My son have been going here for 3 years now. It is one of the best schools I have ever seen. They have helped my middle son out so much. He has Asperger's syndrome. Which make it hard for him to learn. But he has been doing so good this year. I would recommend this to anyone moving to Yorktown.
Dare is wonderful, my boy is 16 now and still gets hugs from old teachers, my girl 7 is in second grade and she loves Dare so much that she cries if she has to stay at home when she is sick, the teachers and staff are very caring and loving.
My son attended Dare for 4 years and has loved it. The quality of teachers is amazing and they teach respect of others. I would highly recommend Dare to anyone moving to the area. I'm sad we are moving and will be unable for my son to finish out his last year at Dare. Great school!
My daughter comes home almost everyday with homework, which I like. There are always activities that encourage the parents to be involved. Wish they had a better process at dismissal. They have some safe guards but I still feel it could be better.
I think this school is excellent and the teachers are great. Both my daughters attend this school and I cannot wait for my son to become of age so he can go to Dare Elementary.
Going the way of anti-Christian. Not of sound moral values when the principal refuses to acknowledge the "reason for the season"
My daughter is going on her third year at Dare, and I couldn't be happier. She has had wonderful teachers the previous 2 years, the principal is very involved and very visible in the school, and there are many, many invovled parents. They built several new classrooms, a new music room, a mini-playground for the Pre-K and K students, and are in the process of renovating all the floors. It will be beautiful when it is all through. I did my research before we picked an area to live and I have not regretted picking the Dare district at all.
I believe Dare to be a wonderful school for my chldren. I have one child who has special needs and one who does not and both are happy. I would highly recommend this school for children with specail needs and even those without. I have always felt that the school was open to me as a parent and the PTA was friendly and welcoming to me (they do alot of work for the school and staff!) All around great!
I have a kindergartner and a 3rd grader at this school. I could not be happier with every aspect from this school, and I was surprised to see it rated an 8 - this is a 10+ elementary school. Stacia Barreau as the new Vice Principal is absolutely amazing, and Mr. Carter, the Principal, is also wonderful. I cannot say enough great things about Dare Elementary! - Brandi Hollenbeck
We have been at this school for several years with two children. We have/have had children in K,1,2,3,4. The admin is great, very active and involved in every aspect of the school. Parent involvement is encouraged throughout the school and volunteers help make lots of extras possible for the kids. The teaching staff is excellent and this year ratios ave 18-21 per class. With in room teachers aides for K and shared aides in 1st-5th. Fairly large military population due to several nearby bases (AF,USA,USN)so they are familiar with and embrace their military families. PTA has made a great start this year so please come out and get involved. This is a really good school and they work hard to keep making it better.
Excellent teachers! We are a military family and were only there for two years but were fortunate to have Mrs. Duke and Mrs. Forester as our child's teacher. They were both extremely helpful with our child's first transition. My child flourished academically and socially under the guidance of Mrs. Forester. My child and many other students call her the best teacher they have ever had! I think the PTA program was cliquish and did not welcome newcomers very well.
Excellent Asst principal (Mrs. Pennycuff). Growing school trailers coming for 06-07, addition planned for 08. Class size is 20-22. Teachers worth special note Ries (k), all of first grade staff, Mrs. Callaway in 2nd grade is one of the best teachers I have ever met. Most teachers are great,there are just a few that aren't. Art, music, PE, guidance weekly. Recess every day. On site before and after care. Extra curricular clubs: CHROME, Kids Saving Earth, Chess, Daisy scouts, more clubs being added each year. Parent invovlemnet is encouraged. New playgrounds, nice school. PTA is very active and does a lot of good but needs to be a bit more open and friendly to newcomers and miltary families. On-site severely disabled program and ECSE preschool is very well run. Guidance Counselor (Coates) is very good with miltary (deployments, transition). Magnet Schools and Gifted program also available. Overall a great school.
My child has been attending this school for two years now. I have found the teachers outstanding but the principle does not follow through with disciplining behavioral children.
Great Teaching and Administrative Staff...plenty of community involvement. Parents routinely in the school tutoring children. Only thing lacking is sufficient physical education training. The kids need more PT to help physical and mental fitness.
I absolutely love this school. My son started here in 2003, and I am looking forward to this year. My husband is in the Navy and before moving to Virginia I researched schools for 2 months before making up my mind, I haven't regretted choosing this school a day since we've been here. His teacher was awesome and the Principal and vice principal are always there when you need them, and even just to say hi. They knew me and my son, the day I registered him I talked to both of them and they answered all my questions on the spot. I also like the small classes, my son was in Kindergarden, there was the teacher and a teachers aide, and only 15 students in his class. We get the small town school in the not so small town.
My child has only been in this school for 6 months. I am very happy with the administration and teachers. The principal and vice principal can be seen in the halls regularly and are always willing to stop and talk with me. There also appears to be quite a bit of parents volunteering as myself.
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