I used to love this school when my children first started attending in 2011. Since then it has gone down hill. The teacher turnover rate is unusually high, and they don't seem to have a handle on their students. Bullying/aggressive behavior is dismissed as "just the child's personality." Which is great for the children who act out but unfair to the rest of the class. I would recommend looking into any other school.
Good school, but my kids transferred to a school that has a Montessori program and a Highly Capable Program. We love their new school for these programs and many other reasons! (Kitsap Lake Elementary).
During my my 6 years of experience, there have been 4 different special ed resource room teachers that have come and gone from this one position. The school seems to have some sort of underlying problem with keeping staff. The high turnover is concerning.
The Bremerton School District seems unable to interpret psychological test results. They have refused to accept psychological evaluations from Mary Bridge and another national certified school psychologist with a PhD that offer a different conclusion to their school psychologist. The school district made up an adaptive functioning deficit that does not exist by giving the teacher's questionnaire to a staff member who has never observed him in class or interacting with his peers. One would also think that 2 independent evaluations would be taken into consideration. Alas, that is not the case Bremerton School District psychologists believe they are the supreme authority and believe that no one should question their decision. Parents are not an equal team member in the IEP process and are treated like they are stupid. The reality is that parents know their children better than anyone.
Is it fair to the 24 children in the classroom that want and are capable of learning more to be slowed down by the placement of special needs children integrated into mainstream public education classes? NO!
After moving around the county a few times we have expierienced 4 different elementaries and crownhill is by far superior. Love the teachers, love the dedication to the children's success and love the support I see from other parents. This school seems very engaged with the students, from the principal to the front office staff.
I have had three childrent go all the way through Crownhill. Each child has different learning styles and different personalities. The staff, principal, and parents work together to provide a welcoming, productive and positive enviroment for children to succeed and excel.
My childrens teachers are great. They have gotten them to learn in a way that other teachers havent been able to. The only concern I have is the principal. She is not very friendly and shows little compassion to the situations in the childrens lives.