Meadows is a school of hard knocks. Yes, there are some, and I mean some teachers that are exceptional, and some have no business being with children. The office staff is warm, responsive and professional, but the plight is that of its students. Sadly, it is the surrounding demographics that give over children that are missing guidance, discipline and support. There are many students here that need a lot of intervention and although the school does a good job at attempting to give these children special care, it cannot work unless the families step up. There are many incidents of bullying, harassment , anger issues, many kids have been held back a grade or two, and as much as we can blame the school system and point the finger, the root of all behavior and aptitude is what is learned and modeled in the home. Class sizes are over limits. My child's class has 29 students, and a few of the classmates are very troubled so discipline issues are huge. My child witnesses angry outburst, swearing, disrespect etc. On the bus home my child hears profanity, gets punched and kicked. How many times do I complain? Parents, teach your children well.
Our school is a "Kids at Hope" School. This program teaches students to plan for their future, set goals and to believe that they can and will be successful contributors to their families and communities. The staff are dedicated professionals, who love what they do and strive to create safe, engaging, invigorating learning environments for their students. Our students are 20th century kids from all over the country. In part, because of our closeness to Joint Base Lewis McChord, we have a higher student turn-over rate than many schools. This makes for a diverse and rich student population, that always brings new faces to the Meadows community. We think that is a unique benefit to the social fabric of our school. Meadows, in addition to the daily subjects, offers a wide range of specialist classes, extracurricular programs and family support programs.
This is a wonderful school. My daughter has gone here for kindergarten and 1st grade and I am sad that we are moving away at the end of the school year. Both of her teachers were outstanding at challenging a very smart girl and her class sizes were incredibly small. The biggest her class got this year was 18 kids. All of the aids are great with the kids and they have lots of opportunities throughout the school year to learn lots of things hands on. I absolutely loved this school. I would recommend it to anyone.
Wow, I am surprised by some of the comments here about Meadows. This is a wonderful school. All three of my students have attended here! I find the teachers to be caring and thoughtful. They work hard to know each child as an individual. As a volunteer in the building I see how hard the staff works and how dedicated they are to each family. I was hesitant to send my children here because of a prevailing attitude about them in the community, but friends told me to give it a try and I am so glad that I did. The Kids at Hope Philosophy that was recently adopted has taught my children to look towards their future! They also tell me of the importance of following the Meadows Mustang Motto. If this is the school of your attendance area, please give these people a chance. You will not find a better, more caring group of people!
I am amazed at some of the comments written here. I wonder if the parents complaining have actually volunteered in the school to see all the wonderful interactions taking place. Teaching children respect & empathy begins at home as well as parents making sure their children are prepared for school by doing their homework, getting enough rest etc. mmm test scores are not all on the teachers. Volunteer -you can see /hear for yourself - the caring atmosphere from every staff member. There have been many changes over the years for the better I think. I love Kids at Hope. Just look at the world we all live in our children face things we never had to worry about. Meadows Elementary has been a nurturing envirionment for my children & I am so glad I didn't listen to the negative talk. I say make up your own mind - every school is going to have something you may disagree with. We love Meadows!!! Go Mustangs!!!
The school is alright for Special Needs class. I was surprised someone was let go that my autistic son was used to. I feel sorry for Jimmy but he is a darn good teacher.
I think I agree with you , my son just started attending the meadows and he is mean now ,he is unhappy and withdrawn . Im really concerned this may not have been the best choice
When school lines were redrawn last year, a group of students from Meadows transferred to the school my children attend. The older students were mean, disruptive bullies who have made things very difficult for the students who were already attending the school. This just shows that Meadows doesn't teach students respect and empathy for others and now we have to suffer for their shortcomings.
My kids and I are very satisfied with the caring staff, activities, and atmosphere of Meadows. Teachers care about students and work before and after school to make sure they receive a quality education. It's a wonderful school and I would recommend it for everyone!
All the staff and teachers go above and beyond to make school a great experience for all the children and help them suceed in all ways.
We have the best volunteers ever!!! Our school is a very close school with many who care about the kids. The teachers and parents go beyond their means to give the kids everything they can so they can get ahead in life and enjoy school.
My child has gone to Meadows for 2 years now and I would not send her anywhere else. I had heard various negative things about Meadows yet I have not experienced anything negative about this school. In fact it is quite the opposite. Meadows has wonderful, dedicated teachers who truly care about educating their students. The afterschool programs that Meadows has offered over the years have been free of charge and full of educational opportunities. Meadows is a shining star among North Thurston Public Schools and doesn't deserve the negative comments I have heard over the years.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the years that my children have spent at this school! The staff and teachers are absolutely wonderful and very dedicated to the students. My son actually enjoys going to school now and even applies himself to his studies! For a kid who use to hate school, the enthusiasm he has now makes me overjoyed! This would not have been the case if not for the wonderful administrators at Meadows Elementary!
This school has been through some battles, but it's finally turning around. The principal has fought to get quality teachers and get more support from the district and community. What a nice change to have someone who supports their staff and allows their staff to then support their kids.
After a couple of years of administrative turmoil, Meadows has stabilized. The staff at Meadows is very caring, genuine, and dedicated to each child's success. Many schools have to charge $ for after school activities, but Meadows offered an after school art class last year for free. The Monday Milers program is wonderful - no supplies to buy, kids just run, get healthy and learn about a continent along the way. The Passport Geography club was initiated in 2006. Meadows seems truly interested in its students success, both socially and academically. I do wish that there were more active parent volunteers. It just seems to me that we all should take some responsibility for our children's education.
I had two daughters attending this school since 2nd and 3rd grade until they went to middle school. Now some of the teachers were excellent in the school but were quickly overshadowed by the lack of experience and dedication of other teachers who did not seem to care enough for the students.
We had one teacher that was mediocre, and one that was great but has since left. Their enrichment programs are good, and they have decent parent involvement, but they are in dire need of a good anti-bullying program and diversity training there.
We have been very pleased overall with this school. They have a great staff who truly care about the children that attend. They have a very well formed science and art program.
This school has the most caring and devoted staff of any elementary school I know. They also rely heavily on parent volunteers, which is wonderful, because it keeps families involved. There is always a fun program or great new idea coming around. My children are very happy there and performing wonderfully.
This review is from a parent of a child who has been in this school for 5 years now, A/B student with no discipline issues. Constant change of the principal has left this school in a mess and the most recent principal for 2005/2006 year is the worst yet. If you want your child to feel self motivated and free to express their individual style this isn't the school. It is clear the current administration in charge has their eye on rules and the bottom line not the student body as a whole much less as individuals. One can also look at the schools WASL results and see they are lacking all the way around. I strongly suggest you choose another elementary school in the area if you are moving to this area.
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