very happy with Sterling Elem. The teachers and staff work very hard to make it the best school it can be. I feel like my child is getting a good education And looks forward to each day there.
I have been very happy with Sterling Elementary and have a rising 4th and 1st grader, who both are achieving high academic success. There are many wonderful teachers at Sterling. I do notice some recent negative comments from staff about the Principal, who was new this past school year. I think change with the administration can be hard, especially when the previous principal was loved by all. Hopefully, these issues can be worked out and improved for next year. As a parent, I did not notice any change, and was equally happy with this school year as compared to past school years. However, if teachers are unhappy, I think it's very important for them to be heard and hope that will be the case.
If you're a teacher looking for a job, avoid Sterling Elementary. There is a reason that there are so many openings. The administrator uses an intimidating style of leadership to RULE the school. This school used to be an amazing community of caring teachers and staff. In one year everything good about Sterling Elementary has been replaced with test scores and data. You'd be wise to look elsewhere. LCPS has plenty of other great schools to apply to.
The exodus has begun. Three staff members contracts are not being renewed by the principal. Several teachers have already secured transfers within the district. A half dozen or more teachers have applied for other positions or are seriously looking to leave. Even our vice principal is leaving. Who will be left? This has been a very upsetting year for the Sterling Staff. If you weren t a target, you know someone who was, and the empathy you feel for them is quite unsettling. Back in January we filled out a Staff Survey to express our concerns in the only way we felt safe. This survey was never shared with us. Even the VP never saw it. Apparently even the administrative supervisor didn t find anything wrong with what we had to report, or I would have expected things to change. They didn t. We have all tried to hold it together for our students, but I assure you, it hasn t been easy. It is a daily trial to work in an atmosphere where respect is lacking, and it is understandable that we all seek to work in an environment where respect for one another is a given. Sterling will be losing many wonderful staff members who have given their heart and soul to this school over the years.
Sterling Elementary School certainly is no longer an environment where everyone is welcomed. An inexperienced principal has set a confrontational tone which resonates throughout the school. Otherwise...5 stars
Sterling Elementary School fosters an environment where everyone is not only welcome, but encouraged to be herself/himself. There is a definite devotion to the children from the Principal down to the Custodial Staff. I have 3 children here and while we would like to move for other reasons, Sterling Elementary is what is making this decision difficult. The staff does everything possible to be available for extra help on the academic as well as social side of things. With a new PTA president and new Principal, there were some changes but change isn't bad. If someone expects you to give more so you are a better teacher or student, shouldn't she be commended, not criticized. People should not be so quick to judge...the Principal invites the students in to have lunch with her almost daily.
I am a parent at this school and have been for many years. If I were rating the school based on the teachers, it would be practically perfect. However based on the new administration, my rating is very low. SES used to feel like a big family and the students were definitely the priority. The school now feels like a prison and the new and young/inexperienced principal walks the halls like a warden. Parents no longer feel welcome and there is an obvious lack of interest in a partnership between the parents and the administration. This should not be our last year at SES but we are joining the mass exodus and will not be returning next year.
I am a parent of a child at Sterling ES and a member of the staff. As a parent, I could not ask for a more challenging, enriching and loving environment. I have two kids, one that is currently enrolled in Sterling ES and one in sixth grade. My sixth grader was well prepared for middle school and was accepted into all honors classes. Because of the strong academic foundation he learned at Sterling ES, and from his home environment, he is a thriving straight A middle school student. I do not expect any less of my daughter as she is receiving the same support. Not only is there a strong emphasis on academics by the faculty and administration, but there is strong PTA presence that builds a sense of community between the teachers, parents and administration. In response to the May 2nd post: I disagree, completely. The kindergarten team is dedicated - staying late into the evening to prepare for class the next day; accommodating demands of parent requests - caring, positive, and nurturing. The faculty and staff at Sterling are, by far, some of the hardest working and dedicated teachers in Loudoun County; to say otherwise is unjust.
Sterling ES works hard to ensure a quality education for all its students. It's administration works hard to involve parents and listen to their concerns as well as the teachers' concerns. I work at Sterling and I want to respond to the May 2 post. I'm confused by the comment "parents who are brave enough to volunteer..." This school is very safe, with wonderful students and parent volunteers who are vested in their child's educational life. The kindergarten teachers are warm, compassionate, and caring. It seems like this "teacher" has a personal vendetta against a school that wasn't the right fit for his/her and their child. This school is definitely probably better off without them.
Sterling Elementary School is a warm, safe place where children learn and grow! I also feel that the comments made on May 2nd were made by someone who is trying to get back at a school or teacher for no real reason but they are mad about a certain experience or a few events that have occurred. The school is a wonderful place with teachers that care very much about each and every student. The kindergarten team and the rest of the school does exactly what they need to do to ensure that the students learn what is needed and feel safe while doing it. The administration may be in a huge transition but they will do what it takes to ensure the school community continues on a positive path. I think it is a terrible thing that someone would get on here and say things that are so untrue about such a great group of professionals.
Great teachers, great administration. It is clear that their goal above all else, is for every child to succeed in a safe and productive learning environment. A gem in sterling park!
Awesome. I've had four children roll through Sterling Elementary. The level of instruction is excellent, the leadership infallible, and the emphasis on improving whatever might need to be improved is incredible. I'm constantly impressed with the curriculum, whether it be music, art, or general studies. Parent involvement could be improved due to the diversity, otherwise~ Great school!
My daughter has attended here for three years and has received excellent instruction. The school is very receptive to parent input and has made me feel welcome as a parent volunteer in the classroom. The administration is also very professional and accessible, outside no matter what the weather to see that children are safe as they come and go from school. Recently renovated, the school is competitive with any newer facility.
We are very happy with Sterling Elementary School. The staff is very good at keeping the lines of communication open with parents. The PTA provides may opportunites for involvement for parents, teachers, and staff. The principal, Mrs. Freeman, is very professional and is very easy to get in touch with. She is outside in front of the school every morning and afternoon to greet children and their parents, and makes a great effort to get to know everyone's name. She makes her presence known, both in the hallways and in the classrooms. We are very pleased with our experience at Sterling Elementary School.
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