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Cherry Crest Elementary School1
Posted March 08, 2015
- a parent
The school is controlled by the PTA! The Principal has no control and panders to the PTA. It is an environment where every one is fearful of the PTA. PTA is controlled by a few women who think and behave as if they own the school. The Policies of the Bellevue School District do not apply to the PTA women and are not enforced by the Principal. PTA spending is questionable when parents hard earned money is spent on line dancing and chair massages but no one dare say anything from the fear of being targeted by the mighty PTA women. Bullying is common and encompasses parents and kids. Racial discrimination is obvious and prevalent in the community.
Had 3 kids at CC in 2012-2013 year, 4th grader and twin Kindergarteners. Teachers are trying their best but are bound to the curriculum and forced to "teach to the test." The school is also very focused on "mainstreaming" special ed kids -- with few classroom aides, few resources, and cramped time schedules, this means the teacher spends 80% of their actual teaching time dealing with these kids. Kids who need more challenge or extra help but who are not special needs are left in the dust, along with the just average kids. Bullying is a consistent problem, but not nearly as bad as in Medina Elementary, so I'm counting my blessings about that. One thing CC has going for it is that the PTA is present, but does not own the school like at Med. Elem. When the policies actually get enforced, they apply to everyone equally, without regard to who has a PTA mom and not.
Have a 4th grader going into 5th grade in the fall. As with the previous parent's opinion that emphasis is on math over spelling I agree with the posit, but not the outcome. Technology requires strong math skills for success, while reading and spell check makes spelling less important to test for. Overall an awesome learning environment with great teachers and parent involvement. We will miss Principal Carroll next year.
The school has a lot of parental involvement but the level of learning is mediocre. The teachers are tied to the state curriculum and teach to the test. They don't really add a lot of activity based learning or challenge the smarter kids in the class. Ex. My 4th grade son gets a lot of math homework each day but hasn't had one spelling test all year long. I would
Teachers being bound by the curriculum (& WASL) is sometimes detrimental to real teaching but is a problem throughout the district & state, not just at CC. Same w/ the lack of a full-time counselor. I hope that any parent who feels bullying is prevalent has addressed the situation with teachers & administration. In my 7 years as a CC parent I've found no tolerance for bullying--when the teachers are aware of it. Unfortunately covert activity occurs, which is why children & parents need to shed light on problems, not suffer in silence. Social skills are a challenge for children everywhere, but responsiblilty for behavior starts at home, not with a public school counselor. Parent volunteers ARE needed to provide playground supervision & support the learning environment. CC is fortunate to have many dedicated and proactive families. Public school isn't perfect & can always benefit from parent involvement beyond WWW complaints.
This school is a train wreck - bullying is prevalent, there is no full time counselor which is sorely needed. The new principals are doing their best and are both gifted administrators, but the amount of time teachers spend 'teaching to the WASL' is distressing. Social and emotional skills are seen as secondary to academic and many kids are not equipped to handle themselves on the playground or in the classroom for that matter. Teachers seem more focused on 'crowd control' than on skill building and differentiation.