Pine Tree is going through a lot of changes. The new principal, Diane Ellis is moving the school in the right direction. Postive things are happening.
This is a pretty decent school with a good staff (mostly) and a hard-working principal who puts in extra hours. I really like the vast majority of students, but like most schools, there are a handful that everyone would be better off without. Discipline is moderate compared to other Kent Elementary schools. A walk down the hallway will let you know which classes are run efficiently, and which are wild and out of control. By my modest and VERY approximate estimate, 3/4 classes are run well. This school also has a gifted program for grades 3-6. As a guest teacher I've had nothing but good experiences here, although I've seen others struggle. PE and music teachers are both exceptional.
The teachers are great, the administration is less than desirable. There are good parent volunteers, but it is always the same small group of parents volunteering, creating alot of work when doing an event.
We love Pine Tree. The principal, LaWonda Smith, is amazing! She is incredibly involved, truly cares about the children, knows at least half of them by name... she's wonderful! The teachers are good, and extracurricular activities are at least average for elementary school and include; 5th-6th grade play, band, orchestra, choir, track team, and science fair. it is a Title I school; however it is also very racially diverse and many of the children are ESL, which has a detrimental effect on their standardized test scores. Overall, we love Pine Tree, its administration, teachers and staff!
Pine Tree is still an old-fashioned school. We have recess, music, PE, and teachers who love the kids! It is an older school, however, and can use any extra help it gets.
The academic programs here are great, considering they don't get much funding. There really aren't many extracurricular activities and parent involvement is low to average. the school has a hard time each year filling the Board positions.
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