I love the fact that teachers and most importantly the principle Mr.Regnart and his staffs are actively involve and proactive in and around classrooms. Teachers are approachable and dedicated academic perfection. On the other hand, Neely Obrien elementary is overcrowded with too many students and not enough space. During recess, all students are forced to stay outside despite the weather.
My daughter went to Neely-O'brien for K/1st grades. Her Kindergarten experince was ok for her, not so much for me. The teachers (she had 2 K teachers) were not very approachable. Now my granddaughter is in 1st gr there and her teacher is horrid. Her K teachers were fabulous and always praising Kaia. Her first grade teacher is so inappropriate. Once Kaia did her homework incorrectly and Ms. Young made her stay in from recess and redo it. When Kaia started to cry, Ms. Young said, "Stop crying and get your work done." Just this week Kaia forgot her folder and Ms. Young made her sit against the wall for both recesses and she did not get to be active. I was livid and I called and left Ms. Young a message to leave my g'daughter alone and NEVER make her sit against the wall and lose 2 recesses again. She is only 7 yrs old. My goodness!
I absolutly hated this school. I used to really like this school when it had the male principle but when that women came the school became horrible I don't know about this one now. I go to Mill Creek MS now so i went last year but the principle then was just horrible. I went to the office once and I overheard her saying "I believe everyone deserve consequences." if you want your child to get sick this is the place to go. When I went there if it wasn't pouring you still had to go to recess. If it was raining outside you HAD to play. They have a undercover surronding the school and my friends and I got in truoble for being undeer there while it was raining. Your not aloud to just stand there during recess you have to be doing somethings. I just think you don't have much choice here. The teachers just force you into doing everything I hated it here with that female principle
My daughter is only in Kindergarten so I have only been involved with this school since Sept. 07. However I already feel like my daughter and I are a part of the school 'community'. The faculty, principal, teachers, etc know who I am as well as my daughter. The principal is wonderful, he is friendly and takes the time to get to know the students, he is very approachable for both students and parents. My daughter's teacher is wonderful! She is very encouraging to her students and makes learning fun for them. I believe that kindergarten is such an impressionable year, children are going to develop their opinion on school and this teacher definately puts a positive vibe out!! She is creative and get's the students involved academically as well as in the 'fun' school activies! I look forward to being a part of this school 'community' for many years!
Neely-O'Brien is a fantastic school. The principal puts an extra effort in being approachable to parents and friendly to the kids. The teachers are interested in helping the kids succeed, but are not so interested in relating to the kids. I have found that while my children are succeeding here, they were even more motivated at a prior school because the teachers took the time to have fun and impress upon the kids what they were capable of. I also think the school needs to work more on getting parents involved. That said, the Kent School District, and Neely-O'Brien in particular, are great at setting expectations for children and providing the tools they need to succeed.