I want my child to feel pressure and have a lot of homework. My first grader gets 20 minutes of reading per night, a book to read, some spelling practice,and should be getting some math which I have not seen yet. I dont know if this is enough.
My child is anxious and timid. The teacher was so communicative about her observations, took the time to write me about it, and seems genuinely interested in trying to bring her out of her shell. She has made various efforts early in the school year to get to know my child and how to create a successful environment for her. I don't know how she does that for 22 first graders, but whatever she is doing is working. My child loves her.
We were redistricted to this school from Horace Mann, and I was initially so disappointed. We were quite close to sending my 1st grader to private school. Now that we have been there for one month, I have formed so many opinions that i hope others find useful.
I like the school for the following:
~The teachers are highly credentialed. Unverified, but I was told that there are more masters degrees here than other schools in the area. I know this does not necessarily mean they are good teachers, but right off the bat I am impressed. My daughter loves her warm, loving teacher who communicates at a high frequency to the parents, and took a lot of time to develop a relationship with my anxious daughter.
~The teachers are more compassionate and more intentional about fitting curriculum to skill level. This is a huge benefit to both highly achieving kids as it is those who need extra help. I like this idea of small group instruction around each subject area. This is different from what we had at Mann.
~There are more teachers to each student, and the school gets a much bigger funding pot than the surrounding schools. Every dime counts. There are more programs, like free tutoring for qualified students, ELL, and special anything...
~A lot of the administrative staff is new. It's a lot more disorganized than Horace Mann was.
~Orientation this year was a mess. Microphones not working, people shuffling around bumping into each other, etc.
~Parking lot is not managed well, and parents will randomly park all over the place. I always feel that kids might get lost. I have heard about kids getting on wrong buses and being lost.
~Last year's principal (has left) scared me about all the kids who are struggling with transitional life issues. She said there were kids who were going through transitional trauma (poverty, broken families, crime, etc). Apparently there are feeder communities of transitional housing that turns over every 6 months. I haven't seen this manifest in the classroom, but if all these kids are coming in for 6 months at a time, the average standardized scores will never rise, right?
My school is GREAT! I have a kindergartner at Einstein and he is thriving at Einstein. I honestly don't understand why this school receives a low rating. We have two other elementary schools within a .5 mile from our home and could variance into them but after touring Einstein during kindergarten registration, I saw a hardworking, focused and organized school. As I walked by classrooms the students were engaged and focused. The kindergarten teachers were great and explained their goals for all children. My son LOVES his teacher and comes home and shares with me what he's learned. The class size is small and he loves his other activity teachers too. Einstein teachers are more highly qualified than the other elementary schools too. I've just started volunteering at the school and I always feel welcome. I spoke with other parents in the neighborhood with older children and they also feel their children are having successful school careers. I can suggest that if you aren't sure about the school, just stop in and introduce yourself. The staff is great and welcoming!
Einstein is the best school my kids have attended till now. This school has some exceptionally talented and hard working teachers. Both my kids got an opportunity to work well ahead of their grade levels in Math and English. Through the variance program my kids got an opportunity to move to a 10/10 school nearby, but we discovered that the learning in Einstein was way better than most other school. We chose to stay on right uptill grade 5 and it was the best decision ever. It provides a warm and nurturing environment for kids. I highly recommend this school to everyone.
My son attends Kindergarten this year and we have many neighbors who attend Einstein in varying grades. Consensus seems to be that they desperately search for faults in the kids whether they are excelling or struggling. I get that they focus on improvement but these are kids need positive reinforcement. My child has gotten high marks (3.5-4/4) across the board on his report cards and from seeing his homework, he is well above grade level. Every time we have gone in for conference, his teacher wants to discuss his weaknesses and he walks out feeling pretty down on himself. My son is very sociable and loves reading and writing and math and science but he's not a fan of school and I don't blame him. We are moving this summer just to get out of this district.
This is an excellent school. The staff and principal work seamlessly with parents and the community to make this a caring, loving place for students. I feel privileged to be able to be a part of this school community!