The parents are what makes this school enjoyable. The principle is NOT engaging, with dishearten office staff. The teachers are focused on teaching to MSP. The children love it but as a parent, I would like the teachers to expect more from their students and offer challenges that would lead to greater success for future learning.
Good school for the lower grades but the teachers in the higher grades seem to be on auto pilot and don't assist the students. The principle really learns the families and works with parents to ensure the best possible out come for the children. The extra classes (music, art, dance and theater) are good and keep the kids engaged. One of the teachers goes out of her way to learn the children and keep them engaged, to the point that she helps them with homework before school even if they are not in her class. She will be missed as my children move on to middle school. If you stay involved with the teachers your children will have an amazing experience, if you choose to sit back and do nothing your children will not get the best out of it. Be prepared to go to many extra activities be it science fair, chocolates chimes and cheers, or plays every year but they are all fun.
Worst choice for my son. Teachers were not understanding. It was excuse after excuse about how they couldn't provide information on the weekly report. Grading was very subjective. Office staff was RUDE and condescending. It isn't a great school. I would rather have sent my child to his neighborhood school.
Both of my kids attended this school and I really appreciate the effort of the school to get the parents involved in their kids' education and activities. The reading program they have after winter break is a great program for the kids that offers incentive to read 1000 minutes. It really helps their reading levels improve drastically over the course of the 10 week challenge. The science and art program are top of the line.
I taught at Elk Plain for 7 years. I would still be there if we had not moved out of state. The teachers and principal at Elk Plain are very professional. I found them to be very open to different teaching strategies. Teachers receive specialized training to infuse the arts into academics. Most teachers work hard to explore different teaching techniques to meet all students needs. As one parent review suggested, a child will do well at Elk Plain if the parent is committed to volunteer work. However, a child will do well at any school if the parent is committed to the academic success of their child. Elk Plain offers an atmosphere where children can explore talents and abilities that extend beyond the academic realm.
I love this school because they have dance and drama and music and every year each grade does a about 45 minute play with dancing and acting and singing and I love it!!!!
I think EPSOC has slowly gone down in rating. Parents are involved, but I feel that upper grade teachers don't have any heart in the teaching they do. They do the same thing every year just different students. Nothing has change in 6th grade for many years. My oldest has graduated from high school and my other kids still bring home the exact same homework and has to do the exact same essays she did when she was in 6th grade at EPSOC. Lets get a little creative. Different students need to learn different things not the same year in and year out.
I wouldn't put my kids in any other Bethel public school. Elk Plain SOC is amazing. The principle is very involved and knows everyone. The parents are all involved - required parent hours helps there - and the teachers are all very motivated to teach. My son adores his teacher and loves his specialist classes. The only complaint I have about the school is the fact that the kids ride transfer buses and often transfer at the middle and high schools. This can be overwhelming for a little one.
Our son-22yo, daughter-18yo, and daughter-14yo all went through Elk Plain School of Choice from the time it first opened. We all worked together-parents, staff and children to make EPSOC the best school and helped my children be the successful students that they are today. The oldest is getting his master's in teaching, the middle is pre-med and the 3rd in her freshman year of high school. We moved away 7 years ago but we have fond memories of the 'family' we had there. The teaching staff was phenomenal and truly cared about each and every child. The displays and productions put on were well orchestrated, again with the teacher's and parents working together from costuming, makeup, scenery, etc. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank-you all for everything. God bless you all!
EPSOC is a great school however the class sizes are on the large side, say 30 to 1. The specialist offered are enjoyed by the students. I enjoyed the 1st grade set up, there are three teachers and they team teach. The rules are the same in each class and the students have each of the teachers the same amout of time each day. It is a great set up. This year we have a new Principal and Wow! He is great. The kids respond so well to him. He spends time in the class rooms each week, he is an involved Principal and easily accessible by parents. EPSOC is a great school and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to be involved in their childs education. EPSOC has the right idea, parents and teachers working together.
This school is a great choice! There is an application and lottery system, but the benefits stay with the children for a long time! This school has 45 min specialist time and in additon to music (where they start learning piano in first grade), they also have dance, drama, and science. Most teachers team teach their clasess which means the studnets see the other teachers of that grade for specific subjects allowing the teachers to be more specialized.
Elk Plain Elementary is new to our family this year, but from what we have experienced, it is fantastic. My daughter is in first grade, and she is taught by 3 teachers. Each teaches their best subject, and each teacher is very concerned with the childs welfare. Along with general subjects, the child is able to experience seperate classes that include music, dance and drama. This truly is a school that encourages science and the arts.
In general this a good school, with a commendable focus on the arts and science. However, in pursuit of this focus, the school has forgotten that a sound body builds a sound mind and thus, choices for physical education have become severely limited, leading to a more sedentary student body. Specialist staff is outstanding especially the science teacher.
EP is a good school is more academic. They have large classroom sizes 28 Kids in a class. Childern that have needs which at times each child does they are not getting meet. I enjoy the parent involvement. Still in need of more parents helping in classrooms in the lower grades.
EP is as high a quality school and education you're going to get within the public school sector. The principal, leadership, teachers, and specialists strive for excellence and are top notch. The required parent involvement is key to the school's and students' success. In my experience, students' potentials are identified, and students--with a high level of encouragement--are expected to strive toward achieving that potential. Difficulties in student learning and behavior are not first viewed as problems or disabilities, but as challenging opportunities for parents and educators to work together and find ways to help a child excel. Children attending EP--whether at the top or bottom of their class academically--are all better off than they would have been in a traditional environment. Those complaining about EP are often those who forget that the education of our children is a partnership between parents and educators. Their child's learning must be a parent's time investment.
The smaller size and close-knit atmosphere is important for child learning and development. Elk Plain cares about kids and their families.
I have found that a few of the teachers have a don't care attitude. For example telling a 3rd grade it doesn't matter if they pass the 3rd grade they will continue to be passed on do to over crowding. This is not my idea of a good education. Sorry that we ever left University Place.
Elk Plain is an excellent school for higher learning and teachers are very educated. Children learn a lot (be prepared for lots of homework). My child in particular has problems because of her shyness - doesn't seem like they really care to help her with this problem.
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