The school is...fine. It has some perks that other schools lack, such as a free after school robotics club (offered 3x a year by lottery), nice facilities, and a music program that offers band/orchestra for 5th graders. The academics, however, are tediously standardized. They teach to the test, by which I mean they literally teach to the test with practice exams, extra assignments just for test prep, information sent home to parents about how to get children ready for the test, overhead announcements about being really quiet so the kids can perform well on the test, etc. It seems that most of the curriculum is perfectly satisfactory for an average student, but they do little to support high achieving students, and I've heard from other parents that they aren't well equipped to deal with students who struggle, either. Many of the teachers are great but are bound by school and district policies. The kids only get 2 recesses (lunch and afternoon), and they go to PE once a week, so this is not a good school for children that need to move, or in other words, children.
I'm currently a student at Eastgate and the education is great! It's the perfect public school. The teachers are nice, but if you take advantage of them, you will be in trouble. Which is good. Teachers shouldn't be too nice or mean. It is a bit hard to make friends in big grades like fourth in fifth, though. So if you're planning on taking your child to Eastgate, see if they'd like soccer, basketball or foursquare; if they aren't into it yet. It can help the new student make friends. Who knows? They might think sports is fun! And popular kids aren't mean in Eastgate. They're very nice and smart actually. If your kid doesn't like sports, the new student can join in with the artists and more. Each class has about 27 students. Also, school lunches in Eastgate Elementary do not serve sloppy joes. There's a schedule. They can serve pasta, burgers, macaroni, fish nuggets, pizza and more! I know, this is like a paragraph long. So to put this whole thing in simple words, great teachers, great lunches, great activities and most importantly, great education.